On Saturday, Ellie Parker of Indiana took her girlfriend Lucy Stenger to Asahi Japanese Steakhouse in Lafayette to celebrate their first Valentine's Day together, and the couple got a little more from the chef than just dinner—they got derogatory remarks followed by sexual advances.
When the chef came to their table to grill their food, he asked the two women where their Valentines were, despite the fact that they were holding hands, clearly marking them as a couple. When they told him that they were each other's Valentines, Mr. Chef Man responded, "Well, it is legal, but it's such a waste to not have a man." Later, he offered to accompany the women home to "heat things up." He probably didn't mean their leftovers.
Parker reviewed her dinner experience on Facebook: "Wait time was reasonable, veggies were fresh, chef was inappropriate, one star, would not dine gay again." She also included a photograph of the receipt where she left her "tip," which was "Don't tell lesbians they need a man on Valentine's Day" (definitely more useful to this chef than the regular 20 percent).
In her post, she says that she was "appalled" that she spent over $50 to have her relationship "insulted and sexualized." That's not too bad actually; in New York you'd have to pay at least $75 for that kind of treatment.
Parker told The Daily Mail that she and Stenger were too angry to say anything at the time, and they didn't want to make a scene. She posted a comment on her Facebook post disclosing that after it went viral, saying that the restaurant had reached out to her to apologize and refund her money. Still, she adds, "nothing can make up for the way we were treated." Ah, nothing like a romantic Valentine's Day dinner date with your loved one: good food, good company, and good unsolicited comments from the chef. See you again next year, Cupid!