PETA celebrated 35 years of ground-breaking animal rights work with a star-studded black tie anniversary party, sponsored by gardein. Nearly 1000 guests, including both PETA members and celebrity supporters, attended the event, which was hosted by Anjelica Huston and Pamela Anderson and featured a performance from the legendary Sir Paul McCartney.
Guests were treated to a delectable meat-free menu, including gardein hors d’oeuvres of mini fishless tacos and potstickers with beefless ground. The main course included classic Argentinian empanadas with gardein beefless strips and roasted chimichurri sauce, and a panzanella made with crispy breaded chick’n scallopini, topped with frisèe, tricolor tomatoes, and cucumber in a lemon vinaigrette.
Following the dinner, PETA recognized Humanitarian Awardees, including Bill Maher, RZA, Jason Biggs, and Maggie Q among many others. Attendees included PETA members and celebrity supporters alike, such as gardein friends John Salley and Kathy Freston, as well as Emily Deschanel, Joaquin Phoenix, Jorja Fox, Molly Shannon, Kevin Nealon, and Scandal’s Bellamy Young, who raved about gardein, saying “I eat it all the time!”
The event finished in style, as guests were serenaded by Sir Paul McCartney, who sang the very fitting “They Say It’s Your Birthday,” and favorites such as “Hey Jude” and “Lady Madonna.” He was accompanied by Beck for a rendition of “Drive My Car,” and performed a new animal-rights themed song, “Looking for Changes.” All-in-all, an incredible night to celebrate an incredible 35 years of inspiring work by PETA.