A New Thanksgiving Tradition: Tofurky Trot

tofurky-trot-rb-pdx

Hood River, OR - The Tofurky Company, a global leader in plant based proteins announced today they will sponsor two 5K Tofurky Trots this Thanksgiving Day, November 28 at 9 am in Portland, Oregon and Pasadena, California. The Portland Trot will be held at Mt. Tabor Park and the Pasadena Trot will be held at the iconic Rose Bowl stadium. The Trots are open to all ages, fitness levels and dietary persuasions. Prizes are awarded for top finishers in Men’s, Women’s and Kid’s Divisions as well as for the best costumed runner. Profits from the Tofurky Trots will be donated to Out To Pasture Animal Sanctuary, NW VEG and The National Museum of Animals and Society. Registration is $25 and people can sign up online at www.tofurky.com.
“We’ve held two small Tofurky Trots in the Northwest and the response has been tremendous.” said Seth Tibbott, Tofurky Company founder. “It’s a great way to have fun and get some exercise with veg friendly folks while raising money for some great causes.”
The Tofurky Company, an independent and family operated business, produces 36 different kinds of refrigerated and frozen meat alternatives. The Tofurky Stuffed Roast has been the leading vegetarian holiday alternative in the USA since its inception in 1995 according to sales figures. In 2012, the company sold the three millionth Tofurky Roast and expects to sell over 300,000 more this year. All Tofurky ingredients are meat free, non-genetically modified, and based on organic soy protein. Tofurky products can be found at over 12,000 natural food and grocery stores throughout the US and Canada.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 6, 2013 FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Seth Tibbott, President and Founder Turtle Island Foods, POB 176, Hood River, OR 97031 Phone: (800) 508-8100 ext. 14 Email: info@tofurky.com Web: www.tofurky.com

A NEW THANKSGIVING TRADITION: TOFURKY TROTS

forAnima.com Seeks Part Time Employee

Our friends at forAnima.com sent us an email message. They are searching for some part time help. I you are interested, read the following:

 

Dear friend,

We launched forAnima.com in beta about 6 weeks ago and as we prepare for our major launch (currently scheduled for September 15, 2013), we realize that we could use a pair of extra hands.  So, we're on the lookout for that special someone who has a rare combination of marketing skills and tech savvy.  This is a part-time (10-15 hrs/week) position which may eventually become full-time.
What we are looking for:
  • You must be vegan or transitioning to veganism.  This is because the position requires you to understand and sympathize with a vegan lifestyle, and quite frankly, there are so many qualified vegans that we'd prefer to choose from among them.
  • You should have some knowledge/understanding of marketing and/or public relations. -You must be tech savvy - be very comfortable with skype, social media etc.
  • You must have a strong work ethic + be organized. -You must be interested in using the business model as a vehicle for social change.

If you or someone you know is a good fit for the position of Marketing Coordinator, please send us a resume with a casual cover letter (in e-mail format) telling us why you'd be a fabulous Marketing Coordinator at forAnima, and how you'd help us grow.  Where you went to school and other "paper credentials" aren't too important to us.  What is important is your passion for animals + your ability to help us take forAnima.com to the next level.
Check us out at http://www.forAnima.com and e-mail us your application at hello@forAnima.com subject heading: Application.

VEGAN BOSS Performs at Animal Advocacy Museum

Animal Advocacy MuseumMay 16, 2013 – PADASENA, Calif. – Vegan rapper and animal rights visionary VEGAN BOSS performs at the Animal Advocacy Museum’s “Maze of Understanding” exhibit launch in Pasadena, California, on Saturday, May 18. The exhibit launch party is from 7pm – 10pm; VEGAN BOSS performs at 8:30pm. The event is also part of a WorldFest VIP reception and pre-party.
The Animal Advocacy Museum is a non-profit museum created to educate the public about the many important issues surrounding the way animals are treated. The museum highlights issues such as puppy mills, animals used for fur, animals used in entertainment, animals used for testing, and animals used for food. Positive Television sponsors the Museum; the event is sponsored by Positive Television, Fresh Juice Party, Charlotte Cressey, and Dr. Armaiti May.
“I met Prabhat Gautam, one of the founders of the Animal Advocacy Museum, at an animal cruelty protest here in Los Angeles,” says VEGAN BOSS. “I’m honored to perform at the launch party, and I’m looking forward to supporting the cause.” This performance comes at the heels of a highly successful performance at the Fourth Annual Los Angeles Vegan Beer & Food Festival, held earlier this month on the famed Sunset Strip.

For more information about the Animal Advocacy Museum, including its calendar of events, visit http://www.animaladvocacymuseum.com. For tickets to the “Maze of Understanding” exhibit launch and VEGAN BOSS’ performance, visit http://www.eventbrite.com/event/6263752051.
VEGAN BOSS leads a cruelty-free life and spends a significant amount of his free time, in the trenches, fighting for animal rights and trying to raise awareness about the atrocities inflicted upon these animals on a daily basis. In addition to raising awareness about animal cruelty, he also helps people adopt a healthier way of living, erase the stereotype all vegans are hippies, and bring love back into the hearts of mankind. His music and past performances can be seen here; fans can follow his work and mission here. His newest single, “I Love That,” can be purchased at iTunes here.
“Animal rights is a subject deep-rooted in every song I produce,” says VEGAN BOSS. “The Animal Advocacy Museum educates the public about the treatment of all animals, and I’m proud to be a part of its mission. My message reminds everyone we need to take better care of not only ourselves, but everything around us, so we can all thrive.”
The Animal Advocacy Museum is located at 280 S Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA, and is open from 11am – 4pm on Thursdays and Saturdays. Admission to the Museum is free; for more information, visit http://www.animaladvocacymuseum.com.
For tickets to the May 18 “Maze of Understanding” exhibit launch party and VEGAN BOSS’ performance, visit http://www.eventbrite.com/event/6263752051.
About VEGAN BOSS:
This journey of compassion started back in 2009, when VEGAN BOSS (formerly known as J FIELDS) was helping a friend prepare for a demo against vivisection at UCLA. He was infected with knowledge that he just couldn't ignore - but it wasn't until the day of the protest that VEGAN BOSS felt the energy of the movement. Every since that day, VEGAN BOSS has been leading a cruelty-free life and spending a significant amount of his free time, in the trenches, fighting for animal rights and trying to raise awareness about the atrocities inflicted upon these animals on a daily basis. It was due to this lifestyle change that VEGAN BOSS decided to change the direction of his music. “You see, when we're out here protesting, only people walking or driving by the protested area become aware. Music has the ability to reach millions, even billions, of people in an instant,” says VEGAN BOSS on his method of protest. He not only raises awareness about animal cruelty, but also helps people adopt a healthier way of living, erase the stereotype that all vegans are hippies, and bring LOVE back into the hearts of mankind. VEGAN BOSS is more than just a rapper – he is a visionary. For more information, visit https://twitter.com/VeganBoss and http://www.youtube.com/user/TheVeganFederation.
About The Animal Advocacy Museum:
The Animal Advocacy Museum is a non-profit museum created to educate the public about the many important issues that surround the way animals are treated. The museum highlights issues such as puppy mills, animals used for fur, animals used in entertainment, animal used for testing, and animals used for food. Founded by well-known activist, World Fest Lifetime Achievement winner, and co-founder of Animal Acres, Patty Shenker, along with activist and Positive Television CEO Prabhat Gautam, the Animal Advocacy Museum is a resource about wildlife, farm animals, fur animal as well as domestic animals. The Museum contributes to the wave of new thinking about animals, which will change the fate of millions of our four-legged, furry and feathered friends. The Museum opened its doors on March 30, 2013, with a fundraising gala and exhibit entitled “Art Is Activism.” Future exhibits include “Weapons of Mass Destruction Used On Animals,” “The Maze of Education,” and “In Search of Non-Violence.” For more information, visit http://www.animaladvocacymuseum.com.
About Positive Television:
The goal of Positive Television is to create a television network, which will generate publicity for the many groups already making positive change and to assist developing groups and individuals flourish. CEO Prabhat Gautam's belief is that there are already many positive things being done all around the world, so televising charity related programs and events should inspire more people to get involved. Prabhat has said, "People have a fascination with all aspects of celebrity life, so I wanted to create a network that focuses on the giving done by celebrities and use that celebrity power for the highest good." For more information, visit http://www.positivetelevision.org.

Farms 2 Forks Vegan Retreat

Engine 2 DietSo I'm a little bummed.  There was a Farms 2 Forks event about an hour from here this past weekend.  Jane and I couldn't go because finances were tight, and we just couldn't swing it.  But it sounds like a wonderful thing, so if you can go, there are still a few events scheduled for this year.

If that cryptic paragraph got your attention, here's a brief explanation of what Farms 2 Forks is all about.  Basically Farms 2 Forks is a vegan immersion weekend brought to you by the Engine 2 guys.

From the website:

 These weekends are designed to give you what most people have never received: a profound, in-depth education about the power of health-promoting foods and the reality of what health-harming food can do.

It really sounds like a great event. I'm hoping we'll be able to make it next year.

NY Vegan Pizza, aaah!

vegan pizzaBoy do I wish I was going to be in New York in October.  In addition to still missing autumn after all these years, you probably know from reading this blog that I miss real NY Cheese Pizza.  Admittedly, I don't miss it as much as I did immediately after going vegan, but this was comfort food for all of my NY life.  Now you can find vegan pizza in NY.

Learning to Love Your Vegan (A Pizza Tour For Everybody)

Join pizza enthusiast Scott Wiener and his brother Jon on a bus-guided adventure to four of New York's premier vegan pizzerias. This 4.5 hour tour will take participants to pizzerias in Manhattan and Brooklyn for slices of animal-free pizza and information.

When: Saturday, October 1 from 11:30AM to 4PM
Where: Starts and ends in Greenwich Village

Howwww.scottspizzatours.com, or 800.979.3370, or buy tickets directly at http://www.zerve.com/PizzaTours/Safari
Cost: $60 per person, includes all pizza and goody bags
Bonus: We're donating $1 to the Karen Mullen Breast Cancer Foundation for every person who takes a pizza tour in October.
We'd love to hear all about it if anyone cares to share after the fact!

World Vegan Day – Celebrating 65 Years of Veganism

Tomorrow is World Vegan Day, for some of you around the globe, it is today already.   So what?  Why should you care?   Well, it's certainly not as well-known or celebrated as Halloween is.  But it is a chance to get out and meet with other vegans, to sample vegan fare, to stand up for animal rights, or simply to get our stories out there.

WorldVeganDay.info is asking us all to do just that, to get our stories out there.  To blog, twitter, YouTube, FaceBook, MySpace, or visit forums and get the word out.  Why did you go vegan?  Tell your story, who knows, you may inspire others.

Below is a partial list of activities around the globe.  If you don't see anything in your neck of the woods, check out google, facebook, craigslist, or your local colleges.  The information is scattered, but it is out there.  As for Jane and me, we're going to be making dinner for a few friends who aren't vegan.   Activism through eating.

  • If you're in Melbourne, AUS, here's some info on your World Vegan Day celebration.
  • If you're in Wellington, New Zealand, here's info on a World Vegan Day Bake Sale.
  • If you're in England, near  Croydon, here's some info on your World Vegan Day celebration.  They're saying you should be there, or be without vegan cake and beer.  (Damn, wrong continent!)
  • If you're in England, near Ennis Killen and are interested in practicing some yoga, followed by a meal of home cooked vegan fare... visit here.
  • If you're in Glasglow, the Univerity of Glasgow is hosting an Animal Lovers Fayre in honor of World Vegan Day.
  • If you're in Paris, you should check out  Paris Vegan Day.  I can't tell you exactly what they have planned, but dusting off my High School french, I believe there will be  vegan product representation and vegan food availabe.
  • If you're in Montreal, they've got a World Vegan Day Fashion Show planned.  It's billed as an  evening of fashion, gourmet vegan cuisine and musical entertainment.
  • If you're in India, the Sthitaprajna Vegan Life Centre near Byndoor, Udupi District, Karnataka, is planning a three-day vegan event (Nov 1 - Nov 3).
  • If you're in San Francisco, there's a World Vegan Celebration dinner on Monday night.  Just $15 including tax and tip.  Details here.
  • If you're in the Los Angeles area, VegKids is sponsoring a rollerskating event in NorthRidge
  • Please note, if you're in the Los Angeles area and were planning on attending the Animal Acres World Vegan Day celebration, IT HAS BEEN CANCELED.
  • If you're in Phoenix, AZ, the  Spectrum Mall light rail station is hosting a potluck of vegan goodies.

Animal Rights National Conference 2009

animal rights national conferenceThis year the Animal Rights National Conference will be held right here in Los Angeles.   (It was in Alexandria, VA last year.)  The conference runs July 16 - 20, 2009 and will be held at the Westin LAX Hotel: 5400 West Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045.

Here is what you can expect:

  • 100 sessions, including keynote plenaries, workshops, raps/discussions & reports
  • 90 speakers representing 60 animal protection groups in seven countries
  • 90 free exhibits with compassionate shopping & social justice organizations
  • Sessions on personal skills development, activism, organizing & outreach
  • Eyewitness report on the Sea Shepherd whale wars and CA Prop 2 campaign
  • Presentations & networking with leaders of other social justice movements
  • Celebrity, Activist, and Campaign Awards at Saturday Banquet
  • 80 videos including premieres
  • Networking Receptions
  • Delicious vegan cuisine

The conference itself is not cheap, $160 for the full session, or $65 for one day. They do offer low income discounts. But if you don't qualify for one of those, there is still a reason to drop by if you can. From the Animal Rights National Conference website:

Visitors are encouraged to drop by Friday, Saturday and Sunday (9am-6pm) to enjoy our 90+ free exhibits, including compassionate shopping, delicious snacks & desserts, and amazing social justice organizations. One free session is also included, so bring your friends, stay for a meal, and make a day out of it!

If you are in the area and can swing by, this is defiitely a worthwhile event.  Don't forget to pass this info along to any of your friends or family who may be interested in the topic.

Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale 2009

WVBS shirt_finalJust a reminder, the World Wide Vegan Bake Sale is underway...  The dates of the sale are June 20 - 28th.  To see what events are occuring in your area, click here.  And when they say worldwide, they mean worldwide.  There are sales scheduled for Australian, New Zealand, Canada, England,  Greece, and Nigeria!  (As well as the United States.) We've had our heads down a bit, so sorry for the last minute notification. Hopefully you'll be able to attend if there's an event in your neighborhood.

If you live in Los Angeles, there are two events scheduled (there was one yesterday too).

Bake Sale #1
Date: Thursday June 25, 2009
Time: 10am – 2pm
Venue:  Los Angeles City Hall Farmers Market
Address: 200 N. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
The market is located on the south lawn on First Street between Main and Spring Streets.

Proceeds:  Los Angeles Conservation Corps, and part of the city's Los Angeles River Revitalization

Bake Sale #2
Dates: Sunday June 28, 2009 (There was also a sale here on 6/21)
Time: 11am – ?pm
Venue:  Locali
Address: Hollywood, 5825 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 466-1360

Web Site: Bake Me Up! LA

Proceeds:  Animal Acres, Earthlings, and Little Big Dog Rescue

If you have the time, and can get to one of these events, you should consider heading out and supporting the effort to show the world how sweet it is to be vegan.

Revel With A Cause

santa monicaIf you live in the Los Angeles area and you're looking for something fun to do this weekend, you may want to consider heading over to Santa Monica on Saturday, May 9th.  The Santa Monica Festival: Revel With A Cause will be held from 11am - 6 pm on 5/9/9 at Clover Park.   Although the festival isn't vegan, they're serving meat, there will be plenty of other eco-friendly activities and attractions.

If you are interested, here is a link to the Revel With A Cause site.  It doesn't look like they're promoting a vegan/vegetarian agenda (why doesn't the green movement get on this bandwagon yet?!?!), so there may be an opportunity for some vegans to start a discussion.  If not, there's always the Los Angeles Vegan Bake Sale (more details coming).

Vegan Bake Sale

Here's an interesting opportunity for vegan outreach.  Compassion4Animals is organizing a world-wide vegan bake sale.  From June 20th to June 28th various vegan groups will hold bake sales.  This purpose is to show the general public that vegan baked goods can be just as tasty (or more) as those baked goods prepared with animal products.  Jane loves to bake, and since it's just the two of us at home, I often bring things in to work with me.  At first, if I mentioned they were vegan goodies, people would pass them up.  If I didn't mention it, they would gobble things up and ask for more.  Then I'd say, oh those were vegan muffins, and people would be incredulous.  Now, everyone knows they're vegan goodies, and everyone knows they taste great.

So I think this bake sale can do wonders.  You can find more details at WorldWide Vegan Bake Sale.com.

If you are planning on doing some baking, but aren't sure what to make, we recommend the vegan brownies and vegan banana nut chip muffins from The Joy of Vegan Baking. And apple pie is always an easy sale.   These are the three desserts Jane makes most frequently.

If you can't or don't want to organize an event, but do want to participate, here's where the bakes sales are scheduled.  This page will continue to be updated as more events are scheduled, so keep checking back to find something in your area.  Or get together with your vegan friends and hold a bake sale of your own.  Don't forget to register!