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10/20/2014

Los Angeles! Mohawk Bend is back with another Authors Worth Celebrating event and this time it’s for the LUSTY VEGANS. (boom chicka wa wa!) (is that how you spell that?) (I need a definitive answer here.) 
Here are the details:
Monday, November 24th
6:30pm @ Mohawk Bend 
RSVP authors@mohawk.la$30/per person, 4-course vegan meal Mohawk Bend2141 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026
Friendsgiving theme! Yay! 

Let’s all go and eat all the food and be best friends and have the NIGHT OF OUR LIIIIIIIVES! 

Los Angeles! Mohawk Bend is back with another Authors Worth Celebrating event and this time it’s for the LUSTY VEGANS. (boom chicka wa wa!) (is that how you spell that?) (I need a definitive answer here.) 

Here are the details:

Monday, November 24th
6:30pm @ Mohawk Bend 
RSVP authors@mohawk.la
$30/per person, 4-course vegan meal 
Mohawk Bend
2141 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026
Friendsgiving theme! Yay! 
Let’s all go and eat all the food and be best friends and have the NIGHT OF OUR LIIIIIIIVES! 

10/09/2014

Three Awesome Upcoming Events in the SF Bay Area! Go to These!  »

image 1. Second Annual Vegan Mac Down
The Factory Farming Awareness Coalition is hosting its second annual Vegan Mac Down vegan mac & cheese bake-off! 

Sample all of the entries & vote for your favorite. 
Get down to grooves from local DJ’s
Get more eats from local vegan food vendors. 

We’re currently looking for competitors! Whether you’re an amateur or a professional, if you’re interested in competing e-mail info@ffacoalition.org.

The Mac Down will be held on Saturday, November 8th from 11am-3pm at the Omni, 4799 Shattuck Ave. in Oakland. Tickets are $8 online, $10 at the door (though it will likely sell out, so be sure to get your tickets in advance!)

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2. Oakland Premiere of Speciesism: The Movie
Speciesism: The Movie is making its Oakland debut on October 27th at the Piedmont Theater. The screening will be followed by Q&A with the director.

TICKETS: http://SpeciesismOakland.eventbrite.com/ (tickets are limited and ONLY available online)

TRAILER: http://SpeciesismTheMovie.com/

Speciesism: The Movie takes viewers on a sometimes funny, sometimes frightening adventure across the country, to expose the biggest secrets about modern factory farms, and to ask the biggest questions about the belief that our species is more important than the rest. You’ll never look at animals the same way again. Especially humans.
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3. Cowspiracy Catered Screening in San Francisco
Join San Francisco’s soon-to-be newest vegan restaurant Citizen Fox and the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition for a San Francisco screening of Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret on Thursday, November 6th.

Set in the historic Victoria Theater, the screening will feature food from local chefs, a wine bar, and a Q&A session with the filmmakers.

Get your tickets online before they sell out!
Guest post from Katie Cantrell of Factory Farming Awareness Coalition! Thanks, Katie!

10/02/2014

First-Ever “Sonoma County Chicken Save” Event to Be Held Today!
Food Empowerment Project announces the first-ever Sonoma County Chicken Save event on Thursday, October 2, from 11:30am to 6:30pm. Sonoma County Chicken Save will have a peaceful vigil to remind the public of the suffering that takes hidden from view.
It will be held outside of Petaluma Poultry Processors at 2700 Lakeville Highway in Petaluma, California. Animal advocates from throughout the Bay Area will be gathered in front of the plant, using signs and literature to interact with passersby and educate them about the plight of chickens raised for “meat.”
“Today is World Day for Farmed Animals, and it seems like the perfect day to start our awareness effort to remind people that animals are being killed behind these walls every day,” said Lauren Ornelas, executive director of Food Empowerment Project. “No matter how the chickens are raised, they all suffer an inhumane death at slaughterhouses.”
“Save” movements are spreading around the world to help remind the public of the suffering that farmed animals endure inside slaughterhouses. Individual Save events may focus on an individual species, such as pigs or chickens, or on all farmed animals. The first of its kind in Sonoma County, the Sonoma County Chicken Save seeks to remind the public of the horrific abuses and suffering that chickens raised and killed for “meat” endure.
“The slaughter of animals for food occurs behind closed doors, so almost no one sees it,” Ornelas said. “It is important for us all to recognize what is happening here, and we’re proud to be speaking out on the chickens’ behalf.”
Begun in 1983, World Day for Farmed Animals is a day of global demonstrations and observations on behalf of animals raised for their flesh. Activists around the world gather on or about October 2 (the birthday of Mohandas Gandhi) in solidarity and remembrance of their suffering.

For more information on Sonoma County Chicken Save, please visit: http://www.foodispower.org/sonoma-county-chicken-save/
Guest post by Rick Kelley! Thanks, Rick!

First-Ever “Sonoma County Chicken Save” Event to Be Held Today!

Food Empowerment Project announces the first-ever Sonoma County Chicken Save event on Thursday, October 2, from 11:30am to 6:30pm. Sonoma County Chicken Save will have a peaceful vigil to remind the public of the suffering that takes hidden from view.

It will be held outside of Petaluma Poultry Processors at 2700 Lakeville Highway in Petaluma, California. Animal advocates from throughout the Bay Area will be gathered in front of the plant, using signs and literature to interact with passersby and educate them about the plight of chickens raised for “meat.”

“Today is World Day for Farmed Animals, and it seems like the perfect day to start our awareness effort to remind people that animals are being killed behind these walls every day,” said Lauren Ornelas, executive director of Food Empowerment Project. “No matter how the chickens are raised, they all suffer an inhumane death at slaughterhouses.”

Save” movements are spreading around the world to help remind the public of the suffering that farmed animals endure inside slaughterhouses. Individual Save events may focus on an individual species, such as pigs or chickens, or on all farmed animals. The first of its kind in Sonoma County, the Sonoma County Chicken Save seeks to remind the public of the horrific abuses and suffering that chickens raised and killed for “meat” endure.

“The slaughter of animals for food occurs behind closed doors, so almost no one sees it,” Ornelas said. “It is important for us all to recognize what is happening here, and we’re proud to be speaking out on the chickens’ behalf.”

Begun in 1983, World Day for Farmed Animals is a day of global demonstrations and observations on behalf of animals raised for their flesh. Activists around the world gather on or about October 2 (the birthday of Mohandas Gandhi) in solidarity and remembrance of their suffering.

For more information on Sonoma County Chicken Save, please visit: http://www.foodispower.org/sonoma-county-chicken-save/

Guest post by Rick Kelley! Thanks, Rick!

10/01/2014

The SF Vegan Beer & Food Festival is coming! And you’d be a food (a damn fool!) to miss it!
Here’s the skinny from the wonderful folks at Hella Vegan Eats (WE LOVE THEM SO MUCH):

We are SO EXCITED to announce the first ever SF Vegan Beer & Food Festival happening on Saturday, October 18th (hope you can make it) at SoMa StrEat Food Park!!

In addition to local craft beers, 20+ vegan vendors, sweet tunes, a portion of the proceeds will benefit Muttville Senior Dog Rescue and the SF SPCA! Oh, glorious day! 
We would love any and all help getting the word out there! <3 

So be there or be square! And being square is NOT HIP, no matter how many times Huey Lewis insists that it is.

The SF Vegan Beer & Food Festival is coming! And you’d be a food (a damn fool!) to miss it!

Here’s the skinny from the wonderful folks at Hella Vegan Eats (WE LOVE THEM SO MUCH):

We are SO EXCITED to announce the first ever SF Vegan Beer & Food Festival happening on Saturday, October 18th (hope you can make it) at SoMa StrEat Food Park!!

In addition to local craft beers, 20+ vegan vendors, sweet tunes, a portion of the proceeds will benefit Muttville Senior Dog Rescue and the SF SPCA! Oh, glorious day! 

We would love any and all help getting the word out there! <3 

So be there or be square! And being square is NOT HIP, no matter how many times Huey Lewis insists that it is.

09/29/2014

October 4th: Join the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos!  »

imageAttention, world! The Global March for Elephants and Rhinos is Saturday, October 4th! The situation is dire: ”Africa loses 4 elephants to poachers EVERY HOUR, EVERY DAY of the year. It is estimated that less than 300,000 survive today. Africa loses 3 rhinos to poachers EACH DAY; of the 5 species of rhino, less than 25,000 survive today.” And you know we love eles and rhinos!

To find where your closest march is, check here. If you’re in NYC of SF, I’ve done the work for you!  

NYC, join the FB event page and meet at 42nd Street and 12th Ave at 11am.

SF, join the FB event page and meet St. Mary’s Square (in China Town at 601 California St.) at 10:15 am. 

In conclusion, watch this baby rhino playing with this rock

09/26/2014

Oats & Apples: a Comedy Benefit for NYCLASS! Tomorrow night!  »

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Pulling carriages in Central Park is no job for a horse. But the mean and nasty “tradition” is so entrenched, it’s going to take even more hard work to rid our fair city of the practice. Why not come to a fundraiser on Saturday night to help!

Oats & Apples: A Comedy Benefit for NYCLASS takes place tomorrow night at the Players Theatre Loft on MacDougal Street in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. For just $25 you can sit back, relax and laugh at the comedic stylings of funny folks like Subhah Agarwal (New York Comedy Festival, Women in Comedy Festival), Steve Walsh (Laughing Buddha), Lynn Bixenspan (Relationshit, UCB), Katherine Williams (New York Fringe Festival, New York Underground Comedy Festival), Phil Gable (Comedy Central) and Jake Vevera (Idiots on Parade).

Presented by Cynical Bastard Productions and hosted by Caitlin McKee, festivities get going at 7 p.m. and run until around 8:30 p.m. Short and sweet and hilarious, just the way you like it. And afterward, walk over to Sacred Chow or Blossom on Carmine to complete your animal-friendly evening..

One hundred percent of ticket sales go toward NYCLASS, a nonprofit animal advocacy organization committed to ending the inhumane NYC carriage horse industry by retiring the carriage horses to sanctuaries and replacing the carriage horse industry with the 21st Century Horseless Carriage.

Tickets here.

Oats & Apples: A Comedy Benefit for NYCLASS | Players Theatre Loft | 115 MacDougal Street | NYC 10012 | 7 PM – 8:30 PM | Saturday September 27, 2014

Nell Alk is a writer and editor based in New York City. If something #vegan is happening in the world, she is on it. Twitter with her hereInstagram with her here

09/24/2014

Los Angeles: Vegan Oktoberfest Is Almost Here! Get Your Tickets! DO IT.  »

You guys. YOU GUYS. Vegan Oktoberfest is coming to Los Angeles and it’s gonna be SO DELICIOUS. There’s gonna be a shitton (technical term) of beer and food for you to indulge in on Saturday, October 4th in Santa Monica! Let’s do this!

CHECK IT FOOD LOVERS:

Vegan Oktoberfest will feature delicious, traditional Bavarian food that just happens to be vegan. We’re talking sausages, pretzels, potato pancakes, chicken, sauerkraut, ice cream, and many more delectable delights including gluten free options! 

BUT WHAT ABOUT BEER DELICIOUS BEER??

Participating breweries include: Ninkasi Brewing, Einstock, The Dudes’, Lammsbrau, Sierra Nevada, Venice Duck Brewery, Four Sons Brewery, Karl Strauss, Eel River, Ace Ciders, Epic Brewing, Modern Times, Bison Organic Beer, Oskar Blues, Drake’s, Coronado Brewing, Angel City, Golden Road, Anderson Valley, Saint Archer, Bravery, Lagunitas, Hangar 24, and more to come!  And don’t worry there will be gluten free beer and cider available.

OK??!?!?!

Get your tickets now and we’ll see you there to EAT AND DRINK ERRYTHING. Prost! (That’s how you cheers in German. I think.) (I’m hella worldly.)

09/23/2014

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If you’re in Los Angeles and you’re not attending Mohawk Bend’s “Authors Worth Celebrating" dinner and drinks series, you are seriously missing out. Each month, the restaurant has an author with a new cookbook swing by and prepare a four course dinner (with beer and cocktail pairings! BOOZE!) and then feeds you the entire thing while the author tells you all about it. I’ve been to two—one for the brilliant Tal Ronnen (Crossroads FOR LIFE!) and one for also brilliant Terry Hope Romero (Salad Samurai! Yes!)—and they were both two of the best meals I’ve ever had. AND YOU KNOW I LOVE TO EAT. Plus, it’s so fun to hear the author speak about the process for coming up for each dish, and it’s just all together a really lovely night. Oh! And there are awesome giveaways after the meal, and you have the opportunity to buy the chef’s cookbook. It’s all inclusive, you guys!!!

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The mastermind behind the festivities is Mohawk Bend co-owner Amy Yanow (that’s her interviewing Terry Hope Romero above!), a genius in her own right for devising this delicious idea. We sat down with Amy and asked her a few questions about the series, and here are her terrific answers:

Why did you decide to start doing this series?

We had always visualized using the Ramona Room at Mohawk Bend to facilitate conversations and serve as a community hub for interesting events. We just hadn’t necessarily found a format that worked.

Prior to this year, we did host the occasional book event at Mohawk Bend and Tony’s Darts Away, but under different formats in which the event guests usually comingled with the regular dining service.  To me, the prior formats lacked customer engagement.

Late last year, I found myself so inspired by some of the values-based cookbooks coming that I wanted to actualize that dream of using the Ramona Room at Mohawk Bend to curate interesting conversations that reflect the values of my family and our restaurants. The original idea was to ensure that customers felt that they had direct contact with the featured guests, an opportunity for conversation and an experience that was different than the usual dining experience.

Why have most of the authors been vegan?

We had always intended for the series to have vegan offerings regardless of whether or not the author was vegan.  Naturally, we started off by approaching people we knew and not so coincidentally most of them were vegan. 

However, an early event featured Laurie David and Kirstin Uhrenholdt, two women I respect greatly, who included a lot of plant-based options in their book but the book isn’t vegan.  Regardless, I keep finding myself most compelled by the books featuring plant-based recipes, because that is something that I am passionate about and there are so many great cookbooks to celebrate.  Further, there is an interest in the vegan authors we feature, so it’s win-win. 

Ultimately, we’ve just been really blessed with the quality of guests we’ve been able to host and have been rolling with the punches. I would definitely consider having another guest that published a book I believed in so long as we could have a vegan friendly offering as well, but everything in the pipeline at the time continues to be vegan.

It seems like, in addition to the Authors Worth Celebrating series, you always have vegan options at your establishments (Mohawk Bend in Echo Park, Tony’s Dart’s Away in Burbank, and Golden Road Brewing in Glendale!). Why is catering to vegans important to you?

Yes, having an inclusive menu was a decision made on Day 1.  My husband and I couldn’t fathom opening anything that wasn’t hospitable to eaters of all kind, particularly because we prefer vegan offerings. 

 That spirit of bringing vegans, vegetarians and carnivores together in a space that they could all be happy in only supported our goal to serve as a neighborhood gathering space and pub.  

Do you plan to continue the series indefinitely?

So long as we are inspired by what is being published, people are interested and quality conversation continues.

Who do we have to look forward to in the future?

Thug Kitchen (ED.: YES!! We fucking love them!!!) is coming in October and we are thrilled. After our Laurie David event, their publisher approached us to host their LA book release and we couldn’t be more honored that the series gained their attention and that they would like to use our space for such a milestone event.  (Note: I I’m still not actually sure who Thug Kitchen is other than that they are a duo.  I can’t wait to find out!)

What’s been your favorite dish so far and why?

You can’t make me pick one. They’ve all been amazing. What I can tell you is that, I love a good salad and I tend to prefer easy for myself. I have found myself making Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s Caesar salad and Terry Hope Romero’s wedge salad.  I have found myself day dreaming about Tal Ronnen’s kale ricotta tortellini with saffron cream sauce.

DID YOU HEAR THAT: THE NEXT ONE IS THUG KITCHEN YALL. You can call me lots of things (fat, sexy, adorable, hilarious, full-of-swears), but don’t call me late to that fucking dinner. xoxox.

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09/15/2014

NYC: Come out for boozy vegan fun this weekend! Get your discount code here!  »

imageHey friends! You KNOW I love the drank, so I’m very excited about the Better Booze Fest this coming Saturday! The run down:

The 1st annual Better Booze Festival comes to New York City on September 20, 2014 at Center548 located at 548 W. 22nd St. Attendees will enjoy two floors of tastings from a variety of brewery, winery, and liquor company brands, a selection of delectable food vendors, as well as speakers, classes, activities and entertainment throughout each session. What makes it better? All beer, wine, and liquor at the event is 100% vegetarian and vegan!

Sounds nice? Sounds nice! You can see a list of the vendors here but our favorite, Champs, will be there serving food along with Great Performances. I don’t know them but I love trying new vegan caterers! Foster Dogs NYC is on the vendors list too so I’m hoping I get to pet some cute pups! Booze and cute pups are my two favorite things!

Tickets WILL NOT be available at the door so you have to buy them here. And just because we love you guys, enter this code to get $45 admission: DrinkBetter

Ok, hope to see you there!

09/10/2014

Berkeley! On September 28, there&#8217;s a Vegan Sandwich (FINE, Sammich) throwdown and you should go there to eat all the sandwiches and vote on them and then eat some more. MAKE IT HAPPEN, SF BAY AREA! You eat those sammiches!!!
Get your tickets here. (Oh! And $3 from every ticket goes to Factory Farming Awareness Coalition! Excellent!)
(Also, the same folks are putting on a vegan iron chef event in February and they want home chefs to compete! You should totally apply here!)

Berkeley! On September 28, there’s a Vegan Sandwich (FINE, Sammich) throwdown and you should go there to eat all the sandwiches and vote on them and then eat some more. MAKE IT HAPPEN, SF BAY AREA! You eat those sammiches!!!

Get your tickets here. (Oh! And $3 from every ticket goes to Factory Farming Awareness Coalition! Excellent!)

(Also, the same folks are putting on a vegan iron chef event in February and they want home chefs to compete! You should totally apply here!)

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