Barilla Controversy: Gay Pasta Night at Precita Park Café
Anti-gay comments from the chairman of Barilla pasta, Guido Barilla, have sprung one local restaurant group into putting on an event that celebrates gay families next Tuesday night. Precita Park Café (500 Precita Ave), is hosting its 1st Annual Gay Pasta Night; "Pasta for all Humanity," Tuesday, Oct. 8, 5:30-10:30 p.m., and reservations are recommended on Open Table. Organizers say that "all kinds of families are invited to enjoy Precita's home made and extruded pasta"; proceeds will be donated to Project Open Hand.
Courtesy Precita Park Café Chef Tu David Phu, Dana Oppenheim and Rachel Herbert.
The event is in response to Guido Barilla, who was quoted as saying his company does not do ads with gay families due to "a slightly different culture. For us, the 'sacral family' remains one of the company's core values. Our family is a traditional family. If gays like our pasta and our advertisings, they will eat our pasta; if they don't like that, they will eat someone else's pasta. You can't always please everyone not to displease anyone. I would not do a commercial with a homosexual family, not for lack of respect toward homosexuals -- who have the right to do whatever they want without disturbing others -- but because I don't agree with them, and I think we want to talk to traditional families."
For Tuesday's Gay Pasta Night, Precita Park Café's Chef Tu is crafting a rainbow colored pasta dish for the night -- an appropriate touch given the occasion. Other customer favorites will be on the menu that has long sported a local and sustainable bent: house extruded whey fusilli "gay pasta" with eggplant, tomato and truffle oil and house favorite gluten free mac n' cheese.
Park Café Restaurant Group owner Rachel Herbert and her partner, Dana Oppenheim, knew when they heard the news about Barilla something had to be done, "Precita, Duboce, and Dolores Park Café's are homegrown San Francisco cafes that have been supported by all types of families for almost two decades," says Herbert. "If a multi-national company like Barilla is narrow-minded enough in 2013 to think gay families are in any way less 'traditional' than any other family, we'll be here to make sure they know how very wrong they are and share our pasta will all humanity!"