Thank you to our generous sponsors!


"We are the only 100% certified organic restaurant and bar in NYC, and we are completely plant-based! All of our delicious meals are made from nutrient dense local ingredients. We also have a juice and wheat-grass bar. GustOrganics includes the restaurant, organic catering, and private events."


GustO is the beautiful venue for the PlantEmpowered benefit. Their menu is completely vegan, and does not have any shortage of variety. Their food is sure to satisfy individuals with any food lifestyle! The gala will be catered by GustOrganics, so prepare for a high-end, nutrient-dense meal that will be sure to make your taste buds dance!


"If there’s a dinner plate, we want to be on it—all you have to be is hungry! Our food tastes good, is good for you, and is good for the planet. Why is gardein (garden + protein = gardein) so good? Because Yves, our founder, made it that way!  A delicious, convenient, and versatile protein option for everyone, Gardein is dedicated to creating healthier versions of the food people love to eat. So, feed your happy!"

The Chik'n Teriyaki Quinoa Wok dinner option will be made with Gardein, so don't miss out on an opportunity to enjoy their incredible products!


Daiya's promise: "Cheese is a delicious beacon for food lovers; we want people to enjoy their savory love affair with cheese to its absolute fullest. We are committed to delivering the best-tasting dairy-free cheese possible. We simply want to give people the joy of cheese, without any compromise."

Get excited to try Daiya's new dairy-free cheesecakes at the PlantEmpowered gala!

Marty's Vegan Fast Food

"Marty’s Vegan Fast Food concept is for fast food with minimum wait time. We keep our product flying off the grill and serving in average time of 1 to 2 minutes. Our products are handmade locally in Sunset Park, Brooklyn and are 100% vegan.

Our goal is to further the changing impression of vegan food as rabbit food. Our food is succulent, delicious and comforting. Our following comprises of both vegans and staunch meat-eaters. Both have made it a point to return to our booth to give us positive feedback. We are also interested in developing a brick and mortar fast-food operation to serve more of you."


You will find Marty's Vegan Fast Food sliders at the PlantEmpowered gala!

Savor Spa

"Savor Spa™ is an eco-chic boutique spa in New York City’s West Village offering organic facials, deep tissue holistic massages, organic waxing, and an eco-makeup studio. Everyone from high-profile clients to neighborhood locals enjoy the privacy of a hidden hot spot while the discreet staff provide the highest quality service in the industry. You can book your treatment online or by calling 212-304-2887."


Get ready for a special treat from Savor Spa in your PlantEmpowered gift bag!

Hail Merry

"At Hail Merry, we believe that nature got it right the first time!  Eating foods as close to their natural state as possible is not only more beneficial to the body, but also tastes better!  It is for these reasons that our snacks and desserts are dehydrated at low temperatures rather than baked. In addition, subtle flavor nuances are more complex and intense when ingredients are not baked.  Pure ingredients like organic vanilla extract and raw nuts are more flavorful when not exposed to high temps."


Get excited for some decadent Hail Merry product in your PlantEmpowered gift bag!

Chloe's Soft Serve Fruit, Co.

"Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit™ is unlike any other frozen treat out there. Made from only 3 ingredients: real fruit, water, and a touch of organic cane sugar, Soft Serve Fruit is free of dairy, gluten, fat, and all 8 major allergens. It is Kosher Pareve and less than 90 calories in a 3.5 oz serving. With Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit, you can enjoy all of the health benefits and essential nutrients of the fruit, without the guilt! You must explore our growing number of seasonal varieties of Soft Serve Fruit. We currently offer Soft Serve Fruit in thirteen fruit varieties, all made from quality, wholesome ingredients that you recognize and can pronounce."

Chloe's Soft Serve Fruit will be served with all dessert options at the benefit, so each guest will get a chance to try their sweet, healthy creations!

Frey Vineyards

"Frey Vineyards’ commitment to organic agriculture runs deep.  All of the vineyards planted and cared for by the Frey family are under organic management, including our first vineyards planted in the 1960s. 

Organic farming is a healthy alternative to the conventional practices of blanket chemical applications and large-scale mono-cropping. Frey Vineyards is dedicated to growing the highest quality winegrapes, which we believe can only be obtained through organic practices.  It all starts with healthy soil, because only healthy soil can grow the highest quality grapes that produce the finest organic wines."


Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy either Frey white wine or red wine... or both, at the PlantEmpowered benefit!

Califia Farms

"We’re Califia Farms (Califia, pronounced like California), and our mission is to bring you delicious and mindful nourishment through California-grown fruits and nuts. We're led by industry veteran Greg Steltenpohl, bringing you beautifully bottled goodness from the San Joaquin Valley. Our name comes from the Spanish legend of warrior queen Califia who ruled over the mythical island of California. Spanish conquistadors believed they had discovered Califia’s bountiful island when they first explored California."


Califia Farms is generously donating some of their delicious Almond Milk for the event gift bags, and Aguas Frescas - the Watermelon Ginger, Kiwi Cactus, and Pineapple Ginger flavors - for guests to enjoy during the meal!


"FoodtoEat is the ultimate destination for great food at the office, at home, and even at events. We're all about building office culture through food. And not just any food (ie. boring turkey sandwiches); we bring delicious variety to the workplace - from ramen burgers to taco bars to food trucks, our catering service has got your team covered.Additionally, our online platform allows you to group order with your friends or colleagues with a few clicks. Working closely with our vendors to expand their business, we provide value by connecting and exposing their food to a greater network of eaters."

Look out of an amazing opportunity to have FoodtoEat cater an event for you, through the event auction items!

Treeline Cheese

"Our Products - Now 100% Gluten Free!Totally Dairy Free • Delicious and Tangy • Creamy • Zero Cholesterol • Non-GMO • Probiotic • Raw

Artisan-made in the Hudson Valley Region of New York

Our cheeses are made of fine Brazilian cashew nuts, cultured with non-dairy Lactobacillus Acidophilus. Our soft cheeses have special blends of herbs, garlic, scallions and onions."

Treeline Cheeses are incredible, and the business has a passionate mission that drives them to share their products with the world. Get excited to experience a variety of Treeline Cheese with hors d'oeuvres at the benefit!


"Karmalize.Me is our humble attempt to start a business which uplifts individuals and communities and in doing so forever changes the way people do business! Karmalize Me is a play on words “Karma Lies (in) Me”. Simply put,  if you do good, good comes back to you.   We believe that businesses should be all about uplifting people and communities. It should impact people’s lives, their neighborhoods and the environment in a positive way. And so, we created Karmalize.Me with the intention to do business that truly touches peoples soul.  Our commitment to you is that everytime you buy a Karmalize.Me product, we will give 50% of our profits from your purchase to the cause/charity of YOUR choice. All you have to do is to create an account and list the name of your charity that is registered as a tax-exempt organization with IRS. In essence, when you buy a Karmalize.Me product YOU dictate the change you want to see in the world. That we think is very powerful."

Look out for a Karmalize.Me treat in every gift bag!

Jay Astafa Catering

"jay astafa catering is a boutique vegan catering company specializing in innovative, custom-designed, plant-based cuisine. Having mastered the art of bespoke haute hospitality, this New York-based small business is committed to delivering clients — be they in Manhattan or Miami — the very best in vegetable-forward food service, whatever the event. With an emphasis on employing contemporary culinary techniques and reimagining traditional Italian favorites, among still more delightful fare, pleased palates far and wide know well that jay astafa catering proves the premiere go-to for any and all of your edible expectations. Whether it’s an intimate dinner for two or a banquet seating hundreds, jay astafa catering aims to please — and always succeeds."

Get ready to try some of Jay's signature vegan hors d'oeuvres dishes during cocktail hour!

Crazies and Weirdos

"Every 3 months we will launch a new t-shirt campaign supporting one specific animal group we feel needs attention.  Our strategy is to bring public awareness to the crises these animals are experiencing.  We will campaign on behalf of the featured animal for 3 months before retiring our campaign’s t-shirt and starting a new t-shirt campaign for a new group of animals needing our help.  This will be our cycle.  This will be our formula.  This will be our life’s work, every 3 months.

This is a plan of action we feel confident in; we feel it will give every featured animal group an equal platform.  Too often we see speciesism and favoritism displayed in the animal kingdom between domestic, wildlife and farm animals.  Sadly, we feel this is causing great division and leaving some animals without support from their fellow mankind.  To us, this imbalance in support is troubling and heartbreaking, especially when we have numerous groups of animals being abused, mistreated and/or placed on the critical endangered species list at an alarming rate.  We are deeply concerned about this. We hope you are as well. " Learn more about Crazies and Weirdos, and the Founder Dominick Thompson

Wanderlust Brooklyn 108

"Wanderlust 108 is a triathlon unlike any you’ve ever known. This “mindful triathlon” brings three events together in your favorite local park: a 5k run, an outdoor yoga experience, and a guided meditation — but with a twist. Unlike most triathlons, we place community above competition, inner peace above power, and self-awareness above strength. We prefer slow food to fast run times. For us, winning is measured in laughs shared and new friends made.

While we’re pretty sure you’ll be challenged during the day, we are equally sure you’ll have a great time doing so. From live bands and DJs on our main stage, to lawn activities like hooping and acroyoga, to our local food and craft vendors, there’s a lot to do when you’re not on your mat."

Cliffton Dry

"Cliffton Dry Sparkling Apple Wine presents a wonderfully delicate and pure, organically produced beverage that celebrates todays health driven consumer that is looking for an all natural, sustainably farmed, high quality product. Cliffton Dry offers a low alcohol (5.5%), low-calorie and low sugar (0.05%), gluten-free sparkling wine that serves as the perfect standalone refreshment, a finest farm-to-table meal, or your favorite champagne cocktail. Cliffton is politely dry, well-balanced, with a fresh bouquet nose, with a taste that is clean, elegant and refined with pear and citrus notes, with a slight, apple note to the finish.

Our enticingly light smooth sparkling pairs beautifully with fresh delicacies collected at a farmers market, or a delicious, healthy meal crafted from local ingredients. Cliffton Dry could as easily be found taking the place in-hand on the deck of a beach house, picnic, a special occasion celebration, or on a boat on a warm summer’s day, or as a clean refresher after the coming in from the snow capped mountains at you head for to the lodge for the perfect refresher."

Beanfields Chips

"Beanfields was started with a big idea - to help change the way Americans eat. Our primary goal is to help improve the global food supply by creating delicious, plant based, Non-GMO snacks, with beans as the primary ingredient.

Please explore our website to find out more about our company and about our team. "Beanfields Values" will tell you more about what's important to us as a company. "The Beanfields Team" has some brief bios of our key people. And our Blog will give you a more personal view into the sometimes strange and only possibly interesting characters that make up this family enterprise."

Trader Joe's


Barney Butter

"Barney Butter is an all-natural almond butter made with Premium California Almonds.  It is a craveably delicious treat with all the right qualities: the rich flavor, nutrition and versatility of almonds with a texture just like peanut butter.  Manufactured in a peanut free facility, Barney Butter is a great alternative for those with peanut allergies. Barney Butter is naturally no-stir and does not need to be refrigerated.  Being Non-GMO certified, Kosher, and Gluten free, with no trans fats or hydrogenated oils, and half the saturated fat of peanut butter, Barney Butter is a healthy and delicious treat!"

Kings County Distillery

"Kings County Distillery is New York City’s oldest operating whiskey distillery, the first since prohibition. Founded in 2010, Kings County makes handmade moonshine and bourbon out of the 115-year-old Paymaster Building in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.  We use New York grain and traditional distilling equipment to make distinctive whiskey.  Our whiskeys have won numerous awards from the American Distilling Institute, the American Craft Spirits Association, and our bourbon was recently named #2 craft bourbon by Eric Asimov of the New York Times.  We only distill whiskey for our label and we never buy bulk whiskey from any other source."

Look out for a special basket of goodies from Kings County Distillery in the silent auction!

Ace Natural

"Ace Natural is a service-focused, customer-driven natural and organic food distribution business located in New York City. Ace has a rich 20-year history providing superb service to the most discerning NYC restaurants, caterers, food retailers and distributors. The company has a strong foothold and a passion for improving the lifestyles of New Yorkers."

Ace Natural has generously donated many products that will be infused throughout the PlantEmpowered benefit, including in the meal and gift bags.

BCL Fitness

 "By creating a clear vision of what is possible for yourself, defining a concise action plan with concrete markers, and establishing a supportive environment to hold you accountable.  A life you love is waiting for you, let's live it NOW!  I will encourage you to be  intensely kind to your body by training hard, nourishing your body with nutrient dense fuel, rewarding yourself with positive affirmations, and enlisting your family and friends into your journey so we don't just get to your goals we LIVE your goals! I wont let you get in your own way, I wont let you stop when it get's hard, I will root you on relentlessly till you are living a life you love! My method combines mindfulness, fitness, and accountability to get you out of your own way and living a powerful and healthy life!  If you do the work inside and out, the body you want will show up.  Believe.Commit.Live is my unique 3-step process that will have you empowered and armored with a set of tools that will get to any goal you set for yourself." -Melissa Carter, Founder of BCL Fitness


Keep you eye out for an opportunity to win free fitness classes with Melissa, by bidding on the BCL auction item!

Manitoba Harvest

"We heart hemp foods SO much we see no reason to love any other, and that’s why we ONLY manufacture and sell hemp foods. When it comes to hemp foods, we want to know as much as possible and be involved at every level - from seed to shelf. Luckily we are! We are tremendously proud to be the world’s largest hemp food manufacturer to grow, make and sell our own line of hemp foods. We are in the fields educating farmers and encouraging more hemp acres. We make virtually everything on-site at our world class manufacturing facility. Our manufacturing plant has achieved the highest level of global certification in food safety and quality (BRC Grade A). We are proactively spreading the word about hemp foods to all those that will listen. We share over two million sample packages per year to hemp fans young and old all across North America."


Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts will be in each guest's gift bag! Get ready for a whole new source of protein!