The LA vegan mac truck fundraising campaign has moved internet locations! »
Recently we posted on Chef Ayinde Howell’s efforts to raise money to open a vegan and gluten-free MAC’N CHEESE TRUCK in LA. Well, the campaign has moved from Kickstarter over to Indiegogo, and I want to help get the word out because I am incredibly selfless. I also want it available for my consumption upon arriving in LA; it looks scrumptious! Anyway, you know how Kickstarter works; if you don’t make all the money you tried to raise, you don’t see any of it! That’s bananas, right? Or not, whatever, but it seems nutty to me. If you were thinking about, or did contribute to the original fundraiser, go ahead, take a look at the new internet location. Let’s not only help make Chef Ayinde’s dream a reality, but also my dream of eating a plate of Mac and Yease a few times a week!
Can’t see the videos? Check them out at Vegansaurus.com!
Fair-wage vegan accessories—you can help make them possible! »
You guessed it! It’s your weekly vegan crowd funding effort. I think you’ll like this one! Miss Manos is a project to help women in Costa Rica make a good wage by making animal friendly handbags! Here’s their mission statement:
Empowering women and improving their quality of life through a shared initiative. A fair-wage sewing venture that creates beautiful eco and animal friendly handbags and accessories.
I know, you’re in love. Well if you want to help, better do it quickly! They have 40-some hours left to meet their goal!
I have to see if I can get that brown one without the flower thing. I love the clutch shape and asymmetrical front flap. Not the flower though. OMG and I love the color!
But there’s lots of fun rewards for donations so check them out and donate if you can/want!
Help FFAC get better ads on BART! »
FFAC needs our help again! Now they’ve won another $50,000 of free advertising on BART, they need fresh new ads! They’ve got an Indiegogo campaign up now to raise money to pay for professional graphic design. They’re looking to raise $2,000.
High-quality design will give our ads maximum visual punch and allow us to relay our message clearly and effectively.
Any additional money raised will go towards our educational outreach program, to train more presenters and reach out to new audiences.
Want to see super-slick pro-animal rights ads on BART? Throw a few bucks FFAC’s way. The Indiegogo campaign is open through July 15, and they aren’t quite halfway yet.
ugh is this quid pro quo? http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/factory-farming-ads
Help a vegan chef deliver delicious vegan food to Philadelphians, get yummy treats! »
My friend Jess alerted me to this project and as I’m so totally busy because I’m super important, she was kind enough to do a write up for me. I’ve actually had brunch at Miss Rachel’s and can attest that it’s fantastico. Read on!:
Want to support a vegan business in Philadelphia and be rewarded with delicious thank-you gifts?
Miss Rachel’s Pantry is a meal delivery service and catering company in Philly that needs your help to get a new, more eco-friendly van for roaming the Philadelphia countryside delivering vegan treats and goodies to the masses.
Miss Rachel’s been in the Philadelphia vegan catering scene for many years, catering punk shows and delivering bagged lunches. Her most recent venture is a storefront on Passyunk Avenue that serves four-course vegan farmhouse dinners and offers catering for weddings and parties.
A $25 contribution will get you a limited edition Miss Rachel’s tote bag filled with vegan sweets, and larger contributions will win free brunch, farmhouse dinners and gift certificates.
Hella Vegan Eats pop-ups this Saturday in S.F. and also, help them start a food truck! »
We love Hella Vegan Eats a lot. Like, tons and tons. All the love! And anyone who enjoys super delicious food feels the same way and that’s a fact! So, we’re psyched to see the menus for their pop-up brunch and dinner this Saturday at Dear Mom in the Mission! Hooray, let’s go:
As anyone with one or two eyes can see, these menus are filled with insanely delicious sounding food so you better bust your butt over there and eat it all! And also, donate to Hella Vegan Eats Indiegogo campaign because we so sososososoooo want them to be successful and serve us mean dean doughnut burger supremes forever! Seriously, if we don’t support this amazing ladies-owned vegan business and they don’t get off the ground then the republicans have already won and we should all just donate our brains and vaginas to science* because honey, trust me, you will not want them in this new scary world. Support them if you don’t want to face a United States that’s basically the set of the alternate present in Back to the Future 2. You know what I’m talking about! Marty’s mom is an alcoholic hooker married to Biff who is the president of the world and biker gangs shoot grandmas in the street and there’s no longer a sun and Crispin Glover is dead or becomes a club kid or something. Point is, that’s our future if we don’t support Hella Vegan Eats. Do it. To it.
*while it still exists. hang in there, science!!!
Vegan Corner: the ultimate online vegan community! »
Say hello to Vegan Corner! It’s “building a nexus between vegans and local business!” It’s basically like a much awesomer Yelp for vegans, so I’m pretty pumped. And guess what! There’s an entry for Vegansaurus! I just looked, and we were already on it! But we have no reviews. Give us reviews! But only good ones because Laura’s a cryer. JK! She’s tough as nails! I’m the cryer. But only in my apartment in the dark with the curtains drawn and the mirrors covered.
They are already up but they are raising funds to be even cooler. I’m into the perks. I want a t-shirt. I need to be less of a rascal and more of a billboard for veganism!
Save Kate’s Joint in NYC! »
A New York staple in the veg community has fallen on hard times! Kate’s Joint needs to raise $30,000 dollars to pay back rent before April 11 or they have to close down for good:
Kate’s Joint, vegetarian restaurant and bar, has been a staple in New York City’s East Village since 1996. Solely owned and operated by neighborhood native Kate Halpern, who dreamt to create an affordable restaurant to serve the community she grew up in. Kate’s Joint has grown to become much more than just a business, it is a home for locals and travelers a like, a place to bring family and friends, and to meet new ones.
Unfortunately, with the changing neighborhood and economic recession Kate’s Joint has seen a fall in business and rise in costs. Kate is currently in arrears with the landlord. Eviction notices have been sent, court appearances have been made, and if a substantial amount of money is not raised by April 11, the next court date, the doors will shut permanently at Kate’s Joint. The East Village will lose another neighborhood landmark.
Of Kate’s Joint, Laura has proclaimed: “It’s really good!” Meave dragged an omnivore friend there once and they both loved it. (The friend became a repeat customer!) So if you can, donate! If you can’t, then at least spread the word to your rich friends! Pass this page along!
Vegan bakery needs help expanding into the wonderful world of espresso! »
It’s the latest and greatest vegan endeavor to take over the world! Seattle-based vegan bakery Bouteloua Bakery, which reader Bryan tells me makes the best vegan croissants ever, is looking to expand their business to include espresso, in all its glory. But they need our help! Enter IndieGoGo! Bouteloua is trying to raise enough money to buy an espresso machine, among other things, and enough funds to hire some new people! Nice. Besides making the best vegan croissants ever, Bouteloua is also all organic and serves fair trade coffee from The Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie.
I know, some of you are like, “Megan, I don’t live any where near Seattle!” but guess what! I asked the owner (another Megan! Megans unite!) and she said if you go in for the $10 perk or the $50 perk, she will mail chocolate chip cookies to you! You won’t get the free drink on the $50 perk but that should cover shipping. So, you get to help a young vegan business and get some vegan cookies to boot. More importantly, you’re supporting another step in total vegan dominance! Huzzah!
Portland, Ore., gets all the good stuff! Reader Calvin is looking to open an artisanal vegan ice cream shop in Portland, and is looking for funding through IndieGoGo. It’s called Savor the Chill, and we are already (pistachio) green with envy. Look at this roasted banana maple vegan ice cream! Look upon it and despair!
If I had all of the money—or, OK, more of the money than I have now, which is “very little”—I would open a vegan diner, open late nights through late mornings, and we would always serve brunch and sticky desserts, and also beer and maybe if we got enough money for a for-real liquor license, boozy coffee. Yes, I have serious holiday hangover and I really just want to drink boozy coffee with a sticky bun, sitting under a blanket watching an AbFab marathon, but can you blame me?
For now, let’s throw a few dollars Calvin’s way and give ourselves another destination for our Portland Eating Tour 2012. Good luck, Savor the Chill!
Help Olympia, Wash., get its own vegan store! »
Lesli Baker is a vegan from Olympia, Wash., who wants to open a vegan lifestyle shop there! She’s calling it Oly Vegan, and says it will be “the ONLY all vegan lifestyle shop between Seattle and Portland!” That is a big deal!
Lesli is fundraising for Oly Vegan through IndieGoGo right now, and of the $4,000 she needs, she has raised $910. Not enough! And it expires on Sunday, Nov. 20, less than two weeks from today!
According to Lesli, Oly Vegan “will carry delicious vegan gourmet chocolate truffles and marshmallow treats and snacks, packaged food items, clothing, handbags and shoes, t-shirts, body care products (and vegan makeup for the ladies!) book totes and laptop bags, ceramics, glassware and more with a vegan theme. We also plan to host events and charity fundraisers, interesting classes and in-stores. This will be a destination store that does more than sell cool t-shirts to its customers, but also sincerely tries to give back to its community.”
Those are really admirable goals, you guys. Let’s help Lesli out, and get Olympia a vegan store! Every town deserves one!