Have you ever found yourself sitting at an event, wondering why you weren’t at home, or why society seems to think that feasting on not-so-good food and empty entertainment, is a great way to promote a brand, product, or idea? Don’t get me wrong, I love food, but I can’t help but think that we need to modernize the way we socialize because these dinners often feel dated and wasteful. However, when Aristotle Andrulakis invited me to his “Abstractions” event in early August, I knew it was something I should attend. I didn’t really know where I was going, but I like him, and I trusted it was going to be a great night.

There are a few things that I really enjoy:

Crashing people’s houses
Meeting genuine individuals who are great conversationalists
The occasional glass of wine
Not eating meat

Aris hosted Abstractions at Glenn Chilton’s gorgeous home, setting a table for 80 people in the marketing guru’s driveway. There was a pre-dinner playground in the backyard, where we had time to mingle before a contemporary and abstract musical performance, a perfect prelude to our meal. Once seated, I couldn’t help but wonder what the context or occasion was of this gorgeous affair.

It turned out that my friend brought us together to share his (com)passion: animal rights. Myself and my incredible dinner companions were dining on VEGAN fare paired with stunning wines – quite a menu.

After glasses of sparkling rosé and white wine and two appetizers, Aris took the chance to acknowledge the purpose of the evening, thank the talented Chef Romain Avril for creating the beautiful spread, and introduce Nick Wright, a phenomenal person and accomplished lawyer who founded Animal Justice, a law firm that fights for animal rights.

You may think fighting for animal rights is a little absurd, but take a moment to consider it: we are pretty good at establishing basic rights for humans, but what about our furry friends? Why do they have to constantly suffer at our expense? How come they don’t have any basic rights? Wright has seriously thought about it and built a world-class team around him that is making progress towards better regulations for animals.

Good thing we were sitting down because I needed to take this all in. Between the elegant setting, the incredible food, the lively company, and now the amazing cause, I certainly was surprised.

Before continuing our meal, we heard from Marsha Doucette, an eloquent Ocean Activist who brought up some thought-provoking points that led to more interesting wine-fueled conversation.

In a movie-like moment, the rain appeared as a perfect ending to our meal, and we all ran inside to crash Mr. Chilton’s house and listen to more musical performances. It was a harmonious experience – I’m so grateful to have a friend like Aris who could put on such an amazing night.

Thank you to Aris; his sponsors Electronica AI, Grey Goose Canada, Two Sisters, and Perroni; Mr. Chilton for his willingness to open his house; and a wink to Bruce Bailey – that man is Dress(ed) to Kill.

To learn more about Animal Justice or donate https://www.animaljustice.ca 

To learn more about Animal Justice or donate https://www.animaljustice.ca 


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