Bay Area Vegetarians
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year!   

We've got a wonderful variety of events this month, from book discussions to cruelty protests to leafleting to dinner to cooking, and we encourage you to attend & support these events with your participation.

As always, we give thanks to our volunteers who make all of these events happen for our membership and the local community.

We do need your help with critical volunteer roles within Bay Area Vegetarians. These range from "behind the scenes" administrative type work to feet in the street advocacy to hosting a dinner or Vegan Food Party.

Please take a look at the volunteer page and let us know how you can help carry Bay Area Vegetarians into 2007. With your help, we look forward to making 2007 a veggie good year!

And, we hope you'll join us in a New Year's resolution this year -- if you're interested but haven't yet committed to being fully vegetarian, today's a great day to start! Living a vegan lifestyle is the kindest and earth-friendliest diet possible.

So make a pledge for 2007 -- eat vegan, be active in BAVeg, and be happy that you're making a difference every day for the animals, your health, and the well-being of the planet.

Tammy & Chris
Bay Area Vegetarians co-founders


Vegan Food Party 2007
Vegan Food Party   

2007 is the Year of the Vegan Food Party (VFP)! BAVeg is famous for their Vegan Food Parties, showcasing some of the best food to be found in the Bay Area. VFPs are designed by their very food-filled nature to be fun, and it's a great opportunity to connect with new & old friends and try a variety of different foods. And, we encourage people to "animal test" new vegan recipes on hungry volunteers. Everyone is welcome, veg or not.

Thank you to Jina for hosting 2007's first Vegan Food Party on Jan 14th in Oakland (near Lake Merritt). We are also pleased to announce that Meghann is hosting a VFP on Jan 20 in Benicia -- the first VFP in BAV history in Solano County!

Vegan Food Party

We get inquiries all the time asking when the next VFP in Walnut Creek or Milpitas or (name your city) will be. In truth, the answer depends on you! If you'd like to see a VFP in your neighborhood, have an opportunity to meet like-minded people in your area, then think about hosting. It's a fun and easy event. For more on VFPs and event hosting, please click here for details.

We hope to see a lot of new and old friends at our January VFPs. If you need ideas for recipes, please check out Chef Alex's monthly column -- see below for current recipes, read the archive for past columns, or ask for advice from Cat.


Vegan Cooking and Baking
Vegan Cooking Classes   

Are you new to vegan/vegetarian cooking? Not sure how to respond to your non-veg family and friends about vegetarianism? Want to share vegan foods with your non-veg family & friends?

Then join Chef Alex Bury for our upcoming class for New Vegetarians & Vegans to learn how to eat healthy, save money, and treat yourself to delicious food!

It's $10 with pre-registration, or $15 at the door. (Any net proceeds after costs to benefit Bay Area Vegetarians, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization)

SPECIAL OFFER - If you bring a new person (not vegetarian) to this class, you'll both attend for the price of one! So please bring all your meat-eating friends to this awesome class.

Vegan Cooking Classes

Space is limited so sign-up today!

The February 24th Vegan Baking class with instructor Christine Dickson will feature Coffee Shop Dessert Series: Biscotti, Scones, and Coffee Cake.

Vegan Baking Classes


Planting the Seeds of Compassion
Planting the Seeds of Compassion   

Mix veg*n camaraderie, walking in a beautiful city, vegan food, leaflets, and holiday sparkles, and you've got leafleting with Alex! Over 1,000 pieces of veg information were distributed in December. Read more below

December Outreach & Education

Outreach activities this month include KFC Cruelty protests, college leafleting, and the Extreme Veg Event.


New Feature - Ask Cat
Ask Cat   

Whether you're in a quandary 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 query.

Ask Cat

We are collecting questions and formulating answers -- Ask Cat will formally debut next month!


Ultimate Guide Updates
Top Ten Ultimate Guide Restaurants   

Kimba Vegetarian Bistro, a Vietnamese restaurant, opened last month in San Jose in the original Good Karma location (but it's not associated with Good Karma).

Lots of movement in the Top Ten as the other worldly Saturn Cafe departs and in a stunning upset, the newly converted vegetarian pizzeria Pizza Plaza vaults to first place in the Top Ten.

Remember, it's always free for vegetarian-owned businesses to be listed in the Ultimate Guide. Recent additions include: Center for WorkLife Management (SF), Reiki With (Pacifica), and Affordable Animal Care (Oakland).

The Winter 2007 print edition of "Vegetarian Bay Area: The Ultimate Guide" is now available - you can order it online, or save shipping and pick up a copy at Little Otsu in SF.

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) Pizza Plaza, Oakland - 4.75 (New entry)
2) Vegetarian House, San Jose - 4.5 down
3) Cha-Ya, Berkeley - 4.37 up
4) Good Karma, San Jose - 4.38 down
5) The Manzanita Restaurant, Oakland - 4.38 down
6) Garden Fresh, Mtn View - 4.33 down
7) Tofoo Com Chay, San Jose - 4.29 down
8) Shangri-La, SF - 4.23 up
9) New World Vegetarian, Oakland - 4.18 up
10) Millennium, SF - 4.18 down

How to review a restaurant in the Ultimate Guide


Heart Smart Cooking
Heart Smart Cooking   

In the South, it's a tradition to eat black-eyed peas on New Year's Day for good fortune. Some people believe you need to eat one bean for each day of the year, so you don't have any bad-luck days.

So for your good health, and for the animals too, enjoy this month's menu of black-eyed peas, collard greens, BBQ tempeh and cornbread.

Vegan New Year's Recipes

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)!

Vegan Cooking Class

Event Calendar
Event Calendar   

01/06 KFC Cruelty Protest - San Jose Add event to your local calendar
01/07 The Extreme Veg Event (EVE) - SF Add event to your local calendar
01/07 Book Discussion: Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy - SF Add event to your local calendar
01/09 Happy Bamboo dinner - San Jose Add event to your local calendar
01/13 New Vegetarian Cooking Class - Treasure Island/SF Add event to your local calendar
01/13 Vegetarian House Dinner - San Jose Add event to your local calendar
01/14 Vegan Food Party & Film Discussion - Oakland Add event to your local calendar
01/16 Letter Writing Party - Berkeley Add event to your local calendar
01/20 KFC Cruelty Protest - Palo Alto Add event to your local calendar
01/20 Vegan Food Party - Benicia Add event to your local calendar
01/21 Book Club Discussion: The Red Tent (full) - TBD Add event to your local calendar
01/21 KFC Cruelty Protest - SF Add event to your local calendar
01/26 Veganauts: Mission to Layonna - SF Add event to your local calendar
01/29 Adopt a College leafletting - Academy of Arts University, SF Add event to your local calendar

02/03 Vegan Food Party - Pacifica Add event to your local calendar
02/10 Vegetarian House Dinner - San Jose 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.


January 2007
In This Issue:
Happy New Year!
Vegan Food Party 2007
Vegan Cooking and Baking
Planting the Seeds of Compassion
New Feature - Ask Cat
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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