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The Vegan Project is pleased to welcome new guest blogger and long time pal, Jenny Duffy!  She’s been sending us some great articles on her experiences as she moves from a carnivorous diet to a more plant based one.  Stay tuned for some of her great vegan recipes and her unique perspective on the transition.

About Jenny

Jenny Duffy is a professional dance instructor and accountant, hailing from the metro Vancouver area. She is an avid animal lover, and when she’s not working a million hours a week, can be found lounging in a bubble bath with a good book and a glass of port.

 

New Vegan Project Contributor Jenny Duffy

New Vegan Project Contributor Jenny Duffy

 

Welcome Jenny!

~The Vegan Project

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This Saturday, October 16th at 9am, the Projecting Change Film Festival presents a special breakfast screening of the film Tapped, which discusses whether access to drinking water should be a human right or if it should be bought and sold like any other commercial product.

From the producers of Who Killed the Electric Car and I.O.U.S.A., this timely documentary is a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never to become a commodity: our water.

Fifth Avenue Cinemas – 2110 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Admission includes breakfast, coffee, movie and speaker. Facebook event details and ticket purchase information.
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The Vegan Project has a pair of tickets up for grabs!  Comment below and tell us why you want to see this film for your chance to win!  Don’t forget to include your email address in the email address box so we can contact you if you’ve won.  (Your email address will not be published).

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This week, Granville Magazine Online asked The Vegan Project’s very own Jessica Grajczyk to write a vegan Thanksgiving themed article.  I tested the meal out on two carnivores a few days ago and they were more than pleased!  Check it out here: Thanksgiving without the turkey.

And now in the spirit of Thanksgiving, a few things I am most grateful for…

1) My beautiful cats – all four of them! They are healthy and happy and safe.

2) Jay, my loving boyfriend and new roommate (and also the fact that we have not killed each other yet…)

3) My besties since grade 8, Jen and Jessica, and partners on this amazing vegan journey.

4) My Mom, Aunts and Baba. My culinary experience began in the kitchen with them.

5) Vancouver, my hometown.  For being so beautiful and inching towards a greener image, making my plight easier.

6) The Vegan Project and all its supporters.  This community would not exist without you.

7) Animals.  I love them all and they continue to inspire me everyday.  They have purpose and spirit and there is so much that I learn from them.  I just watch the crows that return home to their wetlands from a day at the shore, together and on time everyday, to remind myself that everyone is experiencing this life.

Happy Thanksgiving!

~The Vegan Project

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There are a couple of amazing events happening in Vancouver this weekend.

Saturday, September 25th – Farm Sanctuary’s Walk for Farm Animals 2010 from 1pm to 3pm beginning at the Vancouver Art Gallery downtown.  Donate to the Karmavore Vegan Shop’s team here.

A video from Vancouver’s Walk for Farm Animals 2009:

For more information on Farm Sanctuary, visit their website.

Sunday, September 26th – Gimme Shelter – Everyday Choices with Gene Baur, Eleanor Boyle, Rex Weyler at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre at 181 Roundhouse Muse (Davie & Pacific), Vancouver.

Everyday we make choices that affect our health, environment and the animals we raise for food.  Sustainability, compassion, factory farming, free range, and organic are just some of the topics that will be discussed. Learn how to make a difference for a healthier lifestyle and make more informed choices about what you’re eating and how you view your food.

Gene Baur from Farm Sanctuary, Eleanor Boyle on Sustainable Food, Attainable Health, and Rex Weyler of Greenpeace will be speaking.

Canapes and wine will be served, and there will be live musical performances by local artists Fera Group and Evan Kennedy.

Let’s bring our community together to create a stronger force for our future and our planet. Together we can make a difference!

100% of proceeds are being donated to Farm Sanctuary and Liberation, BC.  LIMITED SEATING, get your tickets today here.

See you there!

~The Vegan Project

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One of our favourite local, vegan-friendly Vancouver restaurants – The Refinery – has been running weekly events centered around pairing specific spirits with different world cuisines each month.  To our delight, the theme for the month of September just happens to be India vs. Bombay Sapphire Gin – and has a completely vegan option!  The event is held every Thursday, and involves three courses paired with three innovative cocktails.  At only $32 per person – it’s an amazing deal!  Especially for the caliber of food and drinks created by people who are truly passionate about what they do.  Each Thursday, a different superstar Vancouver bartender (from the likes of The Keefer, Shangri-La, West, and more) creates India-inspired cocktails to pair with the food and guests are invited to rate their experience.

The Refinery

As you may know, one of the most frustrating things about being a food lover and a vegan is that there is a serious lack of finer dining experiences to be had.  Not that there’s anything wrong with casual vegan dining, but it’s nice to have the option to get a bit fancier once in a while.  The Refinery recently added vegan items to their regular menu, inspired by bar manager Lauren Mote who has been experimenting with a vegan/raw lifestyle for several months, and The Vegan Project is delighted to add them to our repertoire as a finer vegan dining option.

The Menu

Chef:  Ben De Champlain

Mixologist:  Lauren Mote

First Course

Food: Onion and Lentil Fritters with Grilled Pineapple and Tamarind Chutney

Drink: A Split Pea Gin Cocktail

Onion and Lentil Fritters and The Split Pea Gin Cocktail

Yes, that’s right!  Split pea!  Lauren Mote is known for being rather adventurous with her cocktails and this was a perfect example.  It didn’t taste exactly like split peas, but had an earthy, creamy texture that had a bit of spark at the end.  It paired well with the fritters, which were like dense little pakoras with a falafel-like texture.  The chutney was perfectly done and added a nice fruity sweet counter balance to the fritter spices.

Second Course

Food:  Indian Spice Roasted Tomato Soup with Lentils, Black Chickpeas, Spinach and Fennel (the non-vegan option comes with gin-infused paneer)

Cocktail:  A Chantrelle Mushroom Infused Gin Cocktail

Indian Spice Roasted Tomato Soup and The Chantrelle Mushroom Gin Cocktail

Ben explained that the soup used a combination of around 17 ingredients and would be unapologetically spicy.  I’m a fan of spicy food but I’m certainly not a fan of the type of spice that overpowers flavour.  This soup was more like an Indian stew and the spice was perfectly balanced with the complex flavours.   The soup paired fabulously with the Chantrelle Mushroom Cocktail which also included one of my favourite ingredients – Punt E Mes sweet vermouth.  Again, this course paired spicy and sweet very well.  And again, the cocktail did not taste explicitly like mushrooms, but had a nice earthy flavour that went well with the sweet vermouth.

Third Course

Food:  Cashew Coconut Curry with Potatoes and Cauliflower with a Green Bean and Fresh Herb Salad

Cocktail:  Gin Cocktail with Mustard Seed, Tahini, Coconut Milk, Lemon Juice, Makers Mark and Lillet

Cashew Coconut Curry with The Mustard Seed Gin Cocktail

This last combination was my favourite – the curry was quite delicate and the herbs and toasted coconut on top were a perfectly crisp and refreshing accompaniment.  The cocktail was rich, foamy and aromatic.  Some thought the cocktail was too overpowering in this pairing and chose the second combination as their favourite, but I loved it.

Overall, The Refinery’s Cocktail Kitchen was a fun and delicious experience and I gave the fabulous Miss Lauren Mote 5’s across the board!  Bridget has yet to try The Cocktail Kitchen experience so we’ll be going back this month.  If you’re interested in trying it, we recommend booking now because spots are filling up fast.  Competitor details can be found here.  Book your reservation by calling 604.687.8001.

The Cocktail Kitchen Bartender Competition Series

The Refinery

1115 Granville Street, Vancouver

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Earthsave Canada presents the 12th annual Taste of Health Festival!

Come learn about the benefits of a plant-based diet. There will be food tastings, vendors, exhibitors, speakers, demonstrations, raffles, prizes, and a restaurant zone featuring raw-vegan food from Organic Lives.

The event is FREE for Earthsave members and children, and just $5 for other adults.

An evening gala on the same day will feature keynote speaker John Robbins along with live entertainment, hors d’oeuvres from Organic Lives, and an auction. Tickets for this event are only $25 if bought before September 23rd.

Taste of Health

Vancouver Masonic Centre

1495 West 8th St. Vancouver, BC V6H 1C9

Saturday, October 23, 2010

9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

For more information visit www.tasteofhealth.earthsave.ca, e-mail tasteofhealth@earthsave.ca, or find the Facebook event at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=142304219127138&ref=mf .

See you there!

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