Melts RoundUP 1/28/16 – VP2 closes, Pagani vegan pop-up, Jasmin Singer debuts memoir

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Delightful desserts by Brooklyn Rose Pastries (available at VSPOT Organic)

Hi.

Stunned here. VP2 (aka Vegetarian’s Paradise 2) was the first vegan spot I visited in NYC almost 20 years ago with the quasi-ex. Definitely heard it was off its peak in recent months, so learning it closed wasn’t a total surprise, and yet still stunning that is in fact now gone. The GOOD news here is that we have a new vegan spot in its place – Go Zen! And guess what, it’s owned by the brothers behind Gobo!

As Steph (RoundUP’s new manager) and I prepared this, I learned we may have to say goodbye to one of our vegan ice cream shops, DF Mavens. Now curious to learn if YOU have seen their pints in any stores this year. Please email me if so.

This Tuesday, PLEASE join me and many others at the world debut of Jasmin Singer’s new memoir, Always Too Much and Never Enough. Jasmin is an incredible activist, mediamaker, and dynamo on the vegan scene. And has been for many years now. NYC is lucky to have her. Heck, veganism is. You may know her work through Our Hen House, or even from Farm Sanctuary back in the Supervegan days.

BIG thanks to all who came, and otherwise supported, Miyoko’s book signing & tasting Tuesday. This was my first event production in quite some time. And my nervousness and fear was so H I G H, it was crazy. Yet it all turned out quite quite wonderfully. Miyoko signed dozens of her Homemade Vegan Pantry and Artisan Vegan Cheese books; a few copies are at Moo Shoes now. Many people were introduced to her “phenomenal” cheeses, including her new Vegan FreshMozz. We were also able to sample her new Cultured Vegan Butter with a great many goodies courtesy of Riverdel Fine Foods. Also BIG to Miyoko’s Kitchen, VSPOT Organic, and Riverdel for supporting this production. I very much look forward to producing more events this year; they really do giving me life as the kids say these days. Please know the MK butter and mozzarella is in Whole Foods and natural grocery stores starting Monday. They can order through UNFI!

Speaking of special events, VERY happy that I snuck out in the snow to Mississippi Vegan‘s Four Course Creole pop-up Friday night. He’s a delight, and quite quite talented. The star for me was his Corn Grits Parfait with Roasted Tomato Jam. Please know he is looking to do a lot of things including a monthly pop-up dinner, plus more of the vegan markets in town. Check ‘im out.

Please know there’s a new quesadilla at Terri.

Speaking of menus… Here are the Valentine’s Day menus that have come across my radar as of this writing. Check here for updates ongoing; you can email me any you come across.

Cafe Ghia

Candle Cafe West

Candle 79

Franchia

Organic Grill

 

Continued thanks to you for sharing NYC vegan scene intel, responses to product APBs, and all the rest for these missives :)

Very best, Demetrius

 

p.s. please spread the word about these vegan ballet slippers to ALL you know that might appreciate them

p.p.s. please check out these healthy vegan meals for people on the go

p.p.p.s. please consider getting your vegan Italy on with desserts diva Fran Costigan, cheesemaker Miyoko Schinner and/or plant-based dietitian Julieanna Hever in 2016

p.p.p.p.s clicking on the previous three items helps pay for an assistant to draft and distribute these oh so useful RoundUPs

 

 

UPCOMING #NYC #VEGAN EVENTS BEYOND NYC VEGAN EATUP

Thu Jan 28, Vegan Drinks, January 2016: Benefits NYC Animal Defense League! (Food by Los Veganos Hermanos)

Sat Jan 30, Vegan Cook-Up (Pine Box Rock Shop)

Sat Jan 30, A Letter For Animals – DxE January Day of Action

 

Sun Jan 31, series kickoff of Jazz Brunch at VSPOT Cafe & Tapas

Mon Feb 1, Italian Pagani NYC Veganizes For One Night Only Pop-Up Dinner

Tue Feb 2, NYC Book Launch for Jasmin Singer‘s new memoir, “Always Too Much And Never Enough” (NYC)

Wed Feb 3, Secrets of Professional Vegan Cooking

Fri Feb 5, VAUTE Sample Sale all weekend long

 

Sun Feb 7, VSPOT Organic’s Valentine Market

Sun Feb 7, The African Table: A Vegan Paradise

Tue Feb 9, Fat Tuesday Celebration @ VSPOT Organic

Thu Feb 11, A Night of Positive Tails

Thu Feb 11, Some Like It Hot, Some Like It Juicy @ Exhibit C

Sat Feb 13, Vegan Shop-Up (Pine Box Rock Shop)

Sat Feb 13, World Love for Dolphins Day

Sat Feb 13, VEEDA by Chef Kay Valentine’s Day Vegan Dinner

 

Sun Feb 14, Whalentine’s Day Bake Sale: A Benefit for Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Sun Feb 14, Valentines Day Brunch and Dinner Love Dates

Fri Feb 19, Ask A Vegan! A Friendly Fireside Chat

Sat Feb 20, Love For Farm Sanctuary Fundraiser @ Pine Box Rock Shop

 

Sun Feb 28, Book Signing and Reading for Jasmin Singer‘s new memoir, “Always Too Much And Never Enough” (NJ)

Sun Feb 28, Vegan Shop-Up (Mooshoes)

 

 

Sat Mar 12, Vegan Shop-Up (Pine Box Rock Shop)

 

Sat Mar 26, Vegan Shop-Up (Pine Box Rock Shop)

 

 

Sat Apr 16, Vegan Shop-Up (Pine Box Rock Shop)

 

Sat Apr 23, Vegan Shop-Up (Mooshoes)

 

 

Sat May 14, Vegan Shop-Up (Pine Box Rock Shop)

 

 

Sat Jun 11, Vegan Shop-Up (Pine Box Rock Shop)

 

 

Sat Jul 16, Vegan Shop-Up (Pine Box Rock Shop)

 

 

Sat Aug 13, Vegan Shop-Up (Pine Box Rock Shop)

 

 

Sat Sep 10, Vegan Shop-Up (Pine Box Rock Shop)

 

 

Sat Oct 15, Vegan Shop-Up (Pine Box Rock Shop)

This Week in Vegan Crowdfunding 1/22/16

Crowdfunding Webinar examples

Headscratchers

Biggest Tease Ever (and I’m not a coffee drinker!)

Vegan Corner  How was their Allies list?

Cocky Vegan What happened with the Rewards?

 

Successes I admire

Lotus & Artichoke

The Herbivorous Butcher

Spa Night

Nightlight Daily Horoscopes 2016

Queer Comic anthology

 

Virtual RoundUP 1/14/16 – Creole dinner, Miyoko signing & tasting, Los Veganos Hermanos returns

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Reuben and B.L.A.T. sandwiches at the still too under the radar Clementine Bakery

Happy New Year everyone.

Let’s see if RoundUP can come twice monthly amongst the incredible workload of vegan, vegan, vegan I have going here. To keep me sane/r, I have a helper on this front. It’s a person! What were you thinking? 😉

One of my 2016 aims is to have more FUN. With that in mind, I challenge you to determine vegan NYC’s most exciting new 2015 spot – by CHLOE. or Riverdel – Fine Foods. Dairy Free. You can share your answer here.

So here’s the list of 2016 openings, coming soon, et. al. Please know the list evolves over the whole year as new info is received. We have two openings already with VSPOT Cafe in the Kips Bay/Gramercy area; this is their 3rd location! Check ’em out. And we have the return of Cinnamon Snail @ Pennsy. I went last night to a meetup there, and enjoyed it all around. (Why was the award-winning creme brulee donut M I A though? Maybe because it was dinner time? The alcohol in it? They had plenty of the others, so being sold out seems unlikely. No biggie though. Inquiring minds want to know.) Learn more about Snail 3.0 here.

Sounds like the sesame chicken at Rego Park’s Green Zenphony is EVERYTHING. So let’s all go and order a plate for each of us S O O N.

Was tickled to see this AM NY article get a lot of social media traction. Go vegan GO! I’m saying it here too – I think 2016 is going to be a Very BIG year in vegan. Let’s see, let’s see.

Cheers to our luck in having so many vegan chefs, leaders, events, eats, community engagement and more in NYC. So glad to be part of it. And share it with visiting folks.

 

Continued thanks to you for sharing NYC vegan scene intel, responses to product APBs, and all the rest for these missives I share :)

I appreciate you reading this.

Best, Demetrius

 

p.s. please check out this emerging business’ site for healthy vegan meals for people on the go

p.p.s. please consider getting your vegan Italy on with desserts diva Fran Costigan, cheesemaker Miyoko Schinner and/or plant-based dietitian Julieanna Hever this year

p.p.p.s doing the former two items helps me afford a virtual assistant, so 2016 could easily find us all with a greater frequency of RoundUPs

 

 

UPCOMING #NYC #VEGAN EVENTS BEYOND NYC VEGAN EATUP

Fri Jan 15, NYC Bull Riding Protest @ Madison Square Garden

Fri Jan 15, #StormSkanska: Swarm New York

Sat Jan 16, Vegan Shop-Up (Pine Box Rock Shop)

 

Mon Jan 18, Meatless Monday at Adelina’s

Tue Jan 19, WEBINAR: How to Successfully Crowdfund Your Next Project or Business (presented by Demetrius Bagley)

Fri Jan 22, Mississippi Vegan‘s Four Course Creole pop up supper

Sat Jan 23, Donut Fest (vegan options)

 

Mon Jan 25, The Vegan Mac Throwdown

Tue Jan 26, Celebrating Our Authors – Miyoko Schinner (book signing & tasting)

Thu Jan 28, Vegan Drinks, January 2016: Benefits NYC Animal Defense League! (Food by Los Veganos Hermanos)

Sat Jan 30, Vegan Cook-Up (Pine Box Rock Shop)

Sat Jan 30, A Letter For Animals – DxE January Day of Action

 

 

Mon Feb 1, Italian Pagani NYC Veganizes For One Night Only Pop-Up Dinner

 

Tue Feb 2, NYC Book Launch for Jasmin Singer‘s new memoir, “Always Too Much And Never Enough”

 

Sun Feb 7, VSPOT Organic’s Valentine Market

Thu Feb 11, A Night of Positive Tails

Thu Feb 11, Some Like It Hot, Some Like It Juicy @ Exhibit C

Sat Feb 13, Vegan Shop-Up (Pine Box Rock Shop)

 

Sat Feb 20, Love For Farm Sanctuary Fundraiser @ Pine Box Rock Shop

 

 

Sat Mar 12, Vegan Shop-Up (Pine Box Rock Shop)

 

 

Sat Apr 16, Vegan Shop-Up (Pine Box Rock Shop)

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