Archive for December, 2004

BAV events 2005 — your input & help needed

Sunday, December 12th, 2004

Bay Area Vegetarians hosts about 10-15 events a month (about 140 events for 2004 — isn’t this amazing!?). Some of our most popular events are the monthly dinners and the camping / outdoor trips, whose destinations have included Arroyo Seco, Butano State Park, Donner summit, Half Moon Bay State Beach, Pt Reyes, and Yosemite.

All of the events are wonderful opportunities to share good vegan food and fellowship, but the camping trips are the most fun.. and also take the most work.

Just a heads-up for anyone who is interested in planning an outdoor trip for the group: reservations for California State Parks happen 6 months in advance. Booking for the summer months will start in January! I already booked the Half Moon Bay State Beach trip for May 20-22 2005.

We are an entirely volunteer organization, and the events and activities that happen depend on the enthusiasm, input and participation of our members… but most importantly, the volunteer organizers, our Veggie Important People! ( http://www.bayareaveg.org/vip.htm )

Let’s make it happen for 2005 .. camping trips .. vegan food parties .. letter writing parties .. KFC protests .. adopt-a-college .. restaurant dinners .. Guerneville/Sparks road trip… singles party? what else?? We are entirely open to your suggestions for the types of events that you would like to see happen.

You can reach us via email, or I’ll also be at a few events in the next several days .. Colleen’s DVD Party today, Fund for Animals Party on Sunday, Kaleva dinner on Monday and .. if I haven’t exploded from all the food.. the BAV monthly Palo Alto dinner — details on the event calendar at http://www.bayareaveg.org/events.php

Cheers,
Tammy
Bay Area Vegetarians

Best of Veg 2004 – Voting Ends 12/31 Win Prizes!

Friday, December 10th, 2004

Reminder! Please take a few minutes and vote for your favorites in the BEST OF VEG 2004 contest!

Your vote recognizes the best in Bay Area vegetarian dining and services, as well as the opportunity to determine the best local bay area veg / AR activist and best bay area veg / AR organization.

This is your opportunity to show your support and give recognition to the individuals, organizations, and businesses that make the Bay Area so veg-friendly! Voting ends 12/31.

All voters will be entered in a random prize drawing, with thanks to Body Technician, VegNews Magazine, and Sun Flour Baking.

http://ww.bayareaveg.org/vote

Letter to Michele Anna Jordan – VegOut SF

Tuesday, December 7th, 2004

Here’s a copy of a letter I recently sent Michele Anna Jordan, the author of “VegOut: Vegetarian Guide to San Francisco Bay Area”.

Dear Michele

I am writing regarding your book VegOut: Vegetarian Guide to San Francisco Bay Area, and it’s review of Shangri-La Vegetarian Restaurant in SF (page 103.)

I understand and respect that everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

However, I am dismayed and disappointed that you chose to poke fun at their non-American grasp of the English language.

I quote –

“The menu here is riddled with mistakes in grammar and vocabulary, making it an interesting and amusing read. But you have to wonder about some of the names: Vegetal goose? Vegetal kidney? Shark Fin Vegetable Plate?”

As a European immigrant, I, too, sometimes unintentionally misuse the English language, or am misunderstood in “translation” to “American”.

Your remarks, as a professional reviewer who should have a good grasp of the written English language, were intentional. Your intent may be construed as offensive or even racist to some readers, especially those of an Asian heritage.

If you had bothered to ask, you would have found that the menu at Shangri-La is 100% vegetarian and one of the most vegan friendly places in town. In fact they’ve been in business in the same location, with the same owner and menu, for close to 30 years. Plus they’ve won many awards for “Best of” over the years from many sources, including Bay Area Vegetarians, the group that I co-founded.

When the owner of the restaurant showed me your review, I was as upset as he was by your ridicule, and gladly accepted his request to contact you.

This is one of my favorite restaurants, and I dine there frequently.

I think you owe an apology to the restaurant and to the readers of your guide book.

Sincerely,

Chris James

Here’s Michele’s reply, even though it’s polite, it still does not excuse her behavior.

Dear Chris,

Thank you for taking the time to write. I am sorry you took offense and I assure you that none was intended. I do feel that language difficulties, or translation difficulties, make it hard to people, especially newcomers, to navigate a written menu, in part because descriptions such as “vegetal kidney” do not sound at all appetizing.

Since many vegetarians shrink from the idea of eating even the most familiar cuts of meat, using innards and goose (not common in the US) as a reference point doesn’t seem to be very helpful. My commitment is to readers and I try to fulfill it.

The few times I’ve worked as a menu consultant, I’ve encouraged careful translations and descriptions that let customers know what they might be getting. This is especially important when spoken language is a barrier.

I travel extensively, make countless errors when I try to speak the local language and have friends from many parts of the world. I would never and have never ridiculed anyone for their use of English or any other language.

I regret any and all misunderstandings and I hope you might, on a subsequent visit, convey my best regards and regrets to the owner.

Thank you again for writing,

michele anna jordan

In Memory of Julie Aleva

Monday, December 6th, 2004

In Memory of Julie Aleva, a wonderful young woman and friend to all animals

Julie became vegetarian when she was 12 and quickly converted her mom, Donna Marie, to her way of thinking, and eating. Donna became an activist for animal rights, and through her efforts and persistence convinced me and many others to go vegan.

Julie was such a wonderful young woman and friend to animals. During her short life, she worked in several animal-related jobs, including being an intern at PETA about 10 years ago, earning the honor of being the first intern arrested in the line of duty, protesting the mistreatment of chickens.

Julie will be missed by all who knew her, and I know she was enthusiastically welcomed at the Rainbow Bridge when she arrived.

Thank you to Karen M for her kind donation in Julie’s memory.

In Memory of Julie Aleva

Monday, December 6th, 2004

Thank you to Karen M for her kind donation in Julie’s memory. From Karen:

“In Memory of Julie Aleva, a wonderful young woman and friend to all animals

Julie became vegetarian when she was 12 and quickly converted her mom, Donna Marie, to her way of thinking, and eating. Donna became an activist for animal rights, and through her efforts and persistence convinced me and many others to go vegan.

Julie was such a wonderful young woman and friend to animals. During her short life, she worked in several animal-related jobs, including being an intern at PETA about 10 years ago, earning the honor of being the first intern arrested in the line of duty, protesting the mistreatment of chickens.

Julie will be missed by all who knew her, and I know she was enthusiastically welcomed at the Rainbow Bridge when she arrived.”

BAV – December 2004 Newsletter

Friday, December 3rd, 2004

http://bayareaveg.org/newsletters/BAV-News-Dec2004.htm