Upcoming Events for March

Wilmington Vegan Supper Club, Vegan Cheese Demo, and another Carrot Mob!

Forty hungry vegans came to Tandoori Bites for our third official Carrot Mob this past Saturday, February 21. We hope everyone enjoyed the buffet and conversation! The month of March will bring more opportunities to socialize with fellow vegans. The highlights are below, but to stay informed be sure to join the Wilmington Vegan Newsletter! You can also view the full event calendar here.

March 5th: Wilmington Vegan Supper Club Potluck
Bring a vegan dish to share and come swap recipes and socialize. Live music by Warren Piece. We’ll also be holding a bake sale to raise funds for the dining guide! The Wilmington Vegan Lending Library will be there for you to grab a free book as well.

Please bring a list of ingredients along with your dish (or even better, the recipe!) Remember: DISHES absolutely MUST BE 100% VEGAN, with no meat, no fish, no milk, no butter, no eggs, no chicken stock, no honey, and so on.

Please bring your own utensils, plate, and drink.

Wilmington Vegan Supper Club Potluck

What: Wilmington Vegan Supper Club Potluck
Where: SEACC community center (317 Castle Street)
When: 6:30pm, Thursday, March 5, 2015
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1563841637192403/

March 15th: Vegan “Cheese” Demonstration
Come and learn how to create 3 different easy vegan cheeses! One perfect for a baked potato or some mac and “cheese,” one for a perfect nacho dip, and the last is a multi use spreadable “cheese ” great for anything from sandwiches to pizza to tacos to everything in between! These “cheeses” are gluten free, but all contain nuts. Space is limited to 10 participants. Email Wilmington Vegan Email Address if interested. Cost is $15 with a portion of the profits being donated to Wilmington Vegan.

What: Vegan “Cheese” Demonstration by Sandra Sharpe
Where: Sandra Sharpe’s home
When: 1:00pm, Sunday, March 15, 2015
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/820568851353090

March 21st: Carrot Mob at Sealevel City Gourmet
Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy vegan eats and meet up with other like-minded folks. Sealevel supported Wilmington Vegan by donating food for our dining guide celebration event and purchasing AD space in the guide as well.

Wilmington Vegan Carrot Logo - FB

What: Wilmington Vegan Carrot Mob
 Where: Sealevel City Gourmet (1015 South Kerr Ave, Wilmington, NC 28403)
When: 6pm, Saturday, March 21st, 2015
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1410956332535820

See you at the events and in the Facebook group!

2015 Conscience Fair Fun!

Wilmington Vegan spent the day mingling with the community

Wilmington Vegan was in great company at the 2015 Conscience Fair held at Cape Fear Community College in downtown Wilmington on February 7th. It was great to see such a large turnout at an event that aims to get people involved in their local community. We enjoyed talking to both vegans and non-vegans alike about our dining guide and upcoming events. Being a table volunteer at events is a great way to become more involved with our group and talk to people about being vegan. Our next tabling event is the Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 25. Many of you found us at that particular event, so you know how successful our involvement was last year. This year, we’ll once again have handouts and smiling faces at the ready for anyone who stops by our table. If you’d like to volunteer at the table for Earth Day, email wilmingtonvegan@gmail.com.

Wilmington Vegan at 2015 Conscience Fair

Seitan with Sandra!

Wilmington Vegan's first cooking demo was both fun and educational!

Seitan is one of the original vegan proteins that could be made at home before the fridge and freezer cases at grocery stores were showcasing pre-made vegan fare. While we can now buy pre-packaged seitan at the store, making it at home is considerably cheaper. There are a variety of ways to make seitan, but it is essentially “wheat meat,” a substantial and glutenous protein that is often a good crossover food for vegans who miss the consistency and texture of meat.

This past Sunday, a small group of Wilmington Vegan members got a front row seat as board member and DIY superhero Sandra Sharpe demonstrated how to make seitan from scratch.

Sandra Sharpe makes Seitan

In the demonstration, Sandra showed how to make the broth and mix the dough. She then walked us through the process of kneading, rinsing, and cooking, answering questions along the way. She also showed us how to add spices to make different flavors of seitan, including an italian sausage flavor. We each left with a sample of seitan to try at home. I can’t wait to try the sausage!

Thanks to those of you who participated! We look forward to putting together future demonstrations for Wilmington Vegan members. Don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter and join our Facebook group so you find out about all of our upcoming events!

Seitan Recipe

Wilmington Vegan Supper Club Potlucks!

March 5th, 2015, 6:30pm, at the SEACC Community Center

Wilmington Vegan Supper Club Potluck

Yes, we’re finally reviving the monthly potlucks!! Simply bring a vegan dish to share and come swap recipes and socialize. The Wilmington Vegan Lending Library will be there for you to grab a book as well.

Our potlucks will take place every first Thursday of every month at 6:30pm at the SEACC Community Center, 317 Castle Street, Wilmington, starting March 5th, 2015. 

Please bring a list of ingredients along with your dish (or even better, the recipe!) Remember: dishes absolutely must be 100% vegan, with no meat, no fish, no dairy, no eggs, no chicken stock, no honey, and so on. If you have any questions, please ask us. And remember to bring a plate, utensils, and a drink. There’s a kitchenette there to wash up.

What: Wilmington Vegan Supper Club Potluck
Where: SEACC Community Center, 317 Castle St, Wilmington, NC
When: March 5th, 2015 at 6:30pm
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1563841637192403/

Wilmington Vegan Carrot Mob featured in the Star News!

January 21st, 2015 Article

“This is fun for us and shows restaurants that there are a lot of us out there craving vegan fare. It offers a positive incentive to the restaurant, a carrot rather than a stick.”    ~ Sue Cag

Wilmington Vegan’s Carrot Mob events were featured in a new Star News article titled “Hungry Vegans Choose Carrot Over Stick.” Journalist Paul Stephen interviewed Wilmington Vegan founder Sue Cag and Uncle Lim’s Kitchen owner Weyang Lim. Read the entire article online at:  http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20150119/ARTICLES/150119733

Wilmington Vegan Carrot Mob in Star News

Wilmington Vegan’s Carrot Mob in the Star News

“We were really surprised when we started looking at the numbers. Sometimes we have more vegetarian customers than (non-vegetarian).”    ~ Weyang Lim

Full Article Text:

Hungry Vegans Choose Carrot Over Stick

Generally speaking, business owners board up their shops when a mob is coming. But all bets are off when the crowd is wielding produce instead of pitchforks.

Such was the scene at Wilmington restaurant Uncle Lim’s Kitchen, which recently found itself swarmed with hungry vegans staging a “Carrot Mob” at the eatery. Wilmington Vegan founder Sue Cag described the decidedly non-hostile takeovers as an effective way of rewarding area businesses for expanding their plant-based selections.

“This is fun for us and shows restaurants that there are a lot of us out there craving vegan fare,” Cag said. “It offers a positive incentive to the restaurant, a carrot rather than a stick.”

The Uncle Lim’s affair was the group’s second outing. Their first rabble descended upon downtown Wilmington’s riverfront stalwart The George shortly after that eatery unveiled a separate vegan menu.

An upcoming Carrot Mob is scheduled for noon Feb. 21 at Tandoori Bites.

Weyang Lim, whose family runs the namesake eatery at 3905 Independence Blvd., said the outpouring of enthusiasm has been unexpected. The family, Buddhists from Malaysia, eats vegetarian meals twice per month and has always offered its entire menu with meat-free modifications. But demand for the soy-based protein served in many dishes has been greater than anticipated.

“We were really surprised when we started looking at the numbers,” Lim said. “Sometimes we have more vegetarian customers than (non-vegetarian).”

Marketing director Julie McDonald said that while The George is unlikely to ever be known as Wilmington’s hot spot for vegan dining, the restaurant aims to accommodate most customer requests. The eatery debuted a robust vegan and gluten-free menu several months ago, later streamlining the offerings for an updated version featuring tofu tacos, pasta dishes and a black bean salad, among other options.

Since releasing a Wilmington Vegan Dining Guide in mid 2014, Cag said the area’s meat-free dining scene continues to boom. Work has begun on a 2015 edition with new entries for restaurants like Saigon Bistro, Indian eatery Siaa and pizzeria Bessie and Guiseppe, all of which serve numerous vegan-friendly dishes.

For more information and details about upcoming projects – including the launch of a vegan lending library, potluck suppers and cooking demonstrations – visit www.WilmingtonVegan.com.

http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20150119/ARTICLES/150119733

Wilmington Vegan Carrot Mob at Tandoori Bites

Saturday, February 21st, 12pm

Wilmington Vegan hosts a Carrot Mob takeover event at Tandoori Bites, Saturday, February 21st, at noon.

Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy vegan eats and meet up with other like-minded folks. Tandoori Bites supported Wilmington Vegan by donating food for our dining guide celebration event.

Let’s show our numbers and create a positive incentive for more vegan eats in Wilmington!

What: Wilmington Vegan Carrot Mob
Where: Tandoori Bites (1620 South College Rd)
When: Noon, Saturday, February 21st, 2015
Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/429830057175861/
Wilmington Vegan Carrot Mob Tandoori Bites

Carrot Mob takes the idea of a “flash mob” and uses a fun image of a carrot to represent the plants we love to eat. We’re a vegan mob of diners heading out to show our support to local restaurants with vegan offerings. This is fun for us and shows restaurants that there are a lot of us out there craving vegan fare. It offers a positive incentive to the restaurant – a carrot rather than a stick.