Weekly Update

Check out our new magazine!

Have you heard?! CAA has published a new edition of our 12-page magazine, Twin Cities Veg Living. View it online now!

This is the third year that we’ve published the magazine, and this year’s edition contains lots of fun, inspiring articles, with subjects ranging from new vegan restaurants in the Twin Cities to the animals at SoulSpace Farm Sanctuary. There’s also a guide to going plant-based on a budget and a guide to the best vegan baked goods in town. And don’t miss the recipe for Vegan Chicken Fried Steak from The Herbivorous Butcher.

We’re very grateful to all of the volunteers who contributed to the magazine in a variety of ways, from photography to writing to proofreading. We’ve listed all of them on our blog along with more info about the magazine. Check it out!

We’ll make the magazine available at community events throughout the year, so the next time you’re with us be sure to pick up a few copies to share with friends and family. Our next big events are our Town Hall Meetings on April 6 or April 8 and our 2017 Annual Banquet on April 22. Tickets are selling fast for the banquet, so get yours today!

With the animals,

Laura Matanah


Tell us what you think about CAA! (With link to annual report)

What does our work look like through your eyes? Please let me know by taking a moment to complete this short survey. It asks big picture questions about our work to cultivate compassion for farmed animals.

Your responses will inform our staff and board, and we’ll use them to prepare for our upcoming Town Hall Meetings on April 6 and April 8. We’d love it if you can join us for one of these important community discussions. Your participation and input will move us from big ideas toward concrete actions. In the months that follow, these will be laid out by our staff and board in a map and strategic plan which we’ll then share with the community.

I also invite you to look through our recently published 2016 Annual Report. I hope you’ll be inspired reading about all that we’ve accomplished together. It includes a financial report and a list of our top donors, too. Many thanks to all who have so generously supported us over the years!

As you continue to help build our compassionate movement, please remember our 2017 Annual Banquet coming up on Saturday, April 22. Tickets are going fast. Get yours today! Can’t make it to the banquet? Make a donation to help us end the suffering of farmed animals.

With the animals,

Laura Matanah

P.S. Check out our blog and learn more about our newest board member, Chris Homsey.

Big news about Twin Cities Veg Fest – date and NEW location!

We’re excited to share the date and location for our 2017 Twin Cities Veg Fest. Mark your calendars now because this is going to be our biggest and best celebration of compassion yet!

Twin Cities Veg Fest

Saturday, September 9, 2017

11am – 5pm

Como Park, St. Paul

Yes, for the first time ever, this annual festival will be held outside, allowing us to reach even more people with our message of compassion for animals. Check out our latest blog post to learn more about why we’re making the move.

This big change is going to give the festival a fresh, new vibe, and we hope you’ll be there to enjoy it firsthand. If you’re interested in becoming a festival sponsor or exhibitor, please email info@tcvegfest.com.

If you’d like to support the festival as it grows to reach more people, please make a tax-deductible donation to CAA today and join us for our 2017 Annual Banquet on April 22. Tickets are on sale now, and all proceeds from the event go to support CAA programs, including the amazing Twin Cities Veg Fest.

With the animals,

Laura Matanah

March Events (plus town hall meetings in April!)

I really enjoyed seeing so many new faces a couple weeks ago at the 8th Annual Vegan Chili Cook-Off. If you’re one of our community members who attends CAA’s social events now and then, I invite you to get involved with our outreach efforts throughout the year.

If you care about protecting animals, one of the best ways you can take action is through informing the general public of the issues. Leafleting and pay-per-view are two of the ways that CAA does this. Sometimes it’s just a matter of handing a leaflet to a passerby, but sometimes that direct contact leads to conversation. You can really have an impact with a few words of understanding and encouragement.

If that interests you, please check out our upcoming leafleting event with touring leafleter John Zachary Deetjen from Vegan Outreach. Working alongside a pro, you’ll have an excellent opportunity to improve your skills as an animal advocate.

Also, if you believe in CAA and want to help support our mission, I hope you’ll join us at one of our two upcoming Town Hall Meetings on April 6 and April 8. The input we get from our community will help shape our strategic plan for the next three to five years. In preparation for these meetings, I’ll be sending another email in the next week to collect your perspectives on the work we do. Be on the lookout for that and check out all of our upcoming events listed below.

With the animals,

Laura Matanah

March Events

Panel discussion postponed due to blizzard warning

The panel discussion about factory farming that was scheduled for tonight has been postponed due to a blizzard warning that begins at 6pm this evening in Mankato. CAA is one of the sponsors for this event. Here is new date:

  • Thursday, March 2, 6:00 – 7:45pm
  • Ostrander Auditorium, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • A coalition of national and area environmental, religious, and community groups are joining forces to challenge and question the social justice, environmental, and animal welfare impacts of factory farming in Minnesota.

If you are in the Mankato area, I hope you’ll consider attending this important discussion.

With the animals,

Laura Mantanah

Save the date for the 2017 Annual Banquet!

It was wonderful to see so many of you at the 8th Annual Vegan Chili Cook-Off last Saturday. I encourage you to check out the recipes and photos on the Facebook event page.

Looking ahead to our next big event, I’m happy to share with you that our 2017 Annual Banquet and Reception will be on Saturday, April 22 from 5:30 to 9:00pm at the Wellstone Center in St. Paul. You’re warmly invited to attend.

Reserve your tickets today! We sold out last year, so make sure that you register soon. The funds we raise at the banquet help us to make community events like the chili cook-off possible, so please consider joining us for this very special annual event and supporting our work for the animals.

The banquet is also a lot of fun. This year, we’ve got a bunch of things you won’t want to miss:

  • A gourmet vegan meal featuring traditional Jewish cuisine including delicious plant-based meats provided by The Herbivorous Butcher (gluten-free options available)
  • The sparkling wit and worldly wisdom of Mistress Ginger, your emcee for the evening
  • An inspiring presentation featuring some special guests and giving you a glimpse of the exciting projects CAA will undertake in the year to come
  • A swanky reception featuring a selection of delicious vegan hors d’ouevres, beer, and wine (all included with your ticket to the event)
  • A silent auction including artwork, gift baskets, and services from local vendors

This is your chance to get together with the compassionate community and support our important work for the animals. Please join us on April 22. It’ll be here before we know it!

With the animals,

Laura Matanah

P.S. If you are in the Mankato area, please consider attending this important panel discussion tomorrow about factory farming in Minnesota:

A coalition of national and area environmental, religious, and community groups are joining forces to challenge and question the social justice, environmental, and animal welfare impacts of factory farming in Minnesota. Factory Farming in Minnesota – Time for a Change? will be held from 6 to 7:30pm on Thursday, February 23 at Minnesota State University, Mankato, in the Ostrander Auditorium in the Centennial Student Union.

Join us on Saturday for the 8th Annual Vegan Chili Cook-Off!

You won’t want to miss this! It’s one of our most popular events of the year.

Our community is coming together on Saturday for our 8th Annual Vegan Chili Cook-Off. Join us from 7 to 10pm in the student center (Coeur de Catherine) on the third floor in the Rauenhorst Ballroom at St. Catherine’s University. Fun times will be had!

It’s free to attend, and all are welcome! Be sure to bring your friends and family. You’ll get to sample lots of locally made chili and rate your favorites. Arrive early for the best selection. The competition will be fierce! Who will win? Come and find out.

This is the first big event I’ve organized with CAA, and I’m feeling very appreciative of all of the volunteers who are helping to make it a success with their offerings of time, energy, and expertise. I also appreciate everyone who has been active recently to help with pay-per-view events, leafleting, tabling, and our bake sale. Thanks to you we’ve done more outreach and community building in the first six weeks of 2017 than we did in the first six weeks of last year!

Speaking of generous, another community member is giving of their time and talents to benefit CAA. TJ V Raw of Whole Connection is hosting an all-level yoga and meditation class at Imbue Yoga on Friday, February 17 at 5:30pm. Proceeds will be donated to CAA. What a great way to give for the animals, and what a great way to get your appetite going for the chili cook-off!

With the animals,

Laura Matanah

February Events

Our biggest upcoming event is surely our 8th Annual Vegan Chili Cook-Off on next Saturday, February 18. We hope you’ll join us and bring your friends. (Click the “share” button on the Facebook event page to invite them easily.)

The cook-off is totally free to attend, and you’ll get to spend the evening sampling delicious homemade vegan chili. It’s also great opportunity to get to know others in the community, and then there’s the fun of the competition. Who will win? Come and find out!

With the animals,

Laura Matanah

February Events

Turn your compassion into action

Just yesterday, I was at a press conference right here in Minneapolis, where Mercy for Animals released breaking news of an undercover investigation at a farm in Oklahoma that supplies pork to Hormel Foods.

The spokesperson was none other than Cody Carlson, the same Cody that’s featured in “What Cody Saw,” a short video that we often show as part of our pay-per-view outreach program.

At the press conference, I was made aware of the how these animals suffer on a daily basis and how those atrocities are in fact “standard industry practices.” The video footage said more than words ever could.

When the reporters asked how Mercy for Animals would like people to respond to seeing the video, Cody responded that the best way we can make a difference is to leave animals off our plates.

Much of what we do at CAA is aimed at giving those in our Twin Cities area the skills to take those steps to move toward a plant-based diet happily and healthfully. However, another big part of what we do is informing our community of why they should take those steps in the first place.

We need your help to share that information, to let others know what’s happening on factory farms and how much these animals need us to take action. Please consider being a part of our outreach team.

Upcoming volunteer opportunities include leafleting at Ridder Arena and a vegan food giveaway at Kosherfest. We’d love to have you join us as we turn our compassion into action.

With the animals,

Laura Matanah

A whole big bunch of wonderful

A couple weeks ago, we shared the news of two totally vegan restaurants coming to the Twin Cities. We’re happy to share even more good news with our animal-friendly community in this week’s newsletter.

First of all, The Herbivorous Butcher, America’s first vegan butcher shop, is celebrating their one-year anniversary, and they’ve just announced that they’ll be opening a farm sanctuary. Check out the website for the Herbivorous Acres and learn all about this exciting new venture.

What’s even more wonderful is that farm sanctuaries are cropping up all over the area. They give a home to rescued farmed animals and give our community an opportunity to have the transformative experience of meeting these individuals. Visit one or more of these sanctuaries and have your heart opened:

And the good news doesn’t stop there. VegNews Magazine has been giving our community all kinds of love. Check out their recent blog posts, Great Big Vegan Tour of the Twin Cities and 5 Vegan Beauty Tips from Mistress Ginger.

Wow, our community is thriving! Thank you for being part of the compassionate groundswell that will help to change this world, making it a better place for everyone.

With the animals,

Laura Matanah

Get Involved

Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Town Hall Meeting 1

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Town Hall Meeting 2

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - Thursday, April 20, 2017

Provide Vegan Food Samples for Students – April 2017

Saturday, April 22, 2017

2017 Annual Banquet and Reception

Friday, May 19, 2017 - Sunday, May 21, 2017

CAA Camping Trip – May 2017