Get your sweet treat on at the second annual Tacoma Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale!

Last year, two vegan lady friends and I (Joy and Lisa) thought that it was high time Tacoma was represented in Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale week, so we held what we believed to be Tacoma’s first vegan bake sale at the wonderful King’s Books. In our eyes, it was a massive success. We raised over $600 for Precious Life Animal Sanctuary, shared amazing vegan baked goods with friends and strangers, and brought more awareness to the vegan lifestyle and ethic in our town. And this year, we’re doing it again!

Sweet flier image courtesy of Dan Martin.

As you may have seen me mention via the VM FB/Twitter accounts, we’re holding the second annual Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale – Tacoma edition, (adorably titled “Sweet Eats!”) at King’s Books this Sunday, April 29, from noon to 4 p.m. This time around Joy, her man Dan and I are heading up the effort, and we hope to see some lovely faces come out and support this year’s cause: Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest.

Here’s more info from the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale Tacoma Facebook event page:

We’re doing it again, baking up a storm of vegan goodies for charity. This year all the proceeds are going to Chimpanzee Sanctuary NW.
If you are interested in volunteering in any way, whether it be baking, set up or tabling, email me at: joy_clendening@yahoo.com
Of course anything you bake has to be vegan and it will have to be in sealed containers.
We look forward to tasty your yummy treats and giving a big donation to the Chimps!

Gracious sweet pea of King’s Books was kind enough to let us hold the event at his store again, and we’re amped to fill up as many tables as we can with sweet treats of all sorts. From loaded with sugar and flour, to gluten-free, raw and low-sugar, whatever your preferences, it’ll be represented at this bountiful spring vegan event.

Though the event is only a few days away, we’re always looking for/are welcoming of helpful volunteers. If you’re interested in contributing baked (and non!) goods or helping us set up the event, break it down or assist with the actual sale, please e-mail Joy at the address above. Our goal is always to raise as much funds as we can for the chimps, and volunteers are definitely an integral part of that happening.

Scenes from last year's Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale - 253 Edition.

I also want to make sure that everyone knows that you do not have to be vegan to come! You just have to love delicious treats! Though if you are baking, we do ask that you make your baked goods vegan, as not doing so would kind of defeat our whole purpose. If you’d like more info on Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale week 2012, want to get a glimpse of all the places participating, get some tips on vegan baking, or learn how to start a vegan bake sale in your neck of the woods, check out their amazingly resourceful website. And please be sure to let us know you’ll be attending the event by RSVPing to it on Facebook.

My goal is to bake espresso brownies, because the idea of the Valhalla brownies at Corina always make me swoon, but they’re sadly not vegan-friendly. I want to make another sort of brownie variation, and may whip up some Fudgy Wudgy Blueberry Brownies from “Veganomicon” that Roxanne made for our underground supper club, as they were a huge hit with vegans and non-veg people alike. Whether brownies are up your alley or not, please come out if you can, and I hope to see you Sunday!

The upcoming 2012 Tacoma Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale has been written about around the Internet! Check it out:

Post Defiance: Don’t be Scared, it’s just a Vegan Bake Sale

Tacoma Weekly: World Wide Vegan Bakesale in Tacoma on Sunday

King’s Books: Vegan Bake Sale

FoodCamp (253) recap + Tacoma’s other vegan-friendly meetup

A few weeks back on April 9 I had the pleasure of being a part of a new food-based Tacoma event, FoodCamp (253), which I wrote about beforehand here. I love the idea of participation-based conference specifically about food, and was so thrilled that it was happening here. The event covered a wide range of topics, from making a better cocktail, to making homemade bread, to food photography and many more. I felt honored to have the chance to talk about vegan food and living here in Tacoma along with other friends and other food knowledgeable individuals I’d had yet to meet. I was also happy to be a part of an event with a great goal – raising funds to make a commercially-certified kitchen available for local cooks and bakers to rent.

FoodCamp (253) signs at the entrance of the event at Urban Grace Church. All photos courtesy of FoodCamp (253)

My talk was scheduled at the start of the event, at the exact same time that a local meat shop was slated to speak in another room, (I laughed at the irony, and smart marketing of the planners!). I had a good turnout of individuals coming to hear about Tacoma’s vegan businesses, the many that exist that are vegan-friendly and the best places to pick up vegan items in the city.

I had no idea that this picture was taken, but this was during my presentation (at the very beginning. More people showed, I promise!).

I definitely tried to emphasize a fact that I’m going to cover in future blog posts here as well – that in order to get more vegan-friendly businesses in Tacoma, we need to ask existing restaurants to add vegan items to their menus. A few such places that I mentioned in my presentation were: Pacific Grill, where I’ve had only bowls of olives and cocktail-only based meals; Cheney Stadium, which claims to have veggie dogs and burgers yet I’ve never seen either in my many visits there; and Masa/Asado, both of which aren’t very vegetarian-friendly at all, (I’ve been told that their tortillas, beans and flat breads all have lard in them). I think that if the owners of these businesses realized that there is enough of a demand for more vegan food in Tacoma, they will make it available. I got some great questions and then definitely informed the group of the upcoming Tacoma Vegan Bake Sale Benefiting Precious Life Sanctuary. I think it went well and would love to present again on a slightly different topic next year.

After I presented, I sat down to listen to Heather’s talk on the slow food movement and Kaitlin’s on local CSA Terry’s Berries, participated in Marisa and Ben’s live food testing from the event, (even though everyone hated them, I loved the Somersaults!) and then checked out Donald’s presentation on preserving winter veggies and really felt inspired to try my hand at canning this year. If my garden plot takes off, this would be an excellent way to have the veggies last throughout the year. After that we broke for lunch, which was wonderfully vegan-friendly and delicious.

Table of treats that Ben and Marisa brought for people to sample, and the last of my banana muffins are to the left. NARN Vegan Mentor cards were definitely available as well.

During Clearance Cuisine's presentation, each of us sampled the items (a few were vegan!) and took notes on them, and Ben/Marisa eventually imported our comments into their review of them.

Vegan lasagna, fresh greens, two vegan soups, bread and more were all part of FoodCamp (253)'s excellent lunch. I'd love to bring something as a part of a lunch potluck next year!

I chatted with some friends during lunch and felt at that moment that the mission of FoodCamp (253) had been met during the course of the day. I got together with some other food-loving friends, met new ones and was thoroughly inspired by the food-related things these individuals are doing in the city. I left after lunch (as I didn’t get much sleep the night before!) but definitely enjoyed my time at the event and can’t wait to see what comes of it next year. Hopefully there will be more fundraisers for the commercially-certified kitchen to be installed in Urban Grace in the near future, and if there are I’ll definitely let you know about them. You can read Jenn’s (the event’s fearless and wonderful planner) reflection of the event on the FoodCamp (253) site.

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A newer addition to Tacoma’s vegan-friendly meetup group offerings is the Tacoma Animal Rights Book Club. Started up by Lisa, an extremely passionate animal rights advocate and vegan, the group originally started out as one that gets together every month to discuss an animal rights-related book. Since it began, the group has also evolved to include other events, such as movie/potluck nights, a letter writing night/dinner in which members write letters to activists in prison and a carpooled trip to Portland’s Vegfest in September is also scheduled.

I’ve only been to one event, (the aforementioned movie/potluck night to see “Bold Native”) but it was an excellent one and it gave me the chance to meet some of the other members and bond with them over our mutual interests in animal rights, Mighty-O Donuts and books. Since that meeting, the idea for the Tacoma Vegan Bake Sale was collectively born by Lisa, Joy and I and we’ve all been brainstorming on other events for the meetup group and ways in which we can get more local vegans together.

I missed the group’s first book club discussion on Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle,” (the meeting took place this weekend), but I heard that it was a great one and I’m still reading the book though I couldn’t make it as I’ve always wanted to. The next discussion will take place on Sunday, May 15 at 2 p.m. at Coffee Strong in Lakewood and will be on “Muzzling a Movement: The Effects of Anti-Terrorism, Law, Money, and Politics on Animal Activism” by Dara Lovitz. I picked up the book while at Food Fight in Portland, and I can’t wait to start it. We’re working on making the books available at King’s Books, so if that happens it’ll be posted on the meetup page. If you’re interested in reading and learning more about animal rights (whether you’re vegan or not), I’d suggest checking out the group and its Facebook page. I don’t think I’ve come across another group in Tacoma that’s been so genuinely welcoming of new members.

In the very near future: a review of Caffe Dei!

Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale in the 253

So, you know that awesome event that I’ve been hinting at both here and on the VM Twitter/Facebook pages? Well folks, the title of this post gives away the secret: Two other Tacoma vegan ladies that I met through the Tacoma Animal Rights Book Club, (Lisa and Joy) and I separately got the idea of planning a vegan bake sale as a part of the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale, found out of our separate plans and decided to join forces in order to take over our little vegan world. Thus, the idea for this event was born.

(Isn’t the flier image awesome? We all have Joy’s bf Dan to thank for this beaut).

Here’s more info that will appear on our flier, which you will hopefully see soon while about the town:

Please join us as for a bake sale being held as a part of Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale (April 23-May, 2011) here in Tacoma at King’s Books!

The event takes place May 1 from 12-4 p.m. All proceeds raised will benefit Precious Life Animal Sanctuary in Edmonds. We will have information on the sanctuary as well as other local vegan groups available at the sale. If you want to volunteer to work tables or bake, let Joy know at: joy_clendening@yahoo.com. We’ll e-mail you some more info on what you can bring, how to label the goods, what time to show up if volunteering and more.

We also want to put together a printed, cookbook style collection of the recipes being made for the event, (which will be for sale to benefit the sanctuary), so please e-mail the recipe of the baked good you’ll be bringing in advance to the email address above. If coming to buy goodies, please make sure to bring your own Tupperware and/reusable bags. Thanks for coming, spreading the word and supporting the sanctuary!


sweet pea of King’s Books was kind enough to allow us to hold the event at the bookstore and we’re excited to be there. We definitely do need more bakers and volunteers to help us with the preparing and selling the goods and setting up/clean up, so please e-mail me at dawn [at] veganmoxie.com or Joy, whose info is above if you have any interest in either. We want to make this event a success and donate as much as we can to Precious Life, and volunteers and bakers will be a huge part of that. We’re also excited about the baked good cookbook we’ll be putting together to sell! I know I’ve gone to a few bake sales and thought, “Wow, this brownie’s amazing! Wonder how I can replicate it at home?” Well, wonder no more, because you’ll have all the recipes at the event in your hands as you leave if you pick one up.

Also, please know that you don’t have to be vegan to bake or come! This is event is open to all, and all we ask is that if you plan to bake, please make all of your goods vegan, as the event is composed of vegan baked goods only. For more info on vegan baking, how to wrap your baked goods for sale and Worldwide Vegan Bake sale in general, check out their wonderful and informative website here. You can also RSVP to the event on Facebook here.

Please come out if you can. I can’t wait to be swimming in a sea of baked goods in TACOMA!