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Giving Tree Cafe spreads roots on Stewart Avenue

Any vegan who’s been through Ithaca recently will remember ABC Cafe, up on the hill between Cornell and downtown Ithaca. Ah, how I loved their giant buckwheat pancakes back in college! And some of us Ithaca vegans met up there for pizza nights, just last year.

Anyway, ABC closed. It wasn’t 100% vegan but it was a homey place we loved for its vegan-friendliness and its open mics and all the nice people who worked there, and we were sad to see it go.

Until now! Read on for exciting news about ABC’s new incarnation, Giving Tree Cafe, opening Wednesday, January 13th.
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Vegan Raw Food Potluck at Schultzie’s

Please join us for a raw food potluck at Schultzie’s house, 120 Highland Place, Ithaca, top floor (near Stewart, Williams, and Eddy St, toward the Cascadilla Gorge), this Sunday Dec 13th at 6:30 PM.

It is helpful to bring a plate and utensils. Any friends are welcome. If you’ve got time, please bring a fresh plant-based dish to pass, withholding animal-sourced foods such as honey, eggs, milk, butter, cheese, and flesh.

Recipe ideas are at www.goneraw.com

Call 607-592-7564 or 273-4797 if you have any questions. Click here to RSVP and share on Facebook.

Yet another delicious vegan Thanksgiving option: Food for the Planet




Originally uploaded by Shira Golding

Join Food for the Planet for a vegan feast with local foods and local vegans!

House made tofuturkey, created with local tofu, quinoa stuffing, roasted leeks and root vegetables, desserts and beverages will be available at a fixed price of $18 for adults, and $10 for kids 12 years old and under.

Please RSVP by November 22nd by calling (607)319-4977 or emailing soupervegan@yahoo.com. Space is limited.

If anyone goes and takes photos or wants to tell us what you thought of the food, please comment!

Club Veg Thanksgiving Potluck Celebration

Club Veg is holding a Thanksgiving Potluck Celebration on Sunday, November 22, 4 – 7 pm, at the Varna Community Center on Routh 366 in Ithaca (just past Cornell on the right side).

Please make a reservation by emailing Stephanie at splanger80@gmail.com.
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Join Farm Sanctuary at their Celebration FOR the Turkeys: Benefit for Our Feathered Friends

Looking for something positive and animal-friendly to commemorate Thanksgiving this year? Consider attending the Celebration for the Turkeys on November 21st at Farm Sanctuary. They write:

Farm Sanctuary is hosting coast-to-coast benefits to protect innocent turkeys and promote compassionate Thanksgiving traditions everywhere. Farm Sanctuary’s Celebrations FOR the Turkeys: Benefits for Our Feathered Friends — held in three locations this year — will feature decadent, gourmet vegan holiday feasts, inspirational guest presentations, and silent auctions that benefit the animals and provide for all your holiday shopping needs! Guests at our farm events will also have the opportunity to spend quality time with rescued animals and participate in our unique “Feeding of the Turkeys” ceremonies, in which the sanctuary turkeys are the guests of honor and get to feast on their favorite treats: squash, pumpkin pie and cranberries!

Here’s info on the event at the Watkins Glen shelter, which includes an appearance by Tom Regan!

Also, consider sponsoring a rescued turkey living at Farm Sanctuary, through their Adopt-a-Turkey Project.

For more ideas about how to make your Thanksgiving a compassionate one, and for delicious recipes, visit FARM (Farm Animal Rights Movement)’s Gentle Thanksgiving – and don’t forget to sign their petition asking President Obama to pardon all turkeys this year – not just one.

It Ain’t Easy Being Green: Memoirs of a Veggie Cowgirl

Erin McNellis went veggie while living in Ithaca – and now she’s our first guest author! “Being in such a progressive place definitely influenced my decision,” she told me, when she sent this piece in for the site.

It Ain’t Easy Being Green: Memoirs of a Veggie Cowgirl
(Note: names have been changed to protect the innocent!)

I became a vegetarian reluctantly. My two best friends in high school were vegetarians, so for years I had no choice but to champion the life of the carnivore. While Kate and Jessica wrinkled their pretty noses, I was the girl going out with the boys for all-you-can-eat ribs at Big Ed’s Barbecue. I believed in the food chain, meat was delicious, but also – and not unimportantly – eating meat marked me as a different kind of girl, one who made dirty jokes and drank hard liquor and just might be talked into a ride on the mechanical bull in the back of Big Ed’s.
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Authors wanted!

Thanks to everyone who answered the poll on what this site should provide to the Ithaca vegan community. The highest-rated site features people would like are:

  • Timely event listings for local potlucks, social gatherings, and events 16%
  • Profiles of local vegans and vegan organizations 16%
  • A place where I can post stuff too – I want to be an author! 16%
  • Vegan recipes 16%

So, by popular demand, let’s get some more voices in here! Does anyone want to be an author, or know someone who would like to write for this site? Please check out our call for authors.

Big vegan birthday bash: You’re invited

Sylvester Johnson is the author of a free video slideshow about health and healing, and he’s a real mover and shaker in the Ithaca vegan community. Come help celebrate his 60th birthday on October 17th, and enjoy some live music, delicious vegan food, and the company of many local vegan groups.

Please join Club Veg, Ithaca Vegan Circle, Ithaca Vegans, Vegan Meetup, and Ithaca Vegan Parents to eat and dance to live music performed by the semi-acoustic band Radio London on October 17th 2009 from 6:30 PM at the Women’s Community Building, 100 West Seneca Street Ithaca NY (map).

Come tell Sylvester he’s 60 (preferably in song) on his actual birthday October 17th. Help him enter his sensational sixties!

Your presence will be your present (no other presents, please). Sylvester will provide dinner (his signature lentil stew, and yams, chips, hummus, salsa, and Food for the Planet’s tofu cheese cake as well as cider, and BYOB), so no need to bring food unless you are so inspired. If you are so inspired your variety will be quite welcome, with the guideline being any plant-sourced foods, for this occasion please withholding animal-based such as honey, eggs, butter, cheese, and flesh.

If you can, bring a plate and utensils. However, please come even without them, because disposable utensils and plates will be readily available.

An RSVP to Contactsj@mac.com would be welcome.

Hope to see you soon, and that you’re having a great day! Best regards,
Sylvester Johnson

Ithaca vegans are potlucky

Ithaca Vegan Circle potluck - photo by Ariel Liliquoi GoldHere’s a brief overview of the various vegan potlucks happening right now in the Ithaca area – there are a lot to choose from.

  • Vegan Tuesdays! (69members) – a Facebook group holding weekly potluck dinners hosted at members’ houses.
  • Ithaca Vegans (34 members) – they offer “weekly coffee meetups, potlucks, recipe swaps, cooking classes, activism, and more! Anyone interested in the vegan lifestyle is welcome to attend events. Raw vegans are also welcome.”
  • Ithaca Vegan Parents Network (47 members) – in addition to other happenings, these folks organize potlucks. They write, “Parents of kids of all ages (including unborn!) from all types of families are welcome. We also welcome parents working on transitioning their families to veganism, and are happy to provide advice and support (and recipes!).”
  • Ithaca Vegan Circle (28 members) – these folks organize potlucks including an annual Regional Plant-sourced Potluck that brings people from all over the region to our area.
  • The Ithaca Area Vegan Meetup Group (109 members) – among other activities, this group hosts dinners for a fee, and organizes potlucks for free. Membership fee is $5 per year to pay for Meetup site.

Anyone know of others I’m missing, or have corrections or reviews? Please post a comment!

The photo is of an Ithaca Vegan Circle potluck, and was taken by Ariel Liliquoi Gold.