Awesome first day at Pride! Visit us on Sunday

Saturday, June 26th, 2010
Table full of veg info

Veg Info for LGBT Pride

We had an amazing & awesome first day at the BAVeg SF LGBT Pride booth!!  A huge number of folks interested in veg*nism came by for their Free Veg Starter Kit, and sampled delicious coconut milk ice cream samples and meatless jerky.

I’m really looking forward to Day 2, Sunday.  We’ll again have the BAVeg booth (we’re on Larkin in front of the Asian Art Museum), and will also be doing some leafleting to the crowd who are standing around and waiting for the Parade to start ( for those watching the parade, look for the EBAA veg contingent!)

For now, I’ve uploaded a few of the photos that I took of our booth, and there will be more to come that the other volunteers have taken.

http://www.bayareaveg.org/gallery2/v/pride10/

Our entirely all-volunteer crew made this day possible.   I am privileged to have collaborated with such a dedicated group of fellow veg*ns on our outreach booth.

Michelle & Dan

Michelle & Dan

Let’s give them all a virtual big hand of applause:
– Michelle, Dan, George and myself did the setup
– Heidi and Donna staffed the veg booth
– Heidi was also busy taking photographs, and Donna made the most amazing vegan goodies for the booth volunteers
– Michelle and Dan gave out information & stickers galore
– Mila and Mike organized the hugely popular ice cream samples (dry ice is amazing)
– Chris designed the new banners that had people walking over to the booth asking for their Free Veg Starter Kit

We also owe thanks to:
– Turtle Mountain and Primal Spirit Foods for So Delicious Coconut Milk Ice Cream Sandwiches and Primal Strips donations, respectively, distributed to booth visitors
– PCRM, PETA and Vegan Outreach generously donated literature
– Individuals who donated in response to our plea, which so far partially cover our expenses for Pride

BAVeg will be back at SF LGBT Pride all day Sunday .  Our info booth is on Larkin, right in front of the Asian Art Museum  Come by and say hello, and grab some literature for you or a friend :-)

- Tammy

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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

New Loving Hut coming to SF Union Square

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Breaking news!  A new Loving Hut will be coming to Union Square this spring.

And the real good news is that it’s being run by the same family who first brought us Golden Lotus in Oakland, then Golden Era in San Francisco, and most recently Merit in Sunnyvale.  While under the same family management, it will be operated under the Loving Hut brand.

It will be in a high traffic food court, offering a smaller scale of food than the current restaurants.  Similar style to the Golden Lotus steam table lunch offerings (yum!)

Cha-Ya (9th St) closed in SF

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010
Cha-Ya

Cha-Ya

Cha-Ya has closed their 9th Street restaurant in San Francisco, which opened last summer. You can still find their delicious Japanese vegan cuisine at the original Berkeley location and their Valencia location in San Francisco.

Gracias Madre (SF) opening 12/14

Monday, 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.

Great Animal Rights / Veg Books Wanted

Sunday, 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

Our Pride Message: Love and Let Live

Sunday, 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!

Pride Parade – Our Veg Wishlist

Monday, June 15th, 2009
Alex and 16 foot flatbed truck

Alex and 16 foot flatbed truck

Veg volunteers and supporters from around the Bay Area and beyond are marching with Bay Area Vegetarians in the approaching San Francisco Pride Parade on Sunday, June 28th.

“Lettuce Lady”, nurses, cows, chickens and other costumed, compassionate  leafleters will be distributing free recipes and vegetarian information.  To hold the literature needed, we’ve got our very own 16 foot flatbed truck.

Here’s where the wishlist comes in:

1) Place to park the truck on Saturday night
2) Volunteers to help decorate the truck (either Saturday evening or early Sunday morning)
3) Any sound techies who can help with music sound system

Here’s where you come in – email Alex B if you can help!

Cafe Gratitude to close Sunset location 6/14

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

Thanks to Lisa for sharing this information with us from Cafe Gratitude’s weekly gratitude mailing:

Our cafe in the Sunset of San Francisco (on 9th avenue) is closing its doors in order to open the possibility of new and growing visions for Cafe Gratitude.  Our last day open in the Sunset district of San Francisco is Sunday, June 14th.

With closure of this location, Cafe Gratitude will still be operating raw foods restaurants at its inaugural SF location in the Mission, Berkeley, and Healdsburg.

The new business alluded to in the Cafe Gratitude update is a vegan Mexican restaurant (cooked foods) in the Mission .. and we’re all waiting for more news on that!