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Changing Roles in Advocacy

When I went vegan in college, I was in a small town in southern Minnesota that at the time had limited vegan options at restaurants and opportunities to connect with other veg folks. A month into living with my sister in an apartment a few minutes walk away from our school, we stopped buying eggs—the last animal product we had regularly in the fridge—and I asked her if she wanted to try eating vegan for the rest of the summer. 

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Ways to make your banquet experience even MORE fun

Early this spring, Gigi Abbadie was looking for a way to give back to the people that had helped her get her business, her business, Two Trees Strategy, off the ground. A vegan and animal lover, Gigi decided to buy a table at CAA’s Annual Banquet, set to take place on Harriet Island. Gigi called the rest of her group to ask how they wanted to celebrate when the banquet was relocated to a virtual platform. As they had not seen each other for months, they all decided to try to find a way to be together.

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Join the Twin Cities Vegan Chef Challenge Committee

Book Club's Green Curry Rice Bowl won last year's challange

We need YOU to make 2020 the biggest and best Twin Cities Chef Challenge yet!

What is the challenge?

The Twin Cities Chef Challenge brings new vegan options to Twin Cities restaurants, which diners then rate. It’s a win-win-win as diners get new options, restaurants increase their business, and animals are spared through the addition and promotion of vegan options at restaurants.

The challenge had been planned for October. We are considering moving the date up to August.

How can I get involved?

Restaurant outreach volunteers—3 to 8 needed. These volunteers go to restaurants between 2 and 4 pm to invite chefs and managers to participate. We provide you with materials to bring. You’ll also drop off promotional materials at the restaurants prior to the challenge, and invite chefs to the final celebration. This position begins in June.

Specifics:

  • Volunteers need to provide their own transportation.
  • Commitment: An estimated 5-8 hours a week for two weeks to a month.

Restaurant follow-up volunteersThese volunteers make sure restaurants have submitted necessary materials (name of dishes, food photos, etc.) to prepare for our website and promotion. This position begins in June.

Specifics:

  • Position can be done from home.
  • Have basic spreadsheet skills and be comfortable with using email and making follow-up phone calls.
  • Commitment: An estimated 1-2 hours a week.

Dining and social media volunteersThese volunteers go to restaurants, purchase the Twin Cities Vegan Chef Challenge dishes, and post about them on social media. They also follow and comment on posts submitted by the community.

Specifics:

  • Volunteers need to provide their own transportation.
  • Commitment: An estimated 5-8 hours a week throughout the month of the challenge.

Ratings volunteerThis volunteer creates the Google form diners fill out to rate the dishes they eat and calculates the results of the votes using a spreadsheet to determine the Twin Cities Vegan Chef Challenge Champion. They also help determine awards, which are given to all restaurants who participate. Begins in June.

  • Commitment: An estimated 3-6 hours to create the survey, make edits, and compile data afterward. The 3 to 6 hours of work will be spread out over several months.

Social media adminsThese volunteers put posts on social media pages for the challenge, and help plan social media strategy. Begins in June.

  • Commitment: An estimated 3-4 hours a week, starting two months before the challenge and running two weeks after the challenge wraps up.

Please fill out our new volunteer form or email Laura Matanah at  laura@exploreveg.org and let us know what interests you!

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