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 22, 2011
Although we were only in Chicago for two days, we got a strong sense of its diverse and vibrant vegan communities (and we have only just scratched the surface). Having caught up with old friends and having made some new ones, we depart for Iowa City this morning.
May 22, 2011
The Just Eats crew was invited to join about 20 other lucky folks for a lovely and intimate dinner at the home of Laviyah, who prepared an incredible array of vegan eats, including BBQ tofu, swiss chard with coconut curry, quiche, and mac and cheese. Laviyah sells all of these delights to her Illinois followers from her traveling food truck – a vegan, on-demand (via Facebook) delivery service! Also available for sampling was the fine cheese Laviyah makes under the Ste. Martaen label, which can be found in various retail shops, including the Whole Foods Market on North Kingsbury Street in Chicago. For dessert, she spoiled us with a delectable pecan pie and cinnamon buns (double yum). We all left with very full and happy bellies. And with deep gratitude.
May 22, 2011
The Chicago Diner is a joint both hip and classic. It’s been serving the vegan community since 1983, helping to unite old and new generations of vegans. The Chicago Diner is world-renowned, and its Radical Reuben (vegan) is something of an institution.
May 22, 2011
Visiting Chicago’s Soul Vegetarian restaurant was an inspiration. For the past 30 years, it has provided healthful food and promoted healthy lifestyles. Founder Prince Asiel (a fascinating man) spoke with us about the spiritual underpinnings of his exceptional establishment, which include the belief that we “reap what we sow” and that killing animals for food has negative consequences for human well-being. The meal was amazing, and the blueberry ice cream was sublime.
May 22, 2011
After the church service, I spoke with Marla Rose and John Beskey, who work to engage and support the exploration of vegan lifestyles among denizens of the Chicago area. They organize VeganMania, an annual, integrative celebration of vegan culture and commerce, and are part of the Chicago Vegan Family Network, comprised of vegan parents and children.
May 22, 2011
After having breakfast with the recently formed animal ministry group at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Hinsdale, IL, I spoke at the church’s Sunday morning service. I was pleased by the response and taken by the congregation’s open mindedness and interest in learning about veganism. It was also great to see the several Farm Sanctuary members from the area who attended the presentation.
May 21, 2011
We enjoyed a glorious, sold-out Farm Sanctuary 25th Anniversary celebration at Karyn’s on Green, an amazing vegan restaurant in Chicago. Karyn embodies the healthfulness and glamour of the incredible space she’s created here. She’s been vegan for 42 years and is a model of vitality and health. The event was inspiring, and the crowd was energetic and engaging - and so were the patrons we ended up meeting while eating dinner.
For dessert we decided to guess which treat would be our favorite based on the menu descriptions. We all guessed the Banana’s Foster (rum caramelized bananas, vanilla ice-cream, coconut tuile) would reign supreme. After sampling/devouring the four desserts we ordered, the crew was still favoring the Banana’s Foster - so good! Close seconds were the Apple Pie (granny smith apples, vanilla ice cream) and the almond ice cream that was part of the Ice Cream Cookies (chocolate, almond, and banana-coconut).
May 21, 2011
After brunch, I reconnected with my old friend Matthew. He lives on a farm a couple hours outside of Chicago and is working with local citizens to oppose a factory dairy farm or a CAFO (confined animal farming operation). CAFOs wreak havoc in rural communities, polluting and depleting increasingly scarce land and water resources. Matthew described how well-funded, entrenched factory farming interests influence corrupt politicians. But, he said there is a revolution underway as family farmers and citizens in rural America are getting fed up and banding together to speak out against the factory farming industry.