Gene Baur Traveling in Texas

In celebration of Farm Sanctuary’s 25th anniversary, Gene Baur is traveling across the U.S. in the same VW van he rode around in 25 years ago, selling veggie hot dogs to raise the money that would give Farm Sanctuary its start. Baur is planning to explore vegan culture across the nation, from the food to the people.

Baur’s travels will take him through Texas. He’ll be in Dallas on May 28 and in Austin on May 30. You can follow his journey on the Just Eats Tour website. I’m looking forward to hearing what he has to say about the Texas vegan movement!

While Baur is in Dallas, the Black Vegetarian Society of Texas is holding a walk-athon/bike-athon and potluck where Baur will speak about his work with Farm Sanctuary. Entry is $15. For more details, see the BVST Facebook page.

The Just Eats Tour is also collecting great vegan recipes and pledges to go vegan for the duration of the 21 day journey.

Forks Over Knives Showing in Texas

Only Kale Can Save Us Now t-shirt from Herbivore Clothing. WANT!
I think you might have to live under a rock (or in a mansion in Abbottabad without internet connection) not to have heard about the new documentary film Forks Over Knives. But maybe not everyone obsessively reads healthy vegan cooking blogs like I do?
In case you don’t know the deal, Forks Over Knives explores the stories of Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn and T. Colin Campbell. Both men grew up on farms and then later in life began to notice a pattern of unhealthy diets high in animal products and processed foods and an increase in many chronic diseases. The film posits that a lot so-called diseases of affluence (heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke) can be avoided by eating an oil-free vegan diet. This theory is then tested by following the stories of real-life patients who change their diets and regain health.
Austinite Rip Esselstyn, creator of the Engine Two Diet, and honorary Texan Natala Constantine of Vegan Hope are two big proponents of an oil-free vegan diet for health. And if you’ve stepped into a Texas Whole Foods lately you’ve probably seen the explosion of Health Starts Here products, which are inspired by the oil-free vegan movement. In other words, Texas may well be the new face of healthy veganism. Who woulda thought?
Forks Over Knives will be showing in Austin, Dallas, and Houston on May 13. (Showtimes here.) Lots of tickets are being given away for free (follow me on twitter to find out about ticket give aways in Texas). Grab your friends and prepare to be inspired to eat more kale!
*As a person with a chronic disease that isn’t going to be cured by any change in diet, I have reservations about the language some people use to talk about health and vegan diets. But I think you should see this movie anyway because it still has a lot of good info to share. Just pretend I’m sitting next to you snarking about any overpromising.

Follow-up: Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale 2011

All five Texas Worldwide Vegan Bake Sales took place this weekend. Don’t they look fabulous?

El Paso raised $400 for Animal Rescue League! Among the other goodies were these tasty-looking pumpkin spice cupcakes. Photo by El Paso Veg Snob
Box of goodies at the Dallas bake sale. Rumor is the kolaches were a big hit. Dallas raised over $2500 for Direct Relief International in Japan. Photo by sunnybear
Donuts and chocolate cookies flew off the table at the Austin sale. Austin raised over $1000 for Sunny Day Farms Animal Sanctuary. That’s enough money to pay for half a month’s food for the over 300 animals at the farm. Photo by Come and Fake It
The Vegan Society of Peace bake sale raised $811 for VegFest Houston, Food for Life Global, and Kinship Circle. Way to go Houston! I haven’t heard back from San Antonio yet. Green, how’d y’all do?

In total, Worldwide Vegan Bake Sales in Texas raised nearly $5000 for seven charities. This is the most successful year yet!

UPDATE: Green sold 163 desserts and donated $1 from each dessert sale to SARA. News is their desserts were just voted 3rd best in all of San Antonio by San Antonio Current readers. Awesome!

Texas Veggie State Fair

Dallas will be hosting the second annual Texas Veggie State Fair this October. The Veggie State Fair is all the fun of the Texas State Fair without any livestock contests or rodeos to ruin the experience. Vegan food, games, and entertainment, and rumor is there’s a fried food competition. Read more about the fair here.

Applications are now being accepted for exhibitors. This is a great way to spread the word about your vegan group or product.

5 Texas Vegan Bake Sales THIS WEEKEND

NYC vegan bake sale in 2010. Photo by wools. Licensed under creative commons

There’s a fantastic write up of Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale in CNN’s Eatocracy today. Be sure to check out the slide show with great vegan recipes and photos.

And visit your local vegan bake sale this weekend! Eat yummy food, spread the vegan word, and raise some money for some great organizations.
Saturday, April 30
Sunday, May 1

April Vegan Drinks

Dallas Vegan Drinks in April will take place at Anvil Pub, a Dallas Vegan Drinks favorite. Dallas Vegan calls Anvil Pub the “vegan friendliest bar in Dallas.” Join other vegan and vegan-curious folks on April 14, from 6 PM to 8 PM. RSVP on Facebook.
This month, Austin Vegan Drinks will be a wine and cheeze night at Counter Culture, Austin’s first all-vegan food cart, April 22, 7 PM to 9 PM. Sue will be making a special menu featuring a tofu cheeze crouton, a raw fermented almond cheeze, a raw cashew cheeze ball, greens with blue cheeze dressing, crackers, bread, and fruit. $10 (tax included), cash only. I’ve had Sue’s cheezes before, and they’re fantastic. The regular menu will also be available.
Alcohol will be provided by you. Bring your favorite wine and a glass to drink from. You can browse a list of vegan wines at Barnivore. Please RSVP on Facebook so Sue can make enough cheeze plates for everyone. If you have questions or don’t have Facebook to RSVP, email daniela (at) vegaustin.com.
Information for starting a Vegan Drinks in your city can be found at vegandrinks.org.

Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale Update

Vegan Shortbread by mollyjade

So far, there are four Texas groups signed up for 2011 Worldwide Vegan Bake Sales. Someone left a comment in the last bake sale post saying they were setting up a bake sale. Is yours listed below?

In El Paso, the Vegetarian Society of El Paso is hosting a sale at Sun Harvest on April 30. The sale will benefit the Animal Rescue League of El Paso. For more information about baking, volunteering, or attending the sale, see this Facebook page or contact Alison at alison99999 (at) hotmail (dot) com.
Also on April 30, in Houston the Vegan Society of Peace hosts a bake sale at Radical Eats Cafe. The money raised will benefit Food for Life Global (Japan disaster relief), Kinship Circle (animal disaster aid), and the Vegan Society of Peace’s upcoming VegFest Houston (more on that soon!). Details about the sale and volunteering can be found here.
The Dallas vegan bake sale at Beauty Bar will benefit Direct Relief International. This sale will also take place on April 30. Besides baked goods, there will be raffle prizes, which organizers promise will be “fabulous.” Volunteer bakers can email dallasveganbakesale@gmail.com. More information about the bake sale can be found at Dallas Vegan.
And finally, on May 1 from 8 AM to 9PM, a San Antonio bake sale will take place at Green Vegetarian, San Antonio’s first vegetarian restaurant. Procedes benefit SARA, the Society for Animal Rescue and Adoption, in Seguin. Volunteer bakes can email unlovedgrrl (at) aol (dot) com.
Recently, Austin vegans teamed up with the greater Austin food community to raise over $11,500 for AmeriCares Japan disaster relief. There were vegan baked goods at all five bake sale locations, and they were universally a hit.
Information about setting up a vegan bake sale in your area can be found at Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale headquarters.

Lately in Dallas

Dallas has a thriving chef-led food scene. And since Wall Street Journal declared 2011 the Year of the Vegetable, it’s not surprising that veganism and fine dining are colliding. The Libertine Bar and Dallas Vegan are collaborating to present a 5 course vegan dinner, complete with beer pairing. The dinner will be April 20, at 7 PM. Details about the menu and making reservations can be found at Dallas Vegan.

A new Vietnamese Buddhist restaurant D’Vegan has opened in Dallas. Kristy Yang of the Dallas Observer reviews the restaurant favorably. Judging by Yang’s review, I’m looking forward to trying the pho.

Eddie Garza, Texas animal rights advocate and former Lone Star Plate contributor, has left Dallas for New York City in order to head the New York Mercy for Animals campaign. A Texas native, Eddie has been a strong advocate for animals. Besides working as the Texas campaign coordinator for Mercy for Animals, he created the blog Vegan Dallas, and with it, improved community and spread the word about vegan options in DFW. Along with current Vegan Dallas blogger Jamey Scott, Eddie also co-founded the Texas Veggie State Fair. Most of all, Eddie created bridges with the larger Dallas community, showing that being a vegan Texan isn’t all that different from just being a Texan. Congratulations, Eddie!

March Vegan Drinks

Dallas Vegan Drinks will be March 10 at 6 PM at Barcardia. Besides the usual drinks, there will be vegan chili dogs, arcade games, and a skeeball tournament.

Join Austin Vegan Drinks on March 15 at 7 PM at Austin’s only vegan bar, Cheer Up Charlie’s. In addition to a great selection of local beers, Cheer Up Charlie’s has several varieties of kombucha on tap. This is event is part of a pre-SXSW party featuring Lucy the Poodle Productions.

Information for starting a Vegan Drinks in your city can be found at vegandrinks.org.