Out With Erin

Exploring the Beauty of YYC and Beyond

A culinary drag event. What does that entail you may be wondering. Well, let me indulge you.

Sashay, Fillet brings together the worlds of food and drag. This year, five local chefs from Bridgette Bar, Raw Bar, Purlieu, The Sensory, and London Local partnered up with local drag performers to move through a series of challenges and elimination rounds. The teams were judged on both the chef’s creation and the drag performance.

Hosted at Hotel Arts, we were lucky enough to arrive early and get our makeup done glitter style. We wandered around the room tasting amazing dishes, trying out some cocktails, biding on silent auction items, and chatting with the performers and chefs, all before taking our seats and enjoying the show. The event was hosted by local radio personnel Christy Farrell and RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Jaidynn Diore Fierce. The judging panel consisted of Mr. Fabulous, Fraser from the 101.5 morning show, pastry chef Heather Mordue, and Laila McQueen, also from RuPaul’s Drag Race. Each round began with a drag performance, a tasting dish, and then an elimination as the teams were narrowed down slowly and eventually only one was crowned.

Besides being entertaining, the food was absolutely outstanding, and the performers incredibly talented. I’m just glad I wasn’t a judge!

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