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ThanksLiving 2011 Recap

Feeding the Turkeys!


Vegan Treats

Wine by Frey Wine


Amber Plaut

Amre Klimchak

Amy Trakinski

Angela Lowe

Ann Gregory

Annabelle Beaver

Anne Sullivan

Ariel Adams

Ariel Silver

Bob Esposito

Cassie Karopkin

Claire Petri

Damelvy Rodriquez

David and Ariele Silver

Sheri Silver

Dawn Ellsworth

Dawn Ladd

Deane Vasquez

Emma Rasch

Gary Brian Tuttle

Gaurav Pranami

Gelseigh Karl-Cannon

Gina Hertzog

Goffrey Hanowitz and Roberta Jehu

Gretchen Primack

Janice Iannelli and her fella Rich

Jasmine and Ori Jordaan

Jennifer Adams

Jennifer Gonzalez

Jeremy Guerra

Jim Porcaro

Joy Askew

Julie Kirkpatrick

Kara Popplewell

Karen Conlon

Len Egert

Lindsey Karl

Loren Brown

Madeleine Lifsey

Mary Draper

Mike Stura

Nance Pearson

Nancy Andreassi

Nemo Hoffman

Nick Pohl

Rich Casey

Roberta Jehu

Rohit Misra

Roni Shapiro

Sarah Hruby

Scott Hertzog

Stevie Jones

Teresa Mayer

Timberly Stephens

Trista Norton

Wendy Stura

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.

Food and Drink Donors

Adams Fairacre Farms
Blossom Cafe
Cape Cod Select
Dean’s Beans
Field Roast

Frey Vineyards
Garden Cafe
Hurley Ridge Market

Meredith’s Bakery
Mother Earth
Savage River Foods
Sheese Vegan Cheese
Stone Brewing Company
Sunflower Natural Foods
Vegan Treats

Auction & Raffle Donors

Agriento Designs
Alexandra Horowitz
Angelica Kitchen
Barefoot Tiger
Beyond Skin
Blossom du Jour
Bob’s Red Mill
Buy Her Bag Not Her Body
Calico Dragon Bags
Candle Cafe
Cheryl Radzvilowicz Pottery
Choice Organic Teas
Comedy Central
Compassion Over Killing
Cosmo’s Vegan Shoppe
Cow Jones Industrials
Da Capo Press
Daisy Wares
Echo Of The Dreamer
David Barton Gym
Ecco Bella
Elena Zang
Euphoria Yoga
Forks Over Knives
Garden Cafe
Gnosis Chocolate
Go Max Go
Grayworks Design
Janine King Designs
Jen Guarnieri Yoga
Jivamukti Yoga Scool
Kathy Ruttenberg
Kris Carr
Lantern Books
Lazy Dog Cookie Company
Marcus Pierno
Molly Cantor
Moo Shoes
Natural Gourmet Institute
Olsen Haus
One Lucky Duck
Paula Menetrey
Pennie Mills Jewelry
Posh Pelts
Prairie Underground
R.W. Browne
Redmond Trading Company
Rolling Stone Magazine
Shiny Mama Cosmetics
Soaring Adventures of America
Soda Stream
Sue Coe
Susan Nichole
Sustainable NYC
Sweet & Sara
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show
The Discerning Brute
The Tea Shop of Woodstock
Timbuktu Woodstock
To-Go Ware
Tom Bihn
Tres Belle Spa
Vaute Couture
Vegan Essentials
Vegan Treats
Waterfall Rental
Wildflower Home
Woodstock Chimes
World Peace & Yoga Jubilee

Production Support

Derek Goodwin Photography
Jonathan Donahue and Grasshopper of Mercury Rev
Laurie Osmond
Menla Mountain Retreat
Peter Morrison
New World Home Cooking
Rick Altman Trio
Sunfrost Farms