Subject: Marin VEG February News
From: Patti Breitman <>
Date: 1/24/2019, 4:38 PM
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Marin Vegetarian Education Group
February 2019

This newsletter is being sent early because I'll be out of town at the end of the month.

The rain was glorious, the wind was furious, and now the sun brings us a most warm and welcome change. 
 In the vegan world, there is astounding news from world of fast food chain restaurants. Panera, Carl's Jr., and Taco Bell are all bringing more vegan options to their restaurants. Details and more news below.

Saturday, February 2
Point Reyes Mindful Film & Food Festival
Come to the Dance Palace (503 B Street, Point Reyes) on Saturday, February 2 to watch great films, sample great food, and hang out with other  conscious, mindful consumers. Doors open at 11AM for a mini expo, and films begin at noon.  The expo is free. The films are $10 each, $8 for seniors, or $20 for all four.  Learn more and get tickets at  Proceeds benefit Rancho Compasion and Compassionate Living.

Tuesday, February 5
Ocean Robbins' New Book Will Be Published
Available for Pre-Order now
31 Day Food Revolution is a new book by Ocean Robins, CEO and co-founder with his father John Robbins of The Food Revolution. In it Ocean teaches us how to heal, feel great and transform the world by saying no to our toxic food culture.  The foreword is by Joel Fuhrman, MD.  Learn more of what to expect, see what Sir Paul McCartney has to say, and pre-order the book at

Sunday, February 23, Oakland
Vegan Mac and Cheese Cook Off
The Factory Farming Awareness Coalition is sponsoring its sixth annual Mac Down. This is a mac and cheese competition in which attendees get to sample  and vote for the mac and cheese of local home chefs competing for glory, prizes and fame. There will also be food and craft vendors  The event will be held at Omni Commons (4799 Shattuck, Oakland) from 11 AM to 2 PM on Sunday, February 23. The cost is $12.  This event usually sells out quickly. To have a booth, to enter your own mac and cheese, or to order your tickets go to

Miyoko to Make Nut-free Cheeses

Great news for people who can't eat nuts: Miyoko will be creating nut-free cheeses in the coming year. Here's the scoop from One Green Planet.

Veg Cook Needed
A woman called me looking for a veg cook to prepare meals for her twice a week. Either bring them or prepare them at her home in Mill Valley.
She does not use a computer. If you or someone you know can do this, please call Helen G. at 415-388-6381.

Iowa's Ag-Gag Law Struck Down
A federal judge has struck down Iowa's ag-gag law, which, since 2012 prohibited journalists and activists from conducting undercover operations at factory farms and slaughter houses. Other states still have these laws in effect. Here's the story on Iowa's law:

Taco Bell to Become More Vegan Friendly
When you're on the road and need to grab a bite, Taco Bell may have just what you need. I have had plain bean burritos from them once in a blue moon, and while they won't win any culinary awards, they do satisfy for very low cost.  Now the chain is adding more vegetarian and vegan options. Read about their plans here:

Panera Adds Vegan Soup to Menu
The chain famous for its bread, Panera, has added a vegetable soup that's vegan to its menu. This is another good choice when the pickings are slim, and you're hungry.

Carl's Jr. to Sell Beyond Meat Vegan Burgers
I thought it was almost unbelievable when White Castle (an East Coast burger chain) added vegan burgers to their offerings. Now Carl's Jr. will be offering a quarter pound Beyond Meat burger at more that 1000 of their stores.  The times, they are a changing.

Blue Diamond Adding New Vegan Creamer and Bananas in Almond Milk to Line

Blue Diamond almond milk is very popular and widely available. The company is adding a vegan creamer to it line of products for those who want a richer milk in their coffee. They are also adding an almond milk blended with bananas. As my father used to say, What will they think of next?

Boca Now Mostly Vegan
The original Boca Burger was one of the first vegan burgers on the market. But many restaurants served their nonvegan burgers, not the original. And some stores sold only the nonvegan varieties.  Now the company is moving toward more vegan products, ditching the dairy. Here's why. Thanks to Compassion Over Killing for pushing this company toward more compassionate products.

Vendors Now Can Sign Up for Two Events
If you want to exhibit at the Sonoma Veg Fest on Saturday, August 3 in Santa Rosa or at Berkeley Earth Day on Sunday, April 21, now is the time to apply.  There is a discount available if you exhibit at both.  Hold those dates even if you're not an exhibitor.  And to exhibit, contact Hope at

More Happenings
Be sure to look at  and  to find out what's happening in the coming weeks. Also, check out Compassionate Living in Sonoma County. Their web site is and The San Francisco Veg Society at www.  


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