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12/01/2011

Potala Organic opened in Albany (Calif., right next to Berkeley!) and it’s definitely worth checking out. Several times. And then again. It’s from the former chef at Oakland’s Shangri-La Vegan and the healthy, hearty fare reflects that. Seriously, if you feel disgusting after Thanksgiving because you’re awesome and gave it your fatty all, detox at Potala!

Potala Organic opened in Albany (Calif., right next to Berkeley!) and it’s definitely worth checking out. Several times. And then again. It’s from the former chef at Oakland’s Shangri-La Vegan and the healthy, hearty fare reflects that. Seriously, if you feel disgusting after Thanksgiving because you’re awesome and gave it your fatty all, detox at Potala!

11/26/2011

Happy Thanksgiving from the Monica of the Berkeley Organization for Animal Advocacy! She sent us this photo of their annual Thanksliving feast (sorry! I can’t read!) her family’s Thanksgiving feast, where they ate roasted root vegetables with sage butter, mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy, stuffing, Gardein, cranberry sauce, green beans with almonds, potato leek soup, pumpkin pie, apple and persimmon crumble, and apple spice cider.
What a spread!

Happy Thanksgiving from the Monica of the Berkeley Organization for Animal Advocacy! She sent us this photo of their annual Thanksliving feast (sorry! I can’t read!) her family’s Thanksgiving feast, where they ate roasted root vegetables with sage butter, mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy, stuffing, Gardein, cranberry sauce, green beans with almonds, potato leek soup, pumpkin pie, apple and persimmon crumble, and apple spice cider.

What a spread!

11/18/2011

It’s your daily Thanksgiving preview! This is a photo of reader Jon's first vegan Thanksgiving, which he celebrated at Berkeley's Cloyne Court. He had an amazing time, which he recounted for us in detail—the phrase “more than enough mash for a baby to drown in” appears—go read it and have your heart warmed! And your appetite whetted!

It’s your daily Thanksgiving preview! This is a photo of reader Jon's first vegan Thanksgiving, which he celebrated at Berkeley's Cloyne Court. He had an amazing time, which he recounted for us in detail—the phrase “more than enough mash for a baby to drown in” appears—go read it and have your heart warmed! And your appetite whetted!

11/15/2011

Everyday is Earth Day when you are vegan, so represent!  »

Karine Brighten is looking for vegans to represent at her second annual Berkeley Vegan Earth Day event. Got a film you want to show? Something to say? She is now taking submissions! You should participate, because you are smart and sexy, which means peeps wants to hear what you have to say. I know I do!

11/14/2011

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]

11/04/2011

The Berkeley Student Food Collective is throwing their third annual Harvest Gala this month! On Friday, Nov. 18, to be precise, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the David Brower Center in Berkeley! BSFC member Mina wrote us about it, which we appreciate because certain of us (me), being olds (me), had never heard of it.
Mina explains that the BSFC “is a student-run collective that bases the sale of all of its products on four principles: environmentally sound, humane, fair trade, and community-based. We carry mostly vegan (and entirely vegetarian) products and we also have a bakery and kitchen that produce vegan and vegetarian food daily. We are entirely volunteer-run and a nonprofit organization. All of our produce is local (within 250 miles), seasonal, and organic. All of the products we carry must meet at least one of the four standards I listed above.”
Awesome, right? I love co-ops and collectives. I first found true grocery-shopping happiness when I was buying vegan chocolate cake at the Davis Food Co-op (who’s joining the commune?). My inane nostalgia aside, the Berkeley Student Food Collective sounds delightful, and their gala this year is celebrating their first anniversary at their storefront (at 2440 Bancroft Way, No. 102) (in Berkeley, duh). It’s going to be awesome, with hors d’œuvres and a four-course meal and music and guests and drinks, hooray! Tickets are $50 for the full night, $25 for half the night, and you should buy yours before they sell out!
Harvest celebrations! Vegan meals! Vegetarian grocery collectives! Earnest college students! There really isn’t anything better than fall!
OK there’s way to improve it: Mina, who is in charge of pastry and dessert production, says they just tested a vegan carrot cake bite recipe that they’ll be selling in the store next week—this week, perhaps?—and it is delicious. Consider your Nov. 18 planned!

The Berkeley Student Food Collective is throwing their third annual Harvest Gala this month! On Friday, Nov. 18, to be precise, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the David Brower Center in Berkeley! BSFC member Mina wrote us about it, which we appreciate because certain of us (me), being olds (me), had never heard of it.

Mina explains that the BSFC “is a student-run collective that bases the sale of all of its products on four principles: environmentally sound, humane, fair trade, and community-based. We carry mostly vegan (and entirely vegetarian) products and we also have a bakery and kitchen that produce vegan and vegetarian food daily. We are entirely volunteer-run and a nonprofit organization. All of our produce is local (within 250 miles), seasonal, and organic. All of the products we carry must meet at least one of the four standards I listed above.”

Awesome, right? I love co-ops and collectives. I first found true grocery-shopping happiness when I was buying vegan chocolate cake at the Davis Food Co-op (who’s joining the commune?). My inane nostalgia aside, the Berkeley Student Food Collective sounds delightful, and their gala this year is celebrating their first anniversary at their storefront (at 2440 Bancroft Way, No. 102) (in Berkeley, duh). It’s going to be awesome, with hors d’œuvres and a four-course meal and music and guests and drinks, hooray! Tickets are $50 for the full night, $25 for half the night, and you should buy yours before they sell out!

Harvest celebrations! Vegan meals! Vegetarian grocery collectives! Earnest college students! There really isn’t anything better than fall!

OK there’s way to improve it: Mina, who is in charge of pastry and dessert production, says they just tested a vegan carrot cake bite recipe that they’ll be selling in the store next week—this week, perhaps?—and it is delicious. Consider your Nov. 18 planned!

10/18/2011

Vegucated screening tickets: We have winners!  »

Thank you so much for participating! And thank you for all the movie recommendations, there were lots of good ideas.

And now for a movie you all want to see: Vegucated! For the Berkeley screenings, congratulations commenters Woog and Caroline Miazgowicz. For SF, commenters Tierny, meowberto, and tofupuppy! Please contact Karine Brighten to collect your tickets!

Everyone can purchase tickets for the Berkeley screening on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at the David Brower Center here, and for the San Francisco screening on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at the Victoria Theater here.

Karine Brighten is looking for volunteers at both screenings as well! If you volunteer, you get free access to the screening and reception. Awesome! Contact Ms. Brighten to volunteer!

Thanks to everyone who entered, and to Karine for offering the tickets!

10/11/2011

Get tickets RIGHT NOW: Burgers & Beers event at Pyramid Brewery in Berkeley to benefit Harvest Home Sanctuary!  »

On Sunday, Oct. 23, from 6 to 10 p.m., Pyramid Brewery in Berkeley is hosting a benefit party for Stockton’s rad animal rescue, Harvest Home Sanctuary. The rest of this post will be almost entirely stolen from my post over at SF Weekly. Here goes! 

The evening will mainly involve eating tasty vegan burgers and piles of fries, and drinking gallons and gallons of beer. What could be better? All the money raised goes to help animals rescued from shitty factory farms or shelters. A ticket buys you a burger and fries, with beer a little extra. Fortunately, all money raised goes to Harvest Home, so you can feel good about indulging your drinking problem.

At the event, you’ll have the chance to meet the Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary Half Marathon Team, and sign up to join them. Really good marketing on their part because you’ll be all fat and drunk and they’ll be like, “Fatty! Get up on this!” and you’ll be all, “I don’t want to die before I’m 30!” Done and DONE!

Harvest Home strongly recommends buying your $15 tickets online, so then they know how many tickets to tell Pyramid, ya know? So get up on that!

Let’s all hope the burger looks something like the plant burger because I hella want to eat one so badly right now this very minute:


[photo from Ed U. on Yelp via SFoodie!]

10/05/2011

CONTEST CLOSED: Win tickets to a Bay Area screening of Vegucated!  »

Thanks for participating, everyone! And congratulations to the winners!

I keep thinking I have a short attention span, but I love to read, so maybe it’s a problem with audio-visual stimuli: I have a really hard time watching an entire movie. I pause it so often it takes me three days to finish, or I’ll keep it on and do a bunch of educational quizzes on Sporcle (Always Be Self-Improving), or I’ll put it on as background while I cook or clean—I am bad at watching movies.

A movie that did keep my attention for its entire run was Vegucated, the documentary about three omnivores who adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. It’s only about 90 minutes, but it’s well made and totally compelling. Despite not being its target audience—I don’t need like 10 minutes of animal-abuse footage and slaughterhouse stats to convince me my lifestyle choices are morally correct—I watched the entire thing without getting wiggly or checking my phone-clock once.

Vegucated documents an interesting experiment in an entertaining way, the director/editor/writer/narrator, Marisa Miller Wolfson, is smart and funny, and she chose her subjects well. They’re totally sympathetic: You cheer when they succeed; you feel bad when they cry. I absolutely recommend Vegucated. Go see it! With your friends! And family! And everyone you know who isn’t vegan, because duh they should be and Vegucated can help get them there!

Specifically, you in the Bay Area have two chances to see it, on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, and on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at the Victoria Theater in San Francisco. Buy tickets for the Berkeley screening here, and for the S.F. screening here. Best part: You can win tickets for either event, thanks to our pal and event producer Karine Brighten! Isn’t she great? Thanks, Karine!

We are giving away one pair and two single tickets to the SF event, and two single tickets to the Berkeley event. To win, leave a comment with two pieces of information: 1. Which screening you’d like to attend (“Berkeley” or “San Francisco”); and 2. Recommend me a movie that isn’t totally boring! I will pick winners by Friday, Oct. 14. This should give all you non-winners plenty of time to buy your way in.

You want to see this movie! So come on and enter the contest, already.

[photos by Jessica Mahady for Vegucated]

You know how humans are awful? It’s interesting to think about how the propositions “humans are awful to animals” and “humans are awful to other humans, especially disabled ones” connect. Luckily we’ve got some super-smart people at UC Berkeley who are gonna do just that, at a lecture/discussion tonight from 6 to 7:30 on the Berkeley campus .
The flyer is above, and check out the Facebook page for more info on the event, it’s one of a series on Critical Animal Studies. It sounds really engaging and smart! “Critical Studies” always sounds smart.

You know how humans are awful? It’s interesting to think about how the propositions “humans are awful to animals” and “humans are awful to other humans, especially disabled ones” connect. Luckily we’ve got some super-smart people at UC Berkeley who are gonna do just that, at a lecture/discussion tonight from 6 to 7:30 on the Berkeley campus .

The flyer is above, and check out the Facebook page for more info on the event, it’s one of a series on Critical Animal Studies. It sounds really engaging and smart! “Critical Studies” always sounds smart.

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