OK, so I have worked in bars and restaurants, "the service industry," forever. Literally, a hundred years. I have worked almost every FOH role from hosting to managing and have worked corporate, mom & pop plus all the in betweens. I kind of love it. I kind of hate it. I love nothing more than friendly, welcoming service in a enticing atmosphere with delicious, well-balanced cocktails. This is harder than you'd think to accomplish. I am often not fun to go to dinner with. Even more difficult, though less so in Chicago a city teeming with hospitality venues, is finding spaces that are welcoming to identities outside the dominant definition of normal. We tend to call these spaces "safe" and "inclusive." For many of us, they are not the restaurant and bars we are always able to frequent but they are the ones we love the most.
Contributed to us by our friend and hilarious comic Erica T. Clark, this is an excellent resource for those of you planning to make the trip to The Capital for the Women's March on Washington. ALL IN SERVICE DC "are a team of people from the hospitality community, service workers, and restaurateurs, who are making a statement of inclusion and love for community. As a service industry - like a gracious host - we welcome all." OH MY GOD HOW MUCH DO WE LOVE THAT?! They’ve compiled a list of #participants - local businesses who during the weekend of Jan 20-21 will contribute portions of their sales to one of multiple social service organizations including Planned Parenthood, Martha’s Table, N Street Village and more. The website is organized by neighborhood and provides the information for each establishment and which organization they are supporting. If you’re going to be there, why not be on of these inclusive spots? Planning to boycott work and marching? Take yourself and a friend out to lunch! Your boycott is activism. Plus, you get to eat. WIN WIN FOR FEMINISM!