4th Anniversary Party &
Animal Day - Sun 10/2
It's been 4 years and 385 events
since Bay Area Vegetarians, aka BAVeg,
started in October 2001. Whether you're
new to BAVeg, or been with us since
the beginning, please join us to celebrate
our 4th Anniversary (or Birthday)
on Sunday, Oct. 2nd at 2 pm.
Our special guests include lauren
Ornelas, director of Viva!USA, and
Howard Lyman, the "Mad Cowboy",
and his wife, Willow Jeane, and all
In honor of World Farmed Animals
Day, and as part of the Compassionate
Living Program, lauren will give a
presentation at 5 pm on "Campaigning
for Farmed Animals: the Whole Story",
in regards to Viva!USA's tireless,
but successful, three year campaign
for the animals with Whole Foods and
CEO-turned-vegan John Mackey.
of Veg 2005 - Vote Now!
It's time for YOU to pick the BEST
OF VEG in
Bay Area dining. This is the 3rd year that Bay
Area Vegetarians is sponsoring this annual online
survey. We've got many of the same categories
from last year, as well as three categories to
vote for your favorite vegetarian activists. This
is an opportunity to recognize and thank the volunteers
that work so hard to make our community such a
Ten lucky voters will also be selected at random
to win voter prizes. This year's vegan prizes
include foods that taste great, and resources
that educate and entertain:
Cookie Gift Basket, Tofurky feast, Soy Delicious
ice cream, Satya magazine
subscription, and McLibel DVD.
Thank you to Sun Flour Baking, Turtle Island
Foods, Turtle Mountain, Satya, and Cinema Libre
Studios for their support.
So vote right now .. yes right NOW! Our electronic
operators are standing by...
*FOR* the Turkeys
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).
Most hosts choose traditional Thanksgiving foods,
but it can also be a VFP with everyday foods or
any vegan theme you like. While the food is important,
the veggie fellowship is even better.
So, if you are interested in hosting a vegan
Thanksgiving celebration (a vegan food party in
your home or community space, a veggie restaurant
outing, catered dinner, etc), please email us.
Who wants a community feast?!
Lisa took her idea and is making it happen!
Starting in 2006, we will have a new monthly
event - a book club! We'll get together for informal
discussions of a preselected book. Unlike other
book clubs, vegan refreshments that everyone
can enjoy will be part of the experience (either
during or after the discussion). 8 general books
will be discussed, and 4 vegetarian/animal rights
books. While January is still a few months away,
this is a heads-up for busy people as well as
slow readers to plan ahead. You'll find more information
on the series and January's selection in the book
After the news
of five new vegetarian restaurants opening last
month, it's rather disappointing to not have any
to report for this month. But, we have heard that
Flacos is looking to plant roots with a Berkeley
restaurant, and so is the well-known Native Foods.
Both would be wonderful additions to the local
veg food scene.
Top Ten Restaurants (*)
1. Garden Fresh - Mtn View - 4.71/5.00
2. BayLeaf Cafe - Palo Alto - 4.5/5.0
3. Good Karma - San Jose - 4.5/5.0
4. Golden Lotus - Oakland (moves back to 4th
place) - 4.45/5.0
5. Alive! - SF (from 4th place) - 4.35/5.0
6. The Manzanita Restaurant (new Top Ten this
month) - 4.33/5.0
7. Millennium - SF (from 6th place) - 4.17/5.0
8. Shangri-La - SF (from 7th place) - 4.17/5.0
9. Cha-Ya - Berkeley (from 8th place) - 4.17/5.0
10. Cafe Gratitude - SF (hangs on at 10th place) - 4.09/5.0
The top three hold steady since last month,
but Manzanita's move into the Top Ten forced Herbivore/Divisadero's
*based on Ultimate
Guide reviewers like you
Recipe of the Month
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