May '11
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Marvelous May
V in the News
VegNews Twitter Chat
What's Hot on
Event Showcase
Pesto Wraps
Boardwalk Chocolates
New Store Arrivals
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Marvelous May

With warmer temperatures and the hint of summer ahead, we can't help but smile and feel slightly giddy. Maybe it's Cinco de Mayo, Memorial Day weekend barbecues, or the first day you can bust out a T-shirt. Or that we just won a Maggie award for this very VegNewsletter (woot!). Whatever the reason you're loving the season, enjoy the sunshine, toss a veggie kebab on the grill, and get ready for summer.

 V in the News

Vote for Veg Food Blogs
One vegan food blog and one veg-friendly blog are finalists in's Best Food Blogs Awards, and both are seeking votes in the Best Special Interest Blog category. The tongue-in-cheek titled blog What the Hell Does a Vegan Eat Anyway? features gorgeous recipes such as passion fruit cheesecake, hickory-smoked tofu, and puff pastry horns filled with asparagus and bechamel sauce (yes, please!). Veg-friendly food blog, Golubka, is named after the Russian word for dove, and features such hunger-inducing gems as fruit panna cotta, orange-cinnamon crêpes, and fig bars. Voting closes on May 12 and winners are announced on May 17. Vote for them here.

Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale Roundup
From April 23 to May 1, vegan bakers around the world united to sell sweet treats for a cause of their choosing. The international bake sale wrapped up with more than 150 groups participating. Close to $50,000 was raised for animal sanctuaries, humane societies, environmental education groups, vegan societies, special-needs children centers, funds for Japan, and many other causes. Several cookbook authors including Isa Chandra Moskowitz, Sarah Kramer, Hannah Kaminsky, and Carla Kelly organized events or baked for local sales. This annual event spans six continents and continues to grow each year.

The Truth of Factory Farming
A recent editorial and op-ed piece by Mark Bittman in The New York Times covers the hidden truth of factory farming. The editorial, published on April 26, discusses how three states—Iowa, Florida, and Minnesota—are attempting to pass laws making undercover filming on factory farms illegal, hindering what the public needs to know about where its food comes from and how animals are treated. Bittman says that we have created a huge problem if abuse and inhumane treatment on factory farms is considered normal. He writes, "Poll after poll finds that almost everyone believes that even if it costs more, farm animals should be treated humanely."

 VegNews Twitter Chat

VegNews is thrilled to host our fourth Twitter Chat on How to Plan a Perfect Vegan Wedding. If organizing a wedding or party is part of your summer, or you're just fascinated by the process, we've got you covered. Our May Twitter Chat gives you access to vegan wedding planners, our VN wedding couples, vegan food vendors, and more. Ask all the questions to our couples who have been there, done that—and quite beautifully, we might add.

Never participated in a Twitter Chat before? Don't worry. We have a handy guide to explain it all. Join us on May 24 at 6pm PST at the hashtag #VegNewsChat. VegNews editors will be hosting the discussion, and you don't need to have a Twitter account to watch the discussion. Here's to vegan weddings! (Pick up a copy of our May+June issue to read about our 2011 couples.)

 What's Hot on

You know what's hip? The internets. Here are our top five picks for hot stories you should probably check out right this minute.

1. So Far in Veganism, 2011 It's hard to believe we're half way through the year already. VN editors look back at the best of what's happened so far, from Martha Stewart and Oprah's vegan episodes to vegans in Vogue—and so much more.

2. Veg-Friendly Video Games Are you wandering through farmers' markets imagining how many fresh fruits you could slice with your ninja sword because of your Fruit Ninja addiction? We found more veg-friendly games to keep you hooked.

3. Top 5 Vegan Fashion Trends From bold colors to 70s chic, we share what's the latest in fashion and how to wear them without cruelty.

4. Vegan 101: Social Situations In the final installment of our Vegan 101 series, we help you navigate your new vegan lifestyle from how to order at a restaurant to vegan dating.

5. Fresh Spring Produce Hit up your local produce market with our guide to what's in season in your area. Then get cooking!

Bonus! This Week's Giveaway Is there a better holiday than Cinco de Mayo, a day dedicated to celebrating Mexican culture? Win a Daiya Cinco de Mayo Nacho Kit, complete with a pound of Pepperjack, two bags of chips, and a jar of salsa. Simply comment by today at 5pm PST.

Event Showcase

NYC Veggie Pride Weekend
Get ready for a weekend of parades and celebration of the veg lifestyle. First, strap on your dancing shoes on May 13 for the Veggie Prom for a night of vegan desserts, drinking, and crowning of a prom court in Brooklyn. Then put on your veggie costume and hit the streets of New York City on May 15 for the fourth annual Veggie Pride Parade. Join vegan speakers, veg groups, and hundreds of others for a day of revelry and celebration of a compassionate lifestyle.

Farm Sanctuary 25th Anniversary
One of the first animal sanctuaries in the US is kicking off its 25th anniversary with a gorgeous black-tie gala in New York City on May 14. Then, on May 16 in Lancaster, Pa., is an event honoring Hilda, the very first animal rescued by Farm Sanctuary. Even better, a local Lancaster restaurant, formerly a stockyard and where Hilda was rescued in 1986, is going vegan for the day to celebrate, and promises to add a permanent vegan menu option after the event. Similar parties will be held in Akron, Ohio, on May 19 and Chicago on May 21.

Honoring Hidden Heroes
Join animal-rights activist Bob Barker and Mercy for Animals for an evening honoring the hard work of undercover investigators who expose animal cruelty in factory farms. Honoring Hidden Heroes takes place on June 4 in Hollywood, Calif., starting with a VIP cocktail party with Barker and followed by an exquisite party at a private residence in the Hollywood Hills. The special evening will also serve as a way to celebrate Barker's 30 years of work and advocacy on behalf of animals.

Music & More
Los Angeles' largest earth day event, WorldFest, is just around the corner on May 22! Enjoy great food, music, and fascinating speakers at this all-day, outdoor event. VegNews will be exhibiting so be sure to stop by our booth and say hi!

Looking for more fun events this month? Head to for more great happenings.

 Get Cookin'

Pesto Wraps

For a quick bite-size appetizer to serve this summer at your backyard barbecue, head to the farmers' market for some fresh zucchini and basil to make these colorful Pesto Wraps. This simple raw recipe is from the cookbook, The Raw Truth: Recipes and Resources for the Living Foods Lifestyle by Jeremy A. Safron.

Serves 4 to 6

What You Need:
3 large zucchini
Sea salt, pinch
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Chopped green and purple basil leaves (garnish)

Presto Pesto:
2 cups walnuts, chopped
2 cups fresh basil, loosely packed
3 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon red miso
2 tomatoes, cubed

What You Do:
1. Using a vegetable peeler or mandoline, cut thin, wide strips lengthwise down zucchini. In a bowl, place zucchini strips, cover with water, and add sea salt and lemon juice. Soak for 2 hours. Drain, rinse, and drain again.

2. For the pesto, in a food processor, combine walnuts, basil leaves, and garlic to create a paste. Transfer paste to a bowl and stir in miso.

3. To prepare each wrap, lay a zucchini strip flat. In center of zucchini strip, place a teaspoon of pesto. Press a small piece of tomato into pesto. Roll up zucchini strip. With a toothpick, secure wrap or serve it seam side down on a serving plate. Serve with chopped basil garnish.

Photograph by Eniko Perhacs

Looking for more quick and simple appetizer recipes? Try out a few of our favorites:
Seitan Skewers & Sauce
Roasted Red Pepper Dip
Raw Teriyaki Noodles

 Product Review

Boardwalk Chocolates

We consider ourselves chocolate experts, if being an expert means you eat a lot of chocolate, so we only go bonkers for the best out there. When a delightful box of Boardwalk Chocolates arrived to our office, we were estatic to indulge in truffles with flavors like Banana Split, Fire Eater (a hot little treat of chipotle chili wrapped in cocoa), Peanut Butter Cloud, and more. Let's just say that at the end of the day, there was nothing left in the box but wrappers. We loved them so much we sent our May+June wedding couples each a box to celebrate their nuptials. Nothing says romance like vegan truffles.

 New Store Arrivals

You deserve a break, and we've got the perfect day planned—an impromptu picnic. Pack up some sandwiches, fresh iced tea, and chocolate goodies in the form of Sjaak's vegan candy bars. Grab a lawn chair and snag the latest May+June issue of VegNews. Head to your local park armed with your perfect vegan picnic and relaxing read and unwind. When you get back home, treat yourself to a mini-spa day with The Balm, a handmade creme made by an artisan apothecary in Northern California. Spoil yourself today with the newest products we have to offer at the VN Store!

June Newsletter Preview

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