Interview With Volunteer Liz Sias

Meet Liz Sias, one of our newest volunteer planners for the Twin Cities Veg Fest. Liz has been a great volunteer with Compassionate Action for Animals so we asked to her take the lead on volunteer coordination for the festival.

TCVF: What is your role on the Veg Fest team?

Liz: I'm the volunteer coordinator, which means it's my job to recruit people and train them to help with anything and everything that needs to happen in order to make a fun and successful Veg Fest. From postering before the event to staffing booths and everything in between, Veg Fest relies on the great work of volunteers and it wouldn't be successful without them.

TCVF: How did you get involved in planning the Veg Fest?

Liz: I've been volunteering with CAA for about a year, leafletting, helping out at events and planning the 2013 vegan chili cook-off. When offered the opportunity to help plan CAA's biggest event, I couldn't turn it down.

TCVF: What have you enjoyed most so far?

Liz: I've really enjoyed getting to know other CAA volunteers on the planning committee. Oh, and I got to visit Madison for Mad City Vegan Fest in June to help get the word out about Twin Cities Veg Fest, and that trip was a lot of fun. It's been fun to see everything come together for this event as time passes.

TCVF: What are you most looking forward to?

Liz: I'm not going to lie, I'm most looking forward to all the free food samples! And, OK, meeting and working with all the amazing volunteers who help make Veg Fest happen.

TCVF: What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Liz: I enjoy biking, especially on the Greenway and on the beautiful trails around Minneapolis. I also really like cooking and reading. And, of course, my biggest passion is advocating for animals with groups like CAA 🙂

TCVF: Who or what species is your favorite animal?

Liz: Isn't this question speciesist? Just kidding. It's hard to pick just one species. I love orcas (killer whales) because they're so beautiful and I find their social lives and family groups interesting. I also love wolves. And lions, and all other species of cats. And goats are adorable. I can't pick just one!

TCVF: Do you have a favorite recipe you can share?

Liz: Swiss Chard Frittata from the Post Punk Kitchen

TCVF: What's rockin' your world this month?

Liz: I'm excited that the weather has finally been cooperating, so I've been enjoying the outdoors with all sorts of festivals all summer, from Stone Arch Bridge Fest, to Open Streets, Twin Cities Pride and so many more.

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2013 Farm Sanctuary Walk for Farm Animals

Join the Minneapolis Walk for Farm Animals on Saturday, September 7. You can support Farm Sanctuary's life-saving work by participating in the Minneapolis Walk for Farm Animals.

On Saturday, September 7, you can support Farm Sanctuary's life-saving work by participating in the Minneapolis Walk for Farm Animals. The event will take place at Boom Island Park. Check-in starts at 10 am. The walk will feature free vegan food, raffle prizes, a warm-up yoga stretch, live music, children's activities and more!

Registration is just $15 in advance; $25 on event day. Kids and teens under 18 register for free and get a free t-shirt!

Dave Rolsky, one of CAA's founders and board members, will be speaking at the event about our work and our partnership with Farm Sanctuary. Throughout the year, CAA works with Farm Sanctuary to continuously improve Farm Sanctuary also created the video for our current matching campaign, What Came Before. Nick Cooney of Farm Sanctuary will be speaking at Twin Cities Veg Fest and Their Lives, Our Voices this year.

Learn more about the event and register online.

Winter Cooking Classes

Join AmyLeo Barankovich for vegan cooking classes this winter! She'll be teaching "Vegan Basics" and "The Joy of Legumes, Nuts, and Seeds."

On January 9th, join AmyLeo Barankovich at the Wedge Co-op from 7pm-9pm for a class called Vegan Basics. This class looks at why to become vegan and tours The Wedge to learn how to shop vegan, which includes meat substitutes and naturally occurring vegan foods: produce, nuts, seeds, legumes, grains, and more. Back in the kitchen, you'll create Hearty Winter Chili and Gritty Red Pepper Corn Muffins – a match made in heaven. The cost is $35 or $32 for members and you can register by calling 612-871-3993 or signing up at the customer service desk. You can learn more about the class and the Wedge Co-op.

Join AmyLeo at the Mississippi Market in St. Paul on January 16th from 6pm-8:30pm for a class called The Joy of Legumes, Nuts, and Seeds. This class will take a more whole foods approach to vegan cooking by leaving out the meat analogs and making tasty, healthy vegan food with beans, nuts, and seeds. In this class you will prepare and sample Ancient Grain Banana Fritters, Almond Nut Loaf, Split Pea Soup and Cashew Nut Mylk. The class costs $35 or $32 for members and you can register online.

If you can't make it to the Joy of Legumes class on the 16th, AmyLeo will host the class again on January 30 from 6pm-8:30pm at the Seward Co-op. The class costs $35 or $32 for members and you can register for it at the customer service desk at the Co-op or you can call 612-338-2465. Learn more about the class.

AmyLeo will host yet another Joy of Legumes class on February 6th from 7pm-9pm at the Wedge Co-op, so you have 3 chances this winter to learn all about legumes and how you can make them work for you in the kitchen!

We hope to see you all there at one of these amazing vegan cooking classes!

Beyond Meat Now Available in the Twin Cities!

Beyond Meat, the newest plant-based meat substitute is now available in Twin Cities Whole Foods markets!

Beyond Meat is a new plant-based meat substitute that is taking vegetarians and omnivores everywhere by surprise! Beyond Meat is at the cutting edge of plant protein research and development, with the goal of replacing animal protein with cruelty-free alternative.

They currently produce one product – Chicken-Free Strips – that can be found in the delis and hot bars of select Twin Cities Whole Foods stores. The product can be found at the Lake Calhoun store in the salad bar and at the St. Paul location in a deli case salad and some of their hot bar dishes. If Whole Foods sees strong customer demand for this product, they will likely incorporate it into more of their prepared food offerings, for example as a pizza topping!

If you want to learn more about Beyond Meat and their product and mission, check out this their Slate article about them that was published last summer.

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