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 BVSTFacebook page.
The Just Eats Tour is also collecting great vegan recipes and pledges to go vegan for the duration of the 21 day journey.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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 Observerreviews 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!