The food world is coming together to support the Asian American Pacific Islander community. This Wednesday starting at 5 p.m. on Clubhouse, the L.A. Food Gang—a group on the social network co-founded by regular Los Angeles magazine contributor Andy Wang—are hosting Let’s Eat Together, a star-studded virtual fundraiser to help both AAPI restaurants and the larger AAPI community.
Several local business owners—RiceBox’s Lydia and Leo Lee, Vervet cocktails’ Tuan Lee, and Valerie Confections’ Valerie Gordon—have also worked to organize the event, which will feature keynotes from comedian Margaret Cho and TV journalist Lisa Ling. Olympic figure skater Michele Kwan, food writer Ruth Reichl, chefs Niki Nakayama and Wolfgang Puck, designer Jason Wu, the cast of Bling Empire, and many others will make special appearances. The event will raise money for Off Their Plate, a non-profit focused on food justice solutions, and there will also be a virtual auction.
“So many restaurants have been affected during the pandemic, but particularly Asian restaurants, Asian businesses have been really affected because of the stigma attached to COVID,” Ling recently told KTLA. “This is going to be a celebration.”