Celebrated Chef Cooking Up Vegan Menu for 
25th Anniversary Genesis Awards

Chef Tal Ronnen to serve a feast fit for “the Oscars® for Animals”

Hollywood, Calif. (March 7, 2011) - The upcoming 25th Anniversary Genesis Awards, presented by The Humane Society of the United States, stands out from the crowd of Hollywood’s award shows with a menu that includes no animal products. In addition to honoring news and entertainment media nominees for their coverage of animal protection issues, the star-studded event featuring a vegan menu created by celebrated chef Tal Ronnen will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles, Calif. 

Ronnen’s three-course, cruelty-free gourmet
 Genesis Awards dinner will be comprised of:
baby arugula and faro salad
anjou pear
candied walnuts
aged sherry vinaigrette
chanterelle dusted gardein™ chick'n
chanterelle mushroom ravioli
 beurre blanc
vegan tiramisu
Frangelico laced coffee & house made ladyfinger sponge
maple vegan “cheesecake" with graham cracker crust & sugared berries

“We are indebted to Chef Tal for bringing his renowned culinary talents to our 800-plus audience at The 25th Anniversary Genesis Awards,” says Beverly Kaskey, senior director of the Hollywood office of The HSUS and executive producer of the annual Genesis Awards. “His delicious
 vegan cuisine proves that good food can be served and enjoyed without cruelty to animals.”

Among the celebrity presenters and attendees savoring Chef Tal’s gourmet vegan dinner will be
 Kristin Davis, Betty White, Leona Lewis, Emily Deschanel, Valerie Bertinelli, Kathy Freston (The Veganist), Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick, Olivia Munn, James Cromwell, Ed Asner, Simon Helberg (Big Bang Theory), Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck), Amanda Righetti (The Mentalist), Rico Rodriguez (Modern Family), Rene Russo, Owain Yeoman (The Mentalist), Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica), Michael Vartan, and Sam Witwer (Being Human).
Tal Ronnen became known nationwide as the chef who prepared vegan meals for
 Oprah Winfrey’s 21-day vegan cleanse. He has since catapulted to fame, catering Ellen DeGeneres andPortia de Rossi’s vegan wedding, Arianna Huffington’s party at the Democratic National Convention, and the first vegan dinner at the U.S. Senate. 
In October 2009, Chef Tal released his new cookbook,
 the conscious cook; it is the first full color vegan cookbook to be published in North America. He appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” on October 22, 2009 and made The New York Times best seller list.  Additionally, epicurious.com and VegNews Magazine named the conscious cook a Top Cookbook in 2009. 
A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, Chef Tal has worked at the top vegan restaurants in the United States, including Sublime in Fort Lauderdale, Madeleine Bistro in Los Angeles, and Candle 79 in New York City. He also assisted Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders in opening her restaurant, VegiTerranean, in Akron, Ohio, in 2007.
Additionally, Chef Tal conducts master
 vegetarian workshops for students and staff at Le Cordon Bleu College campuses nationwide.  For more information, visit http://www.talronnen.com.
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