As many of you know, I’ve been involved with an LA-based farm animal sanctuary called Animal Acres for about four years now. These days, I mainly do their humane education programs and help conduct tours at their special events. It’s one of my favorite places on earth.
This past weekend was our annual gala event and – due to the proximity of the recent wildfires around here – the gala had been rescheduled from the weekend prior. (Yes, all the animals and the sanctuary are fine). The point being, strings were pulled and favors were granted, and we wound up holding the gala at the renowned Riviera Country Club in the Palisades.
I ran across this photo from the event and it reminded me of a central thought I had while we were all enjoying dinner:
There are 350 of us, all eating together in one of the nicest country clubs in town, in one of the biggest cities in the world, all foaming at the mouth over how delicious this food is (courtesy of Madeleine’s Bistro, by the way). And, as it was a completely vegan dinner, it occurred to me that, even for as large of a crowd as this is, “No animals were harmed in the creation of this meal.”
In fact, as our MC, actor/comedian Hal Sparks joked, “No animals were even annoyed in the creation of this meal!”
I bring this up in light of all we’ve been talking about around here these past few days. It reminded me of what it felt like to be part of a large group setting where everyone was eating this way…where everyone was participating in this unified expression of compassion through food choice. It was deep. You could feel the vibe. And it represented a sort of microcosm of what it could be like in the world if we all ate like this, all the time.
Anyway…I’ve got nothing too heavy to impart with this entry, other than just wanting to pass along the “snapshot” of that experience. The rest of the night was great, as well. I’m not really one for social occasions (particularly those that require sleeves!). Nonetheless, it felt good to just be in the same room with so many like-minded people…especially considering the reason we were there.
Here’s a link with story and pics from the event: