Sharing that piece of what makes you, YOU, to the world, whether it’s your sexual orientation, gender expression, personal or political views, ethics, or even openly announcing a new take on life, can be nothing short of TERRIFYING.
This year marks 10 years since my own “coming out” as an openly queer man, a feat that has brought me the occasional heartache and confrontation, but OVERWHELMINGLY a sense of fulfillment and joy not previously thought possible!
Opening Nourish NYC is pointedly similar to that “coming out” adventure (just like anyone else opening a small business, displaying their art for the first time, RUNNING FOR OFFICE!, or experiencing new stages of life). The last few months have been a whirlwind of exposing those innermost passions and expressions to the world, knowing that there’s a chance that they may be met with rejection.
Just like my initial coming out, however, I have enjoyed reassurance from people across ALL walks of life, both near and far, in an enormous outpouring of appreciation for all that Nourish NYC represents. Namely that "Food is at the Crux of Social Change," and the fundamentals of our THEMIFESTO. Check out that Themifesto HERE.
I encourage all of you to join us in celebration of what makes each of us special and a little more empathetic to others; what makes us unique in a garden of equally beautiful foliage and what brings us “Out of the Closet,” shining proudly in the light!
Taking that first step and learning that there are others out there for support and encouragement & to offer solidarity is, truly, one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life
We whole-heartedly celebrates YOUR bravery, YOUR commitment to self, whether it’s the first time or the 10000th time...
WE JOIN YOU IN COMING OUT!!!!
-Chef Craigles and the Nourish NYC Team!