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Bóng Lên Queer Up Dinner Series 3 - June 2019

Featuring a fresh-to-order fast-casual menu honoring our ancestors and elders, celebrating families (of all types), and defining Pride for ourselves. We welcome our queer ancestors who’ve come before us, honoring the anniversary of the radical resistance of this month and time in the diaspora, and all QTViets and allies to create a space to redefine what it means to love lyfe amongst friends, fam, and community with fresh eats and good vibez.

Featured dish with a suggested price and a sliding scale: Bún mắm - a savory rice-noodle dish rooted from the Mekong Delta made with ferments, proteins, and fresh herbs. Meat and vegan versions available.

Kem chuối - banana coconut ice cream, a sweet addition to the menu to help cleanse the palette and cool off on a Sunday summa night. Try the OG version and also come check out what diasporic flavas we’ll make!

This space is open to folx who are families, comrades, friends, and supporters of QTViệts. You do not have to identify as Queer and/or Trans Vietnamese, we welcome you to witness our brilliancy// bóng and beyond the binary// phi nhị phân existence.

Accessibility Info:

Family-friendly: Children, elders, and all are welcome! Please consider sending us a message at least 3 days before so that we can anticipate any needs.
Wheelchair and scooter accessibility: Reem’s is wheelchair-accessible including the restroom.

Restrooms: Restrooms are gendered and shared with the Fruitvale Village. There is no single-stall restroom in the Fruitvale Village. There is a code to access restrooms which can be shared at the event. There are no push-buttons on the restroom doors. Please consider going to the restroom that you most identify with.

Fragrance-free: We strive for our spaces to be as inclusive as possible, and as such, fragrance-free. We ask guests to use only fragrance-free products.
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Sound: We plan to use speakers and amplification in the main room of the event.

Parking: Parking is free on Sundays - on the streets and at the Fruitvale BART Parking Structures and lots.

BART: Reem’s is just off the Fruitvale BART Station, towards the middle of the Fruitvale Village, across from Powderface Cafe and to the left of Market One.

AC Transit: Many buses stop at the Fruitvale Village, across from Reem’s. Please check bus options:

Cost: Our featured dish will include a suggested price on a sliding scale. Menu and pricing will be available at the dinner. We believe in the need to develop an anti-capitalist, anti-oppressive, and regenerative economy and that money is not the sole answer to our social ills. We believe in participating in a worker-owner model to support socially just, ecologically sustainable economic solutions as we are externally and peripherally immersed in an exploitative capitalist system.


Bóng Lên is a monthly evening food and cultural gathering and a 2019 fundraising series project of the QTViet Cafe Collective featuring homeland-diasporic foods and cultural activities meant to nourish, uplyft, and heal. We center the dishes and meals of these dinners asking our community, “what meaningful dishes rooted in our cultural identities do we want to share with the next generations and why?”

The QTViet Cafe Collective is a social enterprise and cultural healing hub dedicated to diasporic Queers and/or Trans Việt (QTViệt) liberation.

The main pillars for the QTViet Cafe Collective are:

creating a space where, as QTViets, we are able to remember, honor, and practice the relationships our ancestors have with food, land and culture,

providing an unapologetic platform for and by QTViet artists and witnessing each other brilliancy and non-binary existence,

participating in worker owner model to support socially just, ecologically sustainable economic solutions.