Weekly Update

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

Save the date for the 8th Annual Vegan Chili Cook-Off!

Be sure to save the date for one of most popular events of the year, The Vegan Chili Cook-Off. This year, we’ll host this fun-filled event on Saturday, February 18 from 7:00 to 10:00pm at St. Kate’s Rauenhorst Ballroom.

Register to be a contestant or just show up to sample and be a judge. This event is free to attend and a great way to share compassionate living with your omnivore friends and family, so please bring them along, too!

I’m excited to have a few friends who are trying to eat plant-based through the month of January. Inviting them to the chili cook-off is a great way to keep them involved.

Maybe you or someone you know is also moving toward a plant-based diet as part of your new year’s resolution. We’re happy to support you on your journey with our thriving community and calendar of regular events.

I’d also like to point you in the direction of The Vegan RD, Ginny Messina, and her 7 Tips for Sticking with Your New Vegan Diet. Please check it out and consider her advice as you persevere in your compassionate choices through 2017 and beyond.

With the animals,

Laura Matanah

Two totally vegan restaurants in the Twin Cities!

In case you haven’t heard, I’m happy to be the bringer of good news: Beginning January 15, everything Reverie Cafe + Bar offers will be 100% plant-based, including their coffee bar menu.

Reverie opened a year ago on the edge of downtown Minneapolis, and we love their vegan eats. (And good news for us–it’s just footsteps away from our office!) What’s more, they’ll soon begin serving breakfast everyday until 11am. Vegan biscuits and gravy and polenta rancheros are a few of the new menu items and will surely complement their ever-expanding vegan bakery selection.

Now, for those of you who live in St. Paul, don’t fret. In just a few months time an all-new, all-vegan restaurant will open at the corner of Victoria and Selby. J. Selby’s will feature fast casual dining, both affordable and scrumptious. Get ready for that!

What does all this mean? It means our world is changing. More and more, consumers are embracing plant-based food options, and we couldn’t be more thrilled about that. We hope this makes you feel hopeful, not only about the direction of our movement but also about all the great food you can find when dining out in the Twin Cities.

With the animals,

Laura Matanah

January Events (and a big thank you!)

Thanks to everyone who supported our year-end fundraising campaign. With your generous donations, we raised more than $30,000 to support our work helping farmed animals. Thank you for believing in CAA and for all that you do all year long to make this world a more compassionate place.

And now 2017 is here, and our work continues. How will you be a part of our movement in the year to come? We certainly hope to see you at our events, and we hope you will consider getting involved as a volunteer. With the contributions of your time and talents, we can continue to grow.

We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available all year round. We are currently looking for volunteers to join our Twin Cities Veg Fest Planning Committee, Vegan Chili Cook-Off Planning Committee, and Annual Banquet Planning Committee. If you’ve been interested in doing more for the animals and getting to know others in the community, joining a planning committee is a great way to do that.

I hope to see you at our Happy Hour at Reverie tomorrow, and I’m looking forward to all that we can accomplish together in the new year.

With the animals,

Laura Matanah

January Events

You make a difference for animals

It was such a delight to see so many of you last night at our December potluck and holiday party. Thank you for being there and for helping us celebrate the work of our outgoing executive director, Unny Nambudiripad. If you couldn’t make it in-person, please know you were there with us in spirit.

Thanks to everyone who has spread the word about our year-end fundraising campaign and donated so far. You’ve done such a good job we’ve already reached our year-end goal! Wow, we couldn’t be more pleased!

Please know that surpassing our goal builds a strong framework for the future. Unny and the other CAA co-founders have given us the gift of building a joyous community dedicated to ending the suffering of farmed animals. Let’s keep it growing! There’s still time to make a gift if you haven’t already. Please make a tax-deductible donation today and help support CAA for years to come.

We have so many ways we can give: by introducing people to great vegan eats, sharing information about the lives of farmed animals, volunteering, and donating. Please give today and help make a difference for the animals.

Thank you for all of your support in 2016. I’m looking forward to working with you in the coming year. Together we’ll make the world a more compassionate place.

With the animals,

Laura Matanah


Get Involved

Upcoming Events

Sunday, February 26, 2017

February Potluck: Vegan Q&A

Sunday, March 5, 2017

March Dine Out: Breakfast at Reverie

Thursday, March 9, 2017

March Evening Volunteer Orientation