Archive for January, 2008

Napa Whole Foods opens

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

New Whole Food Market has just opened up in Napa.

Vital Ital Calabash Closed

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

Vital Ital Calabash has closed it’s door for the last time. Apparently the owner has been trying to sell the business for a while, but finally gave up.

Making New Vegetarians

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

Saturday, January 12th was our first veg leafleting event to make 2008 the Year for All Animals.

Alex, Juan, and Tammy met at 1 pm at Powell and Market, and Jordan joined them for the final leg, as they distributed 650 leaflets in less than two hours (600 Vegetarian Starter Kits and 50 Why Vegans). In fact, it was so busy at Powell and Market, the team distributed all the leaflets there, only passing through Union Square to reach Golden Era for their ultimate goal, sharing a vegan dinner replete Golden Era’s housemade vegan flan and Black China’s vegan mocha chocolate cake.

Reading veg info
People were very interested in the materials provided, several were very enthusiastic in their thanks. And, even better, people who originally declined would turn back around and request one. More of our focus was on distributing leaflets than taking snapshots, but you can see from the photographs the response people had to it.

If you (or anyone you know) is interested in joining us on our next leafleting activity as our team photographer, please let us know. You’ll need to have your own digital camera.

Vegetarian Starter Kit

If your goals for 2008 include…

  • making the world a kinder place
  • meeting new people
  • getting out more
  • making time for fun and yummy vegan food

then join Team BAVEG for our next oureach activity scheduled for February 9th in SF.

Leafleting is a numbers game

The more leaflets we distribute to the public, the more opportunities we have to create more change towards a more compassionate & cruelty-free plant-based diet. Vegan Outreach, which focuses specifically on leafleting colleges using Why Vegan and other VO materials, estimates 5-10 new vegetarians are created for every 300 booklets. So, with that estimate, we created 10-20 new vegetarians in less than two hours!

We are planning to do a general veg leafleting once a month, and we are also looking for volunteers to revitalize our Bay Area Veg team in the Adopt a college program, too. We distributed 3,402 leaflets in Spring 2007 and are looking for volunteers for the new semester. Please contact us if you are interested.

SF Walk for Animals photos

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

Now available in the BAVeg Photo Gallery are snapshots from the SF Walk for Animals, a benefit for Farm Sanctuary.

This year BAVeg organized a team, “Animals are Friends, not Food”. The team was organized less than a month before the event, but it was very successful. Most of the participants were first-time walkers and we raised $1,845 for Farm Sanctuary.

According to the walk organizer, Bud, 2007 was significantly larger than last year.

Congrats BEST OF VEG 2007 Winners!

Monday, January 7th, 2008

We are pleased and excited to announce the results of the 2007 BEST OF VEG sponsored by Bay Area Vegetarians.

Thank you to our members and the general community for their votes and participation in this year’s survey to recognize the best in vegan and vegetarian restaurant dining across the the San Francisco Bay Area. And thank you to our volunteers who work with us year-round to promote a plant-based diet.

BEST OF VEG 2007 RESTAURANT LIST

BAVeg News – January 2008

Monday, January 7th, 2008

BAVeg News – January 2008

The latest and greatest in San Francisco Bay Area veg news & events:

  • Happy New Year!
  • Best of Veg 2007 Winners
  • Speak Up for Animals
  • Runaway Vegans
  • Your Ad here, no Kidding
  • Ultimate Guide Updates
  • Heart Smart Cooking
  • Event Calendar

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Make 2008 the Year for ALL Animals!

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

One-Two-Three-GO-VEG

If your resolutions include…

  • making the world a kinder place
  • meeting new people
  • getting out more
  • making time for fun and yummy vegan food

Then please join Bay Area Vegetarians for a New Year’s Resolution Leafleting and Dinner on Sat Jan 12th at 1:00 p.m.

Starting Location: Powell and Market, by the ticket booth for the cable cars.
Recommend taking BART or Muni to meeting point (use Powell Station)

BAV will bring all the literature. You’re also welcome to bring your own, just let us know so we can plan accordingly.

From 1:00 to 3:00 we’ll slowly make our way toward the ultimate goal: a great vegan dinner. We’ll leaflet as we walk, offering people free vegetarian information and recipes. If you’re new at leafleting, this is a great way to get your feet wet and watch others do it first. It’s a great feeling when a pedestrian says, “Yes, I’ll take one, thank you!” and you know you’ve just helped animals.

After leafleting, we’ll enjoy good food & fellowship over vegan vittles at Golden Era. You can then be happy that you took a little time to help change the world. If you can’t attend the dinner, then just join us for the leafleting. If you can’t make the leafleting, we’ll be doing this another time, so maybe you can join us then.

We did this last year and had a fabulous time, and distributed 550 leaflets too.

What: Make 2008 The Year of ALL Animals!
Where: SF
When: 1/12/08 Saturday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Full Details | RSVP/Questions

Please include a phone number and Tammy (event organizer) will confirm all RSVPs with my cell #. FYI, rain cancels – soggy leaflets aren’t appealing to anyone.

We would also like to get a LOT more people leafleting throughout the year. If you’d like to see more activity in SF, East Bay, South Bay or other areas, please email Tammy if you can participate or help organize.

Trupati Bhima – Milpitas

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

Trupati Bhima, featuring South Indian cuisine, has been added to the Guide.

Thanks to “Blah” for the scoop!

Craving Carbohydrate Comfort Foods?

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

Listen to your body. Viva La Pasta! *

I can’t believe I still hear people saying things like, “I’d like to go vegetarian, but how do you do it without eating a lot of carbs?” Or, “I’ve been vegan for five years and I’ve managed to completely avoid pasta in all that time. Yay for me!”

No cheering for you, buddy. A sad pat on the back with a wet noodle instead.

The Atkins myth has long been busted and we all need to move on to healthy eating, like this month’s featured recipes:

Sesame Ginger Sauce Pasta and Veggies
Mushroom Stroganoff Sauce

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Runaway Vegans

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

Runaway Vegans support Vegan Outreach
BAVeg’s Runaway Vegans supports Vegan Outreach!

Vegan Outreach publishes and distributes millions of pamphlets, including “Why Vegan“, to reduce animal suffering and slaughter, and promote a plant-based diet. Vegan Outreach is teaming up with Marthon Matt to participate in a half-marathon and 10K run on April 13th in Santa Cruz to raise funds. It includes a 12 week training program for new runners.

BAVeg is joining Vegan Outreach’s Run for their Lives, with the Runaway Vegans organized by Alex Bury. Runners and sponsors for the runners are welcome!

Event Details | Be a Runaway Vegan with Alex!

Event Highlights

  • Training is individualized for both new and old runners
  • Dogs can join training sessions
  • Free weekly training e-mail with tips, information, schedule and recipe.
  • Free weekly group training at Ft. Mason or on your own if you’re not local.
  • 1st prize is a gourmet dinner for 6, cooked and served in your home by Chef Alex Bury. Alex is starting a BAV team so that she can win the prize. If that happens, the Runaway Vegans team gets a restaurant dinner.

Race Schedule:

  • Jan 23rd – Information Session: There will be a group dinner at All About Herbs on Wednesday evening. Marathon Matt will be there to answer questions about how a non-runner can train to finish a 10k or half-marathon in 12 weeks.
  • Feb 2nd – Training begins, kick-off lunch at Greens
  • April 13th – race date