Hungry for Veg Info

Hungry for Veg Info   

BAVEG volunteers tabled at two SF street fairs in June, the iconic Haight Ashbury Street Fair and Northern California's largest event, SF Pride. At both events, people crowded our booth, hungry for veg info, and learned about vegetarianism, vegan cooking, and factory farming. Long hours of preparation, planning, and twelve-hour days are all worthwhile when people visit our booth and get the information they need about vegetarianism and veganism.

Kudos and veggie big thanks to our volunteer crew who distributed several thousand pieces of information this month: Lizzy, Thea, Elena, Oliver, Alex, Terry, George, Peggy, Dana, Kansinee, Thea, Warren, Candace, Suzanne, Andrew, Ari, Ron, Nick, Kansinee, Blue, Ananda, Tammy and Chris.

You can see photos of our outreach & education in the photo gallery, and more specific details about our outreach results.

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If you missed our June events and want to get more involved, we've got some great opportunities in July! Please see the Compassion in Action section.


Compassionate Living Program
Book Discussion Group   

For July and August, the Compassionate Living program is focused on education with reading and discussing two books closely related to understanding more about farmed animals and our food choices.

July's book discussion will feature "The Pig Who Sang to the Moon" by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson. This non-fiction book is about animals who typically live on a farm, like cows, chickens, sheep, and pigs. In it, Masson has compiled and shared interesting stories and observations of these animals as they relate to each other, and ultimately to us. It provides a deeper understanding and appreciation for the emotions and feelings of animals. It's definitely on our recommended reading list!

You can read more reviews, and longer reviews, on Amazon.

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In August, our book selection is "The Way We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter" by Peter Singer and Jim Mason.

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The outreach component is putting our compassion into action, and promoting a plant-based diet and raising awareness of the cruelty of factory farming. Please see the Compassion in Action section for summer opportunities.


July's Vegan Cooking Classes
July's Vegan Cooking Classes   

We've got three cooking classes this month showcasing Summer Foods, Quick & Healthy Cooking, and Vegan Baking. Whether you're new to vegetarian or vegan cooking, or simply enjoy sampling new foods, you'll enjoy the variety of these cooking presentations, offered (of course) at an affordable price to make them accessible to everyone.

Sun July 9th -- Summer Foods Cooking Class in Pacifica

Wed July 12th -- Quick & Healthy Cooking Class in Sausalito

Sat July 29th -- Vegan Baking Class in Mill Valley


New Book - Vegetarian Bay Area: The Ultimate Guide
New Book - Vegetarian Bay Area : The Ultimate Guide   

Based on our popular online Ultimate Guide, the 2006 print edition, Vegetarian Bay Area: The Ultimate Guide, is now available for ordering! From Santa Cruz to San Francisco to Sacramento and everywhere in between, this 88 page guide includes:

  • 90+ local veg and vegan restaurants
  • 70+ natural food stores
  • 200+ veg/vegan friendly restaurants
  • Quick reference San Francisco Map
  • Indexed by Location as well as Alphabetically
  • Recommendations - Best Places to dine
  • Tips For Ordering Vegan at Non-Veg Restaurants
  • Hours, Parking, Transit information

For ordering information, please visit our website


4th of July Vegan Food Party
Vegan Food Party   

Thank you to Joey and Doug for carrying on the tradition of a 4th of July Vegan Food Party! This year's celebration is being held in South San Jose, from 3pm to 6pm.

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Stay in Touch - More Mailing Lists and Blogs
Mailing Lists   

In addition to the monthly BAVEG e-newsletter you're reading now, Bay Area Vegetarians has other online resources to connect and stay informed with BAVeg events & activities and the broader Bay Area vegetarian and animal rights community.

1) Mailing lists hosted on Yahoo! Groups. You can get individual emails, or a daily digest (compilation of individual emails)

SFBAVeg: Local Vegetarian and Animal Rights discussion, local events, alerts and news. Volunteer opportunities. Approximately 35-55 messages a week. Great for staying in touch with the local community, and also learning and sharing information.

SFBAVeg-Events: Local Vegetarian and Animal Rights events only. No news or discussion. Events may also be from other local veg/animal groups. (10/week)

Team-BAVeg: Discussion, planning, or promotion of advocacy events, strategies, and ideas for Bay Area Vegetarians as well as volunteer opportunities.

Click here to subscribe

2) Discussion forum: bulletin board for veg discussions

Click here to read/register

3) BLOGS: News, Veg Guide News & Updates, Heart Smart Cooking, Community Profiles

BAVEG News Blog
Veg Guide News
Heart Smart Cooking
Community Profiles
RSS feeds


Compassion in Action

If you missed outreach at Haight and Pride, we've got more opportunities for you to get involved and active for animals! No previous experience necessary, just a willingness to help and a friendly smile.

  • Every Sunday in SF: tabling & leafleting at the Stern Grove concerts, starting July 2nd through August 20th. Distribute info as people walk down a narrow path to the concert, then enjoy the concert, and then distribute more. Please join Ari in great summer outreach opportunity. Every Sunday at 1:15 pm.
  • Saturday July 8th: leafleting at the Warped Tour concert in SF. This event draws thousands of young people. Last year Suzanne and Nick distributed 1600 leaflets in 1.5 hours. Please join them and help them quadruple that number! 4 pm to 8 pm.

Some volunteers report on their outreach experience:

"Overall, my experience was positive and fun. I've never done anything like leafleting before, and it was easier than I thought it would be."

"It was a great weekend and a great opportunity to reach a lot of people. This was my first one at Pride. I found doing the leafletting easier than I thought and was a nice change from tabling. But they are both important ways to get the veg message out and it is nice to be able to do both."

"Even though it's only been a short hour both years I've helped, so far, I have to say that it's a lot of fun, a big part of my pride now and it feels like I'm a part of impacting a lot of people."

"While tabling, one young woman came up to say that she'd received a Why Vegan earlier in the day and was now going to be a vegetarian. Shortly thereafter, an older gentleman was at the table with a friend. He pointed at the Why Vegan and said, 'That's what started me on the path to being vegan.' "

"Watching all of the efforts required to make this past weekend a reality made me feel such gratitude and inspiration that people like you both exist and encourage me to ask myself how much more I can do to contibute in selfless service. I look forward to participating with you both in more events and taking a bigger role in Bay Area Vegetarians going forward."


Community Profile
Community Profile   

Attorney Thea Langsam explains how and why she stands up for activist rights and the animals.

Read more about Thea 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 now has 23 vegetarian restaurants with newcomers Healthy Heavens Vegetarian Food (Richmond district) and Pa-raw-dise (Nob Hill/Russian Hill area).

New additions to the Guide include Madras Sri Krishna Bhavan and Krishna, both vegetarian restaurants in Fremont.

We've also received reports that two popular SF restaurants will soon have new locations: Golden Era will open a new restaurant in SF's Richmond district while Herbivore opens a 3rd restaurant in Berkeley.

Asian Rose in Santa Cruz and Good Karma in San Jose are relocating; watch this space for details.

For regular updates, check out our Guide News Blog.

With over 900 reviews in the Ultimate Guide, these vegetarian restaurants are ranked the best.

Top Ten Vegetarian Restaurants (*)

1. Good Karma, San Jose - 4.5
2. The Manzanita Restaurant, Oakland - 4.46
3. New World Vegetarian, Oakland - 4.36
4. Tofoo Com Chay, San Jose - 4.36
5. Cha-Ya, Berkeley - 4.32
6. Shangri-La, SF - 4.29
7. Garden Fresh, Mtn View - 4.28
8. Medicine New-Shojin Eatstation, SF - 4.2
9. Millennium, SF - 4.17
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   

Cooking with Compassion and Good Health
by Chef Alex Bury

Cow's milk is the perfect food designed for a nursing baby cow. When it comes to humans, it's a different story.

Dairy: Fat, cholesterol, blood, pus, food-borne illnesses. Heart attacks, strokes, obesity, diabetes, impotence and osteoporosis.

Dairy-free: No animal suffering, a fraction of the fat, no cholesterol, less fossil fuels and fresh water used to produce, and…delicious!

If you’re looking for delicious new ways to incorporate dairy-free dishes into your daily diet, here’s some easy recipes:

- Sour Cream
- Cinnamon Orange Ice Cream
- Cheeze Sauce for Nachos
- Tofu Ricotta


Event Calendar
Event Calendar   

07/01 Animal 101 Workshop - Animal Place Sanctuary, Vacaville Add event to your local calendar
07/01 Letter Writing Party - Palo Alto Add event to your local calendar
07/02 KFC Cruelty Protest - San Rafael Add event to your local calendar
07/02 Outreach at Stern Grove Music Festival - SF Add event to your local calendar
07/04 VFP - South San Jose (Silver Creek area) Add event to your local calendar
07/08 Leaflet at the Warped Tour - SF Embarcadero Pier 30/32 Add event to your local calendar
07/08 South Bay Dinner - San Jose Add event to your local calendar
07/09 Summer Foods Cooking Class with Chef Alex Bury ! - Pacifica Add event to your local calendar
07/09 Outreach at Stern Grove Music Festival - SF Add event to your local calendar
07/11 Peninsula Dinner - Palo Alto Add event to your local calendar
07/12 Quick & Healthy Cooking Class - Sausalito Add event to your local calendar
07/15 KFC Cruelty Protest - Palo Alto Add event to your local calendar
07/16 Outreach at Stern Grove Music Festival - SF Add event to your local calendar
07/16 Dinner - Oakland Add event to your local calendar
07/18 Letter Writing Party - Berkeley Add event to your local calendar
07/18 Marin Vegan Food & Fellowship Dinner - Mill Valley Add event to your local calendar
07/21 Vegetarian Gourmet Friday Food & Fellowship Dinner - San Mateo Add event to your local calendar
07/22 Book Discussion: The Pig Who Sang to the Moon - SF (MaggieMudd) Add event to your local calendar
07/23 Outreach at Stern Grove Music Festival - SF Add event to your local calendar
07/23 Book Club Discussion - SF Add event to your local calendar
07/29 Vegan Baking Class - Mill Valley Add event to your local calendar
07/29 Letter Writing Party - Palo Alto Add event to your local calendar
07/29 KFC Cruelty Protest - SF Add event to your local calendar
07/30 Outreach at Stern Grove Music Festival - SF 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.


July 2006
In This Issue:
Hungry for Veg Info
Compassionate Living Program
July's Vegan Cooking Classes
New Book - Vegetarian Bay Area
4th of July Vegan Food Party
Our Mailing Lists
Compassion in Action
Community Profile
Ultimate Guide Updates
Heart Smart Cooking
Event Calendar
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
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.

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