Chloe Coscarelli Tonight at Book People

Chloe's Vegan Desserts by Chloe Coscarelli. Published by Atria.

Chloe Coscarelli, cookbook author and winner of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, will be speaking and signing cookbooks at Book People tonight, March 5, at 7 PM. She’s promoting her new cookbook, Chloe’s Vegan Desserts, so now you can try the desserts that made Chloe famous. And if all that wasn’t enough, Capital City Bakery is providing cupcakes for the event.

Annual Lone Star Vegetarian Chili Cook Off

A vegan bowl of red. Source: mollyjade

I hope you’re hungry for chili this weekend, because Sunday is the 24th Lone Star Vegetarian Chili Cook Off! More than twenty teams will test their mettle by trying to cook the best five gallons of vegan chili ever made. And you’ll get to try each one.

This year’s festival is organized by the duo behind Austin’s Gathering of the Tribe’s potluck, and they’ve made a few changes. There are now two chili categories, All Veg and Traditional (read: fake meaty), as well as the usual People’s Choice award and recognition for the chili that best exemplifies the Engine 2 Diet principles. Lots of awards to go around!

Besides the usual chili cook off, there’s also a speed chili contest sponsored by Upton’s Naturals and Le Creuset. The winner of this contest will leave with Le Creuset cookware.

In the judges’ booth, you’ll see a few vegan celebrities, including Austin’s Lazy Smurf, the blogger behind Will Travel for Vegan Food, and Rob Franco, coowner of Arlo’s.

The cook off is back in its former location, the Burnet Road Farmers’ Market (formerly Travis County Farmers’ Market) on Sunday, November 11, from noon to 4 PM.

Texas State Veggie Fair 2012

Can you smell it in the air? It’s fall. Which means state fair time. And the Texas State Fair also means the Texas State Veggie Fair. The third annual Texas State Veggie Fair will be at Reverchon Park in Dallas on Sunday, October 21. Besides the usual carnival games for kids, vegan eats, and music, this year’s fair features an art contest for all ages and a fried food contest.

The veggie side-show avengers are the inspiration for the creative writing contest. Source: Texas State Veggie Fair

Art entries can be photography, paintings/drawings, or creative writing. I’m looking forward to seeing entries for the 10 and under category, because nothing makes my heart melt more than a six-year-old’s drawing of dancing vegetables. Deadline for art submission is Sunday, September 16. That’s this Sunday, so get drawing!

2012 speakers include Gene Bauer, founder of Farm Sanctuary, and Ginny Messina, coauthor of Vegan for Life.


Other upcoming vegan festivals include Texas VegFest (Austin, April 6, 2013) and VegFest Houston (summer 2013).

Veggie Garden and Vegeria Grand Openings

Two all-vegan restaurants will have their official grand openings today and tomorrow. Vegeria in San Antonio, which has been open since August, will have their official grand opening celebration today and tomorrow. The event will feature door prizes, music, free cupcakes on Friday, and a tamale eating contest on Saturday.

Veggie Garden in Richardson (near Dallas) is reopening under new owners. Come by on Saturday between 11:30 and 2:30 to try the revamped menu. The food is traditional Chinese-American, except everything is vegan. I have my eye on the fried ice cream! Afterwards, there will be a showing of Forks Over Knives.

Lonestar Vegetarian Chili Cookoff

The 22nd Lonestar Vegetarian Chili Cook-off is this coming Sunday, November 7, at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock, Texas, from 11:30 AM to 5 PM. Chili artists and vegetarian organizations from around Texas will converge to mix up their secret blends of spice, beans, and grains. Despite the name, all chilis are vegan, certified by the vegan police.

There will also be music, booths, and celebrity judges. Come out to sample all the chilis and vote for your favorite one!

Adults $8, seniors and college students $5, children 6-12 years old $4, children 5 and under free.

Austin: Save-a-Turkey-Trot

Saturday, November 21
Festival Beach
(North Lady Bird Lake Trail and I-35)

Every Thanksgiving across the United States, the local Turkey Trot race is an annual running tradition. Like these venerable races, we want to get people out and exercising and giving thanks for life. Giving thanks for life, we believe, is also having compassion for all living beings. So we say, “Save a Turkey!” Get out and run and walk with us as we spread the message of hope and compassion the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

Preregistered entrants are guaranteed a 100% organic race t-shirt.

Overall male and female winners will have a turkey at Farm Sanctuary sponsored in their name.

Local, organic fruits from farmers at Austin Farmers Market will be available to refuel/refresh with. Entrants are encouraged to head over the market after the race to support our local producers!

Register or sign up to volunteer here.

RSVP with the VRA here here.

October Engine 2 Potluck – TONIGHT at Whole Foods Market

From the Engine 2 Blog

Join us this Wednesday, October 28 @ 6:30 PM

We have accepted the generous invitation of Whole Food’s CEO John Mackey to host this month’s potluck on the 2nd floor outdoor plaza of Whole Foods Global HQ (on 5th & Lamar), to coincide with a food science seminar that Whole Foods is hosting that day. We have invited some of the nation’s great plant-strong leaders to join us for dinner, thoughts, and to meet the Austin plant-strong community. Featured potential guests will include Colin Campbell (author of The China Study), John Robbins (author of The Food Revolution), John McDougall, Antonia Demas, Caldwell & Ann Esselstyn and Neal Barnard.

Wednesday, October 28th, 6:30pm at WFM 2nd floor outdoor patio. Bring your best dishes – the world will be there eating your masterpieces! Your children are welcome, and there is an incredible outdoor playground immediately next to the Potluck.

In addition, Rip will be showcasing his powerful & compelling Engine 2 “Plant-Strong” presentation at 5:30 in the Southwest Conference Room (accessible off of the upstairs plaza) inside of Whole Foods. If you have never seen what America is seeing from Rip each and every time he hits the road, come and find out what YOU are already a part of.

Join us!

The Engine 2 Team