Everything Is Bigger in Texas—Including PETA Events! 

Everything is bigger in Texas, and PETA’s events are no exception. PETA President Ingrid Newkirk is currently touring the country on her new speaking tour, All Together Now!, in which she discusses remarkable discoveries about our fellow sentient beings and how to erase the line that shouldn’t exist in the first place between ourselves and the other stunning, wondrous forms of life on Earth. Recently, the event made its way to the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden + Museum in Austin, Texas, and it was a night to remember! 

Members joined Ingrid, PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman, and other animal advocates while enjoying the beautiful sculpture garden and delicious food prepared by acclaimed chef Chad Sarno, the cofounder of Wicked Kitchen and Good Catch brands. The event was generously sponsored by the Leslie L. Alexander Foundation, the Tarrytown Center, ROI Solutions, and Allen Guisinger. 

Photo: Brianna Light.

On the menu was a scrumptious vegan salmon Caesar salad, escarole soup, carbonara, and an unforgettable apple rose fritter, served with Wicked Kitchen’s award-winning ice cream. On the table were cheeses provided by Rebel Cheese. Guests toasted animal rights with delicious organic wines generously donated by RedThumb Natural Wines. The cuisine was both creative and delectable, and no animals were harmed for it.  

The Austin vegan business community warmly welcomed PETA to Texas. We were delighted to host Rebel Cheese cofounders Kirsten Maitland and Fred Zwar, Funky Mello cofounders Delisa and Zach Harper, and Crafty Counter founder Hema Reddy. In addition to donations from RedThumb and Rebel Cheese, the evening featured auction prizes donated from local brands, including Mad Hippie, Bouldin Creek Cafe, The Beer Plant, UMLAUF Sculpture Garden + Museum, Park Lane Guest House, and Mission Burger. Guests left with a goodie bag filled with vegan popcorn from Austin-based company Cornucopia Popcorn along with a copy of The Wicked Healthy Cookbook signed by coauthor chef Sarno. 

PETA’s dear friend and member from the earliest days Carol Holub made the night extra special by sharing a heartfelt testimonial and generously matching donations. An inspirational conversation with Ingrid left attendees motivated and inspired to do all they can for our fellow sentient beings. Ultimately, the event raised more than $145,000 for animals—making PETA’s first-ever fundraiser in Austin a huge success. 

What’s better than a fun night with animal advocates spent eating delicious food and raising money for PETA? Ingrid’s All Together Now! tour is coming to a city near you. Join in the fun by snagging your tickets today: 

Come Together Now With Ingrid!