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A new magazine that explores where food and gay culture intersect
A new magazine that explores where food and gay culture intersect
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What is Jarry? 

In short, Jarry is: Men + Food + Men.

A new print magazine for and about gay foodies. Jarry is a new biannual magazine that explores where food and gay culture intersect. Beyond publishing a magazine, Jarry brings together a community of gay chefs, eaters, artisans, writers, photographers, artists, and industry influencers, and celebrates the art of gay domesticity.

Reflecting back, looking ahead. Gay men have long been a force in food—James Beard, Richard Olney, and Craig Claiborne are three forefathers of contemporary American cuisine as we now know it. Jarry honors these pioneers and their legacies, and highlights the trendsetters of today and tomorrow.

Broad, exciting range of content and contributors. For example:

  • Feature story on the state of the queer kitchen, by a James Beard Award-winning writer 
  • Conversation and photo series with a beloved gay icon’s personal chef 
  • Food diary from a soloist with the New York City Ballet 
  • Self-portrait series by a queer artist, exploring the post-World War II all-American housewife 
  • Photo and illustration essays on classic gay cookbooks, the first meal in a new home, family dynamics, a stylish supper club, a weekend baking project, and a legendary drag artist in the kitchen
  • And much more—including recipes!

At Jarry, all contributors are compensated. To create a top-quality magazine, we're working with respected creative professionals. With this team, we've created a beautiful product, and now, with your support, we’re looking to cover the cost of printing and mailing it.

The Campaign Rewards.

  • Digital download of 5 recipes from Issue 1. A selection of recipe highlights, including photos.
  • Issue 1 of Jarry
  • Jarry T-Shirt. A soft-cotton American Apparel tee with a silk-screened Jarry logo.
  • Jarry Apron. A canvas-colored Hedley & Bennet apron with an embroidered logo.
  • "Men + Food + Men" Placemats. A book of 25 paper placemats, designed for Jarry by illustrator Paul Dotey.
  • Seat at the table. An evening of drinks and dinner with the founders of Jarry in New York City (transportation not included).

And a new reward as of July 22: 

  • "Cheers, Queers" tote. A canvas-colored American Apparel tote, emblazoned with our favorite toast.

The Magazine.

Jarry will be available for sale at bookstores, boutiques, and through JarryMag.com. Each issue will cost $20. It will be a beautifully designed, high-quality magazine with a book-like feel: 128 pages, printed in full-color on paper made from post-consumer recycled content, with a durable soft-touch cover. The projected first print run will be 5,000 copies, set to ship in September.

What people are saying.

About us.

We founded Jarry in the Fall of 2014. We are:

  • Alex Kristofcak (@akristofcak), the publishing director, aka the nagger-in-chief, has over a decade of experience in investing in and managing companies. In his free time, he worries a lot about the animals eating his garden and schemes about the next post for Jarry's Instagram feed. 
  • Steve Viksjo (@svixjo), the creative director, owns Vixjo Design, Inc., a graphic design and branding studio in Brooklyn, NY. His favorite food is an egg and avocado breakfast sandwich. 
  • Lukas Volger (@lukasvolger), the editorial director, worked in many capacities in book publishing for almost a decade. He now writes cookbooks and owns Made by Lukas, a Brooklyn-based company that makes veggie burgers. He eats a lot of vegetables, but spends much time thinking about dessert.

Connect with us. 

If you're a writer, cook, artist, or other creative professional, pitch your article ideas or just say hi at hello@jarrymag.com! Follow @jarrymag for our delicious adventures on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, and sign up for our newsletter at jarrymag.com

Video Credits.

Video by Blake. // blake.productions

Starring Andy Baraghani, Ben Mims, Diego Sanchez-Maitret, Mick Côté, and Zach Ligas, and dogs Olive, Pumpkin, and Toby.

Risks and challenges

As with any publishing project, there are potential delays with printing & shipping. We've worked extensively with our logistics partner to plan the roll out of the magazine to be on schedule, however, there's always an element of uncertainty in this regard that can't be avoided completely. The vast majority of the content of the magazine has been produced and submitted and therefore we foresee no meaningful risks in this area.

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