Gracias Madre (SF) opening 12/14

November 23rd, 2009

Gracias Madre, a vegan restaurant in San Francisco’s Mission district by the creators of Cafe Gratitude, is scheduled to open December 14th.  It will serve organic Mexican cuisine.

Thanks to Dana for the heads-up.

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Planet Raw opening soon in Pleasant Hill

September 3rd, 2009

Well, Contra Costa County is about to get its first veg restaurant — and a raw one, at that!  Planet Raw is currently in Santa Monica, started by Juliano, who had “Raw” in San Francisco many years ago.

For this East Bay location, the website says their “opening soon”, in the autumn.   The location is across from Diablo Valley College, and adjacent to the California Health Club.

Thanks to Winnie for the heads-up!

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iPod Bay Area Veg Guide – Updated

August 18th, 2009
iPod Bay Area Vegetarian Guide

iPod Bay Area Vegetarian Guide

An updated version of our handy Ultimate Guide is now available for your iPod.

It’s easily installed by downloading a file and moving it content to the ‘Notes’ directory of your iPod. The Guide does not programmatically alter your iPod in any way: it’s simply a collection of documents organized for easy browsing.

Please spread the word to all your friends!

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Rescue Ranch Now Hiring!

August 15th, 2009

Animal Place shared their announcement about Rescue Ranch with us last week, and today we heard they’re hiring too!

Rescue Ranch:

Animal Place is moving from their 60-acre property in Vacaville to a 600-acre sanctuary in Grass Valley, California.  In an incredible turn of events, an anonymous generous donor provided the funds for Animal Place to retain the 60-acre property. The Vacaville property will be the home of Rescue Ranch, a project of Animal Place. It will serve as a farmed animal adoption center. This new program will permit Animal Place to provide farmed animals with two options: Placement into a new home or permanent sanctuary in Grass Valley. Of course, Animal Place will continue to educate and advocate on behalf of the billions of farmed animals who will never know either a home or a safe haven.


Now Hiring
: Rescue Ranch Manager
Job Description

Responsible for the oversight of Rescue Ranch adoption and placement program, care of the 60-acre property, management of volunteers, interns and possible animal care staff, and communications with farmers and shelters.

For full details about Rescue Ranch and the Rescue Ranch Manager job opening, please visit the Animal Place website

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SF Drinks Tonite – Raffle Benefit for BAVeg

July 30th, 2009

Just a reminder that Vegan Drinks is tonite at Martuni’s (Valencia @ Market). Not only is this a fantastic chance to mingle with other vegans while enjoying drinks specials and super-sized martinis (along with a host of non-alcoholic beverage options), you can support Bay Area Vegetarians as well!

This month, we’re introducing a brand-new giveaway for a gift certificate to a San Francisco veg restaurant (this month, it’s a $50 certificate to Herbivore). Raffle tickets are $1, and all money goes to Bay Area Vegetarians! That’s right, enter to win a fabulous meal at Herbivore, and help a great local non-profit at the same time.

Here’s the lowdown:

Thursday, July 30
6pm to 8pm @ Martuni’s

Details at sfvegandrinks.com

New World Vegan closing August 2009

July 27th, 2009

Well, we’ve long heard rumors that New World Vegan would be closing .. thanks to Rachel for sharing the update that a date has been set.  New World Vegan will close its doors at the end of August.

New World lives on in Symphonie, a sister restaurant located in Richmond that opened in February 2009.

Long-time Bay Area folks may remember another veg restaurant, Bode, that occupied that same location prior to New World Vegan.

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Cha-Ya opens 3rd location in SF

July 27th, 2009

Cha-Ya’s newest restaurant in San Francisco opened its doors last week, at 9th and Irving.  For this all vegan Japanese restaurant, this is it’s 2nd SF restaurant, joining its original Berkeley location and SF Mission district.

Thanks to Winnie for the update of San Francisco’s newest vegan eatery.

Ultimate Guide – Cha-Ya:  read it, rate it, review it

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Souley Vegan Reopens in Jack London Square

July 27th, 2009

Souley Vegan reopened on Friday, July 24th in its new restaurant location in Oakland’s Jack London Square.  It was previously located on 13th Street in Oakland, closed last fall for remodelling, and never re-opened.  Many in the veg community are happy to see the return of vegan soul food.

Souley Vegan continues to sell its fare at Farmer’s Markets throughout the bay area, including the Lake Merritt Farmer’s Market and the relatively new Farmer’s Market in the Metreon complex in San Francisco.

Thanks to Bob for sharing the official word of their long anticipated opening.

Ultimate Guide: Souley Vegan – read it, rate it, review it

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Great Animal Rights / Veg Books Wanted

July 12th, 2009

Bay Area Vegetarians’ Food for Thought book club is now meeting monthly.  We will be discussing general non-fiction veg/AR books on odd-numbered months, and animal rights philosophy books on even-numbered months.  Most meetings are held in San Francisco, but we occasionally have meetings on the Peninsula.

Future books include Case for Animal Rights by Tom Regan, Ethics into Action:  Henry Spira and the Animal Rights Movement by Peter Singer, and Slaughterhouse by Gail Eisnitz.

If you’d like to share a suggestion for a great book to read, please comment with your suggestion!

If you’re interested in learning more about the Food for Thought Book Club, please see the event calendar for upcoming book discussions or join our Food for Thought Book Club list, which is a very low-volume yahoogroups list dedicated to book club organizing.

2009 Meetings
Jan – Appetite for Profit
Mar – Striking at the Roots
May – Animal Rights discussion based on Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation
July – The Longest Struggle

2008 Meetings
Jan – For the Prevention of Cruelty: The History and Legacy of Animal Rights Activism
Mar – Making Burros Fly
May – Eternal Treblinka
Sept -  Specious Science
Nov – Sexual Politics of Meat

2007 Meetings
January – Dominion
March – Vegan Freaks
May – The China Study
July – Free the Animals
Sept – Pleasurable Kingdom
Nov – Committed: A Rabble-Rouser’s Memoir

2006 Meetings
Feb – Animal Liberation
July – The Pig Who Sang to the Moon
Aug – The Way We Eat, Why Our Food Choices Matter
Nov – Living Among Meat Eaters

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Our Pride Message: Love and Let Live

June 28th, 2009

The Pride parade is today, Sunday, 28th, starting at 10 am.  It will be broadcast on KRON 4, Comcast Digital Channel 99, Clear Channel Radio on  SFPrideLive.com Live & Uncensored from 10:00 a.m, KOFY TV 20/Cable 13, starting at 8:00 p.m and  Comcast Channel 1 On Demand/Local Events starting June 29th at 7:00 p.m. until July 31st

Look for the rainbow contingent – that’ll be us!!

Bay Area Vegetarians is a local group that gives free vegetarian info, support and recipes from Sacramento to Santa Rosa to Santa Cruz! We have volunteers wearing lettuce bikinis to show off their healthy veggie bodies. We have nurses handing out “prescriptions” to Go Veg to avoid heart disease and obesity. We have animals to represent all the animals who don’t want to end up in a slaughterhouse.

One member, Alex Bury, wearing nothing but cabbage and lettuce leaves, used to be a professional chef. She cooked and ate meat every day. But now she’s a proud member of Bay Area Vegetarians and PETA, and only cooks vegan food! Parade marcher Jeff Hoffman did the same thing—he graduated from the California Culinary Academy, but now specializes in scrumptious veg food. His cupcakes are famous. Jeff’s vegetarian husband, Drew, is training for a marathon and having fun in a lettuce bikini today! Speaking of running, vegan Michelle just ran her first ultra marathon—12 hours—a month ago to raise funds for animals. She sure did recover quickly! Their professional coach and personal trainer, Darren Middlesworth, is vegan and representing his field in a some fine lettuce shorts. Member Kathy Buckley comes all the way from Iowa and Markush Madurai came from Calgary to march with the veggies in Pride!

Bay Area Vegetarians has had a booth here for years, but this is the first time we’ve been in the parade. It’s something we’ve wanted to do for many years. Today we are marching with members of many local groups, including East Bay Animal Advocates, PCRM, PETA, the LGBT community and local animal rescue specialists.

We’re proud to live in the Bay Area, where Pride is celebrated in such a big way. We’re proud vegetarians. Today we march to share our compassion and love for all: Love and Let Live.

If you want more of the free recipeswe’ll be handing out, just call 1-888-VEG-FOOD or visit GOVEG.com. Eating meat hurts animals, and veg foods are a yummy way to be compassionate and healthy! Happy Pride from Bay Area Vegetarians!

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