Launch Party for "Category is: Cocktails!", illustrated by Cheyne Gallarde

On Friday 26th April 2024, Prestel Publishing went to town (in NYC)  with a launch party to celebrate the release of Category is: Cocktails!, a vibrant drinks recipe book featuring brilliant illustrations from illo's own Cheyne Gallarde. The event was elevated with performances and bingo hosted by Christeene and Linda Simpson.

Category is: Cocktails! features original recipes for 60 cocktails and zero-proof drinks, alongside beautifully-rendered illustrations and profiles of the personalities who inspired them. The drag legends inside run the gamut: designers, dancers, comedians, community activists, contortionists, Emmy winners, and Broadway actors. Written by David Dodge (author), David Orton (author), and Cheyne Gallarde (illustrator), the book includes drag’s big names, from stars of reality TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race Kim Chi, Trixie Mattel, and Latrice Royale, to scene stalwarts Divine and Peaches Christ, to international performers like Pabllo Vittar and Pangina Heals ― as well as culturally significant figures, including vaudevillian king Annie Hindle and activist Stormé DeLarverie. 

Sadly, we weren’t in the area, but the team in attendance let us know that it was a lot of fun and really well attended.

Here are some pics for second-hand enjoyment. There was even an Instagram-famous cat there!! This book has been hugely popular, selling around 3,000 copies in the first three weeks!

The photographer on the night was Lauren Silberman.

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