Animal Acres “Compassionate Cuisine” Food & Music Event Friday, October 1 at CSULB

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compassionate-cuisine 5th annualThe community is invited to celebrate International Vegetarian Day in Long Beach at the 5th annual Compassionate Cuisine, Friday, October 1, 2010, at the beautiful Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden at CSULB. All proceeds benefit Animal Acres farmed animal sanctuary to support its animal care and public education programs.

Attendees will enjoy strolling the illuminated Japanese Garden as they sample gourmet vegan food from a wide array of local restaurants and foodservice companies, including Long Beach based Whole Foods, Zephyr, and Viento y Agua. New to the event this year is Seabirds vegan street food truck.

Guests will be able to meet special guests Lorri Houston, founder of Animal Acres Sanctuary and Lifetime Television “Remarkable Woman;” Tanya Petrovna, founder and chef extraordinaire of the popular chain Native Foods and author of The Native Foods Restaurant Cookbook; and Sarah Taylor, founder of the company The Vegan Next Door and author of Vegan in 30 Days, which provides step-by-step, practical advice on how to go vegan.

Jazz-influenced pianist Scott Sorrentino, who donates a portion of every gig to animal causes, will perform live music.

Animal Acres founder Lorri Houston commented, “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.”

“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 event is Friday, October 1, 2010, at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, California State University Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, 90815. For additional information visit the Compassionate Cuisine website or contact Melissa Witul, Chairperson, 562/439-1736,

Tickets purchased online are $35 donation. Tickets are $45 at the door.

About Animal Acres:
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, please visit Animal Acres website.

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