S.F. Bay Area (and nearby-ish!) events, starting tomorrow! Go do things!  »

Events! We got ‘em! No time to dilly dally, let’s dive into the fray and get this party started and mix more metaphors and be grammatically insane forever!

Wednesday, Sept. 19 (that’s tomorrow! It might be too late for this one but you should try to get in anyway and then find out if they’ll be having more upcoming events and then email me about them and do my job for me thanks!)

A mind-blowing all-vegan three-course dinner prepared by the lovely and talented Ashley of Barefoot and in the Kitchen (the AWESOME new vegan cookbook!) and Fat Bottom Bakery fame. The meal will come from recipes in the cookbook so you can taste for yourself how delicious it is. And then buy several copies and give them as holiday gifts to me and others you care about less than me. It’s 6 to 8 p.m. at University Press Books (2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley) and costs $25. It’s RSVP-only, seating is limited. For students and starving artists, there’s a discounted rate. Awww. For reservations and questions, email them!

A fundraiser for Farm Sanctuary’s Walk for Farm Animals at Saturn Cafe in Berkeley! Starts at 6pm, info and tickets here. Apparently a vegan feast is involved so if you can’t get into Ashley’s event, this could be a great second choice. Or a first choice. Do what you want, it’s your life!!

Saturday, Sept. 22
Music in the Meadow at Animal Place in Grass Valley! It’s a drive but it’s also beauuuutiful! And there will be pigs to play with! And OCD Sweets to consume! And John Robbins to harass! You can always stay in this awesome Airbnb house and enjoy not using your asthma inhaler because the air is too damn clean and gorge yourself on caramels and cuddle pigs until you just can’t take it anymore and you have to head home to the dirty, caramel-less, pig-less, terrible Bay Area. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., pre-order your tickets and get a goody bag filled with treats! Goody bags are where it’s at.

B12: Bomb Vegan Brunch. We went last time, it was hella good, definitely go eat everything. 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bissap Baobab (3372 19th St. between Capp and Mission, S.F.) Also on Sunday!

Sunday, Sept. 23
Millennium is having a nightshades and bloody mary cooking class! Girrrrrl, that sounds TASTY. If there are two things I love, it’s mushrooms and alcohol. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (with an option to join Eric Tucker at the Ferry Building Farmers’ Market on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 to 11 a.m.). Normally $150 but it’s $125 if you say you’re with Vegansaurus! The pink dino’s got the HOOK UP, Y’ALL. (Sometimes, mainly he just needs to borrow some cash.) (can I borrow some cash?) Call the lovely Alison at (415) 345-3900, ext. 13 to book. Learn how to cook from a true master and eat an amazing meal and drink bloody marys on Sunday, which was what god intended when he/she/it/them created the universe and everything in it. Also, I am probably going to this so come just to hang out with me because I’m a LAUGH A MINUTE (read: I will glare at you from a darkened corner) (sexily).

Farm Sanctuary’s Compassionate Communities campaign is leafletting and needs your help! The day starts with a light lunch (FREE FOOD!) and workshop on effective animal advocacy (very educational! We should all go to this and become better at doing what we do so the animal army doesn’t eventually rise up and eat us!) (We’ll have deserved it) before hitting the streets to leaflet at Market and Powell. Meet at 1 p.m. at 371 10th St. (the S.F. office of Beyond Eggs/Hampton Creek Foods). 

B12: Bomb Vegan Brunch. We went last time, it was hella good, definitely go eat everything. 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bissap Baobab (3372 19th St. between Capp and Mission, S.F.) Also on Saturday!

Monday, Sept. 24
More Farm Sanctuary veg leafletting, this time at U.C. Berkeley. Meet at Sather Gate (enter campus from Telegraph Avenue and Bancroft Street; walk north through campus along Sather Road, which is a pedestrian walkway, about one block until you reach Sather Gate) from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

And you can leaflet on Market Street (meet on the walkway between the corner of Market and Steuart street and the entrance to the Ferry Building Marketplace) from 4 to 6 p.m. Email or call (484) 904-6004 if you have questions about any of the Farm Sanctuary events. 

I think that’s it on the events front for this week—or maybe I’m missing something!? What am I missing?? Underwear! That’s it! You’re welcome!


Take a summer produce cooking class with Millennium! Plus, a discount for Vegansaurus readers!   »

You know what’s awesome? Millennium, duh. What else? Learning to cook like the super-talents at Millennium. So how about taking the next Millennium cooking class?

On Sunday, June 24, Millennium hosts “Porcinis, Cherries, and Early Summer Produce.” Plus, Chef Eric Tucker will take you on a Ferry Building Farmers’ Market tour on Saturday, June 23, so you can “contribute to Sunday’s menu by picking out the most enticing and much awaited summer produce fresh from local farms.”

Sounds good, right? Produce-shopping happens on Saturday from 10 to (around) 11 a.m. at the Ferry Building, and the class itself is on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Millennium kitchen. Tickets are $160 per person—OR $145 for Vegansaurus readers, just mention us when you call!—and you can buy them by calling Allison at (415) 345.3900, ext. 13. Allison says that this would make a cool Father’s Day gift, which reminds us of that ever-applicable aphorism: Buy a father a dinner, feed him for a day; teach a father to cook gourmet vegan fare, feed all of you for a lifetime. You know!

[Millennium squash blossoms but digiyesica via Flickr]


Thanksgiving 2011: Where to eat outside of your home in the S.F. Bay Area!  »

We love cooking! But maybe you don’t! Or you find a huge Thanksgiving dinner way too much work. That’s OK! Here is a list of places you can celebrate your Thanksgiving, at restaurants or homes. You can volunteer to work and eat for free, or bring a dish to a potluck, or just show up, eat yourself silly, and roll on home. So many options!

What’s the difference between this and our earlier post on vegan Thanksgiving celebrations? These are happening in the SF Bay Area! We’ll add to this list as we get more information, so please, send us tips!

We also have a list of places to buy your dinner to take home, and where to get delicious baked goods like pies! Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, Nov. 16BerkeleyThanksliving at U.C. BerkeleySee our earlier post for details!10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

San RafaelMarin Vegan Drinks Does Thanksgiving!Sampling Tofurky, $1 vegan cupcakes, $5 drink special is a Spiced/Spiked Cider.6 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 19PetalumaNorth Bay vegan Thanksgiving potluck!Bring a dish to share! Mulled spiced cider provided6:30 p.m.

Every day until Thanksgiving Golden Era is offering a three-course vegan special (but they’re closed on actual Thanksgiving!)

Thursday, Nov. 24Berkeley, San Francisco, San RafaelFree Thanksgiving meal at Cafe GratitudeContact the three participating locations to volunteer (they need servers, bartenders, dishwashers, line cooks, and opening and closing crew), or call (415) 824.4652.noon to 3 p.m.

Menlo ParkRaw vegan Thanksgiving food partyHosted by Elizabeth and Charlie of Bay Area Vegetarians; RSVP required.noon

San FranciscoBAV Vegan Thanksgiving CelebrationHosted by Kim and Jamie; RSVP required.2 to 5 p.m.

San FranciscoFive-course Thanksgiving dinner at MillenniumReservations no longer taken, but first-come, first serve places available at the barContact Millennium for more information at (415) 345.3900, ext. 10.2 to 6 p.m. [time is for bar seating only]

San FranciscoPlant Cafe at Pier 3/the EmbarcaderoTwo $60 prix fixe menus, one “traditional” with turkey, and one vegan!Contact Plant Cafe for details via email, or call (415) 984.1973. Reservations required.3 to 9 p.m.

San FranciscoVegan Thanksgiving at Source, including pumpkin spice snowballs by our Jenny Bradley!Contact Source via email, or call (415) 864.9000 for details/reservations.

Saturday, Nov. 26San RafaelPost-Thanksgiving Vegan Food PartyHosted by Alicia of BAV; RSVP required.3 to 6 p.m.

Anywhere in the Bay Area, throughout the four-day weekend!Want to host a vegan Thanksgiving with BAV pals? Contact Tammy of BAV to volunteer!

[photo by Emilie Hardman via Flickr]


Another awesome Millennium dinner, another awesome Vegansaurus discount! Ow!  »

Millennium's speciality dinners just keep coming and we just keep loving them a lot and they just keep giving our readers discounts—this time 15 percent off! Get fancy next Wednesday, Nov. 9 in their private wineroom at the Tierra Vegetables and Horse & Plow Winery Dinner. SO DELICIOUS!

Winemaker Chris Condos, Millennium’s Wine Director Chris Tavelli, and Executive Chef Eric Tucker will all be in attendance, should you want to marry any/all of them. It goes from 6 to 9:30 p.m., and will be five courses for $85/person, with a 15 percent discount if you mention Vegansaurus when you make reservations via (415) 345.3900,  ext. 10. Done and DONE!


This Wednesday’s Millennium Winemaker Dinner — Special for Vegansaurus readers!  »

Hey! You know how you want to be fancy all the time but you also need to hoard your groats!? Well, we’ve got a solution! Well, kind-of!

Millennium is offering their Millennium’s September Winemaker Dinner THIS WEDNESDAY for $60 instead of $75 if you mention you heard about it on Vegansaurus! It’s just that easy! So, you can’t be HELLA poor if you wanna go, but you can be cheap and wanting of an extra $15 in your pocket. You can use that money to buy me diamonds and rubies and a pony and seven sandwiches LAY OFF ME I’M STARVING.

Here’s the skinny from Millennium:

Our wine director Chris Tavelli is thrilled to partner with Terra Savia for our September winemaker dinner. Owner and Winemaker Jim Milone is a fourth generation Hopland Winegrower and has been making wine for over 30 years. He adheres to the highest standards of organic certification and, committed to land conservation and wildlife preservation, considers impact on our environment throughout the winemaking process. Jim produces one of the few organic California sparkling wines and uses the traditional Champagne method. Eric Tucker, Emmy Miller and their team are excited to have the opportunity to create a five course globally influenced, locally sourced menu around these delicious wines. Join us for an unforgettable evening with Chris and Jim Milone from Terra Savia who will be on hand to discuss the wines and to answer any questions you may have.

"put more effort in the vineyard and minimize treatment in the cellar; winemaking starts when you lay down the first compost in the Fall and prune in winter."

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011
Sparkling Wine Reception 6pm
Dinner Served Promptly at 6:30pm
5-course menu with wine pairings
*$75/person $60 for Vegansaurus readers!!
*(before tax/gratuity)
Space is limited, please call Alison to reserve your seat at the table today
415.345.3900 x 13

Below is a sneak peek (sexy!) at the menu!

2009 Chardonnay
En Croute
seared king trumpet mushroom, Chardonnay cream sauce, fried nori

2007 Blanc De Blanc
almond crusted champagne grape, macadamia nut “cheese”, Bosc pear, frisee

2007 Meritage
Baked Yuba Roll
carrot-parsnip kinpira & tofu filling, tea smoked plum sauce, red wine-star anise caramelized cabbage with apples

2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Empanada Verde
plantain crust, chile & citrus marinated Portobello mushroom asada, pineapple-cacao mole, grilled watermelon salsa

2008 Petit Verdot
Brik Pastry Beggar’s Purse
shelling beans & chanterelle mushrooms, “gorgonzola” soft polenta, stewed tomatoes, pine nut toasted bread crumbs



Good news, everyone: beloved author, activist, podcaster, compassionate cook, and amazing person Colleen Patrick-Goudreau has a new book! It’s called The 30-Day Vegan Challenge: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Cleaner, Getting Leaner, and Living Compassionately, and it will be published on Tuesday, Aug. 23! This is a preview video in which CP-G discusses her veganism, and look how excited she is. So excited!

Probably this book will be an excellent present to everyone you know with a fall birthday and/or who celebrates a winter holiday. We won’t know for sure until after reading it, though, which we will do very soon.

If you want to read it sooner, check out the book release party at Millennium! It’s this Sunday, Aug. 21, from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be giveaways, a question-and-answer session with Colleen, a raffle, hors d’œuvres, and so much more fun, who even knows. A crostini bar and multiple appetizers! Tickets cost $25 and you can buy them online. For more information, visit the Facebook page.


Get fancy, bitches: Millennium’s Farmers’ Market Dinner  »

It’s the 12th annual Farmers’ Market Dinner at Millennium! That’s tradition in California, we’re a young-ass state! Take it from a bitch who’s been in Greece where their young shit is our old shit, know what I’m sayin’? Great, neither do I! Anyway, these dinners are amazing and you want to go, trust.

Here’s the juice straight from Millennium’s mouth:

Each year, we take a moment to recognize the efforts of our contributing local farmers. We will take the time to celebrate and recognize their immeasurable contribution to the organic movement on Wednesday, July 27, by hosting our 12th annual Farmers’ Market Dinner. Chef Eric Tucker will present a menu featuring four courses, highlighting ingredients from each of our local farms. Our local farmers will be present throughout the evening to answer any questions you may have. Peruse their wares at our fresh-from-the-farm produce table—there may even be a few goodies to take home at the end of your meal!

Farmers’ Market Dinner
Wednesday, July 27
Reservations available from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Four-course prix fixe menu
$50 per person; $25 wine pairing
Please call our host for a reservation at (415) 345.3900, ext. 10

Here’s some delicious Millennium stuffed squash blossoms photographed by the talented digiyesica!


Millennium sous chef Jason Dunbar’s memorial fund  »

Millennium sous chef Jason Dunbar died unexpectedly while hiking in Yosemite on Friday, May 13. He was only 34 years old, and by all accounts (and there are lots of them), an extremely kind, funny, and awesomely wonderful stand-up dude. I have several friends who are former co-workers of his and all of them speak with such love, it’s awe-inspiring. If I leave behind a 1/20th of that amount of goodwill and affection, I’d be surprised thrilled.

This news really is the pits, and it’s impossible to say anything remotely not awful about the whole terrible situation, so I’ll just say that if you’ve ever enjoyed a meal at Millennium,* there’s a good chance it was thanks to Jason’s culinary genius, as he and Eric Tucker have been creating the menu together for the past five years. So why not donate in his name to the Access Fund, an organization dedicated to protecting the environment at America’s rock climbing sites. We’re lucky to be able to start our Mondays off right by supporting an extremely worthy cause, in the name of an extremely worthy human being. 


Millennium’s Southern Comfort Dinner is coming! Reserve your seats now or y’all be screwed, ya hear!  »

This is a reblog of what I wrote for SFist yesterday because I’m on deadline for a project that actually pays me, unlike you ungrateful jerks friends of mine!

On Wednesday, May 25, Millennium goes country! Well, as country as a vegan restaurant in San Francisco can go. Which means, it’s country cliches left and right! Previous years feasts have included buckets o’ beer, mint juleps, deep-fried everything, wedge salads, a carving station (f’real), and a sundae bar. Not sure what’s so southern about that but we love sundaes so we’ll let it slide. It’s really one of the best nights dining anywhere and by the end of the night, you’ll be too fat to walk, and that’s definitely a southern thing. Or an awesome thing. It’s both things.

Millennium’s SoCo Dinner is a five-course prix fixe menu that costs $39.99 per person. Reservations are available between 5:30 and 9:30 p.m., call (415) 345.3900 to make ‘em.

Oh, and Meave reviewed a previous Southern Comfort Dinner and it was pretty fucking epic. Here’s some unsane po’ boy from that feast: 

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