We, here at Local Love Catering, wanted to send out a formal THANK YOU to all of the volunteers who helped make last nights dinner such a success. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. You were amazing, wonderful and so hard working! Pictures will be added later this afternoon from the event!
Please send more pictures my way so I can add them.
I also wanted to thank everyone that I was able to speak to at the event. So many great people making a difference in the world. Thank you for all that you do.
Lastly, Thank you to Joe and Dixie for the incredible work that you do to put this event on!
It is an insane amount of work and once again you have pulled it off.
I want to extend to the entire community a Deal that we offered just for VegFest and we are going to extend the offer until Midnight tonight, Monday.
November 18, 2012: San Francisco, Ca
Local Love Catering & Transitioning to Health presents: Life and Knife Skills Workshop
NEW: THIS MENU WILL BE FOCUSED ON CREATING A VEGAN HOLIDAY MEAL!!!!! Join us for these amazing events. Sid Garza-Hillman, Certified Nutritional Consultant,http://www.transitioningtohealth.net/, will lead a seminar to discuss transitioning to a healthier lifestyle by focusing on simple, accessible changes to your diet and day-to-day life. Sid utilizes results oriented practices and personal coaching based on cutting-edge research. The seminar is followed by a 1.5 hour cooking class with Chef Barry Horton which includes: basic knife skills, vegan cookery and preparation; an Appetizer; an Entree; and a Dessert; finishing with a Q&A with the Chef and Nutritionist at a sit down dinner to enjoy the fruits of your labor and to ask your more personal help and culinary needs!
NORMALLY: Course Fee: $125 per person (Limited spaces.)
Call 510.917.0190 or email Locallovecatering@gmail.com
VegFest Special ONLY $62.50 for 2 people at this amazing 4 hour class.
Cheers, Jennifer, Chef Barry and Jayden www.locallovecatering.com firstname.lastname@example.org 510.917.0190
Our little Booth. Hope you stopped by and said hello and tried some of our treats.
Jayden was having a great time at VegFest. He is our little vegan advocate. Compassionate since birth.
Black Eyed pea and Vegetable Salad
Roasted Beet Salad.
The Whole meal: Tempeh Loaf and Mushroom Gravy, Roasted Beet Salad, Black Eyed Pea and Vegetable Salad, MAshed Potatoes and "Cheesy Broccoli".
Holy guacamole! Move over cartoons and make room for the GLFF's GreenToon!
Global warming, air pollution, pesticides in our food and chemicals in our water are just a few of the problems that threaten the health and well being of the human race today. In response, a new breed of Superhero has emerged to save us from our ecological shortsightedness, and those that would abuse our world for their own benefit.
Raw-Vegan Superheroes Rawman and Green-Girl fight a never-ending battle to right that which is wrong in order to protect our planet.
The show was created by Ron Gilmore and Caroline Jue shortly after the first Green Lifestyle Film Festival and is written and animated by Ron Gilmore.
A SACRED DUTY - Saturday, Oct 6, 10:30 a.m.
Running Time: 60 minutes
Produced by Emmy-Award-winning producer, director, writer, and cinematographer Lionel Friedberg, A SACRED DUTY will take its place alongside Al Gore's AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH and Leonardo di Caprio's THE ELEVENTH HOUR as another powerful expose of the dangers of global warming. However, it goes beyond the latter two films, by showing how religious responses can make a major difference and why a shift toward plant-based diets is an essential part of efforts to reduce global climate change and other environmental threats.
REVERSING DIABETES IN 30 DAYS - Sunday, Oct. 7, 10:20 a.m.
It has been almost two years after the fact. Artificial life created in the lab. Craig Venter is pioneering a whole new field of engineering new life forms. He hopes to create one so we won't have to depend on dirty fossil fuels.
And if Venter has his way, the human race will be vegan by the middle of this century...
"It takes 10 kilograms of grain to produce one kilogram of beef, 15 liters of water to get one kilogram of beef, and those cows produce a lot of methane," another potent greenhouse gas, Venter observed. "Why not get rid of the cows?" The replacement: meat grown in a test tube from microbes thanks to synthetic biology.
As vegetarians and animal rights people, we are often posed hypothetical questions, such as, if you could choose between your dog or your child who would you save? Totally bizarre. Yet, one such question had me wondering. If I was left out in the wilderness, how would i survive? Many plants are poisonous and I'm a city guy! So I googled it, and I found some answers...
Last week I ordered 12 cans of ackee for $99.99 from a site I discovered. Their contact information is at the end of this article. Shipping and handling is free, and it arrived in only 3 days via USPS. The company is based in Florida, so I suspected they might be growing ackee there. The tin clearly states it is the produce of Haiti. Because it is grown and packaged in earthquake ravaged Haiti, it makes me feel good that buying products like this from their country might help their economy out. One can only hope.
If you are not familiar with ackee, it is the national fruit of Jamaica. It was introduced to the Island by the British about 300 years ago. It is native to West Africa. The fruit is cooked as if it were a vegetable - in fact it is often cooked with another fruit - tomato. It is my favorite breakfast, second only to Scrambled Tofu. What does it taste like? Sorry, I can't help you there, it doesn't resemble the taste of anything I know of, so it is indescribable. It does look like scrambled eggs, but that's only because it is yellow. All I can say is that ackee is very delicious.
Typically, Jamaicans will eat ackee with saltfish. In fact, the national dish of Jamaica is, you got it, Ackee and Saltfish. But we vegetarians omit the fish and just eat the ackee. It is delicious on its own.
Here is my recipe on how to make ackee.
What you need:
1 tin of ackee
1 medium to large onion
2 tomato's (or tomato puree as substitute)
Thyme (preferably powdered)
some garlic (optional)
*salt to taste
(*about 1/2 teaspoon - you can add more later to suit your taste)
First open the tin of ackee and drain the water out. Chop up the onions and fry them until almost brown. Now throw in the chopped up tomatoes and stir, cover over medium heat and let them get soft (about 3 min). Put in the garlic (optional), half teaspoon of thyme, about half teaspoon black pepper and salt. Now toss in the ackee. Stir it up over medium heat and let simmer for about 3-5 minutes.
I eat ackee with bread, roti or I sometimes fry up potatoes to eat with it.
My mum sometimes treats me by sending ackee from Florida. I believe she gets it for $16 a tin. I live in California, and the closest place to buy Jamaican ackee is in Oakland, and I think the going price is $26/tin. So right off the bat this place is much more economical - $99.99 for 12 cans (with free shipping and handling) so it works out to be $8.33 per can.
But what about taste and texture? This can be subjective, but to me the taste is very similar to what I am accustomed to. Texture-wise there is a noticeable difference. This ackee is more firmer and thus I am inclined to think it might be more fresher. I'm no expert on ackee, but those are my final thoughts.
My cousin Mikey lives in Boca Raton and he is a bona fide expert on ackee. I will post his final judgement when he gets around to sampling this ackee.
This weeks episode of Nikita featured Tofu Scramble. It was made for her by one of her comrades just before a raid. But who doesn't love tofu scramble?? Nikita is a rogue secret agent gone wild, and is vegan. The actress Maggie Q is vegan in real life too.
The Pretenders' singer/guitarist and staunch animal rights supporter Chrissie Hynde has been forced to close her vegetarian restaurant. According to The Associated Press, Hynde had to close shop due to the economic downturn. The eatery was located in her Akron, Ohio hometown.
Hynde posted a note on the VegiTerranean restaurant website on Sunday, saying that she and the staff had tried to keep the restaurant open but that the economic climate made it impossible. The restaurant was open for four years.
What a bum out. I'm a vegetarian and I am sure that it was a terrific joint. Perhaps if the economy experiences an uptick, Hynde will reopen it! It sucks when a cool eatery such as this has to close its doors.
Dalai Lama to receive Mahatma Gandhi peace prize in South Africa
JOHANNESBURG: The Dalai Lama will receive the Mahatma Gandhi peace prize, the legendary Indian leader's granddaughter Ela Gandhiannounced here today on Gandhi Jayanti and asked the South African government to grant a visa to the Tibetan spiritual leader to visit the country. The Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Peace and Reconciliation will be conferred on the 76-year-old Dalai Lama at the annual Satyagraha Awards to be held at the Durban City Hall next Sunday...
Chinese bloggers caused the cancellation of Jinhua festival - where it is common practice to slaughter many thousands of dogs and eat their meat.
The dog meat festival, held in the Wucheng district of Jinhua in Zhejiang Province, is part of an annual three-day temple fair. The dog market has been part of the fair for centuries, according to the district government’s Web site. Local folklore says the tradition of feasting on dogs originated when Hu Dahai, a rebel battling Yuan Dynasty rulers in the 14th century, ordered all the dogs in Jinhua to be slaughtered because their barking had warned rebels in the city of his army’s approach. His soldiers were treated to dog meat, the story goes, and eating dog has been a custom at local temple fairs ever since.
Want to see a summer block buster movie, but one which is smart, thought-provoking, and intelligently made? Then look no further than "The Rise of the Planet of the Apes". The preview doesn't make you think of these qualities, but the movie has it, and has it in spades.
I am bewildered as to why the animal rights community hasn't been buzzing about it. The film embodies our heart and soul in every frame of this picture.
I believe this film will touch impressionable young people, as the original 'apes' films had on me. In the 70's, the original films put me on the path of questioning animal experiments and our role in the big scheme of things. Ultimately, I became vegan because of them.
This article talks about Berlin Reed, a vegetarian from age 12, for ethical reasons, but one who has since changed and now not only eats meat but became a butcher by trade.
He still considers himself socially responsible for the treatment of animals... if more meat eaters could be like Reed, more socially aware of what meat is, and consume less of it, then things would be a lot better than things are today.
We all do not have to be vegetarian - that is the message of meatless monday's, but being vegetarian is ultimately the best choice for your health, the animals and the environment.