NOVEMBER 29, 2011 10:01 PM

Paul Shapiro on Showing Mercy to All Creation
On the chance that you missed Paul Shapiro's excellent lecture at Calvin College last week, here's a link to a video of the talk courtesy of the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship. Stay tuned for some amazing photos of what showed up at the Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck following the talk!

NOVEMBER 17, 2011 4:10 PM

A Feast For the Mind, Heart, and Stomach with a Great American Activist!
Paul Shapiro is on the vanguard of the American animal protection movement. When Paul talks about animals and food, people listen. From members of the food industry, to journalists and social critics who write about it, to animal advocates seeking to reform it, all parties to the discussion are playing close attention to Paul Shapiro.

Paul's talk, "Blessed Are the Meek: Showing Mercy to All Creation", will address the prominent role played by the standard American diet in exacerbating various moral and practical problems for human beings, animals, and the environment, and then go on to suggest that a commitment to more intentional eating practices can be a powerful tool for people of faith who wish to seek justice, love mercy, and tread a bit more lightly on the planet. Wherever one may stand on matters religious, all animal advocates have a vested interest in being able to understand and communicate with audiences of faith, so coming out to hear what Paul has to say is in everyone's best interest!

Please join us for a Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck immediately following the talk. This potluck is the perfect opportunity for those unfamiliar with the diversity, beauty, and deliciousness of plant-based cuisine to enjoy a very pleasant surprise! The hope is that anyone and everyone who loves a good old fashioned holiday feed will join the fun! If you cook, please consider showing off your talents by bringing a dish to share. Also, please bring your own table service to help us decrease our carbon footprint.

To learn more about the speaker, visit the websites for the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship or the Humane Society of the United States. For inspiration on what to bring to the potluck, visit or Hope to see you on Monday!

NOVEMBER 2, 2011 11:51 PM

Mushroom Carpaccio served on a Himalayan Salt Block
I've known for years that Chef Kevin Dunn is a vegan culinary genius, but virtually every time I experience his chops at The Heritage Restaurant, a student-run fine-dining establishment under his direction in the nationally renowned Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College, I walk away astounded. If you haven't been to The Heritage in awhile or--gasp!--ever, there's no better time than the present! Make a reservation during Restaurant Week and get a three-course vegan meal for $25.

Mock Eel

Onion Tarte Tatin

Black Bean Soup

Vegan Bibimbop with a Mango "Yolk"

Drunken Noodles

Rice Pudding with Cranberry Sorbet

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