Meet the Logo30: Susan Feniger

The chef and Food Network star on giving back to her community year-round.

Every day during the month of June, we will be spotlighting our 2020 Logo30. This powerful series profiles ordinary and extraordinary people who show pride in unique and provocative ways. Visit the Logo30 homepage to view current and past honorees.

Susan Feniger is cooking up something good for Pride.

The lesbian chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author is beloved by foodies for Too Hot Tamales, her Food Network show from the 1990s, as well as her popular in-person eateries Socalo and Border Grill. But she’s also been putting in the work as a board member of the Los Angeles LGBT Center for “about 14 years.”

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Asked how she’s expressed her pride in the past year, Feniger was all smiles.

“Just this year, I became one of the chairs of the Center,” she told Logo and NewNowNext. “We launched the Anita May Rosenstein campus this past summer, and that is a campus that houses 135 youth that are on the street. One-hundred apartments for low-income seniors are coming online this year, this spring. And a culinary program that we launched that is mind-boggling—we’re putting students that are seniors and youths… in a 12-week program teaching these people how to get a skill and then go out and helping them find a job in my industry, the restaurant industry.”

Sounds pretty sweet to us!

Watch interviews with our 2020 Logo30 honorees, including Feniger, below.

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