Archive | October, 2011

THE EXPERIENCE BLOG – Healthy Food In Fashion Fall Gala 2011

13 Oct

We hear it all the time: “Diet, diet, diet!” But how many of us actually adhere to this call to amend our eating habits? Health is important to a long and comfortable lifestyle. Vegetarianism is deeply rooted in the Bible and has become a large part of our society. The avid presence of processed foods and hormonal meats has raised concern among us all. Parents want to make sure their kids are able to grow in perfect health and diet is at the forefront of these concerns.

The Healthy Food in Fashion Fall Gala addressed some of our concerns. The program hosted over 20 NYC vegan restaurants at the New York Academy of Medicine, who gave out samples of some of their finest vegetarian dishes and beverages. The silent auction that took place was to raise funds to bring vegetarian food programs to more schools in New York. Their slogan: “Better Health.Better Grades.Better Behavior.” I couldn’t advocate for this change in diet even more; such a change is necessary to give our children more options. 

I tasted some of the best organic and vegan baked goods, pizza, drank some of the best vegan juices and organic wines. Russell Simmons was in the building. The host of the night was Robin Quivers. The following lists the contributors and the dishes they offered (best believe I made my way around to each table; mouth-gasmic!):

1. Candle Cafe & Candle 79

Chimichurris * Aracini w/Marinara *Plantain Chips & Guacamole Dip  *

2. Chef Laura Dardi

Organic Praline Pumpkin Pie *Cardamom and Candied Ginger Shortbread Cookies

Live Apple Crisp *Fall Marinated Kale Salad on Crostini

3. EchoChef Love Catering

4. 4Course Vegan

5. Fran Costigan, Author, Culinary Instructor

Vegan and Gluten-Free Bittersweet and Ginger Chocolate Truffles

6. Franchia

Soy BBQ “Chicken” Satay, Crispy Tofu Sushi Rolls

Vegetarian California Rolls


Kale Salad

8. iEat Green

9. Live Jolly Foods

“Cheese” Ravioli, Italian Herbed Ravioli, Cashew Orange Chocolate Truffle,

Brazil Nut Vanilla Truffle, Double Chocolate Goji Truffle, Chocolate-Dipped Pie Pieces

10. Natural Kitchen Cooking School

Dandelion Apple Smoothies *Pecan Nut Balls

11. Chef Yoli Ouiya

Home-Free Cheesecake Cuties (Gluten-Free Available)

Seared Seitan with Special Sauce

12. Pure Food & Wine 

Lemon Cheesecake on Gingerbread Cookie with Poached Pear

13. Rama Sushi

Assorted Artisan Sushi

14. Red Bamboo

Grilled Bourbon “Chicken” (plant-based)

15. Sacred Chow

Seitan w/ Thai BBQ *GF Grilled Tofu Spa Salad *GF Sunny Lentil Plate

16. Slice, The Perfect Food

Herb Crusted Organic Vegan Pizza made with Daiya Dairy-Free Cheese

17. Stogo 

Gourmet Organic Dairy-Free Ice Cream

18. Veggiecation

Pumpkin Chili and Black Eyed Pea Spread with Garlic and Cumin

19. V-Spot

Black Bean and Sweet Plaintain Empanadas

20. Inko’s Teas

21. Lakewood Organic Juice

22. Ayala’s Herbal Water

23. Peak Organic Beer

Healthy Food Fall Gala