Austin

Chef Brad’s Exquisite Mac and Cheese Recipe

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Hi y’all!

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*

The Westagram!
Mac and cheese taco! Photo by @neatnnutritious

Chef Brad’s Mac & Cheese Sauce

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

  1. Melt coconut oil over medium heat, then add flour and mix to make a roux
  2. Allow to cook for 5 minutes, then add milk and stir well to keep mixture smooth
  3. Allow to cook for a few minutes, until sauce comes to a simmer
  4. Add nutritional yeast, dijon, sriracha, and spices
  5. Add additional milk if the sauce is too thick for your taste
  6. Adjust flavor with more salt or pepper if you desire
  7. Boil vegan pasta and mix with cheese sauce

Fair Winds Speaker Signings & The Book Nook

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Quarto book covers

If you run along the spines of your cookbook library, no doubt a bunch of them have a little sailboat on them. That’s our Maestro Sponsor Quarto/Fair Winds! And they’ve got some pretty cool plans for Vida Vegan Con.

At Friday’s Vegan Bazaar

Wouldn’t you know it, a whole bunch of Fair Winds authors will be at VVC, so they’ll be taking turns signing their books at the Quarto table (where, yes, you can also purchase books). Scheduled to appear:

Jackie Sobon (her book’s not out yet, but we’re all pretty excited for it)

At the Conference Center

All through Saturday and Sunday at the AT&T conference center, they’ll be hosting The Book Nook just outside the main ballroom. Chill out between classes or when you need an extra break, charge your cell phone, check out their library, or chat with their acquisitions editor (she’ll be going to classes too but will be in the Nook sporadically).Quarto Group Logo_PublishingUSA_300dpi_CMYK

And of course, you’ll find a little something from them in your SWAG Bag!

Join us in our enormous thanks to Quarto Publishing Group for showing their support for Vida Vegan Con and helping us make the conference special. They’re so excited to be a part of VVC, and we’re so excited to have them join us.

Vida Vegan Con News Day!

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DEEP BREATH, FOLKS: The Vida Vegan Con III Agenda is LIIIIIVE!

Click right this way to see what seriously unique-to-VVC presentations our 2015 speakers have in store.Gosh, thanks for letting us have this Maya-as-Oprah birthday moment.

Untitled presentationNEXT UP, the big unveiling of our brand-spanking new Vegan Bazaar poster: 

Vida Vegan Bazaar poster

In further proof that Portland vegans are officially sweet on Austin, thanks to the amazing Josh Hooten of Herbivore Clothing for designing our lovely new poster for Friday’s debut + public Vegan Bazaar! It’s moments like this you just may find yourself hugging your tablet, or smartphone, or semi-functioning laptop, what have you.

Everyone is invited to join us on Friday! Come check out the Earth Balance photo booth and spend some time (& sample some eats!) from: Capital City Bakery, The Vegan NomCool BeansHerbivore Clothing, Chicago Vegan FoodsWe Eat FoodsStrongest Hearts, Sweet Ritual Ice Cream, Treeline Cheese, Golden Spike Rail CartV ApparelBeanfields Snacks, Vegan Cuts, Red Hot VegansCompassion Co, Fair Winds Press, Driftwood magazine, Kick Butt Boots, Friends of AnimalsNatural VitalityPrimarily Primates Sanctuary, Vida Green Consulting,Texas  VegFest, Silverleaf Resorts & so many more to come!

Email us today to reserve your own vendor table — discounted rates are available! Remember, all registered Vida Vegan Con attendees and speakers get an exclusive first hour access at noon.

We can’t say goodbye just yet…

ANNOUNCING THE VIDA VEGAN CON THURSDAY NIGHT MEET & GREET:

Whether you’re based in the area or making a bit of a vegan vacation out of your VVCIII plans (Yessssssss), we invite you all to join us for a casual meet & greet from 3pm-6pm at Buzzmill Coffee. This rad coffee shop may be cozy inside, but has a huge outdoor patio with a fire pit and a vegan food cart, Golden Spike Rail Cart. Both Buzzmill and Golden Spike have promised to offer VVC food and drink specials for everybody, so get excited! Plus, we’re easily big fans of a coffee shop that offers coffee, tea and an intriguing assortment of house-infused liquor. 

DID SOMEONE SAY VEGAN SCAVENGER HUNT?!?

More fun times ahead! Our friends  Marie and Dan, aka “The Red Hot Vegans“, have put together the brand new Vida Vegan Con Scavenger Hunt! Head this way for more info.

OH, THERE’S ALWAYS MORE:

That’s right, there are even more classes and panels coming as we super duper finalize the schedule and coordinate with all those fab, hand-selected speakers, so stay tuned for that, and more surprises for both Vida Vegan Con and our opening day Vegan Bazaar.


SEE YOU THEN!

❤ Janessa, Jess & Michele

Co-Founders, Vida Vegan Con

Let’s get you to Vida Vegan Con 2015!

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It’s been two long years since VVC2013 and we’re beyond excited to see you all in Austin! Let make this happen.

Sweet Ritual
Sweet Ritual

Step 1:

First things first…Vida Vegan Con is open to all vegan content creators, bloggers, authors, chefs, entrepreneurs, activists community leaders, creative professionals, business owners, enthusiasts and their moms…and best friends…and partners…and pictures of their cats. And so on. Super curious? Read our F.A.Q. for more info, peruse this amazing speaker lineup, and then come join us!

Got your ticket?

Pondering just a taste of VVC with Friday’s Bazaar?

Applied for one of two VVC scholarships?

Wanna volunteer at the Bazaar (and maaaaybe help out during the weekend?)

It’s on!

Step 2:

So, how are you getting to Austin?? Epic vegan road trip? Savvy flier? Got those headphones ready for the bus or train? Walking down the street? Whether you’ve decided just how you’re arriving for the festivities or are still contemplating the possibilities of nooch-powered teleportation, here’s a bunch of info on Getting To & Around Austin, TX.

Step 3:

Okay, where do you want to stay? WITH US?!? We’ve seriously got a few select few rooms remaining for the on-site* room block right at AT&T Executive Education & Center. Here’s your info to snag a room.

Now, your friendly organizers at VVC Headquarters are no stranger to hostels, AirBnB, crashing on friend’s couches and digging around Priceline and the like ( with occasional bouts of Jess becoming darkly Name-Your-Own-Price obsessive).

Rest assure, we’ve got a large list of hotels, hostels, bike and car rentals over here: VVC2015: Where to Stay.

More, More, More:

In conclusion (for now!!), our Vida Vegan Con 2015 Travel Info include super pertinent info on:

Getting To & Around Austin ⭐ Where to Stay ⭐Vida Vegan Con Takes Austin  Map 
 Bonus: Austin Vegan Eats Google Map ⭐ & Our Official 2015 Venues
$2.50 USD = direct bus to or fro the Austin airport
$2.50 USD = direct bus to or fro downtown and the Austin airport

No need to go clicking too far, here’s everywhere Vida Vegan Con III + The Vegan Bazaar are happening (with more to come!)

*Please realize that our on-site room block is where Saturday and Sunday conference happenings take place. Friday’s Bazaar is being held at The Marchesa Hall & Theatre. You are responsible for transportation between all venues as needed. The above map includes driving, bike and public transit directions between the two (plus, practically any & everywhere you’ll want to eat).

Meet the Moderators + Panels for May 29th’s Vida Vegan Bazaar

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With one big weekend and two separate official venues going on May 29-31st, we’re packing in vegan goodness whenever and wherever we can for Vida Vegan Con III. The Vegan Bazaar is this crazy, new thing for us…which obviously makes it a natural fit into the action-packed weekend, offering a (super-duper + low-cost!) taste of Vida Vegan Con for anyone & everyone interested in what the VVC family and conference is all about. Bringing family? Friends? Living in Texas and can’t get enough of vegan events? Come on down!

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The Marchesa Theatre: Yeah, we’re gonna pack this place with vegan greatness. (One of many rooms we’re using there)

Our debut Vegan Bazaar at The Marchesa Hall & Theatre is bringing together hundreds of vegan-loving folks*, vendors, samples, food trucks, cocktails, live demos, games, heaps of vegan food, surprises and a dose of the lively, contemporary panels you’ve come to expect from Vida Vegan Con. With that, there are two incredible panels currently scheduled for Friday’s Vegan Bazaar  with just as fabulous moderators from our VVC family. Oh, yes. We’re talking our dear pals Joanna Vaught and Stephanie Bogdanich, aka the  Lazy Smurf.

*Remember: All full conference attendees and speakers are already on the door list & get an exclusive first hour. Yeah!

We caught up with these two rad ladies in Austin just last month to take in some firepit time, food truck eats and house-

Stephanie "Smurfy" Bogdanich + Joanna Vaught
Stephanie “Smurfy” Bogdanich + Joanna Vaught

infused whisky outside Buzzmill Coffee to talk all things Vida Vegan Con + Vegan Bazaar, their panel plans, the latest Austin must-eats, and most importantly, witness this mesmerizingly adorable hug:

About those Vegan Bazaar Panels…

Joanna Vaught’s Vegan Family + Parenting Panel

Joanna Vaught is a two-time Vida Vegan Con speaker, savvy mother, modern professional , pioneer blogger and author of the cult-favorite Yellow Rose RecipesYellow Rose Greatest Hits, and series of potluck-themed cookzines. This passionate panel will include her own experiences in all things vegan-influenced family life and live Q & A with scheduled panelists Brian Patton, aka “The Sexy Vegan“, Sayward Rebhal of Bonzai Aphrodite, Monique Koch of Brown Vegan and Bryant Terry and of course, audience participation.

Lazy Smurf presents: “How We Made Austin Awesome” aka The Austin Community Panel

It’s no secret that much of Vida Vegan Con’s love (and move to!) of Austin, TX is largely thanks to the one and only Vegan Lazy Smurf, aka Stephanie Bogdanich. Her blog, “The Lazy Smurf’s Guide“, offers a prolific, impressively updated and informed look  at all things VEGAN and AUSTIN, in addition to travel reviews and thoughts on things besides breakfast tacos from time to time. Observing and eating our way through Austin in recent years (often with Smurfy herself), your friendly VVC organizers found holding our third conference here as irresistible as two taco-themed meals per day can be.

This panel will tackle the question, “How did they make Austin so awesome?” with real life inspiration and insight from these legit ATXVEGAN-All StarsJessica Morris of Rabbit Food Grocery, Kristen Davenport of Capital City Bakery, Molly Frisinger of Texas VegFest, and just perhaps, a surprise guest or two. Come pick their brains and get your city on the vegan map!

Thinking about taking a trip to Austin? Lazy Smurf’s Austin Guide is a must read!

Please note that things happen and all appearances are subject to change.

Coming up next: 

Breakfast Tacos, Cherrywood Coffeehouse. There's always room for more tacos.
Breakfast Tacos, Cherrywood Coffeehouse. There’s always room for more tacos.

Special interviews with all our Austin Community panelists!

The official Vida Vegan Con III agenda!

Scholarships!

The Meet & Greet!

Tacos!

Vida Vegan Con III approaches! Get your ticket to the entire weekend here.

Vegan Bazaar tickets over this way.  

VVC Speaker Series with Lacy J. Davis of Super Strength Health

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Hello!

With Vida Vegan Con III just a few months away (get your conference tickets! start planning your taco map! ask your friends to come with you and attend the first ever PUBLIC vegan bazaar!), we three organizers are scheduling as many direct and personal Google Hangout chats with our talented speakers as time allows. Tune in and follow along with us!

Lacy Davis VVC speakers

We had the pleasure of speaking with Lacy Davis of Super Strength Health a few days ago. This lady is awesome. She’ll be traveling to Austin and attending Vida Vegan Con as a first-time speaker to present on How Reading Blogs & Social Media Can Influence Veganism, Body Image, Self-Esteem, ED Recovery. We chat with her about how she got started, which projects she’s working on, who inspires her, and she answers the all-important age old question: taco or burrito?

Check it out here (30 minutes) and stay tuned this Sunday for our next speaker chat with Monique Koch of Brown Vegan.

The Vida Vegan Con 2015 Weekend Agenda is almost here!!!

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Oh, things are buzzing in the Vida Vegan Con world, with Michele and Jess arriving in Austin this very morning on some official conference business (and tacos). We’ve made glorious leaps and bounds with the conference schedule and all the not-so-last-minute adjustments, which is both pretty fun and pretty zany when you’re dealing with 25+ speakers and twice as many classes.

Here’s a look at what’s shakin’ right now:

FRIDAY, MAY 29TH:

The weekend starts off with the  Vida Vegan Bazaar at The Marchesa Hall & Theatre. We’re talking all things vegan expo, vendors, sampling, demos, and for the first time ever, it’s open to the public! Early bird tickets are now available for your family, friends, and anyone else who’d like to check out a big taste of Vida Vegan Con shenanigans. And OF COURSE, all registered Vida Vegan Con attendees are already on the door list and are invited to come for a very exclusive hour before everyone else gets in The Marchesa’s doors.

On top of all the festival fun times and a certain Earth Balance photobooth, we’ll have speakers and special guests sharing their expertise with Lazy Smurf’s Austin Community Panel, Joanna Vaught moderating the Vegan Family Panel, DIY Homebrewing with Bianca Phillips of Vegan Crunk, and an irresistible demo from the “Queen of Vegan Desserts,” Fran Costigan. So, so, so much more to come!

The Vida Vegan Bazaar = Exclusive  to VVC attendees: 12–1 pm + Open to the public: 1–7 pm

SATURDAY, MAY 30TH:

The next day brings all our conference attendees to AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center in Austin’s University District for an action-packed day of only-at-Vida Vegan Con classes, presentations, workshops, panels, breakouts, discussion groups,  new-friend-making & mingling, galore—and surely epic Texas-size vegan breakfast and lunch buffets.

Saturday Conference hours, from breakfast through the last class: 8 am – 5 pm

We’ve currently scheduled the following Saturday content, which often means two, if not three or more classes in the same session, phew:

  • Cookbook Writing: From concept to proposal to testing to editing to print with Joni Marie Newman
  • Food Justice with Bryant Terry
  • Blogging Etiquette & Social Media Essentials with Jackie Sobon of Vegan Yack Attack
  • Science Is Awesome! Why we don’t need to exaggerate health claims about veganism with Matt Ruscigno MPH RD of True Love HealthStrongest Hearts
  • Zine Making Workshop with Amey Mathews of Vegan Eats & Treats
  • Design & Branding with Michelle Lee of Broadview Design
  • Legal Info for Online Content with Attorney Randi Milgram of Laughfrodisiac
  • Post Processing for Food Photography, or How to fix almost anything with software with Susan Voisin of Fatfree Vegan Kitchen
  • Preventing Ex-Vegans with Ginny Messina, “The Vegan RD
  • Food Styling Workshop with Hannah Kaminsky of BitterSweet 
  • Can We All Just Get Along: Finding common ground in different forms of activism with Christy Morgan, aka “The Blissful Chef
  • How to Deal With Facing Failing Health as a Vegan with Sayward Rebhal of Bonzai Aphrodite
  • Demo-ing the Demo with Fran Costigan
  • Touring Your Book or Project with 2014 Lambda Literary Award Winner Nicole J. Georges
  • with more panels & breakouts to be announced!

SUNDAY, MAY 31ST:

continues at AT&T Executive Education Center for even more learning, community building & fun from Saturday. Ya dig?

The Sunday schedule is set to include the following:

  • Kickstart/Crowdfund your Vegan Food Dream with Terry Hope Romero
  • How To Make Kick-Ass Vegan Videos on YouTube with Whitney Lauritsen, aka “Eco Vegan Gal
  • Avenues to a Vegan Healthcare Career & Nutrition Wars with Gena Hamshaw of Choosing Raw
  • Video & Film as Activism Through Storytelling with Sasha Perry of Strongest Hearts
  • Vegan Athletes Panel with Christy Morgan, Matt Ruscigno & Lacy J. Davis
  • New! Vegan Business Class TBA with Miyoko Schinner of Artisan Vegan Life & Miyoko’s Kitchen
  • Writing Recipes with Grant Butler of The Oregonian’s FoodDay
  • Social Media Class TBA with Brian Patton, aka “The Sexy Vegan
  • Honesty in Your Online Presence with Monique Koch of Brown Vegan
  • Vegan Internet Entrepeneur Class TBA with Jill Pyle of Vegan Cuts
  • On-Location Photography with Hannah Kaminsky of BitterSweet 
  • Veganism, Body Image, Self-Esteem, ED Recovery: How reading blogs & social media can influence all of the above with Lacy J. Davis of Superstrength Health
  • Building Your Own App with Joshua May of Clue
  • The Ethics of Vegan Dining & Boozing with Bianca Phillips of Vegan Crunk
  • Vegan Travelin’ + Blogging with Jojo Huxster of vegan.in.brighton
  • Talking Cruelty-Free Cosmetics & Beauty with Tashina Combs of Logical Harmony
  • & yup, more details to come!

Sunday Conference hours, from breakfast through the closing talk: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Portland Art Museum’s packed, grand ballroom at VVC2013, via Cadry’s Kitchen

Stay tuned for the big, bad official agenda!  

We’ll be sure to let you know if any classes or hands-on workshops require advance signup via attendee newsletters (which you’ll receive at the address you buy your ticket with, so do let us know if there’s a change).

(And keep an eye out for Sunday night after-party info!)

💚 Please note, all is subject to change, except for the fact that this experience will be amazing. 💚