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On Wednesday, Cornelia Guest invited friends including Carolina Herrera, Nan Bush, and Wendi Murdoch to lunch in honor of Kathy Freston’s latest book “The Quantum Wellness Cleanse.” And because both Guest and Freston abstain from meat and dairy, the gathering was held at vegan eatery Candle 79. The restaurant was new to those ladies more accustomed to lunching at, say, Bergdorf’s, but the artichoke salads, chickpea cakes, polenta fries and avocado with quinoa quickly made converts out of many.

Freston wasn’t surprised. “My husband Tom actually asks me to come here,” she says. “He gets a craving for the seitan piccata.”

This story first appeared in the May 11, 2009 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

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