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!
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.
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.
[photo by Emilie Hardman via Flickr]
Because it’s not just soulless rich white people in Marin*—there are also some rich white people with hearts—there’s now a Marin Vegan Drinks! And they’re on Twitter and Facebook (go like them because they need to get to 25 likes before Facebook will give them a custom URL! Facebook don’t mess). Oh and may I mention that I love their logo, it’s so ultra New Wave. It almost kinda reminds me of a Nagel. Yeah? Not at all? Whatever, you have a terrible eye. Also, GOD I WANT A NAGEL SO BADLY.
Anyway, this event will be great and the organizers are charming and adorable and if you’re in Marin, you need friends. Trust me. From Pepper, one of the organizers:
We will be starting off our events at The Nickel Rose which is a pretty “swanky” place, as they say. But really, it’s awesome looking, with fabric draped from the walls and checkered floor and candles on tables, in a very modern-vintage look. They make some badass cocktails and mixed drink things—like possibly the most delicious mojitos I’ve had in the bay area. We aren’t aiming to get sponsorship or deals from the bar *yet* (a la SF Vegan Drinks) as we want to make sure there is actually an audience. Seeing as there are enough vegan-interested people in Marin to warrant vegan menus at various restaurants, and In Defense of Animals is located in San Rafael, we figure there is at least some built-in community just waiting to party!
*Don’t get me wrong, it’s still MAINLY soulless rich white people in Marin but obviously there are a few good ones and so you all might as well band together because when the race wars begin, we’ll let you all over the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge (along with the San Quentin inmates, naturally) to fight with us.
HELL YES: Marin Vegan Bakesale! »
Vegan bakesales are taking over the BAY AREA! San Francisco, the East Bay, the Peninsula, and now Marin! California knows how to party. And how you party here is with PIE. Also, booze and drugs, just not at these events.
SO. If you’re in Marin and would like to bake, contact Sarah. If you just want to eat everything, be there! Where you ask? Take it away, Marin Vegan Bakesale!
Looking for bakers and eaters of delectable vegan treats for Marin County’s FIRST VEGAN BAKESALE, in celebration of the Worldwide Vegan Bakesale and in solidarity with the people and animals of Japan. All proceeds raised will go to Doctors Without Borders (Médecins sans frontières) and to Kinship Circle for their work in Japan relief efforts.*
You can help bake and eat:
1. e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved!
2. Invite all your friends. (Facebook invite, yo! If you don’t have FB, you’re either a serial killer or the coolest person we know. One of those.)
3. Save the date and come eat yummy vegan treats for a great cause.
All eating and purchases are guaranteed to be 100 percent guilt-free.
When: Saturday, Apr. 30, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Outside of Cafe Trio, 363 3rd St., San Rafael (Montecito Shopping Plaza).
Make sure to check out our host, Cafe Trio, too—we’ll be right outside and they offer an outstanding menu with many delicious veg options, including a vegan soup of the day and a tofu scramble. Plus, they are totally big-hearted and awesome and excited about the day.
*Doctors Without Borders has sent medical teams to support the government-led earthquake and tsunami response in Japan. Kinship Circle has disaster and veterinary trained teams ready for Japan deployment to assist with animal quake-tsunami aid, and is also supporting countrywide animal rescue efforts.
Pie via Madame Furie! This pie (meaning one like it maybe) can be yours!
Amici’s pizza has seriously stepped up the New York-style pizza game in San Francisco. As of this past weekend, they started serving vegan cheese. It’s melty, gooey, tasty Cheezly vegan cheese* and it is marvelous. A little vegan birdie told me that this would be happening months ago and I dared to dream but didn’t think too much about it because if it didn’t happen, I would’ve been all stabby. But then the day came and vegan cheese is on the menu and, my friends, it is a damn good day.
Amici’s is a local chain with two restaurants in San Francisco and the others spread out all over, from San Rafael to VACAVILLE. HOLD THE PHONE. YOU CAN GET VEGAN CHEESE PIZZA DELIVERED TO YOUR HOUSE IN VACAVILLE?! Yes, yes you can. And oh yeah, they have a pretty large delivery area so check their website to see if you can get it delivered right to your mouth. And the variety of toppings is outrageous. We got our pizza with fried eggplant, slow-roasted garlic, carmelized onions, roasted red peppers and artichoke hearts. It was about $30 for a large but you know what? It will make two meals for two people. Not bad. Also, I have salad makings from Farm Fresh to You so I GUESS I can/should/won’t eat the delicious yet fatty pizza with a disgusting yet nutritious salad. I GUESS. Ugh, why does FFtY not deliver vegan pizza and chocolate bonbon’s?! I’m turning into some unnatural combination of Peg and Al Bundy over here. Help.
So stop reading this and get on their site and ORDER ONLINE (no talking to another human! Can I get a what-what for the technology!?) and have vegan pizza at your doorstep in 45 minutes. Oh and let them know you’re thankful for the vegan cheese and maybe one day soon, they’ll start offering their four-cheese lasagna vegan-style. Hyperventilating at the thought. They could use Cheezly, Dr. Cow, Sheese and Teeze and make THE MOTHER OF ALL VEGAN LASAGNAS!!! Ugh, now I’m Garfield.
*Cheezly is a hard to find British vegan cheese that they’re now selling at Rainbow! I like the extra melty mozzarella and the bacon flavored best. The bacon-flavored cheese is especially good for mixing into creamy sauces, gives them a carbonara flavor! Ow!