Author: Michele Truty

Portland Deals for VVC Attendees!

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Soy Curl sandwich from Homegrown Smoker. Good gravy Marie!
Soy Curl sandwich from Homegrown Smoker. Good gravy Marie!

VVCers, Portland loves you! We put the call out and Portland responded, with a whole slew of local, independent businesses rolling out discounts for all attendees.

Check the list for the effective dates—they’re all a little different—then show ‘em your VVC name badge or proof of registration  and enjoy the savings (and then be further delighted when you remember Oregon is sales tax–free).

A.N.D. Cafe 10% off • 5/23-5/26 Vida Vegan Headquart…East-side vegetarian cafe with lots of vegan and gluten-free options.

Back to Eden: 20% off • 5/20-27 All vegan and gluten-free, up on Alberta. Sweets and savories!

Blossoming Lotus: 10% off • 5/23-27 A Portland vegan standard in NE. Lots of raw dishes.

Cheese Plate: 15% off • 5/24-26 This vegetarian cart just two steps down from Back to Eden has some gorgeous vegan eats.

Homegrown Smoker: $1 off $8 purchase • 5/24-26 Wear your stretchy pants to this Mississippi Marketplace cart.

Masala Pop: free snack bag with any purchase • 5/23-26 Organic, vegan, non-gmo, gluten-free, Indian-spiced popcorn. Use code VVC2013 for online orders!

Native Bowl: $1 off bowls • 5/23-26 The epitome of Portland, bowls at Mississippi Marketplace.

Petunia’s Pies & Pastries: 15% off • 5/23-27 New brick-and-mortar for this gluten-free sweets shop (with cocktails).

PlantFit Training Studio: FREE workout • 5/24, 7:00 am (You know, if you’re into that.)

Red & Black: happy hour prices on local beer, discounted kombucha pints, and happy hour snacks • 5/24-26 Worker-owned vegan space.

Skeleton Key Tattoo: 15% off ($65 minimum, tip not included) • 5/22-27 It’s where we got our beets & berries!

And stay tuned—we’ll update as the offers come in!

VVC 2013 Expert Corner

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By now you’ve all seen the agenda, but we figured we might as well pack as much as possible into this weekend. To that end, in addition to all the classes and workshops and discussions, we netted some really fantastic talent together for an Expert Corner. They’ll be in the Kridel Ballroom, our home base for the conference. Stuff your brains with all their know-how!

Photography • Marika Collins & Kate Lewis
Two of the most exciting vegan photographers out there, Kate and Marika can school you on composition, lighting, editing, and even what all those buttons on your camera actually do.
Friday, 1:45-3:45 • Saturday, 3:15-5:00 • Sunday, 9:45-11:00

Nutrition • Ginny Messina
Ginny Messina’s been studying and writing about nutrition since you were in short pants. You can’t get more thorough, reliable advice.
Friday, 4:00-4:45

Marketing & Social Media • Helen Pitlick & Dawn Quinn
Dawn and Helen live and work in social media. These savvy ladies will get your online peripherals (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, whatever else was invented last night) in order.
Saturday, 9:30-10:45

Business • Nicole Sopko
As Vice President of Upton’s Naturals, Nicole Sopko is pivotal in its growth. She knows how a vegan company can succeed ethically. It’s possible!
Saturday, 11:00-12:00

Tech • Jason Das
Got a question about your blog or website? Ask web developer and designer Jason Das, founder and publisher of Super Vegan.
Saturday, 2:15-3:00

Business & Culinary Arts • Julie Hasson
Julie Hasson has decades in the food industry and has run her own food cart, written more than a handful of books, and is starting a line of baking mixes—pick her brain!
Sunday, 11:15-12:15

Vegan Pregnancy & Raising Vegan Kids • Sayward Rebhal
Having a kid? Thinking of maybe having a kid? Don’t miss this chance to sit down and chat with Sayward Reghal, an intelligent, open woman who’s been there and studied that.
Sunday, 1:45-2:30

VVC Vegan Tattoo Sale, Take 2

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Hey, remember last time, when we announced a sale on vegan tattoos? Well, get ready for round two.

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Jess about to go under the needle. You could be next!

One of the gazillion points of Portland pride is Skeleton Key Tattoo on SE Hawthorne & 17th. Ximena and her crack squad of ink-slingin’ pros are here to make sure you get the right tattoo the right way, in a comfortable, clean shop with great music (and a short post-tattoo walk to Whiffies and Potato Champion).

What makes a tattoo vegan, you ask? They don’t use animal bone charcoal-based black ink or animal glycerin. They do use vegan products where they can, while adhering to the law and putting our safety first. This is not an exclusively vegan shop, so make sure to tell your artist you’re there for vegan ink.

We were lucky enough to have Ximena design these marionberry tattoos for us, to complement our 2011 beets. We found some neat photos and drawings, then Ximena sketched it up for us.

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Janessa figuring out placement
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Jess with the stencil placed and ready to be inked
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And Michele, all done (and a little swollen and hurty)

While you’re in town for Vida Vegan Con, from Wednesday through Monday, May 22-27, 2013, Skeleton Key is offering a 15% discount to VVC registrants (attendees, speakers, and special guests). Mention you’re with VVC when you make your appointment, then bring your badge or otherwise confirm that you’re an official attendee—there’s a $65 minimum, and don’t forget to tip your artist!

Skeleton Key Tattoo
1729 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
(503) 233-4292

Are you a Portland vegan-friendly business? Want to offer a special for our attendees? Let us know and we’ll spread the word!

Presenting the 2013 Vida Vegan Con T-shirt (Preorder Now!)

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UPDATE: Preorder is now closed. We will have some extras in various sizes available at registration, and any left over after the conference will be available for order online. Thanks!

Remember our t-shirt design contest?

We had a bunch of really fun and creative submissions, and we’re excited to present to you our winner, Sutton Long. Sutton is a San Francisco–based freelance graphic designer and is art director for VegNews magazine. When not working, she loves walking her dog around SF and taking photos (@suttonlong on Instagram). Favorite place for a dog walk in Portland: Mt. Tabor Park.

Check out Sutton’s design:

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Here’s what it looks like mocked up on a t-shirt!

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These are printed here in Portland by Ink Brigade, just like our 2011 shirts. Also like 2011, we’re using the same shirt styles: a more fitted, ladies’ cut and a more traditional unisex cut. Unlike last time, our color is a gunmetal shade of gray.

Click on the sizing links to figure out what you are, because we all know individual manufacturers’ ideas of sizes don’t really mean anything.

Ladies’-cut sizing is here.

Unisex-cut sizing is here.

We are doing these on a preorder basis so we have enough of everyone’s sizes. Get your order in by Monday, April 29, so we can get them printed up in time for you to pick them up at registration. And yes, we’ll order a few extras of assorted sizes, but best be safe and place your preorder.

Ready? Know your size? Make sure, because we can’t do refunds and might not have extras to do exchanges.) Click this link here to orderyours now! (Blogger dork note: PayPal buttons with drop-downs don’t work on WordPress.com, so we set up this shop page on Moonfruit.)

What Do I Pack?!

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Maybe you’re an eleventh-hour packer, praying to the taxi gods that you have time to grab that last load of laundry before the angry honking begins. Or do you have your bags out two weeks in advance, lists (only Excel files will do) perched on your desktop for easy access?

Either way, we figure you could probably use some help deciding what to bring. It’s Portland, late May, and you’re going to spend three days or so with people who photograph and write about everything they see—no pressure there!

  • Car? Don’t bother. It’s a city, which means you will pay too much for parking at your hotel or near the museum. It’s not as bad as some cities, but still. With our public transportation, unless you’re venturing out to the ocean or mountains you just won’t need it. (But if you must, we have some tips on local parking here).
  • Comfortable shoes. We’re looking at long days, and while your needs are seen to within the Art Museum buildings during the day, you will absolutely want to explore Portland in the evenings and beyond—we’ve arranged activities all over the city, and it would be a shame not to get out there and soak up all the Portland you possibly can.
  • Layers. You never really know what you’re going to get here; a zipped-up-hoodie morning could lead to a back-sweat afternoon. And sure, it could rain.
  • Maybe a little something fancy? Saturday night’s Galarama + Silent Auction is the perfect excuse to get a little glitzy, although dressing up is by no means mandatory.
  • Business cards. How many new friends will you be making? It’s a great idea to have an easy way to share your blog URL, email address, and social media handle(s). (Remember, no swag or solicitation! Let’s keep it classy and comfortable for all.)
  • Camera! As if we need to remind bloggers to bring their cameras, but still. We’re saying it out loud—and don’t forget your charger and extra SD card! (And if you’re the social media type, use #VidaVeganCon or #VVC2013 to spread the love…and make everybody jealous.)
  • Extra bag. Hey, you’re gonna be acquiring a lot of stuff—from SWAG bag goodies to cookbooks to  tourist trinkets. How many pounds of bulk Soy Curls can you stuff in those pockets?

Did we miss something? Were you at the 2011 conference? Was there anything you either were so relieved you’d brought or really wished you’d remembered?

The Galarama Site Is Live!

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mf24532You already know this if you’re a newsletter subscriber, but we’ve built a whole separate site for the Galarama—if you haven’t checked it out yet, please do, and spread the word. Let’s raise some money for the chimps!

We’re really so excited and proud to have this opportunity to bring everyone together for a fun night while giving back to these beautiful, intelligent creatures that our world has exploited and mistreated.

For registrants and speakers, your admission to this party is complimentary. If you’d like to upgrade to a VIP ticket (limited to 20 • includes a special gift bag, 2 free drinks, and a raffle ticket), you can do so for $20.

Non-VVC public can purchase tickets starting Monday, April 1 (no foolin’). General Admission is $15/$20 at door; $40 VIP.

And super fun news: Brian “The Sexy Vegan” Patton will be our emcee for the evening!

So don’t miss it. Join us at Staver Locomotive in NW Portland Saturday night, May 25, 2013, at 7pm. Learn more here!