The Chef and I
"I was an ally before I even knew what the term meant."
Erica Rains of The Chef and I restaurant and catering says LGBT family members and close friends have been a part of her life as long as she can remember. As she grew older, she realized that our community needs the love and support of allies such as her as we strive for equality in every aspect of our personal and professional lives. Over the years, Erica has been a highly active member of our broader community. She has been involved with HRC, Nashville Cares, PFLAG, Nashville Pride, and has also been a contributor for Unite magazine.
And of course Erica and The Chef and I have been highly active members of the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce. They have catered several LGBT Chamber of Commerce Brewing Up Business events over the years, and provided the food in the Nashville Pride VIP tent two years ago. Last year, The Chef and I signed the Tennessee Thrives Pledge, which states in part, "We believe that equal treatment of all Tennesseans and visitors is essential to maintaining Tennessee’s strong brand as a growing and exciting home for business innovation, economic development, a best-in-class workforce, and dynamic entertainment, travel and tourism industries." The LGBT Chamber of Commerce recognized The Chef and I for all their contributions with the 2015 Ally Award, and a second nomination for the same award in 2016.
In explaining her tireless commitment to all of these organizations, Erica says, "I have the right to live my life as myself. Those in the LGBT community deserve that right as well. We all do. Love is Love."
The Chef and I restaurant features their famous show kitchen that provides guests the opportunity to interact with and observe the chefs as they prepare their meals. They also offers catering, cooking classes, and team building exercises. They are opening a second restaurant in the Gulch later this summer, featuring the same concept as their original restaurant on a larger scale. Look for it! We encourage LGBT Chamber of Commerce members to support those members that support us! If you are interested in making a reservation, hiring The Chef and I to cater your next event, or gathering your friends and co-workers for cooking classes or team-building events, please visit: http://thechefandicatering.com/