ThanksLiving 2011 Recap
David and Ariele Silver
Gary Brian Tuttle
Goffrey Hanowitz and Roberta Jehu
Janice Iannelli and her fella Rich
Jasmine and Ori Jordaan
The wind gently whistled in the trees and the sun played hide and seek with the clouds on Sunday, October 16, 2011 when the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary held it’s much-anticipated, sixth annual ThanksLiving event. About 250 guests from the New England and tri-state area gathered at the farm to enjoy a gourmet vegan sit down dinner under a giant tent in one of our goat pastures. Guests feasted on delicious, meat-free dishes adapted by guest chef Terry Hope Romero.
In keeping with ThanksLiving tradition, our turkey guests of honor (Boone, Alphonso, Sphinx, Petunia, Beatrice, Timmy and Tommy) were the first to enjoy a multi-course meal made especially just for them, much to the delight of all present.
Once our fine feathered friends had finished their veggie vittles, the humans guests were free to enjoy starters like Regal Vegan’s Faux Gras with Crostini, plus Buffalo Bites and Cape Cod Cakes by Blossom Restaurant and Faux Beef Medallions with Bernaise Sauce by chef David Silver, courtesy of Savage River Foods, all of which were complimented by Frey wine and Stone Brewing Company beer.
The entrée menu, which was designed by Terry Hope Romero and supported by the dynamic duo of chefs David Silver and Kevin Archer, began with a delightful Chipotle Sweet Potato Bisque topped with Cashew Cream, then transitioned to a main course of melt-in-your-mouth Savage River Faux Chicken Rajas in Orange Garlic Mojo. Savage River’s faux chicken product isn’t even on the market yet, so diners had a completely new experience. Say what you will about “fake” meats, but this one was delicious and uses pea protein in addition to soy, so it’s a healthier approach.
People couldn’t get enough of the Cornbread Sofrito Stuffing with Veggie Chorizo — Garden Cafe donated their legendary cornbread for the recipe and Field Roast the chorizo. And to keep things balanced, there was a Massaged Kale Salad with Raisins and Toasted Almonds.
Our guests enjoyed the jazz musings of the Rick Altman Trio. Jenny Brown, the sanctuary’s co-founder, energized the audience by sharing all the accomplishments of the sanctuary during the last year. Then she moved on to all that still needs to be done as part of our Shelter Maintenance Fund Drive to help support the special residents who call WFAS home — and for those billions who aren’t so fortunate.
Throughout the afternoon guests enjoyed animal-friendly merchandise for sale including our cool, 2012 calendar and bid on an array of vegan friendly raffle prizes and a fabulous silent auction featuring an eclectic blend of items ranging from a vegan coat by Vaute Couture to a private balloon ride. The rescued pigs, goats, birds, cows and sheep we call friends all relished the love and attention lavished on them from guests.
As our largest annual fundraiser, all the proceeds from ThanksLiving will allow the Sanctuary to sustain itself and continue the important work we do on behalf of farm animals. We folk at the farm, along with our rescued farm animal friends, are deeply grateful for and touched by the enthusiasm of our supporters and volunteers who enable us to continue the critical work of rescue and education.
Extra special thanks to board member extraordinaire Eva Orlowski who produced the event this year and did a slammin’ job of it!
Special thanks also goes to Menla Mountain Retreat for kitchen production support and to the stellar cooking team comprised of Terry Hope Romero, David Silver and Kevin Archer and to the AMAZINGLY TALENTED Danielle Konya of Vegan Treats who provided all the desserts once again this year! Thanks to Loren Brown for spearheading the raffle and silent auction, Anne Sullivan for procuring so many great items, and head bartender Nemo Hoffman. We extend further gratitude to the dozens of volunteers for their support, lead by the efforts of our event coordinators Eva Orlowski (mentioned above) and Nicole Ganas, and our always-energetic board member Dawn Ladd. And the whole thing would fall apart without our staff: Farm Manager Sheila Hyslop, Fix-it Specialist Dave Miller, Program Coordinator Elana Kirshenbaum, and Animal Caregivers Dawnell Kilbourne, Julie Goodloe, Sophie Keel and Jody Sidote.