Wishing you all a Veggie Happy 2005!
Tammy and Chris   
Bay Area Vegetarians hosts about 10-15 events a month (we had 131 events for 2004 -- isn't this amazing!?). Some of our most popular events are the monthly dinners and the camping & outdoor trips, whose destinations have included Arroyo Seco, Butano State Park, Donner summit, Half Moon Bay State Beach, Pt Reyes, and Yosemite.

All of the events are wonderful opportunities to share good vegan food and fellowship, but the camping trips are the most fun.. and also take the most work.

Just a heads-up for anyone who is interested in planning an outdoor trip for the group: reservations for California State Parks happen 6 months in advance. Booking for the summer months will start in January! We've already booked the Half Moon Bay State Beach trip for May 20-22, 2005.

We are an entirely volunteer organization, and the events and activities that happen depend on the enthusiasm, input and participation of our members like you... but most importantly, the volunteer organizers, our Veggie Important People.

Let's make it happen for 2005 .. camping trips .. vegan food parties .. letter writing parties .. KFC protests .. adopt-a-college .. restaurant dinners .. Guerneville/Sparks road trip... singles party? what else?? We are entirely open to your suggestions for the types of events that you would like to see happen.


You Voted .... We Counted

We are pleased and excited to announce the results of the 2004 BEST OF VEG sponsored by Bay Area Vegetarians. Thank you to the members of Bay Area Vegetarians and the general community for their votes and participation in our 2nd annual contest to recognize the BEST OF VEG in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Best Asian Cuisine - Golden Era
Best Veggie Burger - Herbivore
Best Vegan Dessert - Millennium
Best Mexican - Flacos
Best Veggie Pizza - Lanesplitter Pizza & Pub
Best Raw Foods - Café Gratitude
Best Veg Caterer - Sparks
Best Farmers Market - San Francisco Ferry Building
Best New Veg Restaurant - Café Gratitude
Best Daily Choice/Everyday - Herbivore
Best Special Occasion - Millennium
Best Service - Millennium
Best Ambience - Millennium
Best East Bay Veggie Restaurant - Cha-Ya
Best North Bay Veggie Restaurant - Sparks
Best SF Veggie Restaurant -Millennium
Best South Bay / Peninsula Veggie Restaurant - BayLeaf Café
Best Overall Vegetarian Restaurant - Millennium
Best Overall Vegan Restaurant - Millennium
Best Local Activists - Christine Morrissey and Gabe Quash

There was a lot of comments shared overall and as we have more time, we'll make them public. To read some of the great comments about the local activists, please see the results page.

Food and Politics

Special presentation with Virginia Handley of the Fund for Animals

"Nothing is more powerful than the printed word, especially if that word is printed in a law book."

This month's Vegan Food Party is about more than the food. Join us for a special presentation by Virginia Handley, lobbyist and California Coordinator for the Fund for Animals, and co-founder of PAW PAC, California’s political action committee for animals.

1:30 - 3:30 Vegan Food Party
3:30 - 4:30 Legislative presentation

As citizens, how do we make our voices heard for vegetarianism, for the animals, for a more compassionate lifestyle? Virginia's presentation will demystify the California Legislative process, how the public participates in this process, plans for 2005 legislation for the animals, and available resources. You are welcome to join us for all or part of the afternoon's program. RSVPs are strongly encouraged to help us plan. Please invite your family & friends to join us!

Get informed, Get involved, Get active! Join us and be part of the change that you want to see happen! BAV monthly letter writing parties occur on the 3rd Thursday and 3rd Saturday of every month, and always include state and federal legislation.

Please help us publicize these events; here are some flyers:

Food and Politics Flyers - Small & Large (Adobe Acrobat required)
Letter Writing Parties Flyer - Small


Recipe of the Month

Split Pea Soup

From "The Peaceful Palate" by Jennifer Raymond. This soup contains no ham hocks and no added fat. It is easy to make, on the stove or in a crockpot.

2 cups split peas, rinsed
6 cups hot water
1 cup carrots, sliced or diced
1 cup celery, sliced
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp each: marjoram, basil
1/4 tsp each: cumin, black pepper
1 1/2 tsp salt
pinch cayenne

Rinse split peas, then place them in a large pot with the remaining ingredients. Bring to a simmer, then cover loosely and cook until the peas are tender, 1 to 2 hours.

Crockpot method: Place all ingredients in a crockpot. Cover and cook on “High” for 3 to 4 hours, until the peas are soft and the vegetables are tender.

Serves 6 to 8.

Future Events

Sat 08 - KFC Protest - Santa Cruz.
Sat 08 - South Bay Dinner (Monthly 2nd Sat.) - San Jose
Sat 08 - RawVeg.info Potluck/VFP - Oakland
Sat 08 - Scrabble & Vegan Snacking - Albany
Sun 09 - Special Mother Nature dinner - Albany
Tue 11 - Palo Alto Vegan Dinner (*2nd Tues.), BayLeaf Cafe
Wed 12 - SF Dinner (* 2nd Wedn) - Hulu House
Sat 15 - Letter Writing Party (*3rd Sat.), MaggieMudd, SF
Sun 16 - Oakland Vegan Dinner (*3rd Sun) - New World Vegetarian Restaurant
Thu 20 - Letter Writing Party (*3rd Thurs.), MaggieMudd, SF
Sat 22 - KFC Protest (*4th Sat) - Pacifica
Thu 27 - SF Dinner (*Last Thurs.) - Shangri-La Vegetarian Restaurant
Sun 30 - Food & Politics - San Francisco
Mon 31 - Adopt a College leafleting (*varies), SF

* - monthly reoccuring event

See Event Calendar for full details.

Event Updates: Connie is now hosting the monthly Oakland dinner at New World. The 2nd Thursday dinner has moved to the 2nd Wednesday. The monthly KFC protest in Pacifica will mostly happen on the 4th Saturday.

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.

January 2005
In This Issue:
You Voted....We Counted
Food and Politics
Recipe of the Month
This Months 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.

Vegan Potluck + Party = Vegan Food Party

Love the taste of vegan food? Like to mingle & munch during a party and not have to worry which dish has beef lard or eggs? Then sign-up to host a Vegan Food Party!

Vegan Food PartyAs the host, you pick a date/time that works for you, provide drinks, and people bring Vegan Food to make for a food and fun-filled party (hence the term 'Vegan Food Party').



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