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Free Events Associated With PDX VEG Challenge

Hello Mindful Cooks!
Those of you living in or near Portland, Oregon may be interested in attending one or more of the events associated with the PDX VEG Challenge.
They are all free, but we would appreciate it if people sign up in advance so we know how many to expect. Here they are:

Vegan and Gluten-Free Baking Demo on Friday, June 28 from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm at Fred Meyer 20th Place Workshop:
Did you think you would have to stop baking when you became vegan? If so, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn that you can still make and enjoy vegan versions of your favorite treats. Join Erin Lehn Floresca during this vegan/gluten-free baking demonstration. After reading Diet for a New America in 1996, she quickly figured out how to veganize her favorite baking recipes. Years later, she added gluten-free baking into the mix. Always a fan of sharing the sweet life with others, she loves to show how easy it is to make delectable, crowd-pleasing vegan/gluten-free desserts. Erin will be sharing three amazingly delicious treats for us at this demo: raspberry bars, chocolate mousse, and lemon cake! There will be samples galore!

A Vegan July 4th Cooking Demo on Saturday, June 29 from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm at Salem Natural Grocers:
July 4 is a great opportunity to gather together with friends and family for a fun picnic/cookout in a park. What if you are vegan? Here, Deb Kay, Certified Vegan Fusion Cooking Instructor, will show us how to prepare seasonal vegan versions of summer picnic and potluck favorites! You and your friends will not be able to tell that these easy, fun, and delicious dishes are completely plant-based and healthy. Deb trained with award winning vegan chefs: Mark Reinfeld, owner of Vegan Fusion and author of five cookbooks including the 30-Minute Vegan Series, and Chef Al Chase, owner of the Institute of Culinary Awakening. Deb will be making a sweet potato bowl, a ranch dip/dressing to go with some veggies, and a chocolate cake.

Wildwood Farm Sanctuary Visit on Saturday, July 6 from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm:
Come meet and get to know some rescued farmed animals! Located on 98 acres in Newberg Oregon, Wildwood Farm Sanctuary is a haven for farmed animals and wildlife alike. They provide life-long refuge and rehabilitation for abused and abandoned farmed animals. Their mission is to help open eyes and reshape the way humans view and treat farmed animals by considering a compassionate and cruelty-free way of living. Shauna Sherick, Wildwood’s founder and president, has graciously offered to open up the sanctuary for an open house to meet the animal residents and hear how the sanctuary is working to change the lives of farmed animals. Come join us!

Living and Cooking Plant-Based in a Meat Eaters' World Cooking Demo on Saturday, July 13 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Fred Meyer 20th Place Workshop:
We will focus on "Living and Cooking Plant-Based in a Meat Eaters' World," with Linda Tyler, Portland-based cooking instructor, recipe-creator, and writer. Linda will draw on a wide range of studies to shed light on the relationship dynamics that plant-based eaters often encounter and what they can do about it. Then we'll head to the kitchen where Linda will demo the preparation of two tasty plant-based dishes with high meat-eater appeal: Breakfast Burritos and Pasta alla Puttanesca.