For everyone who enjoyed “The Westagram” taco at Sunday’s lunch buffet with that exquisite mac and cheese, Chef Brad from the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center has kindly shared his recipe for the cheese sauce with us.
*kneels down to thank the mac and cheese gods and goddesses*
Chef Brad’s Mac & Cheese Sauce
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups hemp milk
1 cup nutritional yeast
2 teaspoons dijon mustard
2 teaspoons sriracha (vegan-Sky Valley)
Salt and pepper to taste
- Melt coconut oil over medium heat, then add flour and mix to make a roux
- Allow to cook for 5 minutes, then add milk and stir well to keep mixture smooth
- Allow to cook for a few minutes, until sauce comes to a simmer
- Add nutritional yeast, dijon, sriracha, and spices
- Add additional milk if the sauce is too thick for your taste
- Adjust flavor with more salt or pepper if you desire
- Boil vegan pasta and mix with cheese sauce
You know the deal: We put out the call. We read the submissions. We talked. We made spreadsheets. We talked some more. You simply cannot imagine how hard it was for us to narrow down our speaker lineup. Such amazing talent. Such fantastic voices. So much feedback to consider. Seriously, why can’t Vida Vegan Con be a week long?!
But we’ve done it, and now we are so excited to share it with you! Each week we’re featuring a handful of speakers, with a teaser of what sort of expertise they’ll be sharing with you (and that’s on top of the class topics sneak peek we shared earlier this summer).
As in past years, we’ve curated this lineup of activists, authors, experts, and other leaders in their fields to share with you their skills, their unique voices, and their ability to inspire. We’ll debut the official conference agenda in early 2015.
So here they are, in randomly random order, your fourth set of Vida Vegan Con III speakers (and there’s still more to come!):
Bryant Terry, Afro-Vegan
We are beyond ecstatic to have this award-winning author, chef, educator, and food justice activist join our lineup for 2015. Bryant is the author of The Inspired Vegan, Vegan Soul Kitchen, Grub, and his latest, Afro-Vegan, and he will surely inspire you to learn and do more to create a healthy, just, and sustainable food system.
Christy Morgan, The Blissful Chef
Seasoned personal chef, cookbook author, blogger, food coach, and VVC alumnae, Christy is a Certified Personal Trainer and the editor of Definition magazine. She’s joining our 2015 lineup to talk about finding common ground in different forms of activism. She’s also a bodybuilder, and is currently giving a Yoga and Wellness Retreat in Bali!
Jill Pyle, Vegan Cuts
The face of the hugely successful Vegan Cuts, reliably and consistently sparking the community with excitement over new vegan products, Jill will share her self-made expertise on turning your passion into a profitable career. Hello, next wave of Internet entreprenuers! This one’s for you—and everyone else who enjoys getting vegan treats in the mail.
Lacy Davis, Super Strength Health
Another new speaker to our 2015 lineup, Lacy is a health coach and vegan fitness enthusiast teacher who’ll present on the must-have-discussions of veganism, body image, ED recovery and the influence of online media. She “refuses to let society dictate [her] sense of fulfillment and self worth,” and really digs tacos and green smoothies. (High-fives!)
Randi Milgram, Laughfrodisiac
Randi owns our heart because she started her witty, engaging blog after attending VVC 2013! In her free time, she’s been known to veganize the recipes from Friends, but by day, she’s a lawyer specializing in intellectual property. She’ll be presenting a unique class on legal info for online content—what rules you need to follow and how you can protect your work and your brand.
And so we bring a close to round four of our speaker reveals—and we’ve got a couple more rounds to go! Check out the rest of the revealed lineups:
Ready to register? Yeah, you know it. So put in for your vacation time, get ready to explore Austin’s fantastic vegan scene, and grab your spot today!
Vida Vegan Con III ∗ May 29-31, 2015 ∗ Austin, TX
New date for Vida Vegan Con III!!
Due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict with our event space (we’ll tell ya just where on Friday, stay tuned!), Vida Vegan Con has adjusted our official date. That’s right, we’ve all got an extra week to wait! Deep breaths, noochy popcorn, and please adjust your calendars and travel plans accordingly.
Head here for exclusive Early Bird rate (open now) and more Membership Drive options, including inclusive packages, blog features, or a trip to Portland to brunch with us!
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!