For Immediate Release:
January 8, 2021
David Perle 202-483-7382
Washington – PETA’s approach to vegan entertaining in the era of social distancing and political turmoil: The group is not letting recent events prevent it from welcoming the new administration with a drive-in inaugural eve party on January 19 at Washington, D.C.’s The Drive-In at Union Market that will celebrate animals and their champions in Congress as well as welcome Major, the first “first dog” (FIDO) to be adopted from an animal shelter.
“COVID-19 didn’t stop us from working to protect animals, and we’re not going to roll over because bullies have attacked our hometown of D.C.,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “PETA intends to raise spirits, commemorate those who have been on the front lines during the pandemic, and welcome a new administration with a wish for compassion, unity, and understanding across all party lines.”
Guests will enjoy a multicourse vegan menu catered by D.C.’s Soupergirl and Elizabeth’s Gone Raw—delivered right to their cars!—that includes vegan shrimp rolls with gochugaru sauce, crispy sweet potato chips, coconut bacon tartlet, vegan maple glazed chicken drumsticks with lemon parsley beurre blanc, and more. There will be popcorn and inaugural chocolate to snack on, piping hot cider to drink, and caramel-topped chocolate mousse for dessert. In addition, there will be plenty of vegan peanutty treats for dogs, who are encouraged to attend! Event sponsor Maker’s Mark has also donated “doggie bags” packed with everything needed to carry on the celebration at home with a vegan hot toddy, including bottles of its oak-finished 46 bourbon (for the 46th POTUS), “bee-free” honey, cinnamon syrup, and even a lemon.
The event—by invitation only—will be hosted by Edward James Olmos and will feature stories about past FIDOs and the presidents who loved them, a screening of Disney’s classic Lady and the Tramp, and special digital appearances from members of Congress who have helped advance animal protection, from proposing a ban on trophy hunting imports to getting the military to replace animals in trauma-skills training with sophisticated human-simulation technology.
Attendees are invited to bring donations of supplies, such as dogfood, bedding, and toys, for PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—to distribute to disadvantaged dogs this winter, as shown in the documentary Breaking the Chain, produced by Anjelica Huston.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.