4th Anniversary Party &
World Farmed Animal Day - Sun 10/2

4th Anniversary Party & World Farmed 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 of you!

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.


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

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 veg-friendly place.

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...

Vote Now


Thanksgiving *FOR* the Turkeys
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). 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?!


BAVeg Book Club
Book Club   

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 club forum.


Restaurant Updates
Top Ten Restaurants   

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 departure.

*based on Ultimate Guide reviewers like you


Recipe of the Month
More Recipes   

Kamut-Almond Cookies
Based on a reciepe from Vive le Vegan by Dreena Burton

Kristy prepared these pleasurable little bundles of yumminess for the recent Vegan Food Party at Lake Temescal. They were a big hit, with many people wanting the recipe. Thanks to Kristy for sharing, and to Pam, who organized and hosted the picnic.

1 cup kamut flour
1/2 cup barley flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp almond butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 1/2 tbsp canola oil
3-4 tbsp toasted almond slivers

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, combine all the dry ingredients, sifting in the baking powder. In a separate bowl, combine the maple syrup with the almond butter, then mix in the extracts and the oil. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, and stir until smooth. Place tablespoonfuls of the batter on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (or sprayed with oil), and flatten out the cookies a little. Press an almond sliver or two gently into each cookie. Bake for 11-12 minutes (not much longer as they will dry out). Let cool on pan for 1 minute (to prevent drying) then transfer to a cooling rack.

Event Calendar

09/30 SF Dinner - Herbivore (Divisidero) - SF Add event to your local calendar
10/01 KFC Cruelty Protest - San Jose Add event to your local calendar
10/01 Letter Writing Party - Palo Alto Add event to your local calendar
10/02 KFC Cruelty Protest - Santa Cruz Add event to your local calendar
10/02 BAVEG Anniversary / Volunteer party - San Mateo Add event to your local calendar
10/02 Campaigning for Farmed Animals: The Whole Story - San Mateo Add event to your local calendar

10/07 KFC Cruelty Protest - San Rafael Add event to your local calendar
10/08 KFC Cruelty Protest - SF Add event to your local calendar
10/08 Letter Writing Party - SF (Tenderloin) Add event to your local calendar
10/08 South Bay Dinner - San Jose Add event to your local calendar
10/11 Peninsula Dinner - Palo Alto Add event to your local calendar
10/12 Adopt a College leafletting - Academy of Arts College, SF Add event to your local calendar
10/15 Outreach at Farmer's Market - Berkeley Add event to your local calendar
10/15 KFC Cruelty Protest - Palo Alto Add event to your local calendar
10/16 Dinner - Oakland Add event to your local calendar
10/18 Letter Writing Party - Berkeley Add event to your local calendar
10/28 SF Monthly Dinner - Shangri-La Chinese Vegetarian Restaurant Add event to your local calendar
11/05 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

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October 2005
In This Issue:
4th Anniversary Party
Best of Veg 2005
Thanksgiving *FOR* the Turkeys
BAVeg Book Club
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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