There's TONS of stuff going on this month- any veggie will have a busy social calendar! Take pride in your ethical lifestyle, veggies & vegans, because the big thing this month is the annual Veggie Pride Parade!
Monday, May 3rd through Saturday, May 8th
Stamp Out Hunger- Contribute to one of the largest food drives in the nation. NYC residents can drop off non-perishable goods at their local post office and help stock the city's food pantries.
Tuesday, May 4th
International Respect for Chickens Day- Remind your omnivorous pals that just because they don't eat beef, they're not doing much better by "just" eating chicken! Watch the documentary "Fowl Play" (screening next weekend, conveniently enough!) and go veg!
Thursday, May 6th
"Viva Vegan" Launch Party- 7pm to 9pm at Mooshoes, 78 Orchard Street, free. Terry Hope Romero of Post-Punk Kitchen fame will be celebrating the release of her new book, Viva Vegan!: 200 Authentic and Fabulous Recipes for Latin Food Lovers with treats and drinks from the book. Romero will be on hand to sign copies!
Saturday, May 8th
2nd Annual Slow Food New York City Harvest Time Conference- 1pm to 4pm at the Astor Center, 399 Lafayette Street, $10. Harvest Time is a SFNYC program that brings food education into the schools of disadvantaged neighborhoods, and this conference is a day of networking and lectures for educators, parents, and advocates of good food in schools.
Monday, May 10th
Easy Vegan Baking- 6:30pm- 8:30pm at Whole Foods Bowery Culinary Center, 95 E. Houston Street, $25. A demo and hands on workshop with Dr. Kracker's George Eckrich- forget breads, I'm sold with the promise of vegan graham crackers!
Tuesday, May 11th
Green Drinks NYC- 6pm to 10pm at Terracycle's Green Shop, 641 8th Avenue, $10 advance/ $20 at the door. The well-known monthly eco-meetup features an open bar (score!) and pitches from people in green living, film, work, lifestyle, and more.
Friday, May 14th
Veggie Prom- 8pm at Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street in Park Slope; $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Kick off Veggie Pride weekend with a dance party- creative attire is of course encouraged! Free vegan desserts, cash bar, and vegan DJs keep the party going, while a raffle will benefit animal activist group, Mercy for Animals. Time to boogie!
Saturday, May 15th and Sunday, May 16th
37th Annual Ninth Avenue International Food Festival- 9:30am to 6:30pm from 42nd through 57th Streets. As NYCGo.com aptly calls it, a "16 block gastronomic extravaganza!" Local vendors will be serving up Greek, Polish, Italian, Mexican, Thai, Moroccan... maybe it's because I'm excited already, but I can't possibly list everything! Come hungry, because there will definitely be lots of vegetarian options to be found!
Saturday, May 15th
Fowl Play Screening- 11:30am to 1pm at Columbus Library, 742 10th Avenue, free. Join MFA for a free screening of the documentary, Fowl Play, followed by a presentation by United Poultry Concerns founder Karen Davis, PhD, about the social and secret life of chickens. Complimentary tofu scramble from Curly's Vegetarian Lunch will be served post-presentation.
Sunday, May 16th
3rd Annual Veggie Pride Parade- 11am lineup in the Olde Meat District at the intersection of Gansevoort, Greenwich, and Little West 12th Street; parade marches to Union Square North for a rally, costume contest, and expo featuring guitarist Leif Erich, George Eisman of the Coalition for Cancer Prevention Through Plant-Based Eating, keynote speaker Mickey Z, and founding director of the Viva Veggie Society, Pamela Rice. You're a loud and proud vegetarian/vegan, now go show it!
Monday, May 17th
Taste of the Nation- 8pm at the Grand Hyatt NYC, 109 E. 42nd Street, $275. Normally, I don't put down pricey benefits on the events list, but as a supporter of The Food Bank of New York and City Harvest, I'm adding this benefit. What do you get? Dishes from 50 of New York's top restos (including veg-friendly Dirt Candy, Rouge Tomate, ilili, and Tabla) and 80 different wines to sample, along with the knowledge that your dinner will help feed hundreds of hungry families in NYC.
Wednesday, May 19th
Spring Cleaning for Your Health- 6:30pm - 8:30pm, at Educational Alliance, 197 East Broadway, $18 advance registration required. A workshop on vegetables that cleanse your body and boost your immune system- and with all the spring veggies appearing at the market, I bet this workshop will have some great recipes too! RSVP to Les-Ann at 646-395-4081.
Saturday, May 22nd
Greenpoint Food Market- noon to 5pm at Church of the Messiah, 129 Russell Street, BK. Visit this monthly market for delicious, locally produced goods by BK foodies, including veggie sandwiches by Sandwich Friend, a vegan pate by Cobra Pate, and Regal Vegan catering.
Tuesday, May 25th
Celebrate Spring with Just Food- 7pm- 9pm at Whole Foods Bowery Culinary Center, 95 E. Houston Street, $25. Learn how to prepare fantastic seasonal dishes with the best of spring ingredients with Peter Berley, former executive chef of Angelica Kitchen. Proceeds from the evening will be donated to Just Food.
Tuesday, May 25th through Thursday, May 27th
The Eco Friendly Expo- Preview: 4pm -8pm, show hours 9am to 5pm at 7W, 7 W. 34th Street, $10 pre-registration/$15 at door. A more boutique setting than the typical green expo, this event is a showcase of eco-friendly home accents, art, and design. The show also features a "Power of Green Lecture series" with established eco authors, demos, and seminars.
Thursday, May 27th
Vegan Drinks- 7pm to 9pm at Angels & Kings, 500 E. 11th Street. Drink and be very merry with fellow vegans at this monthly meetup!
Ongoing Saturdays in May
4 Course Vegan- location available to those who RSVP, $40. The concept is simple- bringing together both vegans and non-vegans for dinner and discussion at an underground dinner party in Williamsburg. Chef Matteo Silverman elevates the notion of vegan fine dining (check out the lush sounding menus!) and it sounds like a great way to meet other compassionate diners.