Dr. Richard Oppenlander will be speaking on Thursday April 17, 2014 at 6:30PM at the SC Johnson Golden Rondelle Theater in Racine, Wisconsin. He will redefine the word "sustainability" and presents the facts,the perspectives and the data on how our food choices impact our water, land and our health. This is a great event for vegans and also those just starting to learn more about how our diet can affect the environment.
Get all the details in the flyer below and make sure to RSVP on as directed at www.scjohnson.com/visit. You can also visit the Facebook event and interact with the event coordinator and others attending the event.
Marty Tribble is a local yoga instructor, life coach, vegan and much more. She writes a fantastic blog called Ahimsa Kitchen with tons of great vegan recipes. She and John Arms have organized a retreat to help new and old vegans expand their plant-based culinary skills.
From Marty:"Are you an established vegan, new vegan, or vegan-curious? Whether you are already on the plant-based foods path or just beginning your exploration, this retreat is for you! Come build your plant-based culinary skills in an accepting, loving, commUNITY oriented atmosphere."
Visit Marty's website for lots of details on all the great things you'll learn about healthy vegan cooking and food preparation.
What's included: Lectures, Q&A, hands-on tutorials & cooking demos, all food supplies and equipment, all meals, gentle yoga for digestion, and lodging Friday and Saturday night.
Cost: $375-$425 per person, depending on when you register
When: Friday April 25 at 5pm through Sunday April 27 at 3pm
Where: Shalom House in West Bend, Wisconsin
Details and Registration: http://www.martytribble.com/midwest.html
Other links for Marty Tribble Yoga:
A guest blog in all lowercase by Lindsay--visit her at the vegan chai blog too!
last weekend, our lovely neighbors to south held their fifth chicago vegan mania event, and i was lucky enough to visit. this was my third time, and i'm happy to report that it just keeps getting better and better! the venue was moved last year into the broadway armory building, which is a great space (and much bigger than the previous venue, which is a good thing!):
if you've never been, vegan mania can be a little overwhelming: there is a lot going on, a lot to take in, and you will be tempted to try doing everything at once. it's best if you can create somewhat of a game plan, so check out the speakers and cooking demos ahead of time; it will help you come up with some semblance of a schedule. at this year's event they had five scheduled events going on at any given time: a speaker in a large room upstairs (the presentation stage); a workshop or panel at the discussion stage; a series of vegan experts at a table on the main expo floor; a chef demo in a dedicated area on the main expo floor, but slightly away from the hubbub; and live music in the culture cafe. basically, tons to choose from, and a great lineup over the course of the day! beyond all of that excitement, there was a giant food court filled with plenty of (totally vegan) options, AND a veritable cornucopia of vendors and exhibitors.
we were only there for a couple of hours or so, but we still managed to sample a bunch of vegan delights, see some old friends, and do a bit of shopping. i took some pictures when i could, so i'll hit a few highlights below.
up top we have desserty snacks: temptation chocolate soft-serve (complete with vegan sprinkles!) and a sampler dandies marshmallow. yum! on the bottom are two of the greatest things about chicago: the diner (their food court booth) and vegan chicago. <3
here's an example of some of the tables out on the main floor: the ask a vegan table... at this moment, featuring two great bakers, natalie slater of bake & destroy (left) and our dear friend kelly peloza with her upcoming book cheers to vegan sweets (right); the chicago vegan foods extravaganza (nachos! dandies! teese!), and the SASHA table. SASHA farm is the largest farm animal sanctuary in the midwest, located in manchester MI, and i was really excited to see them at vegan mania because i have several friends who volunteer there! it was a nice little six degrees of separation moment, and it was also great to see SASHA getting some publicity.
we tried not to eat too too much while we were at the event, because we were also planning to hit up the chicago diner on our way out of town... but i will admit, i did a fair amount of sampling. when we first arrived we each bought a samosa, and then we followed that up with a temptation soft-serve cone. after that, all bets were off as i browsed the sampling area... i had a marshmallow (pictured previously), several different kinds of beanfield's chips, some tofurky chorizo, and a variety of new-to-me cheeses. in the picture on the left you can see some of the absolute chaos at the treeline cheese table; it was a little difficult to elbow my way in there for a taste! i'm glad i persevered, though. they had one hard cheese (smoked) and two soft cheeses (herb-garlic, and scallion), served up on crackers. i'm not much for smoke-y flavors (although it was good if you like that sort of thing), so i preferred the soft cheeses. both flavors were great, but i think the herb-garlic was my favorite. a little while later we came upon the punk rawk labs table, which is a company i hadn't heard of before, and they had three soft cheeses up for sampling: plain, herb, and smoked. i skipped the smoked this time around, but i really enjoyed the other two. as with treeline, i think the herb flavor was my favorite. i'll be keeping an eye out for both of these brands!
all in all, we had a great time at chicago vegan mania. it's such a nice event, and well worth the trip. were any of you also there this year? what was your favorite part? please feel free to fill in anything i missed!
Once a resident of Milwaukee (and lover of Beans & Barley), Gretchen Primack now lives in New York and publishes poetry on a variety of subjects including animal rights. She also co-wrote The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals. Her new book, Kind, is a collection of poems on our relationship with animals. See an excellent review on the Ecorazzi site and the Our Hen House blog. Even if you're not normally a poetry fan, you owe it to yourself to check it out.
Gretchen will be doing a reading from Kind at Boswell Book Company in Milwaukee on September 30, 2013 at 7:00pm and would love to meet more vegans in the area! It's often challenging for vegan authors to get reading gigs in smaller cities, so let's rally the vegan troops and show Boswell Books that Milwaukee supports vegan and animal rights literature and authors!
I was lucky enough to get a copy of Kind and I couldn't put it down. The poems were so touching and I must admit I shed a few tears. Here is one of my favorite poems from the book:
Maybe someday you will trick
Maybe I will find value in you
on one foot.
I will take you from family,
so I can watch you
Will you bore me? I bore myself
to your conditions, cut off
from my life
and language. None of me
is left; still
you found something
Date: Monday, September 30, 2013
Location: Boswell Book Company 2559 N. Downer Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53211
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/605424309502821/
Vegan Meetup Link: http://www.meetup.com/vegan-401/events/137878232/
Please join us for this event! And, if you're looking for somewhere to get dinner before or after the event, it's just a short walk down the block to Via on Downer for vegan pizza (note: their website doesn't mention that they do offer Teese mozzerella cheese as an option).
Hey everyone! Things have been so busy that I've been relying on Facebook posts rather than updating the blog. My apologies to anyone who looks to the blog for the latest info.
Now, on to the topic at hand....The next Milwaukee Vegan Bake Sale is Saturday May 11th from 10am to 4pm at the Riverside location of the Urban Ecology Center.
You can find lots of details at the Milwaukee Vegan Bake Sale website, as well as the Facebook event.
There will be tons of great bakery items including cupcakes, cookies, cheesecakes and even dog treats!
From Steph, the organizer:
"Proceeds will be split 50/50 between Urban Ecology Center and Milwaukee's Safe Haven Program, a partnership between the Wisconsin Humane Society and Sojourner Family Peace Center offering up to 60 days of shelter for companion animals of domestic violence victims."
Great treats for an even greater cause! Stock up for Mother's Day celebrations or to keep all to yourself :) See you there!!
When: Monday April 8, 2013 - 7PM
Where: For Milwaukee Residents - Nathan Hale High School, 11601 W. LincolnAve. West Allis, WI
Outside of Milwaukee County? Find your election info here.
Additional Details: Go to the Facebook Event
From Barb Eisenberg (the delegate you should vote for):
"Please share this event with friends and like-minded groups. It has been going on for 75 years, but most people are unaware or think it belongs to hunters, trappers and anglers. This election belongs to ALL of us. I've been attending for 13 years and served as a delegate from 2005-8. I am running for a delegate position again to be a voice for the hikers, bikers, bird watchers, canoeists, campers and other non-consumptive users of our public lands. It is also important to have input from biologists outside the DNR. Last year I lost by about 6 votes, so every vote is really important. Thanks to everyone who is already planning to go!"
Some important issues are as follows:
Question # 68 Would you favor legislation to prohibit the use of dogs to hunt & training dogs to hunt wolves?
Question #70 Expanding hunting & trapping in state parks from 2 to 7 months?
Right now dogs are run to kill coyotes 24/7 year-round. All wildlife is hounded.
See the entire Spring Questionnaire here.
From Patricia Randolph, wildlife activist
Although only 5,000 avid hunters and trappers have attended, statewide, the past decade, on average, the 90 proposals they make every year ( for 80 years running) to their advantage against the rest of the public interest - are paraded before the legislature as the "public will". That charade has been enabled partially by calling the election , a " spring hearings". Non-hunters tend to come out when an ISSUE upsets them ( mourning doves, feral cats, cranes) - but it is not an issue-driven process - all the power is in electing 2 of 5 delegates every year.
Privately hunters and trappers call it " the most important election in the state". Of course it is. It is the generator of policies that govern our 7 and a half million acres of publicly purchased billions of dollars of citizen investment. It is the forum for stewarding our water, habitats, air, toxins, climate change, and the welfare of our besieged wildlife. It should be about so much more than killing more and more species in more and more ways, with more and more weapons, now prioritized on ALL our public lands.
The health of all that is real depends on a diversity of interests being represented every year.
I have not missed one election since I looked for the center of power in 1997. I was elected the first delegate ever to represent living wildlife and a wildlife loving general public in 1999 in Dane County. The first and only in then 65 years of hunter total control. I served on the Trapping Committee. If you want PTSD, serve on the trapping committee. Over a million innocent wild animals are mangled and die slowly or are bludgeoned to death in traps, snares and conibear traps, annually, raping out what is ideal habitat for a rich diversity of life.
Why should a new trapper ( they are recruiting ) be able to pay $4 and kill as many animals as he can trap - hundreds a week - for 6 months for private profit as a business off of our public lands? I cannot pay $4 and go into our public lands and take out one animal to save him or her. Why should a new deer hunter be able to pay $5 and kill several deer or fawns, and remove them dead forever from our commons, and I cannot pay $5 and save any animal, to live out a life, even if the mother is killed in the road. Even if they live on my private property. Even if they are tamed by circumstance of being orphaned.
The underlying fundamental lack of democracy lies in a state agency funded by killing licenses instead of general public funds. It is undemocratic and corrupt to the core. It is set against the rest of the public, protecting killing, not protecting intact natural systems.
Please join us at Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic - Vote Our Wildlife
( www.wiwildlifeethic.org) to grow a movement to claim a first time democracy to protect our state which is being raped out. We must organize politically to go up against the very organized NRA, Farm Bureau, Safari International and the very organized Wisconsin Wildlife Federation ( see their affiliates here: http://www.wiwf.org/affiliate-clubs.php when you scroll down).
All of the power is in attending every year to elect two candidates that represent protecting our wildlife and ecosystems. 80 years of one special interest has done a lot of damage. All of the power is in electing two delegates of five in every county. Delegates design these questions very narrowly to their advantage. When you vote against expanding trapping & hunting in state parks, you vote for 2 months of trapping and hunting, the way the question is written. It is usually do you want to kill more or more than that? It should not be all about killing. We are late into the devastation of our planet.
Madravenspeak living wildlife column every other Sunday
Capital Times online newspaper
Now, get out there and make a difference!
The Ste Martaen Vegan Food Truck from Chicago will be visiting Milwaukee Saturday January 19th to deliver your pre-orders. This means you need to review the menu ahead of time and email them at firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know what you want. Then, when you pick it up, you can pay with Cash, Credit Card or TheLevelUp. Watch for the minivan instead of the truck this time!
Submit all pre-orders to email@example.com with MKE in subject line by 1pm on Friday Jan 18th. If you receive no confirmation for your order, please resubmit. Be sure to include your name.
Saturday 1/19 Milwaukee, WI Menu
Buffalo Wings $10 - Vegan chik'n (soy protein) on sugar cane "bone" smothered in fresh made buffalo sauce (GF) (Nut Free)
Milwaukee Wings $10 – Maple glazed bbq vegan chik’n (soy protein) wings on a sugar cane "bone" (GF) (Nut Free)
Chicago Cheesesteak $10 - A mammoth hoagie filled with seitan, peppers and onions topped with a Ste Martaen cheese sauce
Curry Chik’n and Bok Choy $10 – Shredded chik’n (flat bean curd) simmered in coconut milk with onions and bok choy over basmati rice (GF)
"Rib Tips" Pita $7- Vegan BBQ'd "rib tips" (seitan) served on pita with a creamy jalapeno soy cheese (Nut Free)
Buffalo Chik’n Pita $7 – Spicy vegan chik’n (soy protein) served with a creamy dill sauce (Nut Free)
BBQ Chik'n Pita $7 – Vegan BBQ chik'n (soy protein) topped with shredded Ste Martaen cheese
Whole Spinach Quiche $25- Sautéed onions, spinach and a creamy tofu based filling make up this savory pie. (Nut Free)
Whole Rum Cake $22- Rum infused cake topped with a rum glaze. (9" * 3" loaf) (nut free)
Mac and Cheese $5 (Nut Free)
Ste Martaen Cheese $5 each – Flavors: Olive, Smoked Gouda, Pepper Jack, Muenster & Colby (GF)(Soy Free)
Milwaukee, WI Schedule 1:30PM-3:50PM
1:30PM - 1:45PM
S Kinnickinnic Ave & S California St
Bay View Milwaukee, WI 53207
2:00PM - 2:15PM
4500 W Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53208
2:30PM - 2:45PM
E Capitol Dr & N Oakland Ave
Shorewood, WI 53211
2:55PM - 3:10PM
2305 N. Prospect Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53211
3:15PM - 3:30PM
1221 E Brady Street
East Side - Brady Milwaukee, WI 53202
3:35PM - 3:50PM
E Center St & N Fratney St
Riverwest Milwaukee, WI 53212
The Ste Martaen Vegan Food Truck from Chicago will be in Milwaukee for a visit Saturday afternoon, July 14th . They'll also have menu selections from Morning Sky Cafe, a vegan restaurant planned to open soon in Peoria, IL.
Below is the tentative schedule and menu for Saturday. You can also text your additional stop requests directly to them at 312-857-4393. And, be sure to watch Twitter @stemartaen or Ste Martaen on Facebook for up-to-the-minute updates on schedule.
12:45PM - 1:10PM
Cathedral Square Park
N Jefferson St & E Kilbourn Ave
MIlwaukee, Wisconsin 53202
S Kinnickinnic Ave &S California St
Bay View Milwaukee,WI 53207
Wisconsin Humane Society
4500 W Wisconsin Ave
E Capitol Dr &N Oakland Ave
N Prospect Ave &E North Ave
East Side –Whole Foods
1221 E Brady Street
East Side –Brady
E Center St &N Fratney St
Riverwest Milwaukee,WI 53212
Morning Sky Cafe
Thinly sliced homemade corned beef,sauerkraut,and Thousand Island dressing between two pieces of fresh-baked rye bread.
BBQ Ranch Chicken Bacon Pita Wrap
A folded pita filled with strips of grilled chicken and diced bacon laying atop a bed of lettuce,tomato and scallions and drizzled with ranch dressing and BBQ sauce.
Homemade falafel patties,tabouli,lettuce and tzatziki sauce wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla.
Chicken Salad Sandwich
Toasted wheat bread,with two scoops of creamy chicken salad on a bed of romaine lettuce.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cheesecake
Boston Cream Pie Cake
Ste Martaen/Vegan Food Truck
Chicago Cheesesteak $10 –A mammoth hoagie filled with seitan,peppers and onions topped with a Ste Martaen cheese sauce
BBQ Chik’n Pita $7 – Vegan BBQ chik’n (soy protein) topped with shredded Ste Martaen cheese
Spinach Quiche $5- A delectable savory pie with sautéed onions,baby spinach,creamy soy cheese and tofu. (Nut Free)
Mac and Cheese $5 (Nut Free)
Ste Martaen Cheese $5 – Olive,Smoked Gouda,Pepper Jack,Muenster &Colby (GF)(Soy Free)
FYI:Ste Martaen cheese is cashew based and gluten/soy free.
And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Crumbs...is a pop-up restaurant group organized by the folks from Ball'n Biscuit Catering that offers a mysterious gourmet several-course dinner each month in a different location. They gather professional and amateur chefs from around the city to contribute to these events and the results sound amazing.
On August 5th, the pop-up dinner will be 100% vegan. One of my friends and vegan-bake-sale-coordinator, Stephanie, will be preparing some dishes along with several other chefs. With all the omnivore foodies looking to try something knew, they expect this event to sell out fast, so get your tickets now! It is more expensive than your average meal, but there will be several courses and they really make the whole event an experience to remember with decorations and ambiance. See their website for photos of a previous event.
So, here are the details...act now for a unique and exciting dining experience!
Please join us for the third (and hotly anticipated) pop-up event of And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Crumbs…
SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS ARE VEGAN!
A multi-course ALL-VEGAN dining experience served to you in a
natural (hint, hint), SECRET (until we tell you), wonderland setting
+Please note that while this meal is all-vegan, it will not be gluten free. Non-gluten eaters and meat romancers beware.+
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Gather: 6:30 p.m.
Dine: 7:00 p.m.
$70 per person with cash or check
$75 per person via PayPal
An 18% gratuity is included in the ticket price
Seating is limited, and from what we've heard from lots of little birdies, tickets will sell fast with this one!
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like
to purchase your tickets with cash or check. We’ll then send you information about where to send your payment.
Purchase tickets via PayPal
Send payment to email@example.com
The next Milwaukee Vegan Meetup will be at the Fresh Eco Cafe & Juice Bar in Mequon. I've only made it here once since Mequon is a bit of a hike for me on an average day, but it was TOTALLY worth it. It has a casual cafe atmosphere and you usually order at the counter and they bring the food to you.
Pictured to the left you can see my Italian Tofu sandwich with a side of some kind of mashed potatoes which were amazing! It has been about a year since I've been there, but what I can tell you is that they really take care in putting together delicious, flavorful healthy food. There's a copy of their catering menu online, although the restaurant does not have a full website.
Unfortunately I'm going to miss this meetup since I'll be in Key West (reports of awesome vegan vacation food to follow soon thereafter!), but I highly recommend this meetup, especially if you don't make it out to Mequon too often because this is a great chance to try something new with a bunch of awesome like-minded people! In addition, this restaurant is the site of the upcoming Raw Foods Dinner & Demo, so check out some of their raw dishes or desserts and then sign up for the dinner-demo too!
When: Saturday June 2 at Noon
Where: Fresh Eco Cafe & Juice Bar
Address: 10994 N Port Washington Rd, Mequon, WI
RSVP on the Vegan Meetup site and make sure it's accurate because the restaurant will need a head-count!