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Celebrity Chef Tal Ronnen Serves Stunning Four-Course Meal At NYC's Candle 79

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Question: What happens when one of the world’s greatest vegan chefs teams up with one of the country’s most renowned vegan restaurants? Answer: Absolute magic!

Last night, I had the honor of attending a mouth-watering four-course meal at Candle 79, prepared by The Conscious Cook author Tal Ronnen.

In the spring of 2008, Ronnen became known nationwide when he served as Oprah Winfrey’s private chef during her 21-day vegan cleanse. He is also famous for catering Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi’s vegan wedding, Arianna Huffington’s party at the Democratic National Convention, and the first vegan dinner at the U.S. Senate. Long story short: we KNEW we were in for a treat!

The meal began with a light celery root soup with granny smith apples and a chive oil that was just perfect for the chilly winter evening.  Up next, a lovely quinoa dish with Belgian endive, orange and garnished with an elegant champagne vinaigrette.  For my entree, I chose the scaloppini, which featured the most insane piece of Gardein chick’n you’ve ever tasted. This product is a GAME-CHANGER — you MUST try it! The meal closed with a decadent piece of banana cheesecake that was sure to make even the most finicky dessert-eater grin with utter delight.

Of course, it wasn’t just the food that was lovely — we also had the privilege of sharing the table with some of our favorite vegan do-gooders, including: Girlie Girl Army founder Chloe Jo Davis, Cro-Mag legend John Joseph, reality television personality Eric Nies, Barefoot Tiger guru Kendra Coppey, Built by the Factory Creative Director Jeremy Davis and many others. Before we left, we made sure to say hello to HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell, Robin Quivers from the Howard Stern Show, Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson and some of our friends from PETA.

As midnight approached, I left the warm hearth of Candle 79 convinced that all one really needs in this life is good friends, good food and maybe some of that Gardein vegan chick’n.

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