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Austin Veg Event Roundup – February 2012

I’m going to try to do a monthly roundup of the veg-friendly events going on in Austin, Texas. I’ll do a blog post at the beginning of each month and will add to that post as I learn of new events worth mentioning. These monthly event roundups will appear in the Austin Veg Events tab at the top of the site.

To start, here’s the Veg Event Roundup for February 2012

Austin is a pretty veg-friendly city, so I’m sure there are other events going on that I’ve failed to mention. Do you know of other events I should add to this list? Please message me or post a comment below.

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Wednesday, February 1, 7:30pm

Free Vegan Nutrition Class at Beets Cafe

Resident certified health coach, Kate Brodsky will be holding an informal class and discussion on common subjects revolving around vegan health.

You can RSVP for the event on the Vegans Rock Austin Event page.

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Saturday, February 4, 11-2pm

Slaw Share

5M Farmer Charles Winningham (who also happens to be a chef at the W Hotel) has invited you to join him this Saturday at 11am to share coleslaw recipes in the kitchen. If you’re not up for cooking, but up for tasting, then come at 1pm and see how everyone did! If Monday’s practice session was any indication, the broccoli greens and cabbage-based slaws that were shared will continue to amaze!!

Note: Not necessarily vegan, but a lot of dishes probably will be)

Where: 5-Mile Farms
When: 11am cooking, 1pm tasting
Cost: $10 (5M-CSA Members FREE)

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Wednesday, February 8th, 6-7 pm

Class – Understanding & Addressing Food Cravings

Castle Hill Fitness, 1112 North Lamar Blvd

Many of us view cravings as a weakness, but cravings can provide tremendous insight into your nutrition and health needs. Join vegan and certified health coach Kate Brodsky for an informative class that will help you discover:

  • Reasons you may crave certain foods at certain times
  • Messages your cravings may be trying to send you
  • Specific tips for managing your cravings in ways that are healthy and beneficial
  • How to use your cravings to dramatically improve your overall health and wellbeing

Cost: $25. Bring a friend and you’ll each save $5 upon sign up!

To register: Call Castle Hill Fitness at (512) 478-4567  or sign up online here: http://www.castlehillfitness.com/calendar/600

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Friday, February 8, 7:30pm

Vegan Craft Night

A group of vegans from Vegans Rock Austin organize a craft night the 2nd Wed of every month at different locations around town.  This month they’ll be meeting at Cherrywood Coffee House.  Bring a project to work on – crochet, knit, beads, card making, whatever and come hang out/chat/eat.

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Friday, February 10, 4-7pm

Soup Peddler’s 10th Anniversary Party

281A South Lamar Blvd

This isn’t a strictly veg event, but I’ve heard that the Soup Peddler has some pretty great vegan soups.

Come celebrate the Soup Peddler’s 10th Anniversary with live music, games and prizes, free soup, and free beer.

And check out the facebook event page here.

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Friday, February 10, 7pm

VOLUNTEER POTLUCK – Monkeywrench Books

Join us for a vegan potluck and find out how to volunteer at the store.
Bring a vegan dish (no animal products including dairy, eggs, honey, etc.)
to share as well as a plate and utensils for yourself. Reconnect with old
friends and meet new ones!

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Saturday, February 11th, 1pm

5604 Manor Road, Austin, TX

Deep Green Resistance Group, Labeled ‘Eco-Terrorist,’ Speaks About Massive Nonviolent Campaign to Stop the 1%

Press Release:

Contact: Lierre Keith lierrekeith@yahoo.com Aric McBay aric@aricmcbay.org (847) 773-7478

Saturday, February 11th at 1pm at 5604 Manor Road, Austin, TX, Deep Green Resistance (DGR) National Organizers will speak about a new campaign they are helping to organize called OCCUPY THE MACHINE (OTM). OTM is a coalition organizing nonviolent civil disobedience actions targeting fossil fuel based industries happening in the Spring and Summer the likes of which have not been seen since the Civil Rights movement. (DGR: OCCUPY THE MACHINE) They will also share DGR’s strategy to address planetary destruction drawn from the book, Deep Green Resistance, by Derrick Jensen, Aric McBay and Lierre Keith.

During the past two weeks there has been much misinformation about the ideology and actions of Deep Green Resistance Austin from covert sources and some inaccurate reporting. Private intelligence agency Stratfor has labeled DGR’s anti-oppression work, solidarity with indigenous groups, and defense of natural communities, “eco-terrorism.” (Strange Bedfellows, The Austin Chronicle, 2/3/12) (Political analysis company faces hacking accusations, The Daily Texan, 2/3/12) This claim is flatly untrue, as the speakers will make clear.

The event is hosted by DGR Austin. Attendees will also learn how to get involved with DGR Austin and attend local programs, including Edible Plant Walks and Monthly Discussion Groups.
Deep Green Resistance is the only radical movement of its kind working to stop the destruction of the planet. DGR’s vision for a sustainable future on a livable planet includes dismantling industrial civilization before it destroys all life. Industrial civilization will be replaced by thousands of cultures that will arise organically from and fully integrate themselves into their local ecosystems. Community-based, directly democratic communities are central to DGR’s vision of human society. Deep Green Resistance has a plan of action for anyone determined to fight for this planet—and win.

Facebook event page.

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Saturday, February 11, 8pm

Vegan Singles Dinner – Hyden Park Supper Club

A fun, social vegan dinner for singles of all orientation.

The dinner is $30 cash per person and will look something like this:

  • Local Seasonal Vegetable Curry
  • Saffron Coconut Moong Dal Soup
  • Heart Shaped Samosa Ravioli with Beet Chutney and Saag
  • Baby Greens Salad with Yogurt Tamarind Dressing
  • Garam Masala Cheese Cake (cultured cashew base) with Chocolate and Mango

BYO booze or juice (glasses, openers and filtered water provided)

Everything is vegan and mostly organic (including lots of produce from local farms, too).

Gluten-free option available upon request – spiced basmati rice (with the samosa filling and chutney) will replace the ravioli, everything else will be gluten-free.

To reserve your seat, email hydenparksc@gmail.com with your name and your guest’s name (if you’re bringing one),  and if you need a gluten-free meal. You’ll then receive a confirmation email with the address/directions. You can also send an email just to be added to the email list for future dinners.

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Sunday, February 12, 2pm
Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk
Hillside Theatre Zilker Park, 2206 William Barton Dr., in the Barton Springs Pool parking lot.

Do you feel like a tourist in our local forests? Are the trails painted with a sea of ‘green’? Wanna learn about your local plants and develop a deeper connection with them? There are many edible, medicinal, and otherwise useful plants right here in Central Texas! Wouldn’t you like to get to know them? Join DGR and some local naturalists for a free Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk. Donations are accepted and benefit DGR Austin.

We’ll meet near the Hillside Theatre, an outdoor stage, at the head of the Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail. If you can’t find us, call  512-537-3476 .

Deep Green Resistance is a movement geared towards reestablishing our connection with the natural world, and dismantling the systems that are destroying our home. The walk will end with a brief discussion about how getting to know our land relates to the DGR strategy and analysis.

Our last walk was awesome. We had about 20 people show up! This month’s walk is sure to have even more of the small green edibles we saw last time so bring an appetite!

And bring your friends!

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Sunday, February 11, 6:30pm

Please join us for our regular monthly vegan potluck in February. Great food and great company. Very relaxed and informal— we welcome families and children, new vegetarians and vegans, and the “veg-curious”. Check our website (http://vegnetaustin.org) for a map. Please bring a vegan dish to feed 8 plus a serving utensil, as well as your own plate, utensils, and beverage. Also bring your recipe or a list of ingredients to help those with food sensitivities. You do not have to be a VNA member to attend our monthly potluck gatherings. Everyone in our Meetup group is invited- there are always lots of people at our meetings, since people come from our other online groups at Facebook and YahooGroups. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

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Sunday, February 12, 2012, 6pm

Meetup – Curry in a Hurry

The Austin Progressive Vegetarians Meetup Group will be meeting at Curry in a Hurry (2121 West Parmer Lane, Austin, TX) to eat their delicious vegetarian Indian food.

Join the meetup group and view the event here.

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Monday, February 13, 2012, 8-10pm

Texas VegFest Volunteer “Web Promotion” Party at Genuine Joe’s Coffeehouse

Come to our Volunteer “Web Promotion” Party and help us spread the word about Texas Vegfest online!

We’re meeting on Monday February 13th, from 8pm to 10pm at Genuine Joe’s Coffeehouse (2001 W. Anderson Ln, 78757).

At this volunteer meet up, we’ll get all the volunteers together to post information about Texas VegFest online at various community calendars, forums, group boards and event threads.

We have several lists of these communities and groups, and will be dividing them up between volunteers. So bring your laptop, come have some tasty beverages, and let’s get EVERYONE excited about Texas VegFest!

Please let us know if you are attending to ensure we have enough space. You can reply to volunteer@texasvegfest.com, or post a message athttp://groups.google.com/group/txvegfestvols.

If you haven’t joined our google group yet and you can’t find your invitation to join in your email, please go to Google to sign in and apply for membership. As we get closer to the big event, the volunteering discussion on our group will be getting way more active.

Thank you so much, see everyone Monday evening!

FB Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/105706142886923/

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Sunday, February 14, 2012, 7pm

Chocolate and a Movie at Monkeywrench Books

Does the thought of overpriced dinner and drinks at a stuffy restaurant fill you with dread? Are you looking for a way to show your appreciation for your friends and loved ones that doesn’t involve spending a ridiculous amount of money? Are you a fan of (vegan) chocolate treats? Do you love Johnny Depp as much as we do? Then MonkeyWrench has the answer to your problems! Well, at least some of them…

Join us this Tuesday Feb 14th for a night of sweets, chocolate-covered treats, drinks, and a movie. And what better movie to show about chocolate than Chocolat? Plus, how can you say no to Johnny Depp AND chocolate? Collective members will be preparing some of their favorite desserts to share, but you are also welcome and encouraged to bring your own! We will also have some drinks on hand, but you can also bring your own beverages to enjoy.

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Sunday, February 19, 2012, 5pm

Meetup – Thai Kitchen

The Austin Progressive Vegetarians Meetup Group will be meeting at Thai Kitchen (3009 Guadalupe St.).

Join the meetup group and view the event here.

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Sunday, February 22, 2012, 7pm

Meetup – Tom’s Tabooley

The Vegetarian Network of Austin will be meeting at Tom’s Tabooley (2928 Guadalupe St).

Join the meetup group and view the event here.

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Thursday, February 23, 7-9pm

ATX Vegan Drinks

Whether you’re a long-time vegan, or just veg-curious, make new friends and meet up with old ones at ATX Vegan Drinks! Grab some delicious vegan food at Arlo’s Food Truck, located across the street from The Brixton, and bring it on over to the bar so you don’t miss a minute of the fun. The Brixton will be offering a selection of vegan beers and cocktails (alcoholic and non), including a vegan White Russian!

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Saturday, February 25, 1 – 3 pm
A Taste of the Tohoku – Presentation and Cooking Demonstration
The Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts
1700 South Lamar
Award-winning author and chef, Elizabeth Andoh will teach A Taste of the Tohoku, a 2-hour presentation and tasting that is free and open to the public. Guests will be introduced to the regional flavors of Japan’s northeast, the Tohoku region. Elizabeth will combine and integrate Tohoku specialties with basic washoku principles (Japan’s indigenous food culture) and the no-waste approach of kansha (appreciation). All foods prepared and served will be vegan. Space is limited, RSVP here to save your space.
Elizabeth Andoh’s presentation serves as a celebration of her forthcoming e-original book: KIBŌ Brimming with Hope: Recipes & Stories from Japan’s Tohoku. This is Elizabeth’s sixth book, a culinary tribute to the Tohoku region that was devastated by earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident on March 11, 2011. Both Elizabeth and her publisher, Ten Speed Press, a Crown imprint of Random House, have pledged a portion of book proceeds to Japan’s recovery efforts.
For more public classes at the Natural Epicurean, check out this link:

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Saturday, February 25, 2-4 pm

Winter Foraging Walk in Central Texas

Near Wimberly, Texas (Directions and further details will be sent once registration is confirmed)

This class will be a simple walk and discussion about wild edible plants you can find growing in the winter and early spring. We will discuss how to identify, harvest and prepare the things we find. If we’re lucky, you might return home with a bag of wild salad or winter greens! Come prepared for the weather!

Cost: $30 (includes handouts, a wild snack and some foraged finds)

To register: email EatWild@gmail.co

For foraging tips and recipes for foraged foods, check out WildEdibleTexas.com

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Sunday, February 26, 2012, 7pm

Meetup – Cafe Express

The Austin Progressive Vegetarians Meetup Group will be meeting at Cafe Express (3418 N Lamar Blvd).

Join the meetup group and view the event here.

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Monday & Tuesday, February 27-28

The Brown Symposium at Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX

Back to the Foodture: Sustainable Strategies to Reverse a Global Crisis

This year’s Brown Symposium considers Food from many angles and ponders ways we can rethink our relationship with this most basic, beautiful and complex of needs. There will be some great speakers here, probably lots of vegetarian talk, and best of all – it’s free! More details on the Brown Symposium event page.

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