Best of Veg 2006 - Vote Now!
Compassionate Living - Nora Kramer   

Bay Area Vegetarians sponsors this annual survey to recognize the top vegetarian restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area. Last year's top winners included Millennium Restaurant and Herbivore.

Wonderful prizes will be given to randomly selected voters. Voting ends 11/15. Please help us by voting today for your favorites.

Vote Now!


World Farm Animals Day : a huge success
WFAD 2006   

Earlier this month we presented World Farmed Animals Day in conjunction with the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA and Animal Place. It was a great event, and good outreach to individuals who care about animals but had not yet gone veg. Our audience numbered about 300, with nearly half being non-veg, and filled the PHS auditorium.

A big thank you to our presenters, lauren Ornelas, Kim Sturla, and Alex Bury, who graciously volunteered their time and shared their expertise. Thank you to our hardworking team of volunteers who provided enthusiasm and positive energy throughout the day - Amy, Candace, Elizabeth, Justine, Karen, Oliver, Randy, and Will.

Please also support the donors who so graciously supported our efforts - MaggieMudd, Garden Burger, Sun Flour Baking, Primal Strips, Trader Joe's, Turtle Island, Whole Foods Market, and Lantern Books.


Vegetarian Awareness Month

World Farm Animals Day (Oct 2nd) and World Vegetarian Day (Oct 1st) may have passed, but October is Vegetarian Awareness Month and gives us ample opportunity for all of October to promote veg*nism. Whether you wear a veg t-shirt or distribute "Why Vegan?" booklets, let us raise awareness of all the good reasons to be veg.

And don't forget your vegan Halloween treats!


Cooking Classes
Contest - Review to Win   

Learn how to make delicious and cruelty-free foods with Bay Area Vegetarians! If you're new to vegetarian cooking, want to learn new recipes, or just want a pleasant afternoon enjoying food demonstrations & sampling new recipes, please join us for an upcoming cooking class.

Oct 21st, 2006 - Vegan Baking Class - San Francisco
Cinnamon Swirl Bundt Cake, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, and Chocolate Peanut-Butter cups.

$15 pre-registered or $20 at the door

If you're wondering why our classes are priced so low compared to classes offered by other instructors, it's because Bay Area Vegetarians is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote compassionate and cruelty-free foods. All labor and any profits are being donated to Bay Area Vegetarians to fund our outreach & education programs.

Vegan Cooking Classes


Ultimate Guide Updates
Top Ten Ultimate Guide Restaurants   

Two Bay Area vegetarian milestones: the 32nd South vegetarian restaurant opened its kitchen doors recently -- Gillyflower Vegetarian, a Chinese restaurant, and the first entirely vegetarian pizzeria is in Oakland, Pizza Plaza is the first entirely vegetarian pizzeria in the SF Bay Area! Check out a new veg-owned business in the East Bay, Companion Animal Sitting Service.

In other business news, the definitive book about dining vegetarian in the SF Bay Area, Vegetarian Bay Area: The Ultimate Guide, is now available at Little Otsu in SF.

For regular updates, check out our Guide News blog

With 1000 reviews in the Ultimate Guide, these vegetarian restaurants are ranked the best.

Top Ten Vegetarian Restaurants (*)

1. Vegetarian House, San Jose - 4.5
2. The Manzanita Restaurant, Oakland - 4.38
3. Cha-Ya, Berkeley - 4.37
4. New World Vegetarian, Oakland - 4.36
5. Tofoo Com Chay, San Jose - 4.36
6. Good Karma, San Jose - 4.33
7. Garden Fresh, Mtn View - 4.29
8. Saturn Cafe, Santa Cruz - 4.25 up
9. Shangri-La, SF - 4.29 down
10. Cafe Gratitude, SF - 4.14 (New entry)

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   

Two months ago, the fearless leaders of Bay Area Vegetarians (Chris and Tammy) posted a recipe for “cheese” sauce made with tahini to SFBAVEG, telling us all it was delicious. They found it in one of Joanne Stepaniak’s wonderful cookbooks, The Saucy Vegetarian. Since they wouldn’t stop talking about it, I finally made a batch. YUM.

"I Can't Believe It's Not Cheese Sauce"
Hot Layered Bean Dip
Tahini Dip
Sesame Ginger Sauce for Pasta


Event Calendar
Event Calendar   

10/10 Peninsula Dinner - Palo Alto Add event to your local calendar
10/14 South Bay Dinner - San Jose Add event to your local calendar
10/17 Adopt a College leafletting - Academy of Arts University, SF Add event to your local calendar
10/17 Letter Writing Party - Berkeley Add event to your local calendar
10/17 Marin Vegan Food & Fellowship Dinner - San Rafael Add event to your local calendar
10/21 Veganauts: Mission to Earth - SF Add event to your local calendar
10/21 KFC Cruelty Protest - Palo Alto Add event to your local calendar
10/21 Vegan Baking Class - San Francisco Add event to your local calendar
10/28 Veg Outreach at Sharp Park Beach - Pacifica Add event to your local calendar
10/29 KFC Cruelty Protest - SF Add event to your local calendar

11/08 Marin Vegan Food & Fellowship Dinner - Sausalito Add event to your local calendar
11/12 Book Discussion: Living Among Meat Eaters : The Vegetarian's Survival Handbook by Carol Adams - 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.


October 2006
In This Issue:
Best of Veg 2006
World Farm Animals Day
Vegetarian Awareness Month
Cooking Classes
Ultimate Guide Updates
Heart Smart Cooking
Event Calendar

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