Anya Todd will speak at VegFest 2015
Anya Todd, R.D, L.D. is a registered, licensed dietitian specializing in vegan nutrition. Dietician for Mercy for Animals. Ms. Todd has… worked with a variety of clients in the last decade of practice. She has counseled children and adults in areas of weight management, chronic disease treatment and preventive nutrition.
Anya received her BS in nutrition from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and completed her internship at the Cleveland Clinic. Along with a passion for nutrition, Anya enjoys cooking and obtained vegan culinary training at the School of Natural Cookery in Boulder, Colorado. Anya holds additional training certificates in adult and pediatric weight management from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, along with certification in plant-based nutrition from eCornell and the T. Colin Campbell Foundation.Currently, Anya teaches the Maternal & Pediatric Nutrition course as well as a Sports Nutrition course for the Wellness Forum Institute of Health Studies and also sits on their Health Advisory Board. Additionally, she serves as the State of Ohio’s coordinator of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is a writer for the website, Your Daily Vegan.An ethical vegan, Anya lends her time to many animal-related causes, which includes the “Ask Anya” column in Compassionate Living magazine by Mercy For Animals. She also co-founded Mid-Ohio Animal Welfare League, which is an animal advocacy organization whose main purpose is to promote respect for all animals and bring low-cost sterilization services to communities.
REMEMBER – VegMichigan Members are allowed free entrance to VegFest, so if you are not yet a member, go to www.vegmichigan.org/join/ to join today.
VegFest 2015 Celebrity Speaker
We are thrilled to announce the Celebrity Guest Speaker at VegFest 2015 will be Alicia Silverstone!
Alicia Silverstone made her way from doing commercials to Clueless fame, morphing into one of the most celebrated actresses today. Silverstone leverages her fame to promote key issues – from environmentalism and animal rights, to teaching people how a plant-based diet can improve their health as well as the planet’s. She is a dedicated advocate on behalf of the planet and its animals, and was voted “Sexiest Vegetarian Alive” in 2004.
Away from the screen, Silverstone is an accomplished author having penned The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet. In the Kind Diet, Silverstone outlines the benefits of a plant-based diet, from effortless weight loss to clear skin, increased energy, and smooth digestion.
An avid animal rights activist, Silverstone became vegan in 1998 and has since championed for the rights of animals everywhere. In 2000, she was honored by FARM at the Animal Rights Conference.
VegFest will be held on Sunday, April 19 at the Suburban Showcase Collection in Novi.
REMEMBER – VegMichigan Members are allowed free entrance to VegFest, so if you are not yet a member, go to http://vegmichigan.org/join/ to join today.
To inquire about being an exhibitor, participating in the food court or becoming a sponsor, please complete the preliminary application form here or write to Joanne@VegMichigan
Turmerican Vegetarian Cuisine Restaurant Offers VegMichigan Members a Discount
During the entire month of January 2015, Turmerican Vegetarian Cuisine Restaurant will be offering VegMichigan members a special discount of buy one entrée, get the second entrée 50% off.
Turmerican is an Indian Cuisine restaurant located at 24259 Novi Road in Novi. The owner and chef, Murali Jayaraman (a.k.a. “Jay”)writes the following about his restaurant:
“I have had a wide range of culinary experiences for the past 20 years. I previously owned and operated The Chettinad in Troy and Madras Masala in Ann Arbor – all well known for their South Indian Specialities. Turmerican is a dream come true project. Having embraced the vegetarian lifestyle for personal and moral reasons – I strongly believe plant-based foods are best for our health and healing. The Turmerican menu incorporates plenty of ancient grains, fresh veggies, greens – most dishes use organic and non-gmo products when available.
The menu is extensive with a wide range of choices such as the traditional dosa, kuzhipaniyaram and malabar adai. We also offer Indo-Chinese fusion dishes made healthy and interesting with the option of creating your own fried rice or noodles with veggies. We prepare our burgers and sandwiches with ancient grains, beans, lentils, legumes, fresh veggies and greens.
There are ample vegan choices on the menu and most items can be vegan-customized just for the asking. In a nutshell, Turmerican strives to make this the place for vegans to come and enjoy food and achieve optimal benefits with uncompromised taste.”
Go to their website at www.turmerican.com
and check out all the menu items, too numerous to mention here. They are closed on Mondays but open Tuesday – Friday 11:30 – 2:30 and 5:00 – 9:00; Saturday and Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 and 5:00 – 9:30.
You must show your VegMichigan Membership card to your waitstaff to qualify. If you don’t have a card, go to http://vegmichigan.org/join/ and join today .
VegMichigan Member Appreciation Give-away
This month, we are giving away the brand new DVD of Food, Inc.. This 90 minute film lifts the veil on the food industry, exposing how our food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the safety of workers and our own environment. Food, Inc. reveals surprising – and often shocking truths – about what we eat, how it’s produced and who we have become as a society.
A great DVD to have in your collection to show to family and friends or to give as a gift this holiday season. After viewing Food, Inc. they will never look at dinner the same way again.
To win, write to firstname.lastname@example.org with a sentence or two explaining why you want to own this DVD. Winner will be randomly selected.
Om Cafe Re-opens with New Owners and Offers VegMichigan Members a Discount During December
The OM Café has reopened with new owners. They are located at 23136 Woodward Avenue, Ferndale, MI 48220. Restaurant hours are Monday, Wednesday and Saturdays 12 noon – 9:00 p.m; closed Sundays and Tuesdays. Visit them at https://www.facebook.com/OmCafeFerndale. They welcome take out orders too: 248-548-1941.
The OM Café always gives a 10% discount to our VegMichigan Members! However, during the entire month of December 2014, they will be offering a special grand opening celebration discount of buy one entrée and get the second entrée half off. You must show your VegMichigan Membership Card to your waitserver. If you don’t have a current Membership Card, go to http://vegmichigan.org/join/ to join or renew.
Jessica Norwood, the new co-owner, told us the décor will remain the same both inside and outside of the building; however, there will be some changes to the menu – all for the better! They will be eliminating salmon and some of the salads that were not all that popular. Customer favorites will remain such as: OM Nori Rolls, Brussels Appetizers, Vegan Mac, and the Mushroom & Tempeh Burgers. The vegetables in the stir-fries have been tweaked to a combination they feel their customers will be very pleased about. Chef Madu has been working on some new creations and OM staff is very excited to offer them to guests at the restaurant.
Jessica shares the story of her love affair with the OM here:
“I first fell in love with OM as a little girl. My mom would bring me here for Nori Rolls, the Mexican Plate, and Kukicha Tea – my favorites! Every boyfriend, best friend, and schoolmate would be brought to taste the delicious vegan cuisine I always raved about. About three years ago, I scored a job here as a waitress, and it was one of the best moments in my life. I worked my way up from waitress to manager, learning everything I could about food, business, and the people. Chef Madu began working at OM Café not too soon after myself, we fell madly in love. We tossed around ideas about opening up our own vegan restaurant, what kinds of food we would serve, and what message we would want to send.
When the former owners announced they would be closing it’s doors for good, I was deeply saddened that my most favorite place on earth was closing. Bill, another loyal OM customer, decided with myself and the Chef that we couldn’t let this happen. Bill and I then formed a partnership as the new owners of OM Café, along with Chef Madu leading the kitchen, and we are thrilled to be back, providing delicious veg food to Metro-Detroit!
OM Café is most certainly my home, and we hope to become the new face of veg cuisine in the area. I am so thankful for all of the overwhelming support from our OM customers and staff – we wouldn’t be where we are today without their support! We hope to keep cooking great food for many more years to come.”
VegMichigan’s ThanksLiving Vegan Potluck Dinner
VegMichigan’s Annual ThanksLiving Vegan Potluck Dinner will be held in Troy on Saturday, November 29th. The festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a buffet of delicious vegan food. Spread the word to others who might be interested in celebrating this ThanksLiving feast where all can be thankful – including the animals who will not be on our tables. Bring your best vegan dish to share.
Cowspiracy – a VegMichigan Success!
Sold out crowds (over 400 attendees) filled theaters in Ann Arbor, Lansing and Royal Oak for the VegMichigan sponsored showing of the movie Cowspiracy. This film focused on the environmental problems involving animal agriculture. At the end of the film, attendees were given surveys to complete and nearly 80% indicated they would move toward a more plant-based diet.
VegMichigan works diligently every day to promote the benefits of the vegan lifestyle. Your membership and/or donation goes directly to our outreach efforts. Please consider becoming a member or making a donation today – go to www.vegmichigan.org. We appreciate your support!
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret will be showing at two separate locations on Tuesday, October 28.
VegMichigan will be sponsoring the showing of this groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary at two separate locations on Tuesday, October 28.
Cowspiracy follows an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it. As eye-opening as Blackfish and as inspiring as An Inconvenient Truth, this shocking yet humorous documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet.
You do not want to miss this incredible film! Just pick which theater is closest to you, grab a friend, and go.
Tuesday, October 28
The Landmark Main Art Theatre, 118 N. Main Street, Royal Oak, Michigan.
Feature begins at 7:30 p.m. and ends at 9:30 p.m.
Please purchase your ticket ($12.00) on-line here to reserve your seat:http://www.tugg.com/events/11163
Tuesday, October 28
The Main Theatre, 603 E. Liberty Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Feature begins at 7:00 p.m. and ends at 9:00 p.m.
Please purchase your ticket ($11.00) on-line here to reserve your seat:http://www.tugg.com/events/11143
VegMichigan in Ann Arbor 4th of July Parade!
VegMichigan once again walked in the Ann Arbor 4th of July parade donning costumes of fruits, veggies, animals and a bee. The crowd always cheers to see our characters and the kids love to see the animated fruits and veggies.
VegMichigan Member Appreciation Give-away
This month, our Give-away is an adorable 12-inch, purple “Tofutti Cutie” plush teddybear. In addition, you will receive a purple Tofutti brand tote and several coupons for Tofutti products.
Tofutti brand ice cream is absolutely delicious…. and it’s vegan! Vegan ice cream is just that—ice cream made from soy milk, coconut milk, almond milk, rice milk … you get it! It contains no dairy products, and no cows were harmed as it was made! Non-dairy ice creams have exploded in local supermarkets around the country.
Tofutti also makes delish vegan sour cream and vegan cream cheese. Check out its Tofutti Cuties line of ice-cream sandwiches (available in key lime, peanut butter, wild berry, mint chocolate chip, and chocolate!). In addition, Tofutti offers ice-cream pints in flavors such as vanilla almond bark, “better” pecan, chocolate cookie crunch, and more!
To win this cute Give-away, simply send in your favorite brand and flavor(s) of non-dairy ice cream to email@example.com. You must be a VegMichigan member to win. Winners will be randomly selected.