Bart Potenza, co-owner, along with his partner Joy Pierson, of two great vegan restaurants, Candle 79 and Candle Café, was on hand at Cipriani in NYC for Farm Sanctuary’s 25th Anniversary celebration. Bart has contributed enormously towards building a more compassionate world through his work and his involvement with charitable organizations like Farm Sanctuary.
Giving people a taste of delicious vegan cuisine is one of the best ways to support and promote cruelty-free living. When food tastes as good as it does at Candle 79 and Candle Cafe, you won’t want for anything else. They are definitely changing palates and minds one plate at a time.
This interview may be the shortest of the night but it was by far the sweetest! I learned some Italian and we agreed, it doesn’t take the lotto to win when you’re a vegan. Bart said it best, “it’s a big investment in health and well-being for us, and for the planet and for the animals.”
Photographed and Edited by Torino Pictures.
Of course winning the lotto doesn’t hurt. Bart and Joy started Candle 79 in 1984. A $53,000 windfall from the New York Lottery in 1993 afforded them the seed money to start their second restaurant, Candle Cafe.
I learned later on in the evening that they will be rolling out their frozen vegan entrees, Candle Cafe Frozen Entrees, at Whole Foods stores nationwide in June.
They currently have some of their desserts available at Whole Foods Markets in NYC but soon everyone across the country can experience their delectable eats. And next time you’re in New York City, be sure to come on out to one of their restaurants. Dining at Candle 79 should be on everyone’s bucket list!