Jan. 11th: Vegan Happy Hour comes back to SF! »
New year, new Vegan Happy Hour! See you this Friday, January 11th, at the Hemlock Tavern from 6 to 9. Bring a vegan dish to share—homemade or store bought—and join new hosts Erin Rea and Josh Heiskell for food and spirits!
DJ Devin Peralta will be providing the musical ambience while Nikki Sloate serves up the cocktails. Drink specials until 8pm.
I used to love Hemlock. I mean, I’m sure I still would, it’s just a bit of a commute from NY. I think Figgy got to go there too? He’s such a lush!
Check their FB and let the world know you’re going!
Hey Toronto pals! Just look who is coming to your hood! The lovely Leanne and the Vaute Couture crew. You know I would follow Leanne anywhere but I think I have to work Friday. Why are they always making me work when I want to go to Canada?! Word is one raffle prize is a three night stay for up to four people at Farm Sanctuary in NY. UM, pick me please!
SF Bay Area! Go check out Vaute Couture’s lovely THIS WEEKEND (Nov 10 & 11) from noon-6pm! There will be new stuff (complete with heavy discounts, Champagne, pink lemonade, and cupcakes from Fat Bottom Bakery!!) at the gorgeous VegNews HQ in the Mission (3505 20th St)! So, go and buy all the things, OK? Because they are gonna be AMAZING and YOU NEED THEM.
You can pop-in or you can make an appointment:
What’s a Vaute Couture POP UP SHOP appointment?
Just to be sure you have lots of time one on one with me, I take appointments! I used to do an open event, but this works out much better. It’s about 20 minutes per, and you can bring up to 4 friends with you for your slot. Just be sure to RSVP with however many you plan to bring! Check out what time and date I’ll be in your city, and email Kristina at KristinaVaute@gmail.com ASAP to let her know what general time is best for you- i.e. “Before 4pm” or “Between 1-2pm is ideal” and she’ll get back to you with your slot. And then take a look at the website to see some of what we have, but get ready because I’ll be bringing lots of new stuff too.
More info on their site! And they’re going to Portland, too, so PORTLAND GET UP ON THIS!
NYC: Celebrate/mourn the election with your fellow vegans! »
Check it, yo: Our friends at SuperVegan are having a wild election night party! But wait, there’s more! Food will be provided by Chickpea & Olive and Dun-Well Doughnuts! If that doesn’t get you to this party, guess who’s DJing? THIS GUY! That’s right, DJ Megan Rascal, aka. DJ My Lil’ Pony, aka. The Dancing DJ, will be in full effect with your favorite ’60s and ’70s soul and rock and roll!
Besides, imagine how sad you’ll be sitting all alone when you hear the results. Or worse, what if you’re sitting with your omni friends while they celebrate/mourn! That would be the worst. Don’t be the worst.
Oh and my omni friend Kevin Karp is coming and if Obama loses, he says he’s making a new dish called the Meat Romney: “a veal chop, flip flopped over and over again until even the tender flavor born from cruelty is dried out into an awful leathery bland piece of waste.” OMG omnis are so cray. That’s super gross. But “Meat Romney” is hilar. Let’s just call him Meat from now on. What up, Meat?!
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 8 p.m.
Fontana’s Bar, 105 Eldridge St. (between Grand and Broome)
Be there or be, etc.
Hella Vegan Eats is having a Halloween pop-up on Monday! »
BOO! It’s a VERY SPOOKY Halloween Pop-up tomorrow (Mon., Oct 22) from Hella Vegan Eats at Dear Mom in San Francisco! What’s gonna be spooky is the amount of chow we are going to grub at this event, okay!? All the details on the flyers, let’s eat!
S.F. Bay Area: VEGAN AND WINE CHEESE PARTY! »
Chef Miyoko Schinner, the madwoman behind the genius new Artisan Vegan Cheese cook book, is throwing a delicious party to celebrate her own awesomeness! If I were her, I’d be doing the same damn thing because SHE IS AWESOME. She’s revolutionized vegan cheese, teaching us how to make mozzarella and a million other ridiculously tasty vegan cheeses. OH HOLY MOTHER! We’re all about vegan cheese, we’re all about Miyoko Schinner, and so, uh, yeah, we are gonna be at this party EATING ERRYTHING. ALL OF IT.
So uh, fight you for it? Like, with knives. Cheese knives, but still. Seriously, dairy cheese can suck my dong, this is where it is AT.
Saturday, Oct. 20, 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets cost $10, go get ‘em at Brown Paper Tickets.
You’ll enjoy a speech from Miyoko, sample her gourmet cheeses (sexy?), and sip on tasty organic wines. GIRL. It’s a vegan wine and cheese party! Let’s get at it and get into it and put our stuff all up in its stuff, it’s gonna be HOT.
The SF Ice Cream and Hot Sauce Takedown is Sunday! Let’s beat the omnis! »
This SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY! There’s going to be an “Ice Cream and Hot Sauce Takedown” in SF! That doesn’t mean you have to eat them together. It means that there is an ice cream recipe contest and a hot sauce recipe contest! It’s for everyone, but how cool would it be if a veeg (that’s my new abbreviation for vegan! Imma make it happen. Laura is already on the train so you should hop on too) beat out the omnis for 1st place? Spoiler alert: SO COOL!
Here are the details:
The third and final stop of the Ice Cream and Hot Sauce tour ends where hot sauce and ice cream are done best. And local home cooks have the gumption!!! For a mere $15, enjoy their insane inventions of insanity, in both catagories at this palate-torturing megahate fest. Ice Cream and Hot Sauce are the chocolate and peanutbutter of idiots everywhere! Find out why! (To my way of thinking, the ice cream will soothe any horrible pain you may experience from the SF burn sauces you will choke on…) You’re welcome for this awesomely perfect idea, SFers! I can’t wait!
CALL FOR COOKS! Got a fine-ass hot sauce? A delectable ice cream? Submit your recipe in either category!!! There’s tons of prizes!!! SPOTS ARE NOW OPEN!!! EMAIL ME to compete!!!
Our Rachel entered the Denver Avocado Takedown a while back and she reported (we’re totally reporters!) that vegans seriously dominated. The judges voted one vegan dish 3rd place and the people voted vegans for 3rd AND 1st place—huzzah! Let’s keep this going! If anyone can make it, please please enter! There appears to be awesome prizes you could win, like Cuisinart stuff, Wüsthof knives, and other super-cookware.
If you don’t want to enter, looks like it’ll still be a good event to attend. Scream Sorbet is a sponsor (and you know Vegansaurus loves Scream Sorbet), bet you’ll get some free! Bi-Rite Creamery and Three Twins Ice Cream are both sponsors too and both usually have at least one vegan ice cream on hand, so hopefully they will be serving those up at the event as well. I’m not one for hot sauce but I’m sure you’ll see some hot sauce action to boot. If you go, be sure to send me pics.
Let’s takeover the takedown!
Chicago VeganMania is TODAY! »
We totally slept on this! Chicago VeganMania is today! If you’re in the area, stop what you’re doing and head over because it looks super awesome and it’s FREE! The list of vendors is out of control. I’m super jealous of anyone going. I would go but I’m in New York and agoraphobic. Victoria Moran is going to be there, Vaute Couture, and even the Vegan Black Metal Chef!
So if you’re anywhere near there, you have to go and send me pictures!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
This Saturday: D.C. VegFest (including a CUPCAKE EATING COMPETITION) »
This Sat, Sep 22, thousands of people will gather at Yards Park from 11am-6pm to celebrate compassionate and delicious living at the D.C. VegFest! It’s free, it’s dog friendly, there are awesome speakers (Jane Velez Mitchell! Rich Roll! Terry Hope Romero!), tasty cooking demos (BEYOND MEAT!), fun stuff for kids to do so they’ll leave you alone with the FREE FOOD, a BEER AND WINE GARDEN (my favorite words together ever, with the exception of “pan gravy” and “FREE FOOD”), and perhaps most importantly, A CUPCAKE EATING COMPETITION. If a Vegansaurus reader doesn’t win that, I don’t want to know this site ever again. And I mean that. This site better not even fucking LOOK at me if one of us doesn’t win that damn thing.
Compassion Over Killing and the Vegetarian Society of D.C., it looks to be hella fun, and the only reason to be anywhere near our nation’s capital ever. Seriously, D.C. is SO WEIRD! Everyone there dresses in business suits and talks about politics like they can actually do something good. The last time I was there, I saw people carrying BRIEF CASES. It was like, WHERE AM I? The opening scene of Joe Vs. the Volcano?? Someone give me a case of brain cloud and take me away from this misery! JK JK but seriously folks, there’s some very good food there, and a few non-profits (like COK!) who are fighting the good fight, and um… weather? There’s that. Oh, and the Spy Museum, that place is dope. Alan Turing 4 eva.