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
May 31, 2011
We enjoyed another great day in Austin. We started our day’s vegan adventures by visiting a local soap maker, Austin Natural Soap, that doesn’t use any animal products (100% vegan). After treating our noses with the amazing scented soaps, we continued to explore the vegan side of Austin’s food trailer scene that we had a taste of at Rip Esselstyn’s potluck. The owner of Counter Culture brought their raw apple crumble with sweet cashew cheese topping to the potluck and won the "Most Tasty" prize. We checked out Hey Cupcakes’s cupcake topped Airstream set up and Conscious Cravings, which sells a variety of vegan offerings like BBQ seitan and Black Bean Sliders.
By midafternoon, we were at the World Headquarters of Whole Foods Market, a company that started in Austin, TX with a single natural foods store in 1980 and now has over 300 stores across North America and the UK. We had a fascinating conversation with John Mackey, the company’s co-founder and CEO, who has been vegan for seven years. We discussed the vegan food movement and what Whole Foods is doing to encourage their staff and the public to move towards eating more healthy plant-based foods. We also spoke with Rip Esselstyn who partners with Whole Foods to promote “plant strong” diets and Dan Marek, a healthy eating specialist and chef at Whole Foods who introduced us to some of the tasty "health starts here" dishes that Whole Foods promotes to encourage healthier eating. These health starts here foods meet four simple and healthy criteria: they’re whole foods, plant-strong, use healthy and minimal fats, and are nutrient dense. Dan set us up with samples of their health starts here vegan comfort foods including some amazing baked beans, potato salad, a nut burger and a few raw desserts with incredibly simple ingredients and huge flavor. We tried the carrot cake, brownie and rice pudding. We look forward to trying Dan’s intriguing vegan Alfredo sauce one of these days. Needless to say we were very impressed by both the vision and practical support that Whole Foods Market provides for people who are interested in eating well (and vegan) and being healthy.
May 30, 2011
As the Just Eats Tour van rode into Austin, we were welcomed with friendly honks and people flashing us the peace sign. This town has an artsy, hippie feel - my kind of place! Our Austin experience started at Casa de Luz, an intriguing and tasty quasi-cafeteria (all vegan) that doubles as a center for integral studies. Over lunch we chatted with Dr. James McWilliams, a history professor, journalist and author who writes on food matters. In his book, "Just Food: Where Locavores Get it Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly," McWilliams promotes plant-based agriculture as the most efficient and conscientious way to feed the human population. He is a vegan and also an ultra-marathon runner. We also happened to run into John Mackey, co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market at Casa de Luz - we got the impression that this unique restaurant/center is somewhat of an integral hub for healthy eating and community building in Austin.
This evening we attended a potluck at the home of Rip Esselstyn, author of "The Engine 2 Diet," which promotes plant-strong eating. Around 100 people attended and brought a wide array of tasty and healthy vegan foods - it was inspiring and heartening to see so many people gather as a community and share great food. Once everyone had satisfied their appetites (and there seemed to be something to appease any appetite), Rip opened the floor, encouraging people to share their experiences of improving their health by leaving animal foods off their plates and eating plant foods instead. The support and community feeling was palpable. Reflecting on the changes that have occurred in the past 25 years, it is clear that there are more options in more places for vegans than ever before.