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Donations needed for Caged Hen Display at LGBT Pride

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010
Caged Egg Laying Hen Display

Caged Egg Laying Hen Display

One of the most effective displays that we use at the BAVeg info booth is a life-size replica of battery caged hens, with a sign telling people why and encouraging them to stop eating eggs. This is a very striking display and people always stop to look and read the sign, and yes, take photographs.

The photo from the BAVeg booth at Pride 2007 shows what the display looks like with three stacked cages (the middle cage is the one we own, and the other 2 were borrowed).  We no longer have access to the other 2 cages.

So, to recreate this display, it is costing us $237.40 to purchase 1 cage and rent the 2nd. If we can raise $400, we can purchase both displays to use on an ongoing basis. Any additional donations over this cost will be use towards costs for the booth space, booth structure rental, insurance, literature and other costs of the booth.

DONATIONS NEEDED — Please support this effort with a donation to help defray the cost. All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law, as BAVeg is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Donations can be made payable and sent to Bay Area Vegetarians, P.O. Box 371215, Montara, CA 94037-1215

We can also accept donations via credit and debit cards, as well as PayPal

SPECIAL REQUEST — The late Polly Strand, who originally donated the cage to us, enhanced the display with fake poop hanging on the top of the cage. It has fallen off over the years, and now we have a new cage. Is anyone artistically inclined to manufacture more fake poop that we can use? This simulate what happens in the real conditions (looking for visual image only, no olfactory recreations).

Let’s plan our summer events

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

The goal of the Bay Area Vegetarians is to share information promoting veganism, and connect/support the veg and animal rights community. What happens or doesn’t happens depends on each one of us, and in the long-run, determines how well we eat because most events should involve lots of vegan food (well, at least the ones that I’m involved with do!)


Does anyone have a special BAVeg event they’ve been thinking of organizing, but uncertain about how to get started?

Well, the first step is to email us with the date/time and let us know what you want to do. Just about any type of event (as long as all the food is vegan) and it’s open to everyone can be a BAVeg event.

Here are some ideas

  • vegan cheese tasting party
  • leaflet at a concert or summer fair
  • Mission food trek (Cafe Gratitude/Cha Ya/Herbivore/Udupi)
  • organize a dinner at your favorite veg restaurant
  • organize a Vegan Food Party at your favorite park or home
  • DIY skill share: have something to say or something to show related to veganism/animal rights? Let me know, we will be having regular Vegan Food Parties at the ocean-view community room at the Pacifica Library.
  • movie night: screen a movie related to veg/AR. either at your home, or community room

We look forward to hearing about the events you’d like to help make happen. Thank you!

6/12 Secrets of Vegan Baking: The Vegan Coffee Shop

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

Cinnamon Rolls from Secrets of Vegan Baking

Learn the secrets of baking amazing cinnamon rolls, banana walnut bread, and raspberry cream scones with Secrets of Vegan Baking instructor Dr. Christine Dickson

Date: Saturday, June 12, 2010
Time: 1:00pm – 3:30pm
Location: Whole Foods Market, 1010 Park Place, San Mateo
[ Register online ]

When asked “What did you like most about the baking class?“, class participants replied:

“The taste and texture of the baked goods was very impressive.  Very tasty.”

“It gave me confidence that you can make vegan dessert items that taste every bit as good as baked items with animal products.”

“Being with other vegetarians/vegans and learning how to make healthy desserts.”

“Learning all the tips/techniques you can’t get from just a recipe.”

“To meet an actual vegan baker — we need many more of these to progress the “cause” and get/perfect more options.”

“Christine has some good baking humor – she made me laugh”

To read more about the Secrets of Vegan Baking classes, visit the SecretsOfVeganBaking.com, and Register online at Bay Area Vegetarians.

Banner printing – free or discounted?

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Looking for help with discounted or, even better, free printing for an outdoor vinyl banner for Bay Area Vegetarians outreach at the forthcoming SF LGBT Pride.

Please let us know if you can help.

Vegan Bakery in SF – Wholesome Bakery

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

A vegan bakery opened last month in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights.  Wholesome Bakery is the San Francisco Bay Area’s first fully vegan bakery with a retail storefront.

And the Bay Area will be doubly fortunate in vegan desserts later this summer, as Cinnaholic will be opening their vegan bakery in Berkeley near the campus.

Bernal Heights is a wonderful neighborhood to window shop and indulge your sweet tooth.  And with both Wholesome Bakery and MaggieMudd (who makes the most delicious vegan ice cream — look for Tarmac), it’s double the taste sensation.

Ultimate Guide: Wholesome Bakery – read it, rate it, review it!

BAVeg Pride 2010

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Bay Area Vegetarians is returning to the 2010 SF Pride Celebration — this will be our 8th consecutive year with outreach at San Francisco PRIDE!

Once again, BAVeg will have an information booth in front of the Asian Art Museum, giving out thousands of pieces of literature promoting a more compassionate and cruelty-free lifestyle:  veganism!  We will also be leafleting during the Festival.  [ Volunteer Sign-Up ]

Nora has been part of our outreach at Pride since the first year in 2003. She recounted one of her experiences about Pride leafleting:

One older man stopped after taking my brochure, looked at it for maybe 15 seconds, and said, “Wow. Thanks for ruining my day!” I started to reply, saying, “I’m sorry to ruin your day–I know this is upsetting–but thanks for caring so much about animals that it ruined your day to know how they are suffering.”

He said, “Actually, though it does kind of ruin my day to see this, I was being serious in thanking you. We need people like you out doing the dirty work of making people aware of this issue. Thank you for being here.”

This is what we are providing when we leaflet. Aren’t you glad you know about how the animals are treated so that you can choose to do something about it? Give others that opportunity to make a difference, as well! And give the animals an opportunity for people to consider their plight.

Please use this sign-up form if you’re interested in helping to make a more veg*n world by:

- staffing the BAVeg booth [ Saturday 10 am-7pm, Sunday 10 am-6 pm ]
– leafleting outside the booth [same time as above]
– leafleting the parade crowd before the parade starts [ Sun 9 am – 10:15 am]
– behind the scenes help [ booth set-up, or cart wrangler on Sunday AM]

While previous outreach experience is helpful, it’s not necessary. We just ask that you’re a friendly person, already vegan, or vegetarian transitioning towards vegan, who can reliably show up at the event. If you have questions, you’re welcome to email us directly or post a comment in the blog.

While financial donations to support the cost of outreach at Pride are gratefully accepted, as a small, grassroots all-volunteer organization, we depend even more on your volunteer support of your time and compassion to make our outreach at Pride successful this year.   Last year, as in previous years, we were the only veg group distributing information at this progressive two-day event. Please sign up to help today to spread the veg message. Donations are welcome via check to Bay Area Vegetarians, P.O. Box 371215, Montara, CA 94037-1215.

Thank you to everyone who has supported our efforts in the past, and to everyone who will help us this year.  Thank you to East Bay Animal Advocates for sponsoring/organizing the marching contingent in the Pride Parade this year.  So be sure to mark your calendars for that weekend, and reserve your spot today!

Where: San Francisco Civic Center
When: Sat Jun 26th – Sun Jun 27th
What: Making a difference – Making new Veg*ns!

Volunteer Sign-Up

April 2010 Newsletter

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

BAVeg April 2010 Newsletter – news, events, and more!

To receive it directly, sign up at our website at http://bayareaveg.org

Sold-out Success: The Chocolate Trio

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010
Dr. Christine Dickson, Secrets of Vegan Baking

Dr. Christine Dickson, Secrets of Vegan Baking

Dr. Christine Dickson relaunched the Secrets of Vegan Baking Classes with theme class of “The Chocolate Trio” on March 27th at the San Mateo Whole Foods.

The class was sold-out, and unfortunately for those anxiously waiting for a cancellation, we had a full house.

Christine started the class with a bonus — sampling her delightful fudgie brownie bites.

Then the class officially began with the featured vegan desserts, Chocolate Cream-Cheese Bundt Cake, Chocolate Chip Cookies, and then the Chocolate Hazelnut Torte.  Christine had prepared samples of each dessert (pictured above at the beginning of the class).

During the class, Christine and volunteer assistants from the audience prepared each vegan delight.  Both the Chocolate Chip Cookies  and Chocolate Cream-Cheese Bundt Cake in class were also baked fresh in class and available for more sampling.

Vegan Baking Class, March 2010

Vegan Baking Class, March 2010

If you love chocolate, visit Christine’s website to watch how to make fudge brownie bites.

Upcoming Secrets of Vegan Baking Class

The next vegan baking class is “Berry Sweets” on Saturday, April 24th, at San Mateo Whole Foods.

Christine will share her secrets of baking delicious old-fashioned strawberry shortcake, raspberry tart, and blueberry muffins.  Cost is $25 per person, and registrations are now being accepted.  [ more info ]

Thank you to Christine for sharing her time and talents for creating egg- and dairy-free desserts.  Most attendees at the class were new to vegan baking, and we look forward to our continued partnership with Christine and the Secrets of Vegan Baking to promote compassionate and cruelty-free baking in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Maoz Vegetarian (Berkeley)

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Maoz, an international falafel chain, has opened in Berkeley, a perfect place with its large student population for quick and easy falafel meals.

Maoz is the East Bay’s third falafel restaurant, following Chick-o-Peas in Berkeley and Amba in Oakland.

Thanks to Greg for the update!

Basil Cha Cha (Foster City)

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Basil Cha Cha Vegetarian Bistro, Foster City’s first vegetarian restaurant, opened in early March. It’s entirely vegetarian, and the menu clearly distinguishes between what is vegan and vegetarian.  Nearly everything on the menu can be made vegan.

It is a spin-off of an earlier restaurant in this same space, which was a mixed Thai restaurant with the same owner.  The owner moved her original mixed Thai restaurant to another location in the same mall, and opened up this all vegetarian bistro.

There’s a nice bayside trail across the street, so bring your appetite and your walking shoes.

Ultimate Guide – Basil Cha Cha:  read it, rate it, review it

With the recent opening of Basil Cha Cha and Garden Fresh in Palo Alto, the Peninsula is now home to a record 5 vegetarian restaurants.

Thanks to Dipti for the heads-up on Basil Cha Cha.