Let Your Palate Be Your Ballot at the Coalition for Healthy School Food Gala

by Adrienne Borgersen, Editor in Chief, LAFC

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Do you have your tickets yet?? The Coalition for Healthy School Food (CHSF) are hosting their annual gala on October 20, that’s next Thursday at 6:30PM.

CHSF is a nonprofit organization that introduces plant-based foods and nutrition education in schools to educate the whole school community.  They are changing how schools feed kids.

They are responsible for the very first vegetarian lunch program, launched in Queens, NY and are endorsed by the American Heart Association.  Read about that monumental story here!

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With an obesity epidemic among our kids, Host Dr. Michelle McMacken will undoubtedly talk about the mounting medical evidence that points to all the benefits of a plant based diet.

The gala is sponsored by amazing organizations such as Animal Welfare Trust, Cool Foods Trading Company and Forks Over Knives

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There promises to be lots of fun and delicious food from top notch chefs, like Candle 79, my very favorite restaurant in NYC (once I had dinner there and Paul McCartney was at a nearby table!); and other personal faves such as decadent cheese by Miyoko’s Kitchen and chocolatey delicious desserts by Chef Fran Costigan!

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Vegan cookbook author Miyoko Schinner holds a plate of her homemade cheese on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, in San Anselmo, Calif. She has written a new cookbook about artisan vegan cheeses. (IJ photo/Frankie Frost)

Along with entertainment by jazz band Bob Miles & Miles of Music and The Cynthia King Dance Company, join the raffle or the silent auction. We are particularly excited about the fashion prizes from Bead & Reel, Vaute, Matt & Natt and Mooshoes.  But there are plenty of other things on the list as well.

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Our friends the Vegan Mos, Liz Dee and Jenne Claiborne on the host committee are sure to guarantee a fun, eventful and valuable evening.  Tickets are still available here!

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I hope you will support CHSF’s monumental efforts, which are important to the health of our children, our planet and of course, for the animals.  Get your tickets here!

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GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT! Rebecca Winnicki, Founder of the Vegan, Organic, Zero-Waste Beauty Company, Homemade Betty

Hey Fashionista Compassionistas, we have a guest blog post today!  Cayla Mackey from Unicorn Goods talks about fab beauty products by Homemade Betty!

by Cayla Mackey, Unicorn Goods

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If you’re eating organic and vegan, shouldn’t you be doing the same for your skin? That’s what vegan Rebecca Winnicki, founder of Homemade Betty, asked herself three years ago. Frustrated by the lack of vegan, cruelty-free, organic body products, she set about creating zero-waste alternatives. Now, her growing company helps people live beautifully, and you can, too.

The initial idea for Homemade Betty struck Rebecca when she cured her son’s eczema using products she crafted at home. For years she had been recreating her versions of products, like Bath and Body Works’ body butter, and playing around with ingredients and recipes for friends and family. Things took a turn when Rebecca realized that not only were these products fun to make and a joy to give, but they could dramatically change people’s lives, starting with her own family.

Rebecca got serious about holistic body products. She opened up her medicine cabinet and asked herself what else she could replace. It wasn’t soon before she was off and running. Homemade Betty was born. Once her friends and family caught on, they started asking for their own specialty homeopathic products. The business grew from there.

In the pastoral hills of central New Jersey, Rebecca still handcrafts body butters, face masks, sunscreens, face cleansers, scrubs, toners, beard tonics, deodorant, hand sanitizer, bug repellant, and toothpaste. None of her products contain more than six ingredients, ranging from French vanilla coffee to turmeric to matcha sweet green tea powder.
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Everything comes in glass to prevent contaminants that leach from plastics normally present in body product containers, making sure that the product goes on the way it was made to, purely. Customers who want to go zero-waste can select the Homemade Betty “Forever Jar.” With the Forever Jar, you can mail back your original glass and have it sanitized and refilled, postage paid.

There’s love in every jar. Rebecca draws from a history of cure-making that she inherited from her mother, a strong believer in holistic, homeopathic remedies. As dancer and musical theater actress by education, she now channels her creativity into Homemade Betty. Even her three young kids pitch in from time to time for fun, when they aren’t being homeschooled or helping out in their expansive home garden. They are the source of her inspiration and desire to improve the world.

With Homemade Betty, Rebecca has grown, too. She is now a gluten-free soy-free vegan, and she applies the same principles to food that she does to body products. As she sees it, “If I’m eating organic and vegan, I should be treating my skin the same way.” We couldn’t agree more.

Shop Homemade Betty here.

Rebecca’s favorite products:
Coffee Face Scrub
Sun Protection
Lavender Body Butter

Have you tried Homemade Betty?  What’s your favorite product?  Talk to us!

Adrienne & Lois on The Jazzy Vegetarian Blog Spot Radio

December 2015

Laura Theodore, the Jazzy Vegetarian, interviews our founders, Adrienne and Lois, to get the inside scoop on stylish, cruelty-free holiday fashion. Laura is also our Holiday 2015 cover model!

Check out the full post at Blog Talk Radio!

Bonus! Listen to the jingle written for us by Laura Theodore, The Jazzy Vegetarian: