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

Guide to a Vegan Vanguard Thanksgiving, Part 3

Where Can a Vegan in Austin Go to Get Their Thanksgiving Grub On?
Cross posted from Vegan Vanguard

In Austin, there are many food-related events for vegans in the days leading up to, and including Thanksgiving Day.

Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts
Annual Very Best Thanksgiving Class and Luncheon
Great community-building event, where all dishes are vegan and gluten-free.
Class is 9:00am-noon, lunch is 12:15pm-1:45pm
Saturday, November 22
Class & lunch are $55 for the first person, $40 for the second, or attend lunch only for $25
1701 Toomey Road
Austin, TX 78704

Royal Co-op
Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck
Enjoy a sense of camaraderie and meet new people
Sunday, November 23
512 478-0880
1805 Pearl Street
Austin, TX 78701

Happy Vegan Baker
Eat Thanksgiving dinner in your own home without having to prepare a thing.
Complete 8-part meals prepared by Inge
Order by 5 pm on November 25, pick up or get it delivered(for a fee) on November 26.
Full meal is $28 per person, but dishes can be purchased separately.
Order via the website, phone 512-657-3934, or email inge@happyveganbaker.com

Casa de Luz
Austin’s only totally vegan restaurant continues its tradition of offering lunch on Thanksgiving.
Thursday, November 27
$15 includes full meal and dessert
1701 Toomey Road
Austin, TX 78704

I know other cities are host to similar events, unfortunately, I don’t have any info about them.

An Amazing Vegan Gyro

Vegan Gyro

One of my favorite things about Austin is the downtown Whole Foods. And not because of the groceries!

I love the food from the little vegan kiosk near the produce department. They have a lot of raw stuff which I am scared to try (though their raw vegan “cheesecake” is very delicious.) The regular old cooked selections are what I go for.

In recent months, I’ve had tasty things like vegan fettuccine alfredo, grilled “cheese,” and vegan taco salad at Whole Foods. Tonight I noticed they had a new addition to the menu: a vegan gyro.

The gyro definitely lived up to my already high Whole Foods expectations. It was made with a delicately spiced seitan, creamy vegan tzatziki sauce, fresh cherry tomatoes, and marinated bell peppers. One the side is a lovely quinoa salad with a good amount of baby spinach hidden underneath.

It was a little pricey at $8.99 but filling enough to make it worth the price. If you live in or near Austin, definitely try this one out. Whole Foods changes their menu a lot, so get it while you can!