Compassionate Living Presents:
Celebrating the Holidays as a Vegetarian - 11/6

Celebrating the holidays as a vegetarian - 11/6   

The Compassionate Living program examines and presents information related to vegetarianism and living a compassionate lifestyle. This month we will have an informal and supportive discussion about celebrating the holidays as a veg*n, which for many of us means celebrating it with non-veg family and friends.

Our discussion is geared towards supporting vegetarians to understand the holiday, recognize relationship issues, understand emotions, choose how to behave, create a degree of divergence in our meat eating families, and share ideas and strategies to have really good food and a really good time.

Carl Miller will be our guest facilitator. He is a counselor in Marin County and especially enjoys facilitating group discussion. Carl has been celebrating holidays for many years -- not always without ambivalence. Carl, vegan for the last two years, is currently engaged in a study of approaches to increasing empathy and compassion for animals and the environment.


Thank You & Congratulations

We want to thank everyone who came out to celebrate BAVeg's 4th Anniversary in October. It's hard to believe it has been four years already!

A few individuals and organizations deserve our special thanks: Lyman, who organized and acquired the space for the party; lauren from Viva!USA who gave an inspiring presentation about Campaigning for Farmed Animals; and companies who generously donated: Fantastic Foods, Satya Magazine, and Sun Flour Baking. We even had a short presentation by the other vegetarian Lyman, Howard Lyman.

If you missed the party but would still like to support Bay Area Vegetarians, financial contributions may be sent by check to: Bay Area Vegetarians, P.O. Box 371215, Montara, CA 94037. We are also looking for volunteer help (see "Help Wanted")

For more details about the party, please visit the following page.

As part of the event, we also acknowledged and awarded prizes for the Advocacy Rewards Program. Over 100 people participated, accumulating over 800,000 points, in the first year of the program, ending September 2005. Details on top earners and prize winners can be found at here.

A new season has begun, starting with points earned at advocacy events in October. We'll again be giving away prizes to randomly selected winners as well as to the high point earners.

It's free to register and participate in the Advocacy Rewards Program.

Earn points by participating or organizing events like KFC Cruelty demos, letter writing parties, tabling outreach, leafleting, etc.


Best of Veg 2005 - Vote Now!
4th Anniversary Party   

Last chance to vote in our annual BEST OF VEG survey!  The truth of the matter is -- if you don't vote, you don't count.  So do it now before you forget - voting ends November 15th, and results will be published in the December newsletter. 

Vote Now


BAVeg Community Thanksgiving Events
Happy Tofurky Day!   

Thanksgiving is a very yummy holiday for veggies when you celebrate it veggie style with family and friends. For that reason, Bay Area Vegetarians traditionally celebrates it throughout the Bay Area with gracious volunteer hosts organizing Thanksgiving dinners (vegan food party style) throughout the Bay Area. While the food is important, the veggie fellowship is even better. A big thank you to Mike, Joanna, Jordan, George, Kim, Jamie, Julie, George and Lori who have graciously volunteered to host an event for our community.

Vegan Thanksgiving Day events

El Sobrante - Mike and Joanna Warner with Jordan from - Cooked and Raw Foods Dinner - 2 pm
Oakland - George - Thanksgiving Dinner at New World Vegetarian Restaurant - 4 pm
San Francisco (Castro) - Kim & Jamie - Thanksgiving Celebration - 2 pm
Woodacre - Julie - Thanksgiving Dinner - 3 pm
Milpitas - Lori - Community Gratitude Dinner - 5:30 pm

It is a wonderful and joyous feeling to share Thanksgiving day with veg friends and foods. Please see the event calendar for details on each event.


Help Wanted

Easy - do something right now

  • Post reviews of your favorite places to eat veg in the Ultimate Guide
  • Invite 10 veg-interested and aspiring friends to join Bay Area Vegetarians
  • Review our volunteer job openings, or share them with interested friends
  • Help us promote our events and activities online
  • Organize a Vegan Food Party

More commitment, but still easy

  • Attend/support our KFC Cruelty protests
  • Attend/support our Letter Writing parties
  • Convince your non-veg friends to join us at our events
  • Organize an advocacy event


  • Take a serious look at our volunteer job openings, and come talk to us: Promotions & Publicity Coordinator, Veggie Mentor Program Manager, Community Liaison, Outreach Coordinator, SFBAVEG List Admin

Additionally, scheduling for the Compassionate Living Program series for 2006 is completed. If you have ideas, contacts, writing skills, and enthusiasm to help us promote this program, including avenues outside the veg/AR community, please contact Tammy.


Community Profile
Community Profile   

Mix equal parts of compassion, determination, and willingness to help, and you've got the makings of an activist. Meet Sara J and learn how and why she decided to put her compassion in action.

Read more about Sarah in this month's Community Profile.

If you've got an interesting veg perspective that you'd like to share, please let us know.


Restaurant Updates
Top Ten Restaurants   

There was some movement among the Top Ten, but no new departures or arrivals. With over 700 reviews in the Ultimate Guide, these vegetarian restaurants are ranked the best. Do you agree? Don't see your favorite listed in the Top Then? Then please give them a good review and help them gain the recognition that they deserve!

How to review a restaurant in the Ultimate Guide

Top Ten Vegetarian Restaurants (*)

1. Garden Fresh - Mtn View - 4.5/5.0
2. Good Karma - San Jose - 4.5/5.0
3. Golden Lotus - Oakland (from 4th place) - 4.45/5.0
4. Alive! - SF - (from 5th place) 4.35/5.0
5. BayLeaf Cafe - Palo Alto - 4.33/5.0 (down from 2nd)
6. The Manzanita Restaurant - Oakland - 4.33/5.0
7. Cha-Ya - Berkeley (from 9th place) - 4.22/5.0
8. Millennium - SF (from 7th place) - 4.21/5.0
9. Cafe Gratitude - SF (from 10th place) - 4.12/5.0
10. Shangri-La - SF (from 8th place) - 4.11/5.0

*based on Ultimate Guide reviewers like you


Recipe of the Month
More Recipes   

Thanksgiving Feast

This month's recipe has been replaced with our recommendation for a complete Vegan Thanksgiving Menu. We have enjoyed many of these vegan foods for several years, and hope you do, as well. Enjoy!!

1) Tofurky roast
2) Mashed potatoes and Gravy
3) "Stuffing"
4) Yams with Cranberries and apples (optional)
5) Pumpkin Pie

You can find more information and the full recipes here

You are also welcome and encouraged to share your favorite Thanksgiving recipes and suggestions.

Event Calendar

11/04 KFC Cruelty Protest - San Rafael Add event to your local calendar
11/04 Vegan Food & Letters Party - Pacifica Add event to your local calendar
11/05 KFC Cruelty Protest - Santa Cruz Add event to your local calendar
11/05 KFC Cruelty Protest - San Jose Add event to your local calendar
11/06 Holiday Celebrations: Survival Tips, Techniques, and Strategies - SF (Civic Center) Add event to your local calendar
11/08 Peninsula Dinner - Palo Alto Add event to your local calendar
11/10 Marin Outing - San Rafael Add event to your local calendar
11/11 Friday Food & Fellowship Dinner - San Mateo Add event to your local calendar
11/12 Outreach at Farmer's Market - Berkeley Add event to your local calendar
11/12 KFC Cruelty Protest - SF Add event to your local calendar
11/12 Lunch & Letter Writing Party - SF (Tenderloin) Add event to your local calendar
11/12 South Bay Dinner - San Jose Add event to your local calendar
11/13 Vegan Food Party - SF Add event to your local calendar
11/15 Adopt a College leafletting - Academy of Arts College, SF Add event to your local calendar
11/19 KFC Cruelty Protest - Palo Alto Add event to your local calendar
11/20 Dinner - Oakland Add event to your local calendar
11/21 Letter Writing Party - Berkeley Add event to your local calendar
11/22 SF lunch - Whole Foods deli (4th St) Add event to your local calendar
11/24 Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner - Cooked and Raw Foods Welcome - El Sobrante Add event to your local calendar
11/24 Vegan Thanksgiving Celebration - SF - Castro Add event to your local calendar
11/24 Vegan Thanksgiving Feast - Woodacre Add event to your local calendar
11/24 Thanksgiving Dinner (restaurant) - Oakland Add event to your local calendar
11/24 Community Gratitude Dinner - Milpitas Add event to your local calendar
11/25 Friday Food & Fellowship Dinner - SF Add event to your local calendar
11/26 Letter Writing Party - Palo Alto Add event to your local calendar

12/01 Adopt a College leafletting - Academy of Arts College, 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.


November 2005
In This Issue:
Compassionate Living Presents
Thank You & Congratulations
Best of Veg 2005
Thanksgiving *FOR* the Turkeys
Help Wanted
Community Profile
Restaurant Updates
Recipe of the Month
Event Calendar
BAV 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
Free Restaurant Guide
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