ABOUT THE TOUR
Our co-founder and president, Gene Baur, is embarking on a cross-country adventure, the Just Eats Tour: Exploring Vegan America. In his iconic Volkswagen van, Gene will travel across America seeking out the game-changers at the heart of the movement. Through recipes, videos, photos, blog posts, and interviews, Gene will explore the past, present, and future of the vegan movement. Oh, and he'll be eating well and sharing delicious recipes he picks up along the way. We want you to be a part of it! Follow the van, share your recipes, take the Vegan Challenge, and enjoy the food and stories behind it all. The Just Eats Tour is traveling from Farm Sanctuary's 25th anniversary Gala at Cipriani in New York on May 14 to Farm Sanctuary's Country Hoe Down in Orland California on June 4.
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New York CityMay 14, 2011 in Manhattan, New York
Wilmington, DelawareMay 16, 2011 in Wilmington, Delaware
Avondale, PennsylvaniaMay 16, 2011 in Avondale, Pennsylvania
Lancaster, PennsylvaniaMay 16, 2011 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Many of you have heard the story of Hilda, a live sheep discarded like trash on a pile of dead animals behind the Lancaster Stockyards in Lancaster, PA. Hilda became the very first animal rescued by Farm Sanctuary and went on to live with us until 1997. Next on the tour, Gene will be revisiting the location of the former Lancaster Stockyards, as well as stopping by the Wilmington, DE home that served as Farm Sanctuary’s first haven for rescued farm animals. That evening, Gene will join guests for dinner at Lancaster’s historic Stockyard Inn, which for decades has served steak dinners to hungry cattleman. On May 16, however, the menu will be a little different: the Inn has agreed to serve a gourmet vegan dinner to celebrate Farm Sanctuary’s 25th anniversary! Join us for a reflective journey into Farm Sanctuary’s past, and a triumphant celebration of its future!
Home in Watkins GlenMay 17, 2011 in Watkins Glen, New York
Follow Gene online as he makes the journey back to the rolling green pastures of Farm Sanctuary’s New York Shelter in Watkins Glen. The 175-acre sanctuary has been a refuge to thousands of rescued farm animals over the past 25 years and currently is home to over 500, including chickens, turkeys, pigs, cattle, sheep, and goats. Gene will take viewers on a virtual tour of the farm, telling the stories of the rescues that brought these residents to our shelter. Watkins Glen may be a small town, but the big influence of Farm Sanctuary is apparent in numerous vegan options at local restaurants – from one popular lunch spot that offers a “Sanctuary Special” sandwich to the Burger King where the very first BK Veggie was served. Check back soon for posts from this joyous return to the roots of the nation's largest farm animal protection organization!
Akron, OhioMay 19, 2011 in Akron, Ohio
Columbus, OhioMay 20, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio
The Vegan Windy City!May 21, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois
The VW will be pulling into Chicago’s Greektown neighborhood to visit Karyn’s on the Green, a chic vegan restaurant that has been “making vegan sexy” in the Windy City. On Sunday, Gene will travel to the suburb of Hindsdale to talk to members of its Unitarian church about what it means to be vegan. Before heading off, he’ll enjoy some of Chicago’s famous soul food -- vegan style! -- and share the recipes and hot spots Chicago has to offer.
Iowa City, IowaMay 23, 2011 in Iowa City, Iowa
Omaha, NebraskaMay 24, 2011 in Omaha, Nebraska
Tulsa, OklahomaMay 27, 2011 in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Dallas, TexasMay 28, 2011 in Dallas, Texas
Austin, TexasMay 30, 2011 in Austin, Texas
Phoenix, ArizonaJun 02, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona
Los Angeles, CaliforniaJun 02, 2011 in Los Angeles, California
Orland, CaliforniaJun 04, 2011 in Orland, California
Jun 02, 2011
We met friends at Green Restaurant for a scrumptious lunch. Before the meal, we had the “Gene Baur Berry Blast,” a cupcake topped with strawberries and creamy frosting and filled with blueberries that was made in honor of the Just Eats Tour visit in Phoenix. We then dug into the daily lunch special, the “Ghetto Bird”, a wrap with Tofurky slices. For dessert, we ordered from Green’s famous “Tsoynami” menu of creative ice cream smoothies. The team enjoyed the “Betterfinger”, with toffee and homemade vegan Butterfinger candy bar, the “Don Quixote”, with almond cookies and toffee, and the “Cookies n’ Cream”. Right before we left Phoenix we received a cooler full of delicious deserts from Jenna of Cruelty Free Cupcakes.
In addition to the food, we enjoyed the company of wonderful and caring activists in Phoenix -- some whom Gene has known for decades and some whom we met today for the first time. Throughout human history, humanity has built community by gathering around food (hence the term "breaking bread") and we appreciated being able to do so today with good friends who have created a vibrant vegan community in Phoenix.
Jun 01, 2011
We left Austin, TX, at 8 a.m. (Central Time), June 1, and checked into our hotel in Wilcox, AZ, at 3 a.m. (Pacific Time), June 2. That’s 21 hours of travel! We crossed two time zones and covered more than 800 miles. We endured extreme heat and a West Texas lightning storm near the Mexican border. We had serious tire trouble (including a blow-out that caused some other damage to the van) that required three tire changes and forced us to keep our speed below 50 m.p.h. for some stretches. Although tired, we kept in good spirits, and by the time we checked into the hotel, we were giddy and couldn’t stop laughing.
Technical difficulties notwithstanding, we managed to film some of the consequences of the livestock business, including the use of town dumps for the disposal of animals who die at stockyards. Every year, hundreds of millions of farm animals perish even before reaching the slaughterhouse. We got a sense of the approach that causes these deaths when we witnessed a trucker violently prodding cows that were stuffed into a transport trailer. (Apparently they were being shipped from Mexico to a feedlot somewhere in the U.S. to be fattened for slaughter).
On the positive side, we were able engage in some good vegan outreach. Not only did we talk with people and pass out literature at various stops, but also, when we entered Chuy’s Restaurant (with the John Madden Haul of Fame) in Van Horn, TX, to try and find a vegan meal, the owner expressed a keen interest in adding vegetarian items to his menu (the rice and beans both currently contain animal products). We were served tasty tacos made with veggies and handed a blank piece of paper. We filled first our bellies and then the sheet, jotting down suggestions for veganizing his menu. Tomorrow (but really later today), it’s on to Phoenix/Tempe and lunch at Green Restaurant!