How I Celebrated Pride: The Garden Party


HAPPY PRIDE! Last month I had the pleasure of attending the GARDEN PARTY hosted by The Center. According to their website “The Center fosters a welcoming environment where everyone is celebrated for who they are. We offer the LGBTQ communities of NYC advocacy, health and wellness programs; arts, entertainment and cultural events; recovery, parenthood and family support services”

The Garden Party took place at Pier 97 at Hudson River Park. Each year The Center brings together local chefs, restaurants ,businesses, performers and sponsoring organizations . Proceeds from Garden Party support The Center’s life-changing and life-saving programs and services and keep their doors open 365 days a year.

The Garden Party was the first formal event I went to in order to kick off world pride 2019 therefore I was excited to attend. When I arrived to the location, there was a long entry line that moved pretty fast and was quite pleasant to be in because all of the attendees that I met were kind and nice to talk to. Once I got into the event which is held outside under various tents and pavilions, I began to sample all of the delicious food and drinks sponsored by Simrnoff. Ya’ll know I live for an open bar situation. or should I say LITUATION?

There were a variety of food vendors present from simple to extravagantly gourmet. My all time favorite dishes was the Mexican Corn and the Polenta dish. (See Pictures below). That Mexican cordn ws so damn good! I have plans to try and recreate the recipe at home! it was good GOOD. I went back for seconds!

During the event here was music, performers and a beautiful view of the water which was a nice backdrop. Shout out to THE CENTER for creating spaces and resources for the LGBTQ+ community all year round! I had a blast and I would highly suggest that you consider going to the garden party next year. Learn more about the Garden Party here.

Until next time.

I leave you in love, peace and style.


Lonnie Woods III