Thursday, May 26, 2011

Farm Sanctuary's Gala Event

Have been a busy bee as usual and am a tad late on the Farm Sanctuary Gala update! Two Saturdays ago, I attended the best birthday party ever!!!! Farm Sanctuary turned 25! This amazing non-profit organization has been working hard to rescue & protect farmed animals for twenty-five years strong & growing. Farm Sanctuary has campaigned to educate on the horrors of factory farming, and importantly, they work to push legislation to protect & alleviate the suffering of factory farmed animals. Farm Sanctuary is also a haven for lucky rescues- happy, sweet pigs, cows & goats that get to live out their natural lives running around, playing, cuddling- go visit Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, NY or in Orland, CA. This is an organization dear to my heart & I was so thrilled to be at Cipriani Wall Street to celebrate their hard work.

Here's my hero & hero for the animals, Gene Bauer, looking so dapper in his tuxedo! Gene started Farm Sanctuary by selling veggie hot dogs out of the back of his VW van. That VW van! It's been refurbished & ready to take Gene on his Just Eats Cross-Country Tour to explore vegan American eats & to celebrate Farm Sanctuary's 25 years. Yes indeed, bet the folks at Cipriani have never had a VW van highlight the entrance to their grand space.
There were vegan pigs-in-blankets served along the red carpet entrance...
And little pig ice sculpture graced the VIP cocktail area:
Just to give a sense of how grand the space is, take a peek at the ceiling:
The lovely Ashley Lou Smith from the Board of Woodstock Farm Sanctuary bedazzled all with the plastic farm animals in her hair:
Ashley, Marisa Miller-Wolfson of Kind Green Planet & new documentary, Vegucated & me posing with the piglet- yes, did I mention the drinks flowed from 5pm-12am?
Me, Elizabeth from Olsenhaus & two talented designer friends from the West Coast:
Ashley again with better hair shot of plastic animals and Rory Freedman, who authored Skinny Bitch...crazy thing, I haven't seen Rory in over twelve years since we both worked at Ford Models...who knew back then that she would go on to be a vegan rockstar & that I would actually be vegan?!?!
Here's Joshua Katcher from The Discerning Brute & Pinnacle with his boyfriend, James:
Leanne from Vaute Couture & I in ambient dinner lighting...haha.
There were a ton of hor's d'oeuvres being passed that I didn't get pics of because of course, my friends & I were too busy taking pics of ourselves ;) Especially memorable was the phyllo cup with porcini mushrooms, had quite a few.

David Lee of Field Roast Grain Meat Co. worked closely with Chef Paolo Dorigato from Cipriani to create the menu.

First course: Heirloom Tomato, fava beans, romaine salad, crostini with tapenade- yum!
Second course: Ravioli with Field Roast Chao Cheese- extra yummy, though the chickpeas draped on were bland & unnecessary...

Main Course: porcini, shitaki mushroom Field Roast cutlet topped with marinara sauce, side of polenta & asparagus
After the delicious meal, was the award ceremony- so many amazing stories of all Farm Sanctuary has done, as well as inspirational people who advocate for the animals:

Here's David Lee from Field Roast- those blurry cow paintings are Peter Max originals of Maxine the cow, a resident of Farm Sanctuary- those paintings were auctioned at $10,000 a piece- whoo hoo, go Maxine!
Kathy Freston was one of many honored  for her work on behalf of the animals.
Plenty of auction items to bid on!
And the cutest dessert ever from Vegan Treats- there were ducks...
And piggies...
And cows...
Oh my...at this point, I was too stuffed to even try dessert, but Vegan Treats is always da bomb, especially the peanut butter bomb...
Animal Planet was there to film Vegan Treats for their new reality show, think working title is Sweet Avenger- yay for vegans on reality tv!
The party went late into the night...
And us girlies couldn't stop taking pictures because everyone looked so damn cute & well had more than our fair share of drinks...

Yep, that Cipriani clock had struck well-past midnight...
An amazing, wonderful evening celebrating Farm Sanctuary....I was so thrilled to be in the same room with so many inspirational people celebrities & not, all with the same purpose to save farmed animals. When Kathy Freston was asked what she would say if she could talk to the animals, she would tell them- "Hold on, we're coming..."

Brings tears to my eyes. The world will be vegan one day- hope springs eternal.

6 comments:

JL Goes Vegan said...

JEALOUS!!! It looks like an amazing time! I'm so glad you were able to support that wonderful organization! I'll do my little part on Saturday -- I'm driving up to the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary to meet my goat, Clover, who I sponsor. Can't wait!

jesse.anne.o said...

I also got all teary during some of the speeches - and I can never stay dry-eyed when people reference Hilda!

I will be @ Vegan Drinks tonight if you are stopping by!

Andréa N. said...

I loved this! It felt like I was there too. Thanks, dear! xoxo

VeggieGirl said...

I ADORE your outfit!!!

FrankandMary said...

This is basically my vegan fantasy.

Theresa said...

What a great looking event! Vegan red carpet!!

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