Archive for June, 2006

Bay Area Vegan/Vegetarian Catering Companies

Friday, June 30th, 2006

We split-off catering companies from the services, and created a new category, so now it should be easier to find veggie catering companies throughout the San Francisco Bay Area :)

BAV News – July 2006: Cooking Classes, Outreach news, New Guide Book, 4th July VFP, and more …

Friday, June 30th, 2006

Cooking Classes, Outreach news, New Guide Book, 4th July VFP, and more …

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Veg Outreach at SF Pride

Thursday, June 29th, 2006

Thanks to the wonderful plant-powered crew who volunteered at our Veg Education & Outreach booth at the two-day SF Pride Celebration in San Francisco this past weekend, our booth was a huge success.

Hungry for veg info, people crowded our booth, and learned about vegetarianism, vegan cooking, and factory farming. Tens of thousands learned that chickens are debeaked and intensively confined in cages to produce eggs.

Long hours of preparation, planning, and twelve-hour days are all worthwhile when people visit our booth and tell us that information we shared with them was instrumental in their decision to go vegetarian or vegan.

A veggie big thanks to our plant-powered volunteer crew!

On Saturday: George, Peggy, Dana, Tammy and Chris staffed the table while Kansinee leafleted the crowd.

On Sunday, George, Thea, Warren, Candace, Tammy and Chris staffed the table while Suzanne and Andrew helped with tabling & leafleting; Ari, Ron, Nick, Kansinee, Gabe, Blue, and Ananda focused on leafleting (with amazing results).

Leafleting gives us the opportunity to present information to people who otherwise may not receive it. On Saturday, Kansinee distributed approx. 300 Even If You Like Meat leaflets; on Sunday, they distributed over 3,500 Why Vegan, Even If You Like Meat, and Try Vegetarian booklets, and a smaller number of other leaflets.

And, this is all possible due to the donors who responded specifically to our appeal for funds for outreach events like Haight Street Fair and Pride.

In particular, to Chuck Barritt for leading our fundraising effort by matching $500 in donations.

To Sun Flour Baking who, for the 4th year, makes Pride a sweet success by donating vegan cookie samples.

To Vegan Outreach, PCRM, PETA, Compassion over Killing, United Poultry Concerns, HSUS, and Farm Sanctuary for providing literature and other materials.

To our volunteers, our financial supporters, our non-profit partners — thank you for helping us promote vegetarianism!

Click here to see photos of Bay Area Veg at SF Pride

Dairy-free and Delicious

Thursday, June 29th, 2006

Cow’s milk is the perfect food designed for a nursing baby cow. When it comes to humans, it’s a different story.

Dairy: Fat, cholesterol, blood, pus, food-borne illnesses. Heart attacks, strokes, obesity, diabetes, impotence and osteoporosis.

Dairy-free: No animal suffering, a fraction of the fat, no cholesterol, less fossil fuels and fresh water used to produce, and…delicious!

According to Viva!USA, “investigations have revealed that most cows are kept in confined areas on dirt and cement floors; and the babies, sometimes only a few hours old, are taken from their mothers. Because cows produce significant amounts of milk for only ten months after they have birthed a calf, they are forced to continuously have babies in order to keep the milk flowing.” For the babies, males become veal calves while females are raised as replacement “dairy cows”. Dairy cows are sent to the slaughterhouse after their production levels decreases, typically at age 5-6 versus the normal 25 year lifespan for a cow.

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Thea Langsam

Thursday, June 29th, 2006

Thea Langsam

Attorney Thea Langsam explains how and why she stands up for activist rights and the animals.

Name: Thea Langsam
Profession: Public interest attorney

City: Oakland
Age: 34

Are you vegetarian or vegan, and for how long? Vegan, 6 years.

What motivated you to make this change? Two things: (1) Learning about the intense, enduring suffering of animals used for dairy and egg production. (2) Becoming friends with a vegan and realizing that she enjoyed her vegan diet, rather than feeling deprived. I decided just to try giving up animal products for a bit and soon realized that I loved it. Really!

What are you working on?

I host a KFC protest in San Francisco for BAVeg once a month. This is a fun, friendly, peaceful way to let people know about KFC cruelty and, more generally, just to raise awareness about animal suffering and food choices. I also serve as Vegan Outreach’s attorney, the organization that publishes Why Vegan, Even If You Like Meat, and similar leaflets that encourage reduction of animal product consumption.

How can others get involved?

Come to a KFC protest. Date, time, location are available at BAVeg’s events page. I bring posters and flyers, all you have to do is show up. Also, join Vegan Outreach’s Adopt-a-College program, handing out leaflets like Why Vegan to college students.

Who/what inspires you to keep going?

I was a vegan for a few years before I took any affirmative action to help animals. What inspired me to do more was a trip to Farm Sanctuary, where I petted turkeys and sheep and realized — just like the dogs and cats I grew up with — that they actually enjoy affection. We also watched the movie Peaceable Kingdom, and there are two scenes in particular that I think about sometimes when I need a little extra inspiration: (1) A scene of a mother cow, frightened and trying to protect her calf, they’re in some sort of padlock area together, a man is yelling, hitting at the mother cow, perhaps with an electric prod, suddenly we realize at the same time the mother figures it out, that this violence was done to get the calf away from his mother, and they’re separated. Cows noticeably mourn when they lose a calf, bellowing for days. That is what milk production is about. (2) A scene of another cow, this one a “downer,” meaning she cannot stand by the time she makes it to the slaughter house. It would cost money to euthanize her, and we see her being pulled, alive and conscious, by a chain around her neck into the scoop of a bulldozer (as I recall the details). Her suffering is more visible than almost any suffering I’ve ever seen. Her head is up, she’s aware, her face looks scared, but worst of all is the shaking, her whole body just uncontrollably shaking.

What advice would you give to an aspiring vegan?

It’s not just about sacrifice. Vegan food is yummy, once you learn how to make and order things you like. When I first stopped eating dairy & eggs, I realized that for years I’d been drowning out the taste of foods like tomato sauce and refried beans with cheese and that tomatoes, beans, etc. have delicious flavors I’d been missing. I really believed that my taste buds were changing, allowing me to appreciate things I never had before. So my advice is to try to see what you can enjoy about veganism, rather than thinking of it as a sacrifice. Of course, just as when you ate animal products, not every meal can be good. Oh, but adding salt always helps!

What advice would you give to an aspiring activist? There are so many different events in the Bay Area, check out a few things and see what you like. The BAVeg events are always friendly, positive experiences you can feel comfortable coming to no matter what your age, personality, experience.

Favorite saying: “Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.”

Favorite dessert: Double Rainbow Soy Cream — all the flavors are awesome, but I love the mint chocolate chip.

Favorite recipe:

From Vegan Outreach’s website: Easy Nutritional Yeast Cheese

3/4 C nutritional yeast flakes
1/4 C flour
1 t salt
1/2 t garlic powder
2 C water
1/4 C vegan margarine
1 t mustard

Mix dry ingredients in saucepan. Whisk in water. Cook over medium heat, whisking until mixture thickens and bubbles. Cook an additional 30 sec., remove from heat. Stir in margarine and mustard. (Note: Cheese will thicken as it cools, or you may add water to thin it.)

NV Vegetarian Restaurant Closed

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006

NV Vegetarian Restaurant in Woodland has closed. Owner reportedly moved restaurant to Sacramento.

Herbivores coming to Berkeley

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006

Rumor has it than Herbivore the Earthly Grill will be opening soon in Berkeley. Stay tuned for updates.

El Papagayo Grill & Cafe – South Lake Tahoe

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

El Papagayo Grill and Cafe serves vegan baked treats, organic espresso, smoothies, bagel sandwiches with vegan cream cheese. The cafe upstairs carries many vegan and organic items. Downstairs is a Mexican style taqueria serving many vegetarian and vegan options such as veggie ground round. It is located in the small town of Meyers.

Organic Tummies – San Rafael

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

Fresh or Frozen vegan baby food made from local organic produce. Available at local Farmers Markets. Bulk deliveries available.

Amarin Thai Cuisine – Santa Clara

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

Relatively new addition to the local Amarin Thai Cuisine chain.

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