September 20

Napa Valley Vegan hosts cooking episode on Tout Suite Social Club!

My Mom, Kit, came to Napa from Traverse City, Michigan to visit last week and meet her newest Grandpuppy, Violet. We had an amazing time visiting with family and catching up on all the little things that only family finds interesting. Because of her visit, I took a little mini-break from posting to my blog. However, because of her visit, I now have lots of wonderful material to share with you. She had a great time helping me eat and drink my way through Napa Valley – vegan style!

Me & Mom
Me & Mom
Wine tasting with my Mom Kit & my husband Steve
Wine tasting with my Mom Kit & my husband Steve

During her visit thanks to Tout Suite Social Club, I had an opportunity to be featured on live streaming television.

Napa Valley Vegan - behind the scenes on Tout Suite Social Club!
Napa Valley Vegan – behind the scenes on Tout Suite Social Club!

My husband and several of my friends also came along to offer their support. I was a bit nervous at first (which is pretty obvious!) but had a great time talking about good vegan food and wine!

What a great bunch of friend!
What a great bunch of friends!

I prepared my new favorite food – Butler Foods BBQ Soy Curls and paired the meal up with 60 North a delicious vegan Merlot from local Napa winery Mason Cellars.

Delicious soy curls and delightful vegan Merlot
Delicious soy curls and delightful vegan Merlot

Mason Cellars 60 North soy curls

And last but not least, I want to thank Susan Quinn, Founder & CEO of Tout Suite Social Club for inviting me to host an episode about my passion – being vegan – and the growing population of vegans that want to dine out with friends and enjoy wonderful food and wine!

Susan on Tout Suite
Susan Quinn directing my live streaming debut!

The video is only about 17 minutes long so please watch it and I would love your feedback and comments. Cheers!

Napa Valley Vegan goes LIVE!

August 28

Napa Farmers Market – Vegan style!

Napa Humane Mobile Adoption Unit
Napa Humane Mobile Adoption Unit

Napa Humane is a local non-profit that offers humane education, low cost spay/neutering, a weekly vaccination clinic and the Mobile Adoption Unit for our Napa Valley dogs, cats and bunnies. The Mobile Adoption Unit debuted in May 2005 and has been partnering with local animal welfare groups including the Napa County Animal Shelter ever since! I have been volunteering for Napa Humane since their first annual Walk for Animals in 2012. if you have been to any of their exciting fundraisers, you have probably seen me there too. I do always love a good party. And you can always find me on Fridays at the vaccination clinic holding puppies and kissing dogs. I got to spend my morning Tuesday in the Mobile Adoption Unit with Wendi Piscia, Program Administrator of Napa Humane, Emily the Chihuahua mix and four adorable bunny rabbits at the Napa Farmers Market. You can find the Mobile Adoption Unit on the first and last Tuesdays and second Saturday each month through October from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. When it was time for a snack, I wandered around the Market and chatted with some really friendly and helpful people. I was really excited by the many vegan options available!

You can't miss this fresh and delicious granola!
You can’t miss this fresh and delicious granola!

 

My first stop was The Handmade Pantry. Jane Bell creates the freshest, most delicious granola I have every tasted. Almost all of the granola is vegan ( a couple flavors contain honey), and there are gluten and wheat-free options as well as nut-free options. There is a granola flavor that will satisfy everyone! Jane offers generous samples of each of her granola masterpieces. I brought home a bag of the gingerbread granola and I sprinkle it on everything!

 

FM Granola

 

 

Stop by Duck Duck Goose Farms!
Stop by Duck Duck Goose Farms!

My next stop was Duck Duck Goose Farms a pesticide-free, biodynamic farm with crops in Napa. They offer premade salads so you can keep your energy up while shopping the Market. They always offer a vegan option on their menu!

 

Duck Duck Goose Farms' menu board!
Duck Duck Goose Farms’ menu board!

 

Love the Field Blend vegan salad!
Love the Field Blend vegan salad!

 

There are also several farms that offer pesticide free and organic fruits and vegetables including Rodriguez Farms, The Patch, J&M Ibarra Farm and Long Meadow Ranch. Be sure to stop by and thank them for choosing to go organic!

 

Long Meadow Ranch organic produce
Long Meadow Ranch organic produce

 

Rodriguez Farms organic strawberries!
Rodriguez Farms organic strawberries!

 

More organic produce!
More organic produce!

 

And finally after finding all of this amazing produce and vegan food… I found the chocolate!

Desmond with Wine Country Chocolates
Desmond with Wine Country Chocolates

 

Many of these delicious chocolates are dairy-free! Desmond offered me many samples and they were all so good I couldn’t decide on my favorite. I guess I will just have to keep visiting Wine Country Chocolates and tasting the chocolate to make up my mind!

 

 

 

Dark Chocolate! Yum...
Dark Chocolate! Yum…

 

 

Wine Country Chocolates' non-dairy artisan sweet
Wine Country Chocolates’ non-dairy artisan sweets

 

I would have to say for such a meat and cheese centric city I had incredible success finding delicious and varied vegan options at the Napa Farmers Market. Be sure to come by every Tuesday and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through October and support the vendors that provide vegan options! I hope to see you there soon!

 

Links:

http://www.napafarmersmarket.com/

http://www.napahumane.org

http://ddgfarms.com

http://www.winecountrychocolates.com

http://www.longmeadowranch.com

http://www.rodriguezfarms.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 15

Join me at the VegFest in Santa Rosa!

Many exciting events happening this weekend near Napa Valley. Come out and join me on Saturday in Santa Rosa for the VegFest. Indulge in delicious vegan food, enjoy national speakers, participate in healthy cooking demonstrations and did I mention the food?! I hope to see you there.

Welcome to the Sonoma County VegFest, Sonoma County’s first full-featured, indoor-outdoor celebration of compassionate, healthy and environmentally responsible living. This exciting day-long event will be held in Santa Rosa’s Finley Community Center from 10 am to 5 pm on August 16. It’s only $5 and kids under 13 are free!

The Sonoma County VegFest features nationally recognized speakers, delicious food, refreshing drink, dozens of local and bay area vendors, professional cooking demonstrations, free samples, and coconut ice cream! Be sure to come hungry, some of our food vendors are: Genuto (vegan gelato), Heidi Ho chia seed nacho cheese, Alive and Healing tempeh, Farm to Ferment sauerkraut and kimchi, two amazing vegan chocolatiers, Sjaak’s Chocolate and Obsessive Confection Disorder and much more. Lunch choices will include local favorites Gaia’s Garden, Lydia’s Lovin’ Foods and Gursha Ethiopian Catering. There will also be fresh sandwiches from Freja’s Seitan and many offerings from Sunny Vibrations vegan food truck.

The Sonoma County VegFest is proudly sponsored by Compassionate Living, a Sonoma County non-profit whose mission is to create a compassionate world where people are healthy, the environment is protected and all animals are free from human imposed suffering