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The Food Companies That Are Giving Back For Pride Month

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It’s June, which means it’s the most colorful time of year, Pride Month. Many restaurants bars, and food companies are celebrating along with all of us by introducing rainbow-colored dishes, drinks, and treats. All these Pride-themed items look both festive and delicious, but what’s even more impressive and exciting are the pledges many of these spots and brands have made to give back this Pride Month.

In addition to releasing limited edition Pride foods, the restaurants and food companies ahead are also donating to various LGBTQ+ organizations, including the Human Rights Campaign, The Trevor Project, The Center, local Pride chapters, and many more. What a wonderful way to honor this special month.

Lotte New York Palace ‘s Pomme Palais

During Pride Month, Lotte New York Palace is offering Rainbow Macarons made at Pomme Palais, the hotel’s coffee shop and patisserie. Each box of six macarons will be sold for $20. Lotte New York Palace will donate 25% of proceeds from the Rainbow Macarons to the Humans Right Campaign.

Just Salad

In celebration of Pride Month, Just Salad is reintroducing The Big Gay Garden Salad, which is made with a colorful array of veggies including romaine, red cabbage, tomatoes, carrots, banana peppers, and avocado. For every Big Gay Garden Salad sold, $1 will be donated to a local LGBTQ+ organization — NYC Pride in New York and New Jersey, Center on Halsted in Chicago, and The William Way LGBT Community Center in Philadelphia.

Baked By Melissa

Baked by Melissa is adding rainbow sprinkles and a custom rainbow sleeve to its Original Great cupcakes. The $28 Pride 25-pack is available in stores and online now through June 30. Flavors in the Pride pack include Tie-Dye, Chocolate Chip Pancake, Triple Chocolate Fudge, Mint Cookie, Cookie Dough, Cookies & Cream, and Red Velvet. Baked by Melissa plans to donate 10% of net proceeds from sales of the Pride packs to The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City.

The Sosta

A Pride Gelato Sundae is available at The Sosta for the month of June. The $8 sundae is made with a custom rainbow gelato created by Fresco Gelateria and topped with fried spaghetti and a rainbow cookie from The Awkward Scone. A percentage of proceeds of all gelato and sundaes sold this month will be donated to the Ali Forney Center.

Nico Osteria & Big Gay Ice Cream

Douglas Quint and Bryan Petroff, the men behind New York City’s Big Gay Ice Cream have teamed up with Chicago-based pastry chef Leigh Omilinsky to bring several treats to Nico Osteria during Chicago’s Pride Weekend, June 23 and 24. A portion of the proceeds raised that weekend will go to Howard Brown Health. The Pride-themed desserts are listed below:

Dirty Banana: caramelized banana and brown sugar ice cream with a cacao nib biscotti
Bump and a Shot: pepper Coke Sorbet served with a shot of whiskey
Apricot Gobbler: bourbon-infused apricots, pie crust crumbles, and made-from-scratch whipped cream top a sinful scoop of roasted vanilla bean ice cream
Rocky RoadhouseTM Croissant: Inspired by Big Gay Ice Cream’s mainstay flavor, Omilinsky transforms Rocky RoadhouseTM into a fluffy croissant, showcasing made-from scratch almond-crusted pastry filled with chocolate chunks and marshmallow
Double Rainbow Swirl Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich: Blueberry balsamic swirled sweet-cream ice cream, sandwiched between two rainbow macarons and coated with Trix cereal
Out & Proud Pops: A choice of made-from-scratch raspberry, coconut, or mango flavored freeze pops, submerged in a shot of tequila

Shake Shack

Throughout the month of June, Shake Shack is offering a Pride Shake, which is exclusively available through ordering on its app. The Pride Shake is a strawberry shake blended with lemonade and topped with whipped cream and, of course, rainbow sprinkle. $1 from every shake’s sales will be donated The Trevor Project.

In honor of Pride Month, Shake Shack is also debuting a limited-edition Pride capsule collection, which features a colorful enamel pin, tee, tote, and beach towel. 100% of proceeds from this collection will go to The Trevor Project.

Ample Hills

During the entire month of June, Ample Hills is donating $1 from each pint of its Baby I Was Churned This Way flavor sold. The Pride-themed flavor is made with salty hazelnut ice cream and chocolate-coated rainbow sunflower seeds. It’s available at all New York City and New Jersey locations. Donations will benefit Brooklyn Pride.

Baked In Color

In honor of Pride Month, Baked in Color is donating a portion of proceeds from sales of its signature Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake and Brownie Oreo Rainbow Cookie Cake to The Center. The treats can be ordered on Foodydirect.com.

Samuel Adams

In order to wish everyone a Happy Pride, Samuel Adams is introducing a new blackberry basil lime gose called the “Love Conquers Ale” at its Brewery Tap Room in Boston. $1 from every pint sold will go to Boston Pride.

ONEHOPE Wine

In celebration of Pride, ONEHOPE Wine is selling a very special Pride Box that comes with ONEHOPE California Sparkling Brut Rainbow Glitter Edition, pushpop confetti, a rainbow disco ball bottle necker, and a Supreme Court Ruling card by Emily McDowell. Every two boxes sold funds one hour of operational costs for The Trevor Project.

You can also purchase just the ONEHOPE California Sparkling Brut Rainbow Glitter Edition. Every four bottles sold funds one hour of operational costs for The Trevor Project.

Postmates

During Pride weekends in Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco, Postmates will donate $2 to the ACLU for every drink order place on its food delivery service.

Supermoon Bakehouse

Supermoon Bakehouse in New York City has released a Pride Croissant that has a gorgeous rainbow interior. The bakehouse is changing the filling flavor everyday throughout the month of June “because no matter who you are, inside or out – you’re still delicious!” $1 from every Pride Croissant sold will be donated to The Center.

MAGNUM New York

MAGNUM New York is celebrating Pride by offering a limited-edition Pride MAGNUM bar for during NYC Pride Week, June 18 through 24. The Pride MAGNUM bar will be handed out for free on Wednesday, June 20. In lieu of payment on June 20, guests can make an optional donation of any amount to GLAAD.

Photo: Courtesy of Magnum.

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