Vegan Cooking Class at Good Choice Kitchen

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Chef Sara Boan will be at Good Choice Kitchen, in Ossining, as guest teacher for the kitchen’s next vegan cooking class, which will take place 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on June 12. Boan is a professionally trained chef who works at Catskill Animal Sanctuary (CAS), in Saugerties, a haven for rescued farm animals and an advocacy organization for vegan living.

“We are ecstatic that Sara and the CAS are open to the idea of bringing a cooking class to us,” says Chef Laurie Gershgorn, owner of Good Choice Kitchen. “Sara’s cooking classes are very well received and attended at the sanctuary, so we hope many people will take this opportunity to join her here in Westchester.”

Under Boan’s guidance, the class will make Buffalo Cauliflower with Quick and Creamy Dressing; Greek Watermelon Salad; Zesty Lime-Pineapple Slaw; Compassionate Crab Cakes with Remoulade Sauce; and Blackberry Fig Crisp. All the recipes are featured in the sanctuary’s new cookbook, Compassionate Cuisine: 125 Plant-Based Recipes from Our Vegan Kitchen. There will be cookbooks available for purchase at the conclusion of class, with all proceeds supporting the sanctuary’s programming.

The vegan cooking classes at Good Choice Kitchen—which are typically scheduled on a Wednesday evening—are open to anyone age 13 and older. Preregistration is required.

Cost: $75 per class. Sign up ahead of time online, by phone or in person. Location: Good Choice Kitchen, 147 Main St., Ossining, NY. For more info, call 914.930.1591, email info@goodchoicekitchen.com or visit GoodChoiceKitchen.com.

 

 

Thanksgiving Day Plant-Based Potluck in White Plains

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The White Plains Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation is hosting a free Plant-Based Pot Luck Thanksgiving Dinner from 1 to 4 p.m., November 22, at Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Anyone planning to attend should bring at least one plant-based dish ready to serve by 1 p.m.

The hope is to provide a place for celebration, nourishment and community, says Rev. LoraKim Joyner. “We will gather on this day to share gratitude for, and deepen our connection to, all earth’s beings. We do so by sharing a plant-based meal that nurtures our health and the earth. Not only will we dine well with tasty dishes shared, but we will have time for discussion and fireside storytelling.”

Location: 468 Rosedale Ave., White Plains, NY. To register, visit EventBrite.com and type “Giving Thanks” in the search bar. To volunteer or for more information, contact Doreen Rossi at doreenrossi@hotmail.com or Joyner at amoloros@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hudson Valley Vegfest Returns for Second Year

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Strolling the food aisle at HV Vegfest

The second annual Hudson Valley Vegfest will take place November 3 and 4, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days, in the 42,000-square-foot events space at Gold’s Fitness Center in Poughkeepsie. Sponsored by the Institute for Animal Happiness, this festival celebrates the benefits of vegan living and explores the issues that drive the vegan movement, from food justice to human health concerns to protecting animals and the environment.

Last year’s Vegfest drew 2,500 attendees, and organizers say the response is an indication of growing interest in veganism and plant-based options, as more people in the Hudson Valley become aware of the beneficial aspects of making these choices.

This year’s festival will feature more than 80 vendors—both local and from around the country—representing a wide array of products and services, including various vegan foods, chefs, authors and innovators, and businesses and nonprofit organizations devoted to change. The lineup of speakers and presentations includes voices from across the spectrum of inclusive and compassion-based activism, such as Alyssa Miller (Deafinitely Vegan); Michael Suchman and Ethan Ciment (Vegan Mos); Omowale Adewale (founder of Black Vegfest and GAMENYC); Carmen Ng and Evelyn Li (Ocka Treats); Robert Grillo (author and founder of Free From Harm); Scott David (Compassion Over Killing); Gretchen Primack (activist and poet); Heather Stadler (Official Fat Vegan); and Dr. Milton Mills (featured in the Netflix film What the Health).

And once again this year, Hudson Valley Vegfest will produce zero waste thanks to its partnership with local service Zero to Go. Only six bags of trash from last year’s festival went to the landfill; everything else was composted or recycled.

Among the festival sponsors are WAMC Northeast Public Radio, Radio Woodstock 100.1 WDST, MadeGood, Zero to Go, and Vegan and Animal Professionals Insurance.

Cost: $10 per ticket or $15 for a two-day pass. Children 10 and under free. Veterans $5 (cash at door only). Location: 258 Titusville Rd., Poughkeepsie, NY. For more info, visit HVVegfest.org or InstituteForAnimalHappiness.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plant Based Meetup Dinner on May 18

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Jeanne Schumacher

Plant Based–Westchester, a pod group for the grassroots movement inspired by the movie Plant Pure Nation, is having a Meetup dinner on May 18, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Eda’s Garden, located at 1871 Commerce Drive in Yorktown Heights. Jeanne Schumacher founded the group three years ago, to inspire people to change their health destiny by adopting a whole-foods, plant-based lifestyle and reducing the toxins in their life. “We’ve done potlucks, movies, cooking demos and lectures on plant-based living,” she says. “I’m passionate about making a difference in the lives of others by teaching them practical ways to improve their health.”

Chef John from Eda’s Garden will prepare a salt-, sugar- and oil-free meal for the evening: a falafel slider, a veggie slider, a jackfruit slider and a drop cookie for $12. However, people can order whatever they want, Schumacher says. “The falafel is so good, the banana crepe is beyond amazing, and everything is organic.” Participants should bring a plant-based dessert to share (visit StarchQueens.net for recipe ideas).

Banana crepe at Eda's“After dinner, Chef John will do a cooking demo on how to make a slider,” Schumacher says. “After the cooking event, we will talk and share recipes and positive health changes that we’ve seen. It is a wonderful get-together.”

For more info, email JeanneSchumacher@gmail.com. Space is limited. To reserve a spot, call the restaurant at 914.352.6280.