October 2

Cheezy Herb ChickUN Salad Recipe!

Fellow chefs preparing for the Throwdown!
Fellow chefs preparing for the Throwdown!

I want to thank everyone who attended the Vegan Sammich Throwdown in Berkeley, California on Sunday. Almost 160 tickets were sold to taste each of the 7 chef’s creations. I hope all who attended had as much fun as I did. My delicious sandwich did not make the top 3 but being surrounded by other vegans, vegetarians and vegan-curious for a couple hours was prize enough!

Hard to believe that batch made 160 sample tastes!
Hard to believe that batch made 160 sample tastes!

Kudos to all of the chefs who prepared enough samples to feed 160 attendees, transported it all to the Finnish Brotherhood Hall and then created the sandwiches there with only about 40 minutes to spare. It was also very exciting to meet Chef Lisa, the 2013 Vegan Iron Chef champion, and taste her gorgeous sandwich. And congratulations to Chef James, Chef Maria and Chef Bijal who placed in the Top 3 with their delicious creations!

I promised to get my recipe posted for all of you who enjoyed it so just click the pdf link below!

Cheezy Herb ChickUN Salad Recipe

ChickUN Salad ingredients
ChickUN Salad ingredients

…and I know there were many of you who LOVED the pumpernickel bread. This was created by my good friend and pastry chef Debbie Yee-Henen who was happy to share her recipe with you! She is a pro so this recipe is by weight not measurement.

Debbie’s Vegan Pumpernickel Bread

My tiny tastes!
My tiny tastes!

For those of you who have not enjoyed Butler’s Soy Curls yet, please follow the link below to find stores across the U.S. that carry them. Or you can use this link to purchase them online.

Butler Foods

I received this adorable prize for participating in the Throwdown and since I don’t have kids, I might just use it as a vegan handbag for a while!

Tofurky lunchbox!
Tofurky lunchbox!

ST prize2

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!