Vegan Super Bowl Party at El Papagayo


Eventbrite link for tix: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vegan-super-bowl-fiesta-tickets-10104275159

($16 plus $1.87 fee) 

*This is hosted & sponsored solely by El Papagayo, for the vegan community of greater Sacramento

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  • Ilsa

    The food was amazing, but no one would talk to me because they were all watching TV...KIDDING! Had a blast!

    February 11, 2014

  • Bethany D.

    Hi, Everyone,
    This year, the restaurant/ Brandon & Rosa hosted the event. El Papagayo has been supporting the vegan community for over 2 years now. Because it was a restaurant-sponsored event, and the food was all vegan, that was the primary 'draw' for folks: especially those that were familiar with the food! Personally I'm not much of a football fan (actually, not at all!) so I wasn't there for the whole time, or there to welcome folks. But, 90% of the diners present were vegan El Papagayo fans!

    1 · February 8, 2014

  • Bethany D.

    Thank you to Brandon for hosting this, as an opportunity for the vegan community to enjoy their delicious food specially created 'just for us' in a buffet, regardless of whether folks were interested in the actual game or not. The vegan community in Sac is very wide-spread, and not everyone is a member of a meetup group or participates specifically in meetup activities: in this case, the restaurant-sponsored event was announced as a meetup on several of the local group pages, but was not specific to any one meetup: it was more of a general 'announcement' that they were hosting a vegan buffet for the Super Bowl.

    1 · February 8, 2014

  • Bethany D.

    That being said, those of us that ARE members of the meetup groups should be more diligent in welcoming potential new vegans/ first-timers, whether or not they are 'group members,' into our dining fellowship. We can all take note to be more aware of newcomers, and make a point to introduce ourselves, be warm/ friendly, etc. and to let them know of other events/ opportunities that they might enjoy participating in with us. It's easy to sit with or hang out with the community of folks we know, that are already part of a given social circle of fellow vegan buddies, and some of those relationships have been in place for years.

    1 · February 8, 2014

  • Bethany D.

    *Let's ALL of us remember to please make a point of enlarging our 'circle of compassion' by introducing ourselves to new folks and warmly welcoming them to our events and activities with smiles and invitations to join us at our tables. (:

    Remember...how isolating it can be to be newly vegan, or a 'not -connected'/ new to the community vegan in our current social culture (including friends /familiy/ co-workers) that mostly 'doesn't understand,' or considers us to be outsiders, extremists, weird, etc.

    Let's ALL take the initiative to help connect the vegan community in Sacramento, so that whenever new people show up to vegan events, they can find the fellowship, support, and connections within the community that they are hoping for...and that we have going on here in Sac! (:

    2 · February 8, 2014

  • bobbie

    What about having a book swap? Vegan Cookbooks, Raw Foods books or other books relating to Vegan lifestyle! Bring 1,2 or a few, take others home! Let's share and pass on what we have. Good for the environment, learning, sharing and giving!

    Bobbie

    January 29, 2014

    • Barb De Bonte & Barb S.

      Come to the Vegan Book Club on Feb. 26--we're always bringing books to give away.

      February 4, 2014

  • bobbie

    I thought the food was outstanding. It was the best Vegan Mexican Food I have ever had. It was also one of the best, most memorable vegan meals I have had. I have been vegan over 25 years and vegetarian over 40. Other people I spoke with thought food was outstanding.

    I enjoyed the restaurant. They had such a variety of foods. Did you try the Horcheta? It was the best ever!
    It was made especially for us by the owner.

    Some people were engrossed in Super Bowl game. I was glad there was a place to go for dependable delicious vegan food.

    Bobbie

    2 · February 3, 2014

  • Galen H

    For those of you who didn't know who was vegan, the place was closed to just us vegans for the party. Everyone there was vegan. That's what I was told at the door when I went in so I had no trouble picking out the vegans there. And it was made clear in the invitation that it was a vegan buffet so there were not going to be any menus. I guess I just knew what to expect. Sorry for the folks who did not realize this. You missed some great food and missed meeting some great people. Anyone there would have loved to meet you and have you at their table! Please introduce yourself next time!

    1 · February 3, 2014

    • Catherine Vade Bon C.

      Interesting. That certainty was not clear at all from the info on the meetup invite. Thank you, Galen. Really enjoyed your company.

      2 · February 3, 2014

  • Jonathon H.

    I see that they have a vegetarian menu, but are these items also vegan or are these dishes made specifically vegan for the party?

    January 12, 2014

    • Jonathon H.

      Do you know if I were to visit the restaurant, would they be able to make the vegan dishes?

      February 3, 2014

    • Catherine Vade Bon C.

      They have vegan items on the menu every day.

      2 · February 3, 2014

  • Katie K.

    I enjoyed the food. I didnt meet any other vegans though they seem kinda "clicky". Maybe next time. It would be nice to not be the only vegan I know.

    February 2, 2014

    • Ryan

      Hi Katie, I agree. El Papagayo serves great food but isn't the best venue to socialize. Sorry you didn't get a chance to meet anyone tonight. Keep attending events and I guarantee you'll soon know tons of folks. Since you're a mom, you might also be interested in this Facebook group for local Sacramento area veg families at https://www.facebook.c...­. We've got a fairly active group who get together regularly. It's also an easy way to ask questions and meet others raising their kids on a plant based diet.

      2 · February 2, 2014

    • Katie K.

      thanks so much I joined that fb group as well! cant wait for the next meetup. i should have introduced myself a bit, but walking up to a goip of strangers sitting at a table and asking them if they are vegans too seemed very intimidating lmao! Next time ill grow a pair and say hi :)

      2 · February 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Based on my years of experience with www.elifeadventures.org (expired 1/11/14) from 2005 to 2013, I think a Super Bowl party including a vegan potluck would work better at someone's residence.

    1 · February 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I walked inside the restaurant. Glanced at the menu. Scanned the room. It did not feel inviting. I went home.

    February 2, 2014

    • Catherine Vade Bon C.

      I am really sorry , Steve. Had I known, I would have asked you to join me us. It wasn't like a super bowl party at all. But the food was really good, like I said before. Oh, and it was buffet, there was no menu, not for vegan food.

      2 · February 2, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      FYI, vegan food is listed in the menu and on their website.

      1 · February 2, 2014

  • Catherine Vade Bon C.

    I think it would work better if all of us vegans were in one place, like "reserved for meetup group vegans," because I agree with you, and the only reason I did sit with someone I knew is because I already knew her. I mean, what is the point in having something like this if we can't even tell who are and are not vegans and meet new people? The food was great! The tv wasn't loud enough. I probably would not go again unless it was better organized. Maybe name tags? Somebody to greet us and introduce us around?

    2 · February 2, 2014

    • Katie K.

      i think thats a great idea. what about Annas vegan cafe on stockton blvd? its small and feels like a grandmas house haha

      3 · February 2, 2014

  • Galen H

    Great!

    1 · February 2, 2014

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