Compassionate Living - New Series
Compassionate Living Program   

Bay Area Vegetarians (BAVeg) is sponsoring a new Compassionate Living Program. This program will provide an opportunity to examine and present different topics related to vegetarian living, education, and advocacy via speakers, discussions, and films; events and activities will be held monthly on the 1st Sunday at the Red Vic Peace Center in SF.

Our new program is closely aligned with our C-A-R-E ideals: Community, Advocacy, Resources, and Education. Learn more about the Compassionate Living Program here

With the mild weather and long days, and numerous community street fairs and events, Spring and Summer are the best months for outreach. So this month's topic will be Effective Tabling Tips & Techniques.

Sunday 5/1 - Effective Tabling Tips & Techniques

This month Tammy and Chris, co-founders of BAVeg, will share strategies and know-how that have created successful displays for both the general and vegetarian community. Because of their great tabling displays (and free membership!), hundreds of people join BAVeg every year.

For more information see our events calendar.


Upcoming Special Events
KFC Events   
An Afternoon for the Animals in SF

On Saturday, May 21st, join Thea and be a tri-advocate for the animals! Starting at noon, there will be a demo at KFC, followed by a vegan lunch at 1:15 (a yummy opportunity to share food & fellowship), leading up to a letter writing party at 3 pm. You're welcome to join us for all events, or just one. See event calendar for details of each event and read about Sean's tri-advocate experience.

Vegan Beach Retreat: Fri May 20th to to Sun May 22nd

We've got a handful of spots available for our vegan beach retreat at Half Moon Bay State Beach. This is a wonderful opportunity for new, aspiring, and experienced veggie folks to connect with like-minded folks, and prepare and enjoy delicious vegan foods. Consider it a camp-out, cooking class, retreat and multi-day Vegan Food Party all rolled into one event! Families/kids are welcome.

Then join us for a special mini-workshop at this month's San Francisco Letter Writing Party on Sat 5/21. Nora Kramer will give a presentation on the basics of an effective letter, and will be available for questions as well as guidance and coaching to make you a better letter writer. Nora has written lots of letters, and had lots of them published in leading newspapers and magazines around the country. The presentation is free, and starts promptly at 3 pm. So please plan to arrive by 3 pm.



Advocacy is Rewarding
Advocacy Rewards Program   

Our Advocacy Rewards Program (ARP) offers us an opportunity to show our appreciation to our volunteers who help us with our outreach and advocacy efforts. By participating or organizing certain events for BAVeg, you can earn big points in our Advocacy Rewards Program, which translate into opportunities to win some fun prizes.

First, thank you all for your participation and support! Second, congratulations to our mid-season prize winners! For her efforts, Thea (who organizes the SF LWP and recently stepped up to take over the SF KFC demo) won the big prize -- a one hour massage session.

Read more about all the mid-season prize winners and what they won. For more information on what counts, or how to donate a prize click here.



Simple ways to help BAVeg, everyday
Help BAVeg!   
  • Don't leave home without a stash of BAVeg flyers and put them in libraries, coffee shops, natural food stores....
  • Add and/or Review your favorite places to eat veg in the Ultimate Guide
  • Add our URL ( to your email signature or website
  • Volunteer to host a restaurant dining out or Vegan Food Party (now's the time for outdoor picnics!)



April Recap
Animal Place Visit   

A visit to Sparks Restaurant is always a treat, especially when followed by a hike in Armstrong Redwoods, as we did earlier this month. Owner and Chef Eric greeted us with news that Sparks plans to relocate! The weekend of 5/7-8 will be their last weekend in Guerneville; we'll keep you updated as we learn more. In SF, Feel Real Cafe in Judah/45th just opened. All vegan and all organic, they literally and figuratively follow the beat of a different drummer. They dance while preparing foods (which they call plant-based, not vegan) and they also do not plan to have set business hours or answer the phone.

In mid-April, our trip to Animal Place was magical. From the beginning, with the fresh, clean scent of the hay cushioning our ride in the truck bed, to the sun softly filtered through the trees on the single lane entrance to the sanctuary, it was pleasant. With the animals, it was magical. From rabbits to chickens to pigs to goats to cows to dogs rescued from Mexico, Animal Place is a haven for both animals and the people who visit them. There is really only one word that we have to say: Go. You will not be disappointed! Thanks to Lena for organizing this tour for 23. Check out the photos from our tour and visit the Animal Place website for upcoming tour and special event info.

Disappointingly, we heard from PETA that their negotiations with KFC had failed. Our KFC demos will resume. Please stick up for the chickens and join us for a KFC demo this month.

Note: New monthly KFC demo series starting in Palo Alto! Thank you Candace!

Thank You

Let us all give thanks to our event organizers and hosts for this month: Wendy, VFP at Golden Gate Park (three years ago this month BAVeg had their first event ever at GGP, so what a fitting choice for this month's VFP!); Bob, Oakland dinner; Dave, SF dinner; Alicia, Marin dinner; Candace & Nancy, San Jose dinner; Sean, Palo Alto dinner; Thea, Fellini brunch & SF LWP; Sara, Berkeley LWP; Robin, Palo Alto LWP; Carol, South Bay KFC demo; Val, Marin KFC demo.

Mark your calendar so you don't miss out on any events! Click here for a month-at-a-glance view of our regularly scheduled events.


Community Profile
Community Profile   

Give her a leaflet, a body screen TV, a pen or simply 5 minutes of your attention, and Nora Kramer is a persuasive voice for the animals.

Read more about Nora Kramer in this month's Community Profile.

Send us your nominations for future interviews.


Recipe of the Month
More Recipes   

Black Olive Tapenade

Need a quick and easy dip to impress family and Friends? Try this recipe from The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen by Donna Klein. Warren made this for one of the BAVeg camping trips and it was quickly gobbled up and enjoyed by all.

1 1/3 cups pitted kalamata olives
1/4 cup drained capers
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 large cloves of garlic, chopped
1 tsp dijon mustard
1/2 tsp herbes de Provence
Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Combine the olives, capers, oil, garlic, mustard, herbes de Provence and pepper in a food processor fitted with the metal blade. Process until a coarse textured paste is formed. Serve at room temperature accompanied with toasted bread.

Future Events

04/30 KFC Protest - Pacifica Add event to your local calendar

05/01 Effective Tabling Tips & Techniques - SF - 1665 Haight Street Add event to your local calendar
05/04 Adopt a College leafletting - Academy of Arts College, SF Add event to your local calendar
05/07 South Bay KFC Protest - Sunnyvale Add event to your local calendar
05/10 Marin Monthly Vegetarian Restaurant Outing - San Rafael, CA Add event to your local calendar
05/10 Palo Alto Vegan Dinner - Bay Leaf Cafe Add event to your local calendar
05/11 SF Dinner - Bok Choy Garden Add event to your local calendar
05/14 KFC Protest - Pacifica Add event to your local calendar
05/14 South Bay Dinner - San Jose - 520 E. Santa Clara Street Add event to your local calendar
05/15 Oakland Dinner - New World Vegetarian Restaurant Add event to your local calendar
05/17 Berkeley Letter Writing Party - 2000 University Ave. (Milvia St.) Add event to your local calendar
05/20 Vegan Beach Retreat - Half Moon Bay Add event to your local calendar
05/21 KFC Protest - SF Add event to your local calendar
05/21 Vegan Lunch - SF Add event to your local calendar
05/21 Letter Writing workshop - SF (Haight) Add event to your local calendar
05/21 Letter Writing Party - SF (Haight) Add event to your local calendar
05/21 KFC Protest - Palo Alto Add event to your local calendar
05/27 Mill Valley KFC Demo - 510 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, CA Add event to your local calendar
05/28 Letter Writing Party - Palo Alto Add event to your local calendar

06/04 South Bay KFC Protest - South Bay Add event to your local calendar
06/05 California Animal Agriculture: Facts & Fallacies - SF - 1665 Haight Street Add event to your local calendar
06/08 SF Dinner (Monthly) - Mekong 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.


May 2005
In This Issue:
Compassionate Living
Upcoming Special Events
Advocacy is Rewarding
Simple ways to help BAVeg, everyday
April Recap
Community Profile
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
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