Bay Area Vegetarians
1st Group Event - Where Were You?
Be a Veg with BAVeg   

It was 5 years ago that Tammy & Chris, co-founders of Bay Area Vegetarians, organized the first "official" group event in April 2002. It was the first-ever Vegan Food Party at Golden Gate Park. There were about a dozen or so of us, and the food was excellent. Where were you? How did you find out about Bay Area Veg?

In honor of that first event, we would invite our new & old friends to dinner on Friday, April 13th at Layonna in SF.

This is a wonderful way to meet like-minded folks, share good food, and interesting insights & discussions about vegetarianism, the Bay Area, and good vegan eating.

As we continue to hold events for another five years, now, more than ever, we would like to hear from all of you about your vision for a veg Bay Area. Together, we can work to make this possible.

Animal Place Tour & VFP
Animal Place Visit 2007   

Animal Place is a sanctuary and education center nestled in Vacaville. Hundreds of rescued farm animals and dogs are lucky to call Animal Place "home". For an afternoon in April, Animal Place provided sanctuary to biped vistors from Bay Area Vegetarians.

This has become an annual event for Bay Area Vegetarians. We look forward to this event every year, to see the animals living safely and happily, with ample room to express their instinctual behaviour and just be themselves. The event sold-out (25 was our maximum), and 90% of the participants had never been to Animal Place before.

We've seen some of these animals grow up during our annual visits, like Olivia and the other potbellied pigs, or Sebastian the goat. Chester and Claire, the two rescued piglets we met at last year's tour -- my, how they've grown! Jeffrey, a month-old rescued goat, was a precious and precocious ambassador for Animal Place. View 2007 Tour Photos

Please take your meat-eating family and friends to Animal Place for one of their upcoming farm tours or vegan cooking classes. We believe that once people meet these lucky individuals, and learn their stories, they cannot continue to so easily or lightly make the choice to eat them or their by-products. One bite at a time, that is how a plant-based diet begins!

If you can't visit Animal Place in person, look for the documentary "Emotional World of Farmed Animals". See for more information.

Animal Place 2007 Tour Photos


News Bites
News Bites   

Book Club Updates

Ahimsa Book Club - first meeting is Sunday, April 29th, to read and discuss "Waiting for the Barbarians" over a lovely dinner at Golden Era in SF. Thanks to everyone who wrote Bobby with their interest. He reports there is still room if you'd like to RSVP to join them for the discussion.

Veg/AR book club - next meeting is Sunday, May 6th, to read & discuss "The China Study" by Colin Campbell over yummy vegan sundaes, shakes, banana splits, or 'plain' vegan ice cream desserts at MaggieMudd in SF. We'll also be deciding on a name for our book club soon. Please RSVP today.


Bay Area Vegetarians College Team

Bay Area Vegetarians has a team in the Adopt a College program. As a team, we've distributed nearly 3000 leaflets this semester at Bay Area campuses. If you'd like to join our team, it's very easy to do: just pick a school, get some leaflets, and go! After you've leafleted, just report your totals. Visit the Adopt a College page for details, and email Tammy if you need any more information.

College totals


Vegan Baking Class
Vegan Cooking Classes   

Sur La Table is no longer able to provide space at their store for the vegan baking class. We're researching alternate locations; if you have any leads, please let us know! We hope to continue to offer these classes at an affordable rate to encourage as many people as possible to attend.

Email us for suggestions for cooking classes.

Once we have finalized a location, we will update the schedule with dates and locations.

Vegan Cooking Classes


Planting the Seeds of Compassion
Planting the Seeds of Compassion   

Encourage Buddhists to Go Veg!

A Buddhist leader has recently started strongly advocating that they go veg. This upcoming Buddhist event is a unique opportunity to influence this group of people at this time. They have not been hearing about it. Join us, as we spread the veg message!

Want to let businesses and legislators know what's on your mind?

Sundaes & Advocacy, 4/15, at MaggieMudd in SF - host: Dana
Letter Writing & Dinner, 4/17, at Pizza Plaza in Oakland - host: Sara & Claire

Enjoy a fabulous vegan sundae or pizza, respectively, while you make your voice count for the animals. Letters to newspaper editors, legislators and businesses can effect much needed change. See event calendar for details and save your seat today!

Fed up with animal cruelty?

Join a KFC Cruelty protest near you! Held regularly on the 3rd Sunday in SF or 1st Saturday in San Jose. See event calendar for upcoming schedule.

Got Compassion? Ready for Action?

Help us plan more activities in your community by volunteering to organize one. It's a great way to meet like-minded folks and support veg*nism in the SF Bay Area.



Ultimate Guide Updates
Top Ten Ultimate Guide Restaurants   

We've had updates that two vegetarian restaurants have closed, DiLac in Milpitas and White Lotus in San Jose. Meanwhile, Vegi Garden opened in Sunnyvale, serving Chinese food. Cafe Soulstice, a new raw/living foods restaurant on the Peninsula in San Mateo, recently had its grand opening debut. Herbivore in Berkeley is hiring, so hopefully that means they'll be opening soon!

For regular updates, check out our Guide News Blog

With more than 1,100 reviews in the Ultimate Guide, these vegetarian restaurants are ranked the best.

Top Ten Vegetarian Restaurants

1) Pizza Plaza, Oakland - 4.84
2) Vegetarian House, San Jose - 4.5
3) Cha-Ya, Berkeley - 4.41
4) Good Karma, San Jose - 4.38
5) Garden Fresh, Mtn View - 4.32 up
6) Shangri-La, SF - 4.29 up
7) Tofoo Com Chay, San Jose - 4.29 up
8) New World Vegetarian, Oakland - 4.24 up
9) Millennium, SF - 4.18 up
10) Herbivore, SF - 4.17 (re-entry)

Agree or Disagree about the Top Ten? Then say something about it, with an Ultimate Guide review.

How to review a restaurant in the Ultimate Guide


Heart Smart Cooking
Heart Smart Cooking   

Cookbooks or computers? In this month's column, Chef Alex shares her favorites for cooking resources in book and online form.

Cookbooks or computers?


Event Calendar
Event Calendar   

04/13 Veganauts: Mission Layonna - SF Add event to your local calendar
04/14 Vegetarian House Dinner - San Jose Add event to your local calendar
04/15 KFC Cruelty Protest - SF Add event to your local calendar
04/15 Sundaes and Advocacy - SF Add event to your local calendar
04/17 Letter Writing Party - Oakland Add event to your local calendar
04/19 Marin Vegan Food & Fellowship Dinner - San Rafael Add event to your local calendar
04/19 College leafletting - Academy of Arts University, SF Add event to your local calendar
04/21 Earth Day outreach - Berkeley Add event to your local calendar
04/22 Book Club Discussion: Palace Walk - SF Add event to your local calendar
04/27 Buddhist Vegetarian Activism: Dalai Lama events - SF Add event to your local calendar
04/28 Earth Day outreach - Emeryville Add event to your local calendar
04/28 Vegan Food Party followed by Joaquin Phoenix documentary - SF Add event to your local calendar
04/29 Ahimsa Book Club: Waiting for the Barbarians - SF Add event to your local calendar

05/01 Lunch, Munch & Mingle - SF Add event to your local calendar
05/05 KFC Cruelty Protest - San Jose
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05/06 Book Discussion: The China Study - SF Add event to your local calendar
05/08 Happy Bamboo dinner - San Jose Add event to your local calendar

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For latest news and events for Bay Area Vegetarians, check out the News Blog and Event Calendar. We don't always announce it, but event photos are added periodically to the gallery, too.


April 2007
In This Issue:
1st Group Event - Where Were You?
Animal Place Tour
News Bites
Ultimate Guide Updates
Heart Smart Cooking
Event Calendar

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