Bay Area Vegetarians
Thanks for Your Support!

2006 has been an incredibly busy year for Bay Area Vegetarians. We feel very grateful for the dedicated group of volunteers that organize our wonderful events, and to everyone who has offered us financial and other support. Thank you for making 2006 a great year!


* Hosted numerous events; expanding our educational activities to include the Compassionate Living Program as well as regular vegan cooking classes. By the end of this month, volunteers will have organized over 200 events this year.

- 85 Social Events (Restaurant Dinner, Vegan Food Party, etc.)
- 66 Advocacy Events (Letter Writing, Animal Cruelty protest)
- 31 Outreach Events (Tabling, Leafleting)
- 19 Education Events (Presentation, Class)

* Increased membership to nearly 4,000 members.

* Partnered with other organizations (outside the vegetarian community) to promote a plant-based diet.

* Published the book Vegetarian Bay Area: The Ultimate Guide, which has been very popular. (The new 2007 edition is now available.)

* Established as a portal for veg*nism in the Bay Area; 265,000 unique visitors and over 12,000,000 hits this year.

It's not a mysterious "we" doing all of this -- it's just everyday people like you, and us.

Support Needed

We need your continued support for our work to promote a plant-based diet, and to connect/support the vegetarian and animal rights community. You can help in two ways:

- Time: Be an Active Volunteer with Bay Area Vegetarians. Volunteers make everything happen for BAVeg, so this is very critical for us. You can find volunteer opportunities listed on our website.

- Money: Become a supporting member with a tax-deductible donation. Bay Area Vegetarians is a non-profit 501(c)(3).

Tammy & Chris
Bay Area Vegetarians co-founders


New Feature - Ask Cat
Ask Cat   

Whether you're in a quandry about the office holiday party and being the only vegan at work, or in a pickle about what to say when handing out a "Why Vegan" booklet, or simply want to know about buying or making vegan whipped cream (sans cruelty to cows) -- or anything else about vegetarianism or vegetarian living or simply a veg perspective -- then Ask Cat!

Cat is the voice of our panel of experts, waiting by their Inboxes for your questions. Send Cat your questions today! Every month we will answer several questions and we may even occasionally host a live chat session for new veg*ns. Please include at least your first name and city with your inquiry.

Ask Cat

We always welcome any questions or discussions in our Veggie Mentor program, too.


Best of Veg Winners
Best of Veg Winners   

Thank you to everyone for their participation in our annual BEST OF VEG survey for vegan and vegetarian dining in the San Francisco Bay Area. After all the votes were tallied, Herbivore and Millennium defended their titles and remain the top restaurants for vegetarian and vegan foods in the san Francisco Bay Area.

Best Overall Vegetarian Restaurant: Herbivore
Best Overall Vegan Restaurant: Millennium

Please visit our website for full results in the 19 categories, including Best Every Veggie Day, Best Special Occasion, Friendliest Service, Best Restaurant for a Casual Veggie Date, as well as our voter prizes.

Best of Veg Winners


Vegan Cooking and Baking
Vegan Cooking Classes   

Are you new to vegan/vegetarian cooking, or wondering "Is it possible to bake a great Vegan Cake without dairy or eggs"?

Please join us for one of our upcoming classes geared towards teaching you kitchen-tested recipes and techniques for successful vegan cooking and baking.

Dec 9 Vegan Holiday Cookies Baking Class (5 spaces left)
Jan 13 New Vegetarian/Vegan Cooking Class

The January class is designed to help aspiring vegetarians and vegans start the New Year deliciously. If you bring a new (non-veg) person with you, you can both attend for the price of one ($10)! So if you're looking for a thoughtful gift, this may be the perfect opportunity.

Space is limited so sign-up today!

Vegan Cooking Classes


Planting the Seeds of Compassion
Planting the Seeds of Compassion   

There's always vegan events and advocacy on behalf of animals happening every month with Bay Area Vegetarians, from letter writing to protesting cruelty to chickens at KFC to promoting a plant-based diet to sharing the secrets of vegan baking, BAVeg volunteers are planting the seeds of compassion and good health.

Wait, isn't that exactly what we said that last month? Yup, it sure is! Check out the November roundup, which includes a report from Ari (excerpt below) on outreach at the Junior State of America conference.

"These young people were seriously ready to question everything they have been taught about how animals are only here to serve us and have no feelings (with the exception of cats/dogs). Of course, in any discussion, the fact that we were coming from a very thought-out and researched (not to mention compassionate) point-of-view made our argument pretty convincing to these mostly open-minded people."

November Outreach & Education

Two SF outreach opportunities this month - 12/15 Lunchtime Advocacy and 12/31 Make 2007 The Year of ALL Animals! Advocacy also works on a personal level, like bringing your non-veg family & friends to veg events.


Book Club for Veg/AR discussion
Book Club   

When Lisa started the book club in 2006 to read 8 general fiction books, for the other months, there was a complementary group reading four non-fiction/veg-AR books.

Based on interest in the vegetarian/animal rights selections, we are expanding it to read 6 books this year, with rotating discussions in SF and South Bay. We invite interested folks to join us, and help decide future book selections. So, mark your calendar for the next book discussion:

On Jan 7th, over vegan ice cream, sundaes, and floats at MaggieMudd, we will discuss Matthew Sculley's Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy.

Book Club Info


Ultimate Guide Updates
Top Ten Ultimate Guide Restaurants   

Layonna Vegetarian has opened their vegetarian kitchen doors in the Richmond district in SF, just across the street from Bok Choy Garden. We've heard that Asian Rose will reopen at their new Santa Cruz location on Front Street in mid-December. Stay tuned for more news on that.

The TV show "Eye on the Bay" did an entire show on "Veggie Eats" in the Bay Area. Happy Bamboo (2nd Tues. monthly dinner) and MaggieMudd (veg/AR book discussion) were 2 of the 7 businesses featured.

For regular updates, check out our Guide News blog

Lots of movement in the Top Ten this month as New World Vegetarian falls from 2nd to 10th place.

With more than 1,000 reviews in the Ultimate Guide, these vegetarian restaurants are ranked the best. Agree or Disagree about the Top Ten? Then say something about it, with an Ultimate Guide review.

Top Ten Vegetarian Restaurants - based on 1000+ reviews

1) Vegetarian House, San Jose - 4.5
2) Good Karma, San Jose - 4.38 up
3) The Manzanita Restaurant, Oakland - 4.38
4) Cha-Ya, Berkeley - 4.37 up
5) Garden Fresh, Mtn View - 4.33 up
6) Tofoo Com Chay, San Jose - 4.29 up
7) Saturn Cafe, Santa Cruz - 4.25 up
8) Shangri-La, SF - 4.23 up
9) Millennium, SF - 4.18 up
10) New World Vegetarian, Oakland - 4.18 down

How to review a restaurant in the Ultimate Guide


Heart Smart Cooking
Heart Smart Cooking   

Enjoy the holidays with some festive vegan cookies. It's a great opportunity to make extras and bring them to your next holiday party or gift them to a friend.

*Cranberry Walnut Oat Cookies
*Chocolate Frosted Macaroons
*Ginger Star Cookies
*Cinnamon-Orange Ice Cream

On January 13th, Chef Alex Bury will be teaching a cooking class for new vegetarians and vegans. If you bring a new (non-veg) person with you, you can both attend for the price of one ($10)!

Event Calendar
Event Calendar   

12/07 Marin Vegan Food & Fellowship Dinner - San Rafael Add event to your local calendar
12/09 Vegan Baking Class - Mill Valley Add event to your local calendar
12/09 Vegetarian House Dinner - San Jose Add event to your local calendar
12/10 Book Club Discussion: Reading Lolita in Tehran - SF Add event to your local calendar
12/10 KFC Cruelty Protest - SF Add event to your local calendar
12/12 Letter Writing Party - Berkeley Add event to your local calendar
12/12 Happy Bamboo dinner - San Jose Add event to your local calendar
12/15 Lunchtime Advocacy - SF Add event to your local calendar
12/16 KFC Cruelty Protest - Palo Alto Add event to your local calendar
12/16 Holiday Dinner & Fundraiser for Farm Sanctuary - Mtn View Add event to your local calendar
12/25 Christmas Day dinner - Oakland Add event to your local calendar
12/31 Make 2007 The Year of ALL Animals! Leafleting & Dinner - SF Add event to your local calendar

01/06 KFC Cruelty Protest - San Jose Add event to your local calendar
01/07 Book Discussion: Dominion- San Francisco Add event to your local calendar

Outlook users can use the 'calendar' icon link (calendar icon link)to add this event to their calendar.

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.


December 2006
In This Issue:
Thanks for Your Support!
Ask Cat
Best of Veg Winners
Vegan Cooking and Baking
Planting the Seeds of Compassion
Book Club for Veg/AR
Ultimate Guide Updates
Heart Smart Cooking
Event Calendar

New Book - Vegetarian Bay Area

Now available at
Otsu in SF

Don't leave home
without it!

Order Today

BAVeg Resources:
Veg Food Finder
Ultimate Guide to Vegetarian Living in the Bay Area
Veggie Mentor Program
Advocacy Rewards Program
Articles and Guides
BAVeg News
Discussion Forums
Mailing Lists
Local Events Calendar
BAVeg Frappr Map
RSS Feeds:

For those of you who use Yahoo or RSS, we've now added a convenient feed for upcoming BAV Events as well as News.

BAV Events
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BAV News
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Guide Updates / News
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For folks on the go, we also have a mobile edition of the events calendar for PDA and cellphone users.

And an iPod Edition of the Guide.

iPod Edition


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