Food and Drink

'Slutty Vegan' Chef Pinky Cole Is Taking Over Atlanta & NYC Shake Shacks This Week

Here's how to try her exclusive SluttyShack burger.

Courtesy of Shake Shack
Courtesy of Shake Shack
Courtesy of Shake Shack

Earlier this year, Shake Shack announced a series of localized chef collaborations in cities throughout the nation. The partnerships, part of a project called “Now Serving,” allow prominent chefs to put their own flair on Shake Shack’s menu and serve it to their community for one or two days only. It’s not only fun, but a portion of the proceeds will benefit a local charity of the chef’s choosing.

Last month, James Beard-winning chef Chris Shepherd kicked the series off by selling his Southern Smoke Chicken sandwich to Houstonians to raise money for hospitality workers in the area. Now, vegan restaurateur Pinky Cole gets her moment in the spotlight to spread a meat-free agenda in not one, but two American cities.

Pinky Cole is an Atlanta-based restaurateur best known for her plant-based burger venture, Slutty Vegan. Before that, though, she was a New Yorker, serving Jamaican food at her successful Harlem restaurant, Pinky’s.

Because Cole has played a significant role in the Atlanta and Harlem food scenes, Shake Shack will be offering her limited-time “SluttyShack” burger to both communities this week.

The SluttyShack comes with a Shake Shack veggie patty, Pinky’s secret Slut Dust, lemon ginger kale, caramelized onions, vegan ranch, and vegan mayo. It’s served on Slutty Vegan’s signature toasted Hawaiian bun with a price tag of $8.49.

MORE: Pinky Cole Is Revolutionizing Veganism For Black Atlanta

Courtesy of Shake Shack
Courtesy of Shake Shack
Courtesy of Shake Shack

“Over the last year, we’ve all heard of Pinky Cole and the impact she’s making, not just in Atlanta and New York but across the country,” said Mark Rosati, culinary director of Shake Shack, in a press release. “Having the chance to collaborate with her and her team on this burger has been an honour – not only has it been fun and creative, but it’s been inspiring. We’re really proud to work alongside the Slutty Vegan team and support communities near and dear to us both.”

If you want to try the SluttyShack, you have a narrow window of opportunity. Atlantans will find it in limited quantities on Thursday, April 8, at the Old Fourth Ward Shack. NYC dwellers can order it on Thursday, April 8, and Friday, April 9, at the Harlem Shack.

Proceeds made from the SluttyShack will go straight to two local organizations. In Atlanta, sales will benefit Giving Kitchen, a crisis relief org for food and beverage workers. In New York, sales will benefit ROAR, a group of hospitality leaders that advocate on behalf of the industry.

Guests in Atlanta will get special treatment with live entertainment, an appearance from Pinky Cole herself, and limited-edition SluttyShack swag.

Kyler Alvord is a news writer at Thrillist. Find him on Twitter and Instagram. Or don’t. It’s really up to you.

Food and Drink

Red Rooster Is Serving Free Chicken and Piping Hot Cash This Christmas in July

Get your early dose of festive cheer.

Red Rooster Christmas in July
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The cold weather in most parts of Australia coinciding with EOFY celebrations is the closest thing that we’ll get to snowy Christmas vibes. And if you’re in dire need of some festive cheer after the first six months of 2023, grab your ugly sweater and head to your nearest Red Rooster for Xmas in July deals.

From June 29 – July 31, 2023, Red Rooster is serving up free food items, a chance to win $10,000 or one of 10 merch packs valued at $400 and other fun prizes. All you have to do is sign up as a Red Royalty member and spend $5 on at a location near you or online.

Each week there’ll be new delicious deals and prizes to win. The week one deals have already dropped and they’re looking pretty tasty. You can get access to them via your Red Royalty account. The more you purchase, the more chances you have to win.

Spoiler alert: you can get 10 chicken nuggets for free, right now. Brb running to Red Rooster.

Terms and conditions apply. Visit Red Rooster’s Christmas in July to see all the deals.


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