4th Annual Compassionate Cuisine benefits Animal Acres

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compassionate-cuisineThe community is invited to celebrate International Vegetarian Day in Long Beach Friday, October 9, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. with music, speakers, cooking demonstrations, and delicious vegan food and beverages — all for a good cause of course. Proceeds from the 4th annual Compassionate Cuisine event in Long Beach, will go to Animal Acres farmed animal sanctuary and compassionate living center in Acton, Calif., just 45 minutes north of Los Angeles, to support its outreach and education programs.

For 2009, Compassionate Cuisine moves to a beautiful new venue: the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden at CSULB, where attendees will be able to stroll the grounds as they savor gourmet vegetarian food from two dozen local restaurants and foodservice companies, and enjoy music by the popular pop duo Makena (makenamusic.com) and the Irvine Young Concert Artists (irvineyoungconcertartists.org), who perform internationally and played the Beijing Olympics.

Special guest host for the event will be Carol Leifer (carolleifer.com), actress, comedian and author of “When You Lie About Your Age, The Terrorists Win,” who recently became a vegan. Featured speakers include Jennifer Fearing, California senior state director for the Humane Society of the United States, and Lorri Houston, president and co-founder of Animal Acres.

Said Houston, “Compassionate Cuisine is a delicious and fun event for people of all ages, and provides food for our farmed animal friends, too. It raises badly needed funding for our rescue and refuge efforts, so we can keep our doors open for many more suffering farmed animals who desperately need sanctuary.”

A wide selection of vegan food, drinks and desserts will be served by more than 20 local restaurants and foodservice and beverage companies. A raffle, vegan cooking demos, vendors, and education tables highlighting humane treatment of animals and the health and environmental benefits of vegetarian diets are also planned.

“We are so grateful to the generous food and beverage companies that make this fun and informative event possible,” said Compassionate Cuisine chairperson Melissa Witul, a local community activist and business owner. “Some of our vendors have been with us since the first Compassionate Cuisine four years ago, and more come onboard every year, offering attendees the opportunity to sample the diverse array of wonderful vegan food available in the Long Beach area. Not surprisingly, attendance at this event grows significantly every year, and our new location at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden will allow Compassionate Cuisine to continue to grow and introduce many more people to the great work being done at Animal Acres.”

Compassionate Cuisine takes place Friday, October 9, 2009, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, California State University Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach. Tickets are available for a $35 donation when purchased online at animalacres.org. Tickets cost $45 at the door. For more information visit commpassionatecuisine.net

Animal Acres works to promote compassionate living through its farmed animal rescue and refuge efforts, public education and outreach, and advocacy projects to prevent cruelty to farmed animals. Over 150 rescued farmed animals call Animals Acres home. It is a volunteer-based organization funded entirely by dedicated animal advocates. For additional information, go to animalacres.org.

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