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Olmsted and Other Big Names Are Throwing a Massive Barbecue for Abortion Access

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MeMe’s Diner, Chez Ma Tante, Momofuku Nishi and others are coming together for the evening

Patrons sit at the bar at Olmsted surrounded by plants
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Chef Greg Baxtrom is throwing a massive barbecue later this month to benefit abortion access in Alabama at his Prospect Heights restaurants Olmsted and Maison Yaki, pulling in other big-name restaurants such as MeMe’s Diner, Momofuku Nishi, Chez Ma Tante, and Claro for the evening.

The Monday, June 24 party is a night of unlimited food and drink, starting with savory dishes at Olmsted and then moving into dessert at Maison Yaki. There will be fried chicken and shortcake from Olmsted, cornbread from MeMe’s, potato salad with squid from Gem chef Flynn McGarry, La Newyorkina paletas, Ramona wine spritzers, Daly pie, wine from Food & Wine’s cellar, beer from Brooklyn Brewery, and a whole lot more. The lineup and menu, which is still being finalized, is below.

If the event sells out, $30,000 will be donated to The Yellowhammer Fund, a non-profit that provides funding for anyone trying to get an abortion in Alabama. Ticket sales are directly through non-profit donation tool ActBlue, meaning everyone participating in the event is fully donating their product and time. Each ticket costs $100, and there are two seatings.

The event is reminiscent of pastry chef Natasha Pickowicz’s Planned Parenthood bake sale at Cafe Altro Paradiso. In its third year this spring, that fundraiser raised close to $100,000. Baxtrom is throwing this event with his business partner Max Katzenberg.

Tickets to the Olmsted and Maison Yaki event are available here.


Olmsted: Fried chicken, baked beans, and strawberry shortcake
Huertas: Tinto de veranos and pintxos
Bien Cuit: TBD
Bonsai: Kakigori
Ratatouille and Co: Spiced blueberry glazed chicken
Benchmark: Smoked baby back ribs with bourbon barbecue sauce and pickled jalapeños
MeMe’s Diner: Cornbread
Momofuku Nishi: Smoked beef brisket, charred cucumber, and yuzu
John Adler: Porchetta
Fette Sau: Barbecue brisket
The Little Beet: Kelp salad
Chez Ma Tante: TBD
Gem: New potato salad with squid and lovage
Rose’s Bar: Chips and onion dip
Republic of Booza: Four ice cream flavors
La Newyorkina: Paletas
CiCis Cakery: Matcha cake with black sesame and lemon cake with roasted strawberries and thyme buttercream
byPensa Bakery: TBD
Tracy Wilk: Doughnuts
The Rounds: Sugar cookies
Ramona: Ruby grapefruit and Sicilian lemon wine spritzers
Bimble: CBD sparkling drink
Claro: El Cencerro cocktail (mezcal, Aperol, chile liqueur, peach syrup)
Doreen Winkler: Orange wine
Brooklyn Brewery: TBD
Food & Wine: Wine from its cellar
Great Jones: Cookware for raffle
Daly Pie: Pie
Cinco Jotas: Jamón ibérico
R&D Foods: Doughnuts
Wayla: Papaya salad
Nicole Gajadhar: Elote with chorizo, cotija, chile, and aioli
Tokyo Record Bar: Playlist for the night

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