News Bites

News Bites   

- Good Luck and Farewell to Ben who recently graduated from high school and will be leaving the Bay Area to study at Earlham college in Indiana. Ben hosted the Palo Alto LWP since Oct 2005, and has been a voice for the animals with his letters, articles, and participation at many local events. Thank you Ben!

- BAVeg raised over $600 to buy veg materials for the Pacifica public libraries! A big thank you to Chef Alex Bury for donating her time and culinary expertise, and to Oli and Amy for assisting during the day.

- BAVeg wins a VegWebby award for our website from the editors of the VegNews magazine. It was about a year ago that the present look of launched, with the "Veg Food Finder" tool.

- Do you own a veg business? Advertise on BAVeg accepts ads directly, and also features google ads. Our advertisers provide a regular source of funding to BAVeg, which allows us to continue to provide free membership, the Compassionate Living Program and maintain our award-winning website. If you'd like to advertise either on our website on e-newsletter, please see the following page.


Compassionate Living Program
Book Discussion Group   

The Compassionate Living program examines and presents information related to vegetarianism and living a compassionate lifestyle. This month we will have an informal and supportive discussion of the newest book by Peter Singer and Jim Mason, The Way We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter.

It's described as a "thought-provoking look at how what we eat profoundly affects all living things—and how we can make more ethical food choices".

You can read more reviews from readers on Amazon

More Info / RSVP

The September program will feature Nora Kramer, returning with her popular presentation on "Effective Communication for Veg*n Advocacy, Family & Friends".

More Info / RSVP


Redwood Retreat at Butano State Park
Redwood Retreat at Butano State Park   

BAVEG 5th annual camping trip to Butano Staet Park is set for Saturday, Sept. 2nd through Monday Sept. 4th. We will be camping directly under the canopy of a redwood forest in Pescadero. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, hike under beautiful redwoods, learn more about vegan cooking, and share a leisurely weekend with like-minded folks. We especially encourage folks who are new or aspiring vegans or activists to join us, as promoting veganism and promoting vegan advocacy underlies all of the events and activities that BAVEG volunteers organize.

Space is limited so check out the event calendar if you’re interested in joining us on another great trip.

More Info / RSVP


August Event Hightlights
Vegan Food Party   

We've got several great events involving vegan food this month, in particular:

Beach Hike & Vegan Food Party in Pacifica - 8/26

¿Usted come los alimentos vegetarianos?

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Baking Class in Mill Valley - 8/26

Say Bundt Baking three times fast, and join Christine as she shares the best of years of research into the secrets of perfect vegan baking.

More Information / RSVP

Veganauts - Mission to Saturn - 8/4

Mission: Explore, celebrate and share vegan food with new and old friends at vegetarian restaurants throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

First mission is to Saturn Cafe in Santa Cruz.

More Information / RSVP


Compassion in Action

Summer is the best time to get our feet in the streets and standing up for animals! No previous experience necessary , just a willingness to help and a friendly smile. See the event calendar for details & contact info.

- Protest animal cruelty at KFC or with your pen. See the event calendar for KFC Cruelty protests in SF and Palo Alto, as well as letter writing parties in Berkeley and Palo Alto.

- Every Sunday in SF: This is the last month for tabling & leafleting at the Stern Grove concerts, Distributing Vegetarian Starter Kits to people arriving (often early) to the free concert, then enjoy the concert, and then distribute more. Please join Ari in this great summer outreach opportunity. Every Sunday at 1:15 pm.

- Mark your calendars now for two great summer outreach events the weekend of 9/9 & 9/10: Power to the Peaceful in Golden Gate Park and Solano Avenue Stroll in Berkeley/Albany.

We are looking for volunteers to host monthly animal cruelty protests in other parts of the Bay Area in support of PETA's national campaign against KFC as well as East Bay Animal Advocates campaign against Bay Area retailer Andronico's.


Community Profile
Community Profile   

From watching TV to creating TV, learn how and why Gabe Quash helps the animals.

Read more about Gabe in this month's Community Profile.

If you've got an interesting veg perspective that you'd like to share, please let us know.


Ultimate Guide Updates
Top Ten Ultimate Guide Restaurants   

In food news, SF's Richmond district restaurant scene has another veggie face with Golden Era 2. South Bay's Good Karma has reopened at a larger space, just a few blocks from their original location.

New veg-owned business listings include: Vegan Cooking & Nutrition with Radha Vignola, Currysutra (cooking classes), and Hannah's Edible Art (exquisite wedding cakes and artisan cakes; specializes in vegan cakes).

For regular updates, check out our Guide News blog

With over 950 reviews in the Ultimate Guide, these vegetarian restaurants are ranked the best. Recent reviews have caused a shuffle among the top 5; Saturn Cafe (think garlic fries and awesome peanut butter vanilla shakes) is a new TT and Vegetarian Gourmet returns; Medicine New-Shojin Eatstation and Millennium (the most reviewed business in UG) are eliminated.

Top Ten Vegetarian Restaurants (*)

1. Good Karma, San Jose - 4.53
2. The Manzanita Restaurant, Oakland - 4.5
3. Cha-Ya, Berkeley - 4.37 up
4. New World Vegetarian, Oakland - 4.36 down
5. Tofoo Com Chay, San Jose - 4.36 down
6. Shangri-La, SF - 4.29
7. Garden Fresh, Mtn View - 4.28
8. Vegetarian Gourmet, San Mateo - 4.25 (Re-entry)
9. Saturn Cafe, Santa Cruz - 4.25 (New entry)
10. BayLeaf Cafe, Palo Alto - 4.15

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   

Experiencing a summertime heat wave? These true no-cook recipes are filling, nutritious recipes—-good for your daily work lunches, or for that weekend BBQ party.

- Bean Salad
- Black Bean and Corn Salad
- Hummus
- Garden Salad with Beet and Mustard Dressing

Yes, salad, the food all meat-eaters are afraid of (“I can’t go veg—I’d have to eat salad all the time!”).


Event Calendar
Event Calendar   

08/04 Veganauts: Mission to Saturn - Santa Cruz Add event to your local calendar
08/06 Outreach at Stern Grove Music Festival - SF Add event to your local calendar
08/08 Peninsula Dinner - Palo Alto Add event to your local calendar
08/12 South Bay Dinner - San Jose Add event to your local calendar
08/13 Outreach at Stern Grove Music Festival - SF Add event to your local calendar
08/15 Letter Writing Party - Berkeley Add event to your local calendar
08/16 Marin Vegan Food & Fellowship Dinner - Tiburon Add event to your local calendar
08/17 In the Kitchen with Alex - Sausalito Add event to your local calendar
08/18 Vegetarian Gourmet Friday Food & Fellowship Dinner - San Mateo Add event to your local calendar
08/19 KFC Cruelty Protest - Palo Alto Add event to your local calendar
08/19 KFC Cruelty Protest - SF Add event to your local calendar
08/19 Letter Writing Party - Palo Alto Add event to your local calendar
08/20 Outreach at Stern Grove Music Festival - SF Add event to your local calendar
08/20 Book: The Way We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter - SF Add event to your local calendar
08/20 Dinner - Oakland Add event to your local calendar
08/26 Beach Hike & Vegan Food Party Mexican Style! - Pacifica Add event to your local calendar
08/26 Vegan Baking Class - Mill Valley Add event to your local calendar

09/02 Vegan Redwoods Retreat - Gourmet Camping - Butano State Park, Pescadero Add event to your local calendar
09/07 Adopt a College leafletting - Academy of Arts University, SF Add event to your local calendar
09/09 Outreach at Power to the Peaceful - SF (Golden Gate Park) Add event to your local calendar
09/10 Outreach at Solano Avenue Stroll - Albany/Berkeley 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.


August 2006
In This Issue:
News Bites
Compassionate Living Program
Redwood Retreat at Butano State Park
August Event Highlights
Compassion in Action
Community Profile
Ultimate Guide Updates
Heart Smart Cooking
Event Calendar

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