LAFC at the Movie Premiere of “What the Health”

written by Tiffany Negrea

photos by Lukas Maverick Greyson

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Vegans and health enthusiasts alike gathered at the AMC Loews Theatre in Manhattan’s Union Square area on March 7 for the premiere of the hot new documentary What the Health. Filmmakers Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn wowed moviegoers yet again, with a packed screening followed by an after party at nearby Jivamukti Café. You may know the duo as the inspiring pair responsible for Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret. While Cowspiracy focuses on the environmental impact of animal agriculture, this time the two were on a mission to expose the collusion and corruption in government and big business as it pertains to healthcare in America.

After the credits rolled, the audience was treated to a Q&A hosted by musician, author and Ironman Triathlete John Joseph. Andersen, Kuhn and special guests Dr. Michelle McMacken and Ruby Lathon — the former Nutrition Policy Manager for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine — talked about the doc and answered questions from the crowd.

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John Joseph
Ruby Lathon, Dr. Michelle McMacken, Keegan Kuhn, Kip Anderson
Ruby Lathon, Dr. Michelle McMacken, Keegan Kuhn, Kip Andersen

When asked what it took to make such an in-depth film, Andersen said it required, “Two years and a lot of perseverance.” Party attendees remarked that the documentary was, “Definitely an inspiration.” One woman thought of her grandparents and the flaws in nutritional education that are nonchalantly passed down. Others remarked how sad it is that we hear sugar is the true source of myriad health complications, when in reality it’s only the tip of the iceberg. Fats, as it happens, are so much worse.

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The after party at spiritual oasis Jivamukti Yoga included scrumptious catering by Vspot Organic and Blossom Du Jour. Everyone enjoyed wraps filled with deliciously prepared, wholesome vegetables and a variety of perfectly seasoned empanadas. Juice Press provided flavored waters and a decadent dessert table boasted treats by chef and caterer Peter A. Cervoni. Think carrot cake bites, chocolate chip cookies and chocolate hazelnut brownie bites — all 100% vegan of course! Before leaving, partygoers were gifted goodie bags packed with cruelty-free delights and coupons for products from ethical companies.

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Some people of note at the event!

The filmmakers with event organizer Nell Alk
The filmmakers with event organizer Nell Alk
Victoria Moran
Author and speaker Victoria Moran
Designer Joshua Katcher and PR Exec Dana Capone
Menswear designer Joshua Katcher and PR gal Dana Capone
"Vegan Mos" Ethan Ciment and Michael Suchman with Chef Fran Costigan
Vegan Mos’ Ethan Ciment and Michael Suchman with Chef Fran Costigan
Our Editor Adrienne Borgersen helps distribute gift bags.
Our Editor Adrienne Borgersen helps distribute gift bags.

Watch the What the Health trailer here and standby for a full review of the doc in the upcoming Spring 2017 issue of La Fashionista Compassionista magazine!

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

by Adrienne Borgersen, Editor in Chief, LAFC


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!


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

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!




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!