There’s so much to do with your Thursday night. You could go to a party. You could order a pizza. You could watch RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 3. You could eat a cupcake. You could raise money for a local LGBTQ community center. The possibilities are endless, really. But what if I told you that you could do all of the above at the same time?
The sequined, contoured mayhem awaits at gluten-free and vegan Back to Eden Bakery. Owned by husbands (and Drag Race fans) John Blomgren and Garrett Jones, the space recently expanded from a cramped bakeshop to a bright, airy café boasting brunch and dinner service. “One of our intentions in expanding was not only to provide more menu items, but to be able to stage more community events,” says Blomgren.
The viewing parties begin this Thursday, January 25, and are slated to last all season long. For $20, Drag Race devotees can score a slice of pizza, a cupcake, and a cocktail, not to mention entertainment by local drag personality Pepper Pepper and, of course, a seat for the episode screening. (In future weeks, Back to Eden hopes to up the ante with raffles, contests, and themed treats.) Best of all, 10 percent of all sales will go to the Q Center, North Portland’s LGBTQ community center.
“We feel it is important during these dark times when our community is under siege to come together and celebrate our queerness while raising much needed funds that support LGBTQ programs and services,” says Blomgren. “One of the most revolutionary things we can do right now is lean into our creativity, create safe spaces, and spread joy in spite of all the hate that is brewing out there.”
Tickets for this Thursday’s screening are available in person at Back to Eden, or by calling 503-477-5022 ext. 6. Pre-show activities start at 7:30 pm, and with only 50 available seats, you better get there early or be prepared to sashay away.