josh and brent

Josh and Brent Wedding Photos at Beekman 1802

I’m on the Beekman 1802 mailing list and I received their latest news this evening: they were married, had a wedding at Beekman, and they shared photos so everyone could see how they decided to do this.

From my inbox:

Well, we’ve finally gathered photos from our wedding to share with you…and we have a special video of us getting our wedding license to share. Trust us…you’re gonna be sick of of wedding news after the next month or so. Yep…we’re just like any other newly married couple: we’re gonna overshare our special day. So settle in. This newsletter is just the tip of the wedding iceberg. (We’ll put in some recipes and giveaways before the wedding video and photos, just to ease you in. )
I think a lot of LGBT couples in legal states are doing things differently after the SCOTUS ruling. Tony and I have no immediate plans yet because same sex marriage is not legal where we live…and we’re only forty-five minutes to NYC, which seems so ridiculous. I posted last week about how one town in PA started issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples and the Republican Governor of PA, Tom Corbett, has already begun to challenge this as an illegal act. What is even more ironic is that Tom Corbett’s daughter and son-in-law would not have been allowed to marry years ago in some US states because they happen to be an interracial couple.

In fact, Tom Corbett is now heading a state where LGBT marriage is not legal, in spite of the fact that his own daughter and son-in-law would have suffered the same inequality in certain US states prior to 1967 when the SCOTUS ruled this unconstitutional. As of right now, Gov. Tom Corbett has not mentioned one single plan to legalize same sex marriage so that he, too, can be on the right side of history and that LGBT couples can have the same dignity as his daughter and son-in-law. So I guess we know how his legacy will go down.

Interracial marriage in the United States has been fully legal in all U.S. states since the 1967 Supreme Court decision that deemed anti-miscegenation laws unconstitutional, with many states choosing to legalize interracial marriage at much earlier dates.

I was out of the office today visiting family in NJ, where civil unions are legal, but marriage is not…the Governor there, Chris Christie, keeps vetoing the bill that would pass it. He’s the guy with the big mouth who likes to embarrass people in public and try to look cool. From what I’ve heard, no one is NJ is too thrilled with anything he’s doing. He’s up for reelection soon. And if the tide of opinion is turning like it’s been in every statistic I’ve read, this one issue alone could bury him. I ran into an old friend who is a lesbian and she’s moving to Delaware with her partner where she can be equal and she’s not going to be discriminated against. I know many others, and their families and friends, who plan to campaign actively against Christie in the next election just on this one issue alone. I don’t think the Republican party fully understands how they are going to look in 100 years.

However, it’s nice to see some things moving forward, and to see that some LGBT couples are enjoying equality. Here’s a link to the Beekman website where you can view all the photos. And there are a few more interesting things to check out as well.

"Mortage Lifter" Heirloom Tomato Pasta Sauce: Beekman 1802

I’m on the Beekman 1802 mailing list, and when I read this about “Mortgage Lifter” Heirloom Tomato Pasta Sauce I did it with tongue in cheek. I’m part Italian and Tony is almost completely Italian…his dad was born in Abruzzi and lived there until he was thirteen…and we don’t even call it tomato sauce, or pasta sauce. We call it “Gravy.”

For those who don’t know, Beekman 1802 is a farm in Sharon Springs, NY, upstate, where a gay couple, Josh and Brent, have been building a business and what I think could turn out to be more like a lifestyle or brand.

Now, I’m not much of a cook because I never have time, and Tony’s just as busy. So he’ll often make pasta gravy in large batches and freeze it in containers that last up to six months. But that’s if he has time to make it himself. So there are times we do buy it pre-made and the good stuff is never cheap. And each time we do this, Tony hisses about paying so much and he makes another huge batch just because he knows it is probably the most inexpensive meal in the universe and these companies that charge fifteen dollars and upward for pasta sauce drive him insane.

So when I clicked the link to the Beekman 1802 web site I expected their pasta sauce to be something like fifty bucks a jar…you know how gay guys from NY can be: if the pasta sauce doesn’t cost fifty bucks they aren’t eating it…and I was *shocked* to see that it was 7.95 for a twenty-six ounce jar. That’s not bad at all, considering what I’ve seen, and paid, in local stores for a jar of good pasta sauce…the key word being good.

If you are so inclined, this is from my inbox, with links that will explain it all. There’s also a nice story about the provenance of the sauce and the tomato they use. I hesitate to post photos because I’m not sure about their rule on fair use at Beekman 1802. But if you click the links below there are photos of the pasta sauce.

 We’re reaching out to those of you who have been our most supportive “neighbors” because we have an exciting new project and we need your help to make it grow. We’ll cut to the chase:

When we won “The Amazing Race,” we promised in every interview that we would develop a food line with the winnings that would help American small farms pay off their mortgages, just like “The Amazing Race” helped us pay off our own.

And we’re crazy-excited to announce that the first product will be officially released tomorrow – our “Mortgage Lifter Heirloom Tomato Pasta Sauce.” 25% of the profits will be given each year to one or more American farmers struggling to pay their mortgage. The remaining 75% will go right back into developing new products.

We’re sending you this notice to pre-order before tomorrow because we need your help!

For this effort to really take off, we need to get the attention of the media. It’s that simple. We’re not ashamed of seeking press. It has helped us and Sharon Springs grow into what we are. We also need to catch the eye of grocery distributors. If we can sell 1000 jars at launch we know we can do both.

Here’s how you can help.

1. Make a purchase. (Significant discounts for multiple jars)
2. Share this email.
3. Contact your local grocery store chain and ask them to
email us.
4.
Follow us on Facebook, and “like” & share the photos and posts we put up tomorrow.

You in? Read below for the story behind the sauce and a recipe contest.

xo, Brent, Josh & Every Living Thing on Beekman 1802 Farm

I think it’s a wonderful idea. And, frankly, I’m dying to try it. I’ll do a follow up post if I like it. I’ve also been dying to do a long weekend in Sharon Springs just to see what it’s like. It looks gay friendly, it’s within weekend driving distance from New Hope, and it looks like a place where people can relax.

Josh and Brent Win Amazing Race Million Dollar Prize

Let’s here it for the gay team, because Josh and Brent, The Fabulous Beekman Boys, just won this season’s million dollar grand prize on The Amazing Race.

I’ve been following this show since it started, but this season I’d fallen behind because Josh and Brent were on and I wanted to see more of them and I wasn’t seeing more of them. So I lost interest and just started fast forwarding the DVR for Josh and Brent scenes.

But I had a feeling they’d win in spite of the lack of coverage they got on the show. And I couldn’t be more thrilled for them.

Amazing Race 21 Josh & Brent won the entire show tonight for the finale episode. The finale show started off with the final four teams, learning they had to go to Barcelona,Spain. Then head for the Loire Valley in France. Once there, they had to transport a bunch of crates,by car, to a large garden area to find their next clue. Once they completed that, they had to find Leonardo Da Vinci’s final resting place to get their next clue.
 
I wish I could post photos, but these days of who knows what grand photographer is going to sue if you use their “work of art.” I’ve stopped unless I know a photo is public domain…or has legal uses that fall into the category of blogging. But if you follow the links above you can see more photos about the race, and Josh and Brent.
 
As a side note, one thing on my “to do” list is to take a long weekend and see what Sharon Springs, NY is really like. From what I’ve seen on the Beekman Boys show it looks like a nice place to get away from it all and relax.