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   Tuesday, February 18, 2014
PermalinkSummer camp for youths who care about community service

Life-Changing Summer Camp for Youth Making a Difference!

YEA Camp is a unique and inspiring leadership summer camp for youth 12-17 who care about community service, activism and social justice. A week-long sleep-away program in a beautiful camp location, YEA is designed to be a fun and transformative experience that builds life-long friendships between youth with similar interests. Our program also provides a meaningful opportunity for campers to learn more about some of the issues facing our planet and to get inspired and empowered to take action on those issues. Campers choose an issue of importance to them (for example, some have chosen climate change, racism, homophobia, homelessness, animal rights) and at YEA they build the knowledge, skills, confidence, and community to take action on that issue long after camp is over. Youth who have participated in our programs report that the camp was one of the most fun, rewarding and life-changing experiences they have had, and, with YEA's community support, have gone on to start school clubs, plan fundraisers for nonprofits, organize community clean-ups, and attend hearings to comment about important community issues. For more information, visit our website or watch a two minute video about our program.

"My experience was great! I made amazing friends and I learned a lot, but most of all, the combination of the two left me inspired and excited to make a difference! Everything I learned inspired me to take action on issues I'm passionate about, too! In addition to taking on bullying, I'm going vegan, and hopefully forming a biking group! This camp was amazing and I'm so grateful for the opportunity."
- Connor, 15, Washington
posted by veggiedude on:
2/18/2014 12:01:00 PM

   Tuesday, December 03, 2013
PermalinkDixie's 80th birthday celebration
There was a special event to celebrate Dixie Mahy's 80th birthday. Dixie has been the SFVS president for many years, and has been very instrumental in the development in each years World Veg Festival here in San Francisco.

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Dixie with 1st place Vegan Iron Chef 2012, Lisa Books-Williams w/special vegan BD cake
posted by veggiedude on:
12/03/2013 11:16:00 AM

   Saturday, October 19, 2013
PermalinkCLASS: Vegan Cuisine of India
Shanta Nimbark Sacharoff offers a workshop on Vegan Cuisine of India at Other Avenues Food Coop, on 3930 Judah Street (x 44th Avenue) in outer Sunset district of San Francisco on Sunday, October 27th 2013 from 12:00 to 2:00 pm. This happens to be the first day of Diwali.
Discussion: How to select, use, mix and store Indian spices

Demonstration with student participation:
     (1) Quick Stir fry vegetable dish
     (2) Brown and White Basmati rice
     (3) Raw cashew chutney
     (4) Chai (black tea with spices & soymilk)

Fee: $25 covers a complete lunch and copies of recipes

You will learn how to make above listed four vegan, low-fat and gluten-free dishes. Shanta will also give the students a tour of the coop locating all spices and other ingredients going into this meal. Class
limited to 10 students.  Preregistration recommended,  but walk-in students are welcome  if space available.

Vegetarian Society Members get a 10% discount
posted by veggiedude on:
10/19/2013 09:40:00 AM

   Tuesday, July 30, 2013
PermalinkSupport your local farmer
This site is useful if you want to know where your local produce is at...

posted by veggiedude on:
7/30/2013 11:54:00 AM

   Saturday, July 13, 2013
PermalinkLocal Love Catering becomes Sanctuary Bistro
We, at Local Love Catering, have some exciting news 

Finally, Chef Barry and I, of Local Love Catering, are working to realize our dreams to open a restaurant in the East Bay. Sanctuary Bistro will open in Fall 2013 and we will continue to cater events and private parties as we always have, under the new name. 

Why the name Sanctuary? Sanctuary will donate a portion of our profits to the Sonoma County Farm Sanctuary and Education Center. We will be a Sanctuary for the animals, the planet, and the people. 

Opening Fall 2013 :: Sanctuary
Fine dining bistro caters to eating healthfully, and conscientiously

Hi everyone, We are excited to announce we are in the early stages of establishing Sanctuary, a fine dining, plant-based bistro in the East Bay area scheduled to open this Fall and we've created a Kickstarter campaign to raise some seed money. 

If you see the need for a sustainable bistro in the area like we do, we'd love to have your support. Find the kickstarter campaign here for more.

By creating a sustainable Bistro that is healthy for the planet, the environment and all living beings we create a sanctuary - a beautiful space to find peace while enjoying local, organic, healthy, vegan food with a farm to table philosophy. Our Bistro will be a warm, natural, organic location to enjoy with loved ones, family, and friends.  

Sanctuary will cater to those who want to make positive change in their lives. It’s not just for those who embrace the vegan lifestyle, but also for those who want to reduce their carbon footprint, eat with more compassion, or simply want a healthful option when going out. We will bring local produce into gourmet, organic, vegan cuisine in a conscientious and thoughtful way. 

If you don’t know Chef Barry, he is the former chef at the Stanford Inn by the Sea and has been cooking since he was 17. Classically trained at the Cordon Bleu, he converted Stanford Inn’s Raven Restaurant from a vegetarian to a vegan restaurant. In 2009, we founded Local Love catering in the Bay Area with a few dollars and a lot of pies and doubled our sales each year serving private clients, parties, and weddings.

Thanks, and we hope you'll check out the video and more details on our Kickstarter page.

From our family to yours,
Chef Barry, Jennifer, Jayden and Adeline

To learn more go to:



posted by Local Love Catering: soon to be Sanctuary Bistro on:
7/13/2013 09:00:00 AM

   Thursday, May 23, 2013
PermalinkDoes butchering animals lead to butchering people?

In light of the terrible London attack yesterday, this article suggests that Muslims are so desensitized to animal slaughter, that it sets them up to be able to butcher humans too. Is he right?

posted by veggiedude on:
5/23/2013 05:24:00 PM

   Monday, October 08, 2012
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,, 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

VegFest Special ONLY $62.50 for 2 people at this amazing 4 hour class.  

Jennifer, Chef Barry and Jayden

 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".

posted by Barry Horton on:
10/08/2012 08:33:00 AM

   Friday, September 28, 2012
Our 13th World Veg Festival is just days away. We want to take some time to focus on something new this year: The Green Lifestyle Film Festival.

Come early (before 10:30am) and get in free to see two films on Saturday & one film on Sunday.
Check in at the gate then immediately go to the Recreation Room on Saturday and Auditorium on Sunday. 

RAWMAN & GREEN-GIRL MEET FRANKENFOOD - Saturday, Oct. 6, 10:20 a.m. 
Running Time: 10 minutes
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.
Running time: 60 minutes

posted by veggiedude on:
9/28/2012 01:12:00 AM

   Wednesday, May 23, 2012
PermalinkVideo: Don Forrester (MD)
Preventing Chronic Disease

Talk by Don Forrester (MD) on May 19, 2012 in San Francisco California. Sponsored by San Francisco Vegetarian Society and Unitarian Universalist Animal Ministry.


posted by veggiedude on:
5/23/2012 12:01:00 PM

   Thursday, March 22, 2012
PermalinkJack Norris on Vegan Nutrition (Meatout 2012)

Vegan Nutrition - What does the science say?

This lecture is by Jack Norris, at 2012 Meatout in San Francisco.

click picture below to view video


posted by veggiedude on:
3/22/2012 01:17:00 PM

PermalinkLauren Ornelas at 2012 Meatout

Talk by Lauren Ornelas at the 2012 Meatout in San Francisco, sponsored by the San Francisco Vegetarian Society.

click picture below to view video


posted by veggiedude on:
3/22/2012 12:52:00 PM

   Friday, March 02, 2012
PermalinkWhy you should know (and love) Craig Venter
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.

From: Can Algae Feed the World and Fuel the Planet?

A Scientific American interview with Craig Venter

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posted by veggiedude on:
3/02/2012 03:35:00 PM

PermalinkSurvival training
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...

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3/02/2012 02:33:00 PM

   Wednesday, January 25, 2012
PermalinkAckee - the national fruit of Jamaica
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)
*black pepper
*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.

Where to get ackee
The place I discovered is:

SturdyMan Inc 
8672 SW 55th ST 
Cooper City FL 33328 
866 329-5703

How is it different from the Jamaican ackee?
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.


posted by veggiedude on:
1/25/2012 05:56:00 PM

   Saturday, January 07, 2012
PermalinkLocal Love Catering Presents:

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1/07/2012 07:23:00 PM

   Sunday, December 04, 2011
PermalinkNikita loves tofu scramble
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.


posted by veggiedude on:
12/04/2011 12:10:00 PM

   Thursday, October 20, 2011
PermalinkEconomy hitting some veggie jonts

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.

original story by Amy Sciarretto


posted by veggiedude on:
10/20/2011 04:38:00 PM

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