Every year New Year's resolutions are broken, most often within the first six months. While there are support systems for no more drinking or smoking (fondly called the 12 Steps), there hasn’t been much support for no more eating meat. This has been proven to be one of the toughest resolutions to meet.
Recently I traveled almost 4,000 miles to participate in VeggieFest 2016 in Chicago, which is one of the largest and oldest vegetarian festivals here in the states. My spouse and I drove across the country so I could split open a watermelon and talk about chilies and tofu.
The festival itself was wonderful with so many like-minded people gathered together and the demos went off well. I did Watermelon Three Ways and Red Chili Tofu Taco Salad. You can watch the full watermelon demo in the video below.
Kitchen Shaman is hitting the road again in July. Destination: VeggieFest 2016. Held outside Chicago, IL, it is one of the largest vegetarian festivals in North American. Chef Johnna will be presenting two demos at this event, so if you’re in the area, please consider stopping by – admission is free!
veggiefest_chicagoLast year over 30,000 people attended this monster festival celebrating vegetarian, vegan, and raw food. In addition to demos by over a dozen chefs, coaches, cookbook authors, and brand representatives from Whole Foods and Nature’s Path, there will be nearly thirty presentations on vegetarianism, veganism, spirituality, wellness, nutrition, and health.
There's a vegan pulse in Los Angeles, CA. Restaurants abound that cater to the raw food lovers, the juicing crowd, vegans, and vegetarians. Many restaurants have a vegan choice on the menu because of the high demand. And recently, The Vegan Street Fair brought many of these venues together in one happy Vegan Street Fair.
One of the things I love to talk about is food history. It’s no secret I’ve spent many, many hours reading and researching where the food comes from.
I got the opportunity in January at the Arizona VegFest to share some food history. I gave this talk on the history of spices, where they come from and why some of them are on our baking racks instead in our savory recipes.
The month of January rolls around and in Southern Arizona, it’s a chilly 40 degrees at 9 am. The time volunteers arrive and start setting up for the Arizona Vegetarian Food Festival.
This is the second year for this event run by U.S. Veg Corp, an event company out of New York City. They also produce the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival, and are working on adding a third event for Southern California next fall.
This was my second year volunteering. Last year I presented a Chef Demo, Breakfast in the Afternoon. This year, due to health issues, I was asked if I would give a talk in the Speaker’s Tent and if I could help run the tent. I said, “Of course.”
By now you've heard about our campaign to produce a cooking show in 2016. If you haven't, check it out here: igg.me/at/kitchenshamancooks. To celebrate the project, we're having a party in Phoenix -- and you're invited!
Join us Saturday, October 24th (6 - 8 pm) at Urban Beans Cafe in Phoenix for an evening of fun, food, and a preview of what you can expect from our cooking show.
I recently attended the 4th Ave Roosevelt Row Chile Festival here in Phoenix, AZ. While there was no program that listed time of events, including the chef demos, there were many food vendors with unexpected vegan options.
UB pulled jackfruit tacoHere in the Southwest we celebrate the blend of chilies and chocolate, a combination that was the pride of the Aztecs and was in abundance at the Festival. My favorite coffee shop, Urban Beans, dished up a chili dipped in chocolate.
Here’s your chance to see the Kitchen Shaman live in action. A Vegan Grocery store, VegCo Market is trying to start up in my home town of Phoenix. I’ve been given the opportunity to provide a Food Demo on Sunday, Dec 2nd, at 1:35 p.m. I’ll be making Portabello Steak Fajitas with a Citrus Slaw and Ancho Chili Sauce.
Come, participate, and show your support for VegCo Market here in Phoenix, and sample some of the awesome Kitchen Shaman food.
If you live in the Phoenix area, and want something cool to do on Sunday, there’s going to be a Vegan Bake Sale. Lots of goodies and good people will be there, and I’ll be bringing some treats. Don’t know what yet, gonna be a surprise! Hope to see you there!