Great start to the year
Virginia Handley - HSUS   
We're off to an awesome veggie year -- about 200 people attended our various events in January, and we've three new monthly events launching this month.

First, we'd like to thank Virginia Handley of HSUS [left] for sharing her Sunday afternoon & insights as a lobbyist for the animals at our recent Vegan Food Party. Over 40 people attended this special event that fed our stomachs and our minds. We learned about the California legislative process, available resources, and upcoming legislation. As Virginia said, letters are important, especially when writing our legislators. So we hope many of you will join us at one of our letter writing parties.


New Advocacy Events
KFC Demo - Pacifica   
KFC Demos and Letter Writing Parties

Over 750,000,000 chickens raised for KFC endure egregious and unnecessary abuses; now is the time to stick up for chickens and join us at a KFC protest near you! Jennifer is organizing a new protest series in San Francisco; with 11 KFCs, each month will target a different KFC, usually on the 2nd Saturday of every month. The Pacifica KFC protests continue, usually on the 4th Saturday, with monthly KFC demos also happening in San Jose and Santa Cruz.

While the streets are a great place to put our feet in action for the chickens, don't underestimate the power of the pen. Writing letters is an effective way to communicate with businesses, legislators, and others who make decisions regarding vegetarianism and how animals are treated.

We have restructured our letter writing party lineup by moving the SF LWP to the Haight, and adding a new LWP in Palo Alto. Thea will host the SF LWP at the Red Victorian Peace Center B&B on the 3rd Saturday while Robin will host the Palo Alto LWP on the 4th Saturday at the ever-popular BayLeaf Cafe. We might have a new volunteer organizer for an East Bay LWP; anyone interested in a North Bay LWP?


New Monthly Dinners

Our third new event premiering this month is a monthly Marin event. With thanks to Andrea and Alicia, hosts of the new series, we will have our first dinner in San Rafael on 1/19. For all future months, the event will happen monthly on the 2nd Wedn.

We also have a new monthly dinner on the 3rd Friday at Kaleva, a vegetarian Indian restaurant in SF. This dinner, organized by Thea, started in January (but after the publication date of the previous newsletter). Anyways, with the new dinners, BAV now has a monthly dinner throughout the major portions of the Bay Area -- East Bay, Peninsula, South Bay, North Bay and SF, for a total of 7 monthly dinners.


Chinese New Year

If you made a New Year's resolution to go vegan or vegetarian and have had troubles keeping it, start anew with the Chinese New Year. February 9th marks the start of the Chinese New Year. Make a fresh start by joining the Veggie Mentor program, trying a new recipe, attending a monthly dinner, etc.

We'll have a special 9-course vegan dinner at Shangri-La Chinese Vegetarian restaurant on 2/24.


Vegan Food Party hosts needed!

Looking for your 15 minutes of fame, or better yet, 70 minutes of vegan food eating? Then host a Vegan Food Party! You can read more about VFP's here. With winter, we really need a cozy indoor space. If you can help, please contact Tammy. VFP hosts are Veggie Important People in our book!


New Vegan Parents Support Group
Veggie Family   

Interested in a support group for vegan families to address all the issues that come with living and raising a child in such an alternative lifestyle? If so, please contact Mary who is looking to connect with other vegan families. You can read Mary's introduction in the forum and introduce yourself and your family, too.


Great American Meat-Out
Meat-Out 2005   

Since 1985, activists throughout the world celebrate the first day of Spring, March 20, as Great American Meat-Out.

Here in the Bay Area, activists are already planning their meat-out event, from tabling at local malls and shops to leafleting on the streets. If you'd like to plan a meat-out event in your neighborhood, we'd love to hear from you!

We're kicking off our meat-out with another visit from Erik Marcus, owner/publisher of and Erik's Diner.

Last year, he spoke for us to a standing-room only crowd in Mtn View. He liked us so much, he wanted to speak again for our group -- so he's returning on Sunday, March 6 to San Francisco to talk once more about his new book, "Meat Market: Animals, Ethics, and Money". Meat Market looks at the history of animal agriculture, and charts the decline of its ethical standards. Despite the worsening plight of animals, Erik’s message is hopeful and optimistic. He offers ideas and strategies to combat cruelty that can be embraced by meat-lovers and activists alike.


Winners All Around
Prizes - Sun Flower Baking Company - VegNews Magazine   

With the wonders of a random number generator to identify random votes, the following voters won in our voter prize giveaway:

Doug Strauss, Menlo Park - Sun Flour Baking cookie basket
Michael Torres, San Francisco - BAV logo pin & vegan cookbook
Andrea Lindsay, Oakland - VegNews Magazine subscription

Thanks to our prize donors, Sun Flour Baking, Wild Bryde Jewelry, VegNews Magazine, and Tammy & Chris (vegan cookbook).

The category winners of the BEST OF VEG contest were announced earlier.

We like giving away prizes! Congratulations to Charlie & tklarin for their winning reviews in the Ultimate Guide, randomly selected.

If one of these is your forum ID then please contact us to claim your choice of prize, donated by, WildBryde Jewelry, and Bay Area Vegetarians.


Recipe of the Month
More Recipes   

Curry Lentil Rice dish

Serves 10

4 cups onions, diced
1-2 tbsp olive oil
2 cups brown rice, rinsed and drained
2 cups red lentils, rinsed and drain
1-2 carrots, diced
3/4 tsp ea: cardamom powder, turmeric
1 1/2 tsp: ground cumin
3 tsp salt
8 cups water
baby spinach

Saute onion in oil until translucent. Stir in the seasonings. Add lentils, rice, carrot, and water, and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat for approx 45-60 minutes until rice and lentils are cooked. When nearly done, add spinach.

This is the basic recipe and it's fun and easy to add other ingredients, like chickpeas, green peas, eggplant, potato, mushrooms.. Just keep in mind that ingredients that need longer cooking times should be added earlier.

Future Events

Sun 6 - Concert & Vegan Dinner, Berkeley
Tue 08 - Palo Alto Vegan Dinner (*2nd Tues.), BayLeaf Cafe
Wed 09 - SF Dinner (*2nd Wedn)
Sat 12 - SF KFC Protest (*2nd Sat)
Sat 12 - Santa Cruz KFC Protest
Sat 12 - South Bay Dinner (*2nd Sat.) - Vegetarian House, San Jose
Wed 16 - Marin Dinner, San Rafael
Fri 18 - SF Dinner (*3rd Fri) - Kaleva
Sat 19 - SF Letter Writing Party (*3rd Sat.)
Sun 20 - Oakland Vegan Dinner (*3rd Sun) - New World Vegetarian Restaurant
Thu 24 - SF Dinner (*Last Thurs.) - Shangri-La Vegetarian Restaurant
Sat 26 - KFC Protest (*4th Sat) - Pacifica
Sat 26 - Palo Alto Letter Writing Party (*4th Sat.)
TBD - Adopt a College leafleting, SF (check calendar for date)

* - monthly event

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.


February 2005
In This Issue:
New Advocacy Events
New Monthly Dinners
Chinese New Year
Vegan Food Party hosts needed
New Vegan Parents Support Group
Great American Meat-Out
Winners All Round
Recipe of the Month
Future Events
BAV Resources:
Ultimate Guide to Vegetarian Living in the Bay Area
Veggie Mentor Program
Advocacy Rewards Program
Advocacy and Volunteer Ideas
Articles and Guides
BAV News
Discussion Forums
Mailing Lists
Local Events Calendar
Free Restaurant Guide
Eat veg? Then don't leave home without your Restaurant Guide.

You can use Adobe Acrobat reader to print the entire SF Bay Area Restaurant guide or use UG to create and print your own custom guide.

Job Opportunities at BAV

Want to save animals, promote a healthy and earth-friendly lifestyle, and have fun at the same time?

Then join the Bay Area Vegetarians volunteer team!

We're looking for:
Event Publicity Coordinator, Outreach Coordinator, and SFBAVEG List Admin

More information here.


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