Oakland Veg Week 2014 will be the week of April 21-27, 2014.

Dr. Milena EsherickMonday, April 21

Dr. Milena Esherick will discuss “Creating an Environment for Change”
When: Monday, April 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Whole Foods Market, 230 Bay Pl., Oakland
Note: Please RSVP to or call 510.834.9800 ext. 260

Dr. Milena Esherick is a licensed clinical psychologist and the Director of the Wright Institute’s Counseling Psychology program. For over 15 years she has worked in a variety of medical and behavioral health settings helping people achieve healthy dietary and lifestyle changes. Learn about the barriers to making dietary changes and simple tips you can apply to making lasting changes.

Note: Space is limited. Please RSVP to or call 510.834.9800 ext. 260

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Tuesday, April 22

What: Author Bryant Terry will be giving a talk and signing copies of his new book Afro-Vegan
When: Tuesday, April 22, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Whole Foods Market, 230 Bay Pl., Oakland
Note: Space is limited. Please RSVP to or call 510.834.9800 ext. 260

Rising star chef and food justice activist Bryant Terry is known for his simple, creative, and delicious vegan dishes inspired by African American cooking. In this landmark cookbook, he remixes foods of the African diaspora to create exciting and approachable recipes such as Jamaican Patties Stuffed with Maque Choux, Berebere-Spiced Black-Eyed Pea Sliders, Crispy Teff-Grit Cakes with Eggplant, Tomatoes, and Peanuts, and Groundnut Stew with Winter Vegetables and Cornmeal Dumplings. He also explores key African ingredients that are popular in Caribbean and Southern dishes—like okra—tracing their history and giving them cultural context. Afro-Vegan will delight Bryant Terry fans; vegetarians and vegans looking for exciting new recipes; cooks interested in African, Afro-Caribbean, and Southern cuisine; and health- and eco-conscious eaters.  Come hear from the author and get your copy of Afro-Vegan signed.

Wednesday, April 23


What: Eating meat-free is easy as 1-2-3, a store tour and cooking demo with Chef Alex Bury
When: Wednesday, April 23, Store Tour 6-7, Cooking Demo 7-8
Where: Whole Foods Market, 230 Bay Pl., Oakland
Note: Space is limited. Please RSVP to or call 510.834.9800 ext. 260

Nutritional yeast, seitan, Veganaise. You’re hearing about all these new products but may not know what they are or where to find them. Join us on a tour of Whole Foods so you can learn about new foods or healthier versions of familiar favorites and where to find them.

Then come learn how to prepare a few delicious, yet simple plant-strong foods with a cooking class taught by Chef Alex Bury. Alex was trained as a classical chef at the world-renowned Culinary Institute of America. In 2001, she and her partner opened a restaurant in Northern California called Sparks with an entirely plant-based menu. Sparks quickly became well-known for its outstanding food, even among non-vegans. She has taught healthy cooking techniques and recipes at Whole Foods Market, for the McDougall Program (a nationally renowned preventative health program), and for local groups and companies since 2000.

RubyThursday, April 24

What: Healthy Snacking, a cooking class with Healthy Eating Specialist, Ruby Beaupre
When: Thursday, April 24, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Whole Foods Market, 230 Bay Pl., Oakland
Note: Space is limited. Please RSVP to or call 510.834.9800 ext. 260

Ruby Beaupre, Healthy Eating Specialist for Whole Foods Market Oakland, is a Certified Nutrition Consultant. Ruby will discuss the importance of staying full and satisfied with a plant-strong diet and demonstrate several healthy snacking recipes.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Vegan Cooking Class at Brundo Ethiopian Spices.
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Friday, April 25

What: Oakland Veg Week night on the town
When: Friday, April 25
Where:Your choice — all over Oakland

Enjoy dinner at one of Oakland Veg Week’s supporting restaurants and check out the great veg fare that Oakland has to offer!

Saturday, April 26

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What: Animal Place Field Trip
When: All day Saturday, April 26
Where: Animal Place Sanctuary, 17314 McCourtney Rd., Grass Valley, CA
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Animal Place is excited to invite the veg-curious at Oakland Veg Week on a bus trip to our Grass Valley sanctuary! We will bus you to our 600-acre sanctuary where you will enjoy time with the animals, a tour of the sanctuary and vegan farm, and vegan lunch and snacks.

This is a chance to see who your actions support when you make kinder choices! Your included tour will allow you to meet and greet the cows, rub the bellies of some friendly pigs, hang out with the inquisitive chickens and turkeys, and interact with the sheep and goats. Learn the stories of the animals and how your actions make a difference in the lives of nonhumans.

Lora Silver OVW2014 photoSaturday, April 26

What: Plant-Based Meal Planning: Top Ways to Eat Well and Save Money
When: Saturday, April 26, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Whole Foods Market, 230 Bay Pl., Oakland
Note: Space is limited. Please RSVP to or call 510-834-9800 ext. 260.

A little creativity and preparation go a long way in your food budget. How do you plan ahead but still take advantage of store specials and sale items? How can you make the most of cooking time? Which foods give you the best nutrition for your food dollar? What does it take to make plant-based meals more satisfying and interesting? Taste samples and take home strategies that inspire you to add in more plant-based meals right away. Lora Silver is a Certified Health Coach who provides personalized programs to help clients develop their own healthy lifestyle habits and transform their relationship to food.

Vegan drinksSaturday, April 26

What: Veg Week Happy Hour
When: Saturday, April 26, 4-7 p.m.
Where: Heinhold’s First and Last Chance Saloon, 48 Webster St., Oakland

Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, or just experimenting with meat-free eating, come meet others in the community for happy hour drinks! Enjoy excellent drinks, great people, and delicious food from NoNo Burger.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Vegetarian Cooking Class at Brundo Ethiopian Spices.
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What: Vegan pop-up at Baia Pasta
When: Sunday, April 27, 11-2 p.m.
Where: Baia Pasta, 431 Water St., Oakland

S+M Vegan will have a pop-up at Baia Pasta in Jack London Square S+M Vegan Chefs create crave-worthy plant-based cuisine in the San Francisco Bay Area. Baia Pasta makes Oakland’s finest artisanal and organic brass-extruded pasta. 

Colleen Patrick-GoudreauSunday, April 27

What: Oakland Veg Week Celebration with Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
When: Sunday, April 27, 2014,1-3 p.m.
Where: Lake Merritt Sailboat House, 568 Bellevue Ave., Oakland, CA 94610 (map)

You did it! Join fellow Oakland Veg Week pledgees to celebrate your week of healthy and humane eating at our Veg Week celebration! We will enjoy delicious plant-strong foods. There will be samples from vegetarian businesses and a talk by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau entitled, “For the Love of Vegetables.”

A thought leader on the topics of food ethics, animal protection, and compassion, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is a bestselling author of six books, including the award-winning The Joy of Vegan Baking, considered the bible of vegan baking, The Vegan Table, Color Me Vegan Vegan’s Daily Companion, and On Being Vegan.

Join Colleen for this inspiring, informative, and funny lecture that provides responses and solutions to all the excuses we make, including “I don’t have time to chop vegetables,” “I tried being vegetarian, but I craved meat, and “I could never live without cheese.”