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 29, 2011
In Dallas, our host was Jamey Scott, who organizes the annual Texas State Veggie Fair and DallasVegan.com. Here, we were treated to mouthwatering pineapple cornbread muffins and a green smoothie made by Chef Christy Morgon. Like other effective activists we’ve met, Jamey and Christy are reaching people in a positive way and making vegan cuisine fun and accessible to people living in and around Dallas.
Next stop: the Spiral Diner with the Just Eats crew for a hearty all-vegan brunch (they even offer all-you-can-eat pancakes!). We had the Viva las Migas, an incredible breakfast quesadilla and a few offerings a-la-carte (biscuits & gravy and pancakes). Our dining experience was made even more enjoyable as we ran into several recent friends from Tulsa! They were also enjoying the great vegan food and atmosphere at The Spiral Diner, which obviously has a strong and loyal following.
Next on the itinerary was a walk/bikeathon organized by the Black Vegetarian Society of Texas followed by a vegan picnic in the park co-hosted with Mercy for Animals, and DallasVegan.com. It was wonderful to see several former Farm Sanctuary interns there along with other people who had visited Farm Sanctuary and been changed by their experience. How awesome to see the far-reaching impact that our animal ambassadors have had on people across the U.S.!
After the picnic, we drove to a catfish farm outside of Dallas that had been exposed for egregious cruelty: skinning fish alive. The number of land animals (chickens, cattle and pigs) slaughtered for food in the U.S. finally appears to be decreasing, though slightly, but the number of fish being killed has been increasing. It’s important to realize that fish, like other “food” animals, have complex nervous systems and cognitive abilities, and they experience pain and suffering. It is not necessary to eat them (or any other animals’ flesh) to nourish ourselves.
Finally, we ended the day at Sol’s Nieto, a Tex Mex eatery that has a sign near the front door prominently announcing that they have vegan cheese and soyrizo (a vegan version of chorizo sausage) available. We enjoyed chimichangas and enchiladas and the camaraderie of other vegan advocates to end our day in Dallas. Now it’s on to Austin, the state capitol and home of the University of Texas.
May 28, 2011
We bid a fond farewell to our gracious host in Tulsa (who incidentally also had a great old VW van similar to ours), and headed down the road for Dallas. Driving through Oklahoma and Texas, we passed several stockyards, a beef processing plant, and a massive cattle feedlot. These were poignant reminders of how living, feeling animals are seen as commodities (i.e. “live stock”) by the livestock industry.
We arrived in Dallas in the late afternoon and met up with friends who took us to Spiral Diner, an excellent vegan restaurant and bakery. Their menu is impressive. First, all of the coffee and teas are organic AND fair trade; the bottomless and interesting sodas (watermelon, etc.) are sweetened with agave syrup and the menu concludes with a glossary of terms including, "Fair Trade is an alternative approach to conventional international trade. It is a trading partnership which aims at sustainable development for excluded and disadvantaged producers. It seeks to do this by providing better trading conditions by raising awareness and by campaigning. We purchase fairly traded products such as coffee, sugar, chocolate, bananas, tea, and many other items when they are available."
Along with some shared nachos (great cashew-based cheese), the taco salad, "The Mitch" tofu club, a Spiral Burger and Brayan’s Brutal Tacos, we enjoyed out-of-this-world vegan shakes: vanilla cookie, straight-up vanilla, and the peanut butter. The rest of the bakery’s desserts looked amazing but our hunger had been abated before we could seriously consider them. The day ended with a visit to a movie theater that is showing Forks Over Knives, a film promoting plant-based eating, and features an interview at Farm Sanctuary’s New York Shelter. It is promising to see this issue reaching a mainstream audience!