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!
During her visit thanks to Tout Suite Social Club, I had an opportunity to be featured on live streaming television.
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!
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.
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!
The video is only about 17 minutes long so please watch it and I would love your feedback and comments. Cheers!
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!
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!
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!
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!
And finally after finding all of this amazing produce and vegan food… I found the chocolate!
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!
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!
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.
Sonoma County VegFest!
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 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