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Vegan Drinks next week in Las Vegas at Bar & Bistro!

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This sums it up nicely:

Will you be in the Vegas area on January 16th?

Get ready: Janessa, Michele and myself, your friendly Vida Vegan organizers, will be doing some location scouting and vegan eating this winter across the US, and coming to a city* near you!

First up, we’re hitting Las Vegas, NV and wherever we go, we want to get to know the local vegan community. It’s what our growing series of events are all about, and for. If you’d like to talk about being vegan in Vegas, the internet, how to throw your own vegan events and festivals, where you’d like to see upcoming Vida Vegan events, or even where to get the best vegan tacos in town, come meet us for a ‘Vegan Drinks’-style Meetup on Thursday, January 16 at Bar & Bistro.

Vegan Drinks is a social, networking event held in various cities, and while Las Vegas’ is temporarily on hold, we wanted to host a “pop-up” Vegan Drinks evening, if you will, while we’re in town.

Here’s the official Meetup event (though please feel free to come if you don’t have an account) and more details:

Location: Bar & Bistro 107 East Charleston Boulevard #155, Las Vegas, NV meetup-logo-300x220
Date: Thursday, January 16, 2014
Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm in the lounge area

Bring an appetite, some cash (this is not a hosted event), maybe some business cards of at least your Twitter and Instagram handles, check out the Vegan Menu and we’ll see you there!

*Okay, two cities within North America, so far. Many, many more to come.  We’re open to suggestions!

Holiday Entertaining Event: The Menu

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Get ready for fancy snacking, galore.

It’s almost here! This Saturday evening (December 7, 5–7pm) is Vida Vegan’s holiday event, Holiday Hors D’oeuvres & How-Tos—hosted by Janessa Philemon-Kerp, Jess Sconé, and Michele Truty. We’re down to the fun stuff: final recipe testing and crafting and practicing our demos.

If this is the first you’re hearing about it, then yipes stripes, grab one of the few remaining tickets now so you can hang out and eat and drink and craft with us this weekend! If you’re in the Portland area, we’d love to see you there! And keep an eye on our Instagram feed, where we’ll continue posting photos of our testing and behind the scenes prep sessions.

Finally, a recipe for homemade cauliflower "goat cheese"
Finally, a recipe for homemade cauliflower “goat cheese”

We’re having a great time playing with wintery flavors. Just check out our menu!

EAT

  • Savory spiced popcorn

  • Red curry carrot dip

  • Cauliflower goat cheese

  • Speakeasy smoked Yukon Gouda

  • Coconut vinegar quick pickles

  • Cheese Plate fromage fort & crackers

  • Baked maple bourbon popcorn

  • Depression-era chocolate cake with chocolate ganache

  • Italian olive oil citrus cake

  • Poppy-seed kolaches

  • Candy cane chocolate–chocolate chip cookies

DRINK

  • Spiced apple-red wine punch

  • Sparkling cranberry orange punch (non-alcoholic)

  • Coffee

  • Stash tea

CRAFT

  • String balls

  • Hands-on papercraft table (gift tags and menu/place cards)

  • Décor ideas, tablescaping

  • Homemade gift-giving ideas

So yeah, loads of food and fun, and a special gazillion tips throughout the evening.

Bonus holiday cookies, always.
Bonus holiday cookies, always.

And we’re putting a bunch of the recipes together in a little booklet for attendees, with a little homemade present, too! And who knows, you may win one of our door prizes. Now you can see why we’re so excited.

Remember, this private event is 21+, so bring ID.  Hope to see you there!

We’re Throwing a Party: Holiday Hors D’oeuvres & How-Tos!

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The ladies of Vida Vegan—Janessa, Jess, and Michele—are throwing a December do! It’s a party with a purpose, a lovely evening of mingling and eating and drinking…and inspiration and education. We’ll help you get ready for your wintery event, cozying up with friends and family and food and fun.

We’ll have vegan sweets and savories, party-worthy punch and cocktails/mocktails, and décor ideas. Demos, hands-on crafting, and a special take-home gift!

Learn more about this 21+ event here, and get your tickets here—it’s a small space so make sure you don’t miss out. (And here’s the Facebook event, so you can let the machines mark your calendar for you.)

Team Vida Vegan’s Always Cooking Something Up!

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Lentil pâté and notebooks, that's how it gets done.
Curried lentil dip and notebooks, that’s how it gets done.

After wrapping up VVC 2013—you know, returning rental fire extinguishers and dropping off the recycling from the Galarama—Janessa, Jess, and I all collapsed for a few good hours. Like real hard.

But then the sun rose, and it was back to spreadsheets and emails and meetings. Even with Janessa flying all over the damn globe, we’ve been videochatting and scheming and daring to dream. And we gotta tell ya, we’re pretty excited about the future of Vida Vegan. (Aside from VVC3, because yes, we’re obviously planning that too!)

The website: Vida Vegan Headquarters. Sure, we’ve given ourselves a little spit ‘n’ polish here, but by mid-2014, we hope to bring you an expanded site, where we can share so much more with you, including an events calendar and forum threads…because not everyone wants to be on Facebook, and besides, we can be a lot better organized here.

Vida Vegan Focus. More one-day intensives, like our Fall 2012 Tech offering, where we focus on one main topic for a small group. In 2014 and 2015, we’re looking at topics like Photography, Ethical Business, Blog Building, and Organization & Outreach.

The Vida Vegan Creative Retreat. What could you do with five or so days to focus on writing or photography while eating all vegan food in a relaxing setting? Maybe with breaks for yoga or meditation or a little nap under a tree? We’re location-scouting for a very intimate group (think a maximum of 30) for some loosely guided artistic/work retreat.

Online courses and guides. We know not everyone can travel to our events—although we are definitely getting out on the road to reach more of you—so we’re developing some very focused online courses and downloadable guides so you can get your learn on while still in pajamas (which is exactly how we do a lot of our planning). Let us know if there’s something you want us to cover!

Local events. We’ll also be producing some smaller, Portland events…maybe even one in early December 2013.

Sooo…that should keep us all busy for a bit!

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!

Extra, Extra! Read All About It! (Five last minute, super special #VVC2013 updates)

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The week of Vida Vegan Con II has finally begun! If you’re attending, you should have received a super important email about all the super fun and vital arrival and conference details – so check your inbox! Here are five more new, great aspects for the return of the Con we’d like to share:
ONE!

Let’s get together! Thursday’s Unofficial Official Meet & Greet at the White Owl Social Club (21+, folks) from 330-530 and the Intrepid Herbivores’ Episode 1 Screening starting at 6 pm at People’s Co-op. See you there – Details on the links! Meet your new friends! Old friends! Mac & Cheese burgers! Pickle chips! Microbrews! Jones soda on tap! Vegan TV show! Vegans!!!

TWO!

Galarama.orgSaturday night: The Galarama & Silent Auction is on! Remember – it’s offsite at Staver Locomotive in NW Portland. It’s open to the public and for a great cause, Chimp Sanctuary NW, so tell your local friends to come along! Tickets are right here (& cheaper in advance).

So much great stuff is going on: Emcee The Sexy Vegan, DJs Harry Skelter & MelisserAGoGo, fancy Artisan Vegan Cheeses by Miyoko Schninner, specialty So Delicious coconut cocktails & mocktails, BridgePort Summer Squeeze (exclusive new bottle variety!), wine, Spindrift and Hot Lips sodas, complimentary snacks, and even special menus from two legitimate bike food carts: Tandem Treats & Taco Pedaler. There will be tons of gluten-free options all over the place. Dressing up is encouraged, but hoodies are totally fine, too.

And hey, bring some cash. There’s no ATM on the premises.

The charming Tandem Treats mobile
The fun Tandem Treats mobile, an all vegan bike cart at the PSU Park Blocks
THREE!

In case you haven’t heard, to add even more awesome into the VVC weekend, there’s the Vegan Pop-Up, Gorditas & S’mores Social (Post VVC Day-1) Hangout at the Vegan Mini Mall.

Details: Friday, May 24th, 6 pm till the wheels fall off. More info on the Facebook event.

The Gist: After Vida Vegan Con’s opening day, come on over to the Vegan Mini-Mall (SE 12th & Stark) and hang out, socialize, and eat seitan tacos lovingly made by Upton’s Naturals and Food For Lovers Vegan Queso (at Food Fight!) Then hit Herbivore for S’mores served up by our friends from Chicago Vegan Foods (Dandies!). Then, hit Sweetpea for ice cream sandwiches and say hi to Panda with Cookie!

 

FOUR!

Local videoteam Brytcast will be filming bits all weekend long for a lil’ Vida Vegan video- feel free to say hi and let them know if you’d like to interview!


FIVE!

You know where you’re going, right? Right! Here’s everything you need to know about actually getting to the Portland Art Museum. We start out in the Kridel Ballroom, which is the central happenings of the conference, and located on the 3rd floor of the Mark Building (take the elevator or walk up the stairs).

The Mark Building – start here! Image source: portlanddailyphotos.blogspot.com

Remember, keep your name badge on at all times!

#VVC2013

Vegan Battle Royale: The Return of the Vida Vegan Con Game Show!

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Prepare yourselves for the inevitable, fellow vegans of the world. The second installment of Vegan Battle Royale is gearing up to be the best edition yet! Two years ago, VBR burst on the Vida Vegan Con scene and saw two glorious teams fight until the bitter end for a chance to be named the ultimate vegan survivors.

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This year’s Battle Royale is going to be even more epic. More drama! More trivia! More masterful manipulation! And, of course, more prizes! Team prizes! Audience prizes! All of which are made possible by the generosity of some really amazing companies.

Vegan Battle Royale LogosBefore the fun begins at another Vida Vegan Conference, we would like to thank all the people who donated prizes to make this Vegan Battle Royale one for the record books. Special thanks to: Amy’s Kitchen, Book Publishing Co., Butler Foods, The Chia CoChristy Robinson Designs, Da Capo Lifelong Books, Daiya, Earth Balance, Endangered Species Chocolate, Field Roast, Gardein, Go Picnic, Hay House Publishing, Hurraw!, Late July, Leahey Foods, Mary’s Gone Crackers, Newman’s Own Organics, Ohly, Rancho Gordo, Rescue Chocolate, Parmela, Perseus Books Group, Running Press, Sasquatch Books, Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates, Surf Sweets, Tofurky, Vega, Vegan Cuts, Vegan Essentials, Vegan Secret Supper, VegNews, Wholesome Sweeteners, Zevia

So, please check out the companies, and get your minds and bodies ready for the most extreme Battle Royale yet! The countdown begins…

Details: Vegan Battle Royale, aka The Vegan Game Show, will take place on Saturday, May 25, from 1:15-2:00pm in the Kridel Ballroom. This immediately follows lunch, and no classes will be held at that time, so everyone has the option to join in. You can check out the full conference agenda right here. See you soon!

The 2013 Vida Vegan Con BlogFeed is here…

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…and welcome to vegan summer camp!

Update: Signup is complete! Thanks for all who signed up – see you at the con and in the future!

The 2013 Vida Vegan Con BlogFeed has arrived!

Bookmark it, subscribe, or download the OPML file to import into your reader of choice right here.

We’ve made it public via Google Reader for ease (which will fortunately, exist until July, as Feedly does not offer publicizing bundles…yet!).

Get to know your fellow attendees and the speakers of the upcoming con, and most of all, enjoy!

P.S. If you haven’t signed up yet, you can do so here. Please leave a comment below so we can add it quickly. Remember…This is totally opt-in and not required. We do ask that only registered attendees sign up (this is also open to sponsors and speaker blogs, of course), that all blogs are vegan in content, and that you’re comfortable seeing your website on a public feed.This won’t be a blogroll or contact list, it’ll simply be a feed of your latest posts to share.

Note: If you haven’t yet posted to your blog, you won’t be seeing it on our feed until you do, as it won’t be recognized by Google Reader just yet – so get working!

P.P. S. If you see any issues with your blog or someone else’s, simply email Vida Vegan Headquarters and we’ll take a look. Feeds can be a tricky business.

Check the 2013 Vida Vegan Con agenda right here.

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.)

Galarama seeks Vegan-Friendly Food Carts!

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If you’re a vegan-friendly food cart operator in the Portland area—or mobile and looking for an excuse to visit—we’d love to have you stop by our Saturday night Galarama + Silent Auction on Saturday, May 25, 2013.

We simply ask that you:

a) are a cart

b) make great vegan food

c) only serve vegan food at this event

d) show up with aforementioned great vegan food for a crowd!

More details:

The Vida Vegan Galarama is being held 7–930pm. All 300 Vida Vegan Con II attendees are invited (and their admission is included in the ticket price) and the event is open to the public. More information and General Admission tickets are available here (So exciting: VIP tickets have already sold out).

Please let us know your menu ideas, rates (or minimum), and if you’d rather charge individually or cater at a flat rate.

Gluten-free options are encouraged.

All participants will be featured on our website.

It’s that easy! Email us to get involved and to discuss promotions! Galarama.org [at] gmail.com

Anyone else pretending this cart is a) in Portland and b) vegan? Make it happen.
One more thing: Anyone else pretending this cart is a) in Portland and b) vegan? Let’s dream.