September 23

Napa Valley Vegan Competing in the Vegan Sammich Throwdown!!

Your vote will send me to the 3rd Annual Vegan Iron Chef contest!!
Your vote will send me to the 3rd Annual Vegan Iron Chef contest!!

This has been one epic week! My Mom came to visit for a week, Napa Valley Vegan starred in my first live streaming episode on Tout Suite Social Club, my Facebook page reached 100 Likes (thanks a bunch for that) and on Sunday I will be competing with fellow home and professional chefs for the best Vegan Sammich chef title!

I want to thank Dan Butler with Butler Foods who is generously providing me with a case of Soy Curls for the Sammich Throwdown. Because of his generosity and support, I will be able to compete and provide 150 tasting samples of my delicious Cheezy Herb ChickUN Salad to those attending and voting.

My absolute new favorite food!
My absolute new favorite food!

I also want to thank all of you that are following my blog whether it is through Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ or right here on my website. You are all invited to join me on Sunday, September 28th from 2-5 p.m. at the Finnish Brotherhood Hall in Berkeley, California. I would love to meet you in person. Thanks to all of you followers from right here in the U.S. including Alaska. I am beyond excited that there may be a vegan or 2 in Alaska!! And to those of you from around the world who are viewing my blog from the U.K., Australia, Brazil, India, Romania, Mexico, Netherlands and Brunei Darussalam (I had to google that one but I am really thrilled that someone from “the Abode of Peace” in Southeast Asia is following me!) many thanks!! I know you guys can’t join me on Sunday but I will be thinking of you as I compete for the Title!

The Vegan Sammich Throwdown  is produced by Karine Brighten Events at the Finnish Brotherhood Hall located at 1970 Chestnut Street in Berkeley. The tickets to attend the competition are only $15 each (day of the event they go up to $20 so get your tix now!) and will provide you with a tasting from all of the chefs – there are currently 7 of us and room for a couple more if you are feeling competitive, sampling of 6 flavors of Genuto – a delicious nut based vegan gelato, a bag of chips from BeanFields, a coconut water from Vita Coco, a cookie from Alternative Baking Company, a chance to win raffle prizes and the opportunity to vote for your favorite sammich (mine) and your favorite new Genuto flavor!

Ahh many vegan delights!
Ahh many vegan delights!

Beanfields genuto vita coco

In addition to all the great eats, $3 from every ticket will be given to Factory Farming Awareness Coalition! FFAC’s cause is to end Factory Farming for the good of the environment, the animals, the worker’s rights and our public health. Pretty awesome causes to protect!

Let's End Factory Farming Together!
Let’s End Factory Farming Together!

 I’m counting on you guys to get me to the Winner’s Circle so click the link below to get your tickets now! See you on Sunday.

Tickets to the Sammich Throwdown!

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!

September 9

Protest Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Advocates for the Animals at Six Flags

Join my friends – Advocates for the Animals at Six Flags – at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, 1001 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 20th to protest the use and abuse of animals at this park.

Their mission is to cause all of the animals at Six Flags to be sent to organizations that can rehabilitate them for reintroduction into the wild or to bonafide sanctuaries where they can express their natural behaviors.

By joining them, you will be a part of making that mission statement a reality. Please follow the link below to RSVP!

Protest Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

If you have any questions or would like to take action, follow the link below

Advocates for the Animals at Six Flags

I wish I could be there with you! I look forward to seeing you at the Empty The Tanks Worldwide Demonstration on Saturday, June 6th, 2015

Empty The Tanks Worldwide Demonstrations