Wednesday, February 2, 2011

"Oprah Goes Vegan" Watch Party

Who: VN Editorial Assistant Anna Peraino
What: "Oprah Went Vegan" watch party hosted by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
Where: Harvey's Restaurant, San Francisco, CA
When: February 1, 2011
Why: Oprah going vegan = big reason to celebrate

The Scoop: So I guess you could say Oprah is a pretty big deal, right? Right. So then is it an even bigger deal when Oprah (and almost 400 of her staffers) go vegan for a week and devote an entire episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show to it? You bet your Tofurky. When VN asked fellow Editorial Assistant Alexandra and I to attend a watch party, we said yes faster than one of Oprah's Favorite Things sells out during the holidays. A party hosted by lovely VN columnist Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, complete with tasty bites from Local Love and Colleen's own vegan recipes served up by the Harvey's kitchen? Don't mind if I do!

Mushroom caps with walnut paté from Local Love

The place was packed with excited vegan viewers. I heard one dejected onlooker, when finding every seat taken, say "This must be what I get for eating meat!" Watching was a delight--cheers, boos, and laughter erupted throughout, the most exciting of which was the hooplah surrounding Oprah's announcement of Meatless Mondays at Harpo. (Um, awesome?!) During commercials there was a HUGE raffle, with everything from t-shirts to cooking classes. Alexandra and I had our eyes on the Cinnaholic gift certificates but unfortunately fell short.

Alexandra and some vegan viewers

The watch party and the episode were both a huge success. I mean, we ended the evening with free cookies from Eat Pastry, including one called chocoholic chunk which tasted like brownie batter. Need I say more? Actually, yes I do: Oprah should go vegan more often.

1 comment:

Vegan Pimp said...

How fun!! What a great idea to organize this viewing party. West coast way to represent.