Local restaurants and chefs rally for reproductive rights beginning during Pink Out Week

Pink Out Week features a collection of events and fundraisers in the Madison area to promote reproductive rights.
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Local chefs are banding together starting Saturday to benefit reproductive rights.

The Culinary Ladies Collective — a Wisconsin-based group of chefs, bakers, growers, and food and beverage producers and artisans — and the Dane County Food Collective have joined forces to host Pink Out Week from July 16-24 to promote reproductive justice.

The events were organized in light of the overturning of Roe v. Wade, which ended the constitutional right to an abortion, says Lauren Montelbano, a local vegan chef involved with Pink Out Week. In Wisconsin, the Supreme Court’s decision made it illegal to get an abortion in the state. It’s an opportunity to support organizations that provide reproductive care, she says.

“We are always better together and if we show up and care for one another in times of need and injustice, we remain strong as a community and as a society,” Montelbano says.

The goal of Pink Out Week is to raise funds for organizations working to provide access to abortions or organizations working with the legislature to ensure access to safe abortions.

Events throughout the week include a Women’s Voice for Choice benefit dinner at Pig in a Fur Coat, where Montelbano is involved, July 19 and women-owned microbrewery Giant Jones Brewing Co. will host a pizza night with Origin Breads on July 20.

State Rep. and local chef Francesca Hong will join Lt. Gov. and  Democratic Senate primary candidate Mandela Barnes for a round table discussion at Pasture & Plenty on July 24.

Brasserie V will also feature special menu items and will donate proceeds to Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, and Salvatore’s Tomato Pies will donate proceeds from Pink Out pizzas to POWERS, a Wisconsin-based nonprofit that helps pregnant people.

“The Dane County Food Collective and the Culinary Ladies Collective affirm that reproductive rights are human rights, and that the Supreme Court’s ruling to strike down Roe vs Wade does not reflect the majority opinion of the country, community and our industry,” Hong says on social media.

The Culinary Ladies Collective is no stranger to raising funds for reproductive rights. Over the past couple years, Culinary Ladies Collective has raised money for Planned Parenthood and Harambee Village — a collective of birth professionals who support women and families — by selling cookie boxes made by local chefs, bakers and businesses.


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