Come to Dinner

For a Taste of #FarmSanctuaryLife

The Chicago Pop-Up Dinner is now sold out and tickets will not be available at the door. We hope to see you at a future event.

Join us Friday, June 22, at Loft Lucia, the hottest venue in Chicago’s West Loop. This space features an industrial aesthetic with exposed brick, natural wood floors, and marble kitchen countertops. The dining area is a perfect place to be seated and watch Chef Kevin Schuder create his four-course masterpiece in the open kitchen. Farm Sanctuary President and Co-founder Gene Baur and a panel of regional thought leaders will explore ways in which we can each better align our actions with our values; have a mindful relationship with animals; make more conscious food choices; and eat plants for our own health, as well as for the well-being of the planet. All the while, you can savor the fact that your night out gives back to Farm Sanctuary’s critical rescue, caregiving, and advocacy work on behalf of farm animals.

Please note: We are seeking volunteers for this event. Email  for more info!


  • A four-course plant-based meal
  • Panel discussion
  • VIP tables for personal guest interaction (snag yours before we sell out!)
  • Beer and wine will be served
  • Receive a complimentary copy of Gene Baur’s bestselling book Living the Farm Sanctuary Life: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Mindfully, Living Longer, and Feeling Better Every Day.

Interested in sponsoring this event?


6 – 6:30 p.m.
Check-in (Please arrive by 6:30 p.m. to enter the event; late arrivals not permitted)

6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Libations, speakers, and dinner and dessert

9:30 p.m.
Event concludes

Tray-Passed Appetizers

  • Buckwheat Blini: cashew crème fraîche, kelp caviar
  • Deviled Mini Potatoes
  • Eggplant-Bacon-Wrapped Dates Filled With Almond Ricotta

Summer Soiree Menu

  • Shared Cheese and Crudités: housemade country sourdough, nori, and sesame bread, with a (GF) seeded bread option.
    Served with cashew burrata, herbed chèvre, liptauer cheese spread, and a smoked beet pâté.
  • Roasted Strawberry and Cucumber Gazpacho With Basil, Tukmaria, and Sherry Almond Cream (GF)
  • Ratatouille Stack With Asparagus Risotto: black chanterelle and trumpet mushroom phyllo packet, Marash chile, and confit shallots (GF option available)
  • Neapolitan Vegan Cheesecake – made by Jennie Plasterer, owner of Kitchen 17

Chef Kevin Schuder

Kevin Schuder is the chef/owner of Chicago-based Fancy Plants Catering. A very ambitious home chef before going professional upon moving to the San Francisco Bay Area about a decade ago, Kevin’s first cooking job was at the vegan fine-dining restaurant Millennium. He then moved on to help Millennium’s sommelier open two wine bars as the chef. Eager to learn more, he furthered his culinary education by studying Japanese cooking with Chef Takashi Saito at Izakaya Yuzuki; molecular gastronomy techniques at AQ Restaurant; and a soulful California approach with Amaryll Schwertner at Boulette’s Larder. As he learned more about animal welfare, he decided to create an all-vegan-cuisine pop-up, which he named Veg388. From there, he became the chef of the San Francisco vegan restaurant Citizen Fox, as well as its sister sandwich shop kitfox. He then started cooking under his own name through Feastly, selling out 20+ vegan dinners in San Francisco and Los Angeles before relocating to Chicago. A Vegan Iron Chef winner, Kevin now runs Fancy Plants Catering and hosts underground vegan supper clubs and classes featuring artisan vegan cuisine that fuses modern and traditional cooking.

Allergy statement: Menu items may contain or come into contact with wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, or other allergens. We cannot guarantee the food served at the event will be free of allergens. For more information, please contact Lisa Wilkinson,


Dr. Kevin Fullin

Dr. Kevin Fullin

Dr. Kevin Fullin

Dr. Kevin Fullin received his medical degree from The Ohio State University. He has practiced interventional cardiology for more than 30 years. His practice included catheter-based interventions for coronary artery disease, aortic aneurysm, peripheral vascular disease, and pulmonary embolism. He also implants pacemakers and defibrillators for a variety of rhythm disorders. Dr. Fullin recommends a whole-food, plant-based diet for his patients. In collaboration with Craig Martin, he authored, a website on plant-based diet for illness and health.

Dr. Fullin is an avid gardener and has given more than 100 community lectures on the medical benefit of plant-based living.

Marla Rose

Marla Rose

Marla Rose

Marla Rose is a writer and co-founder of and, which provide communications work for vegan businesses and nonprofits, as well as co-founder of the popular free festival Chicago VeganMania, now in its tenth year.

Jennie Plasterer

Jennie Plasterer

Jennie Plasterer

Jennie Plasterer is a Chicago artist, race-car builder, house renovator, web developer, hackerspace operator, and owner of Kitchen 17, one of the city's most popular vegan restaurants.

Event sponsorships allow Farm Sanctuary to continue rescuing farm animals and educating and advocating on their behalf. Your sponsorship will be used to further our lifesaving work. Together, we can create a more compassionate world!

Title Sponsor (1) $10,000.00 (Fair Market Value $840)

  • featured title with the event name
  • (6) complimentary tickets to pop-up dinner and premium seating of your choice
  • custom-autographed copy of Living the Farm Sanctuary Life
  • private tour of one of our sanctuaries of your choosing
  • (2) tickets to Farm Sanctuary’s NYC Gala in October 2018 (airfare and accommodations not included)
  • name/logo on website, social media mentions, and printed materials

Dinner Sponsor (1) $7,500.00 (FMV $300)

  • exclusive sponsor logo or name recognition on menu placed at each seat
  • (4) complimentary tickets to pop-up dinner and premium seating of your choice
  • custom-autographed copy of Living the Farm Sanctuary Life
  • private tour of one of our sanctuaries of your choosing
  • name/logo on website, social media mentions, and printed materials

Cocktail Hour Sponsors (2) $5,000.00 (FMV $140)

  • exclusive signage during cocktail hour
  • (2) complimentary tickets to pop-up dinner
  • custom-autographed copy of Living the Farm Sanctuary Life
  • name/logo on website and printed materials

Table Name Sponsors (5) $2,500.00 (FMV $140)

  • exclusive table naming and signage to support it
  • (2) complimentary tickets to pop-up dinner
  • name/logo on website and printed materials

Gift Bag Sponsors (5) $1,000.00 (FMV $140)

  • exclusive signage on gift bags
  • exclusive category product visibility in (25) event-exclusive gift bags
  • (2) complimentary tickets to pop-up dinner
  • name/logo on website and printed materials

In-Kind Donation Sponsors – Product Donated for Event

  • dedicated and engaged audience interacting with your brand
  • public thank-you mention on day of event by Farm Sanctuary
  • name/logo on event page and printed materials

Please note that Farm Sanctuary considers the fair market value for a ticket to the Farm Sanctuary Life Pop-Up to be equal to $70. The fair market value for our sponsorship levels are as follows: Title Sponsor, $840; Dinner Sponsor, $300; Cocktail Hour Sponsor, $140; Table Naming Sponsor, $140; and Gift Bag Sponsor, $140. Federal tax law permits you to deduct as a charitable contribution only the excess (if any) of the amount paid over the fair market value of goods and services received in exchange. Thank you again for your generous support of Farm Sanctuary.

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