I mentioned in the post about the Texas-themed PCRM menu that Dr. Neal Barnard would be touring Texas this summer. The dates were just released, and Dr. Barnard will be visiting lovely San Antonio, Austin, Southlake (DFW), and Houston, at the end of June and beginning of July. The San Antonio date requires preregistration, but all the others are first come, first serve.
Between the book tour, Texas-themed recipes, and PCRM’s recent call for people in DFW willing to give veganism a try, it looks like Dr. Barnard and PCRM have their eyes on Texas. It will be interesting to see what comes of that.
San Antonio, June 28, at Central Library Austin, June 29, at North Lamar Whole Foods Southlake (Dallas), June 30, at Southlake library Houston, July 1, at Memorial Hermann Memorial* City Medical Center
I’ve met a lot of new vegans in San Antonio lately, most lamenting the lack of restaurant options there. So I get excited when I find vegan food in San Antonio. Dallas Vegan tells us that there’s a secret vegan menu at Kona Grill in North Park Center Mall. I did some sleuthing, and it looks like every location has this menu. As of this writing, it’s not available to look at online.
So that’s one more place for folks to find vegan food if in San Antonio, Dallas, Austin, Houston, and Sugar Land.
The advantage of seeing Forks Over Knives is that it shows real life examples of people who have dramatically improved their health just by changing their diets. I know I’ve met many people like this in the vegan community. People whose type 2 diabetes or heart disease is now in remission. The documentary makes these stories tangible.
What I would have liked was a little more youth and health. I wanted to see young people adopting the diet before they got sick. I also would have liked to see more food preparation. My movie watching companion left the theater saying he was convinced he should eat a more plant-based diet, but couldn’t see himself actually cooking plant-based meals.
Overall, if you’re already up-to-date with the health benefits of a vegan diet, you probably won’t get much from this movie. But if you’re struggling with type 2 diabetes, heart disease, or cancer, or have a family history of these diseases, it might just be eye opening.
Primarily Primates, an animal sanctuary in San Antonio that cares for castoff pets and former lab animals, is holding a fundraiser dinner on June 3 at 7 PM at the Radius Circle. The meal will be catered by San Antonio’s premier vegetarian restaurant, Green Vegetarian. A donation of $35 gets you dinner, dessert, and a nonalcoholic beverage. There will also be a cash bar featuring wine and beer, a silent auction, and music by Parke Hedges and Graham Hall.
No mention whether vegan food will be available, though I’d be surprised if it wasn’t. Green makes some fantastic vegan desserts. You can get more information by contacting Primarily Primates at 830-755-4616 or emailing them. RSVP online.
Primarily Primates throws a great party. For proof, see this video of a Watermelon Party at the sanctuary. Check out that little guy carrying the watermelon with his feet while he swings from the top of the habitat cage. [Note: watermelon-carrying apes not guaranteed to appear at all Primarily Primates parties.]
There was a great article in yesterday’s San Antonio Express-News about local chef Jose Alfredo Cruz. According to the article Cruz has gone vegan and is planning to open a vegan restaurant in San Antonio. I had to know more!
I contacted Cruz by email, and he had a lot to tell me about his food philosophy and the restaurant he plans to open. Cruz was originally influenced by the farm to table movement while living in Vermont. But Texas was slower to catch onto local food, and when Cruz returned to Texas he also returned to old eating and cooking habits. Until last Thanksgiving when he looked at his plate of traditional Thanksgiving food and realized he didn’t want to eat that way ever again.
Like many vegans, he soon realized that meat production isn’t just an animal issue, but also something that affects human health and environment. And now he wants to dedicate his career to introducing his friends and neighbors to tasty, yet familiar, vegan foods. And that’s Cruz’s plan now. To cook delicious mock meats, fried foods, and maybe a few healthier things, too, and to share them with everyone he can.
He’s planning to move into a new space in November. But for now he’s doing catering, looking at properties, and testing out dishes for his menu. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with.
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 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 email@example.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.
My friend E lives in San Antonio. Whenever I visit, we go back and forth, “where do you think we should eat?” “Where do YOU think we should eat.” Partly, we’re really indecisive, but partly, neither of us knows anything about vegan food options in San Antonio.
Well that’s all fixed now. Anna from Carrot and Potato Time gives us the scoop on the best vegan eats in San Antonio. I’m excited to try vegan night at The Cove! Or maybe Indian food! I’d better ask E what she thinks…
Update: Part 3 of the guide features vegan pizza and Italian food. Y’all! There’s a place in San Antonio that will putt pizza toppings (including Daiya!) on a portobello mushroom. I’m in mushroom heaven.