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Columbus Vegetarian Meetup Group (CURRENTLY INACTIVE) Message Board › Vegetarian Group Update for March 2014

Vegetarian Group Update for March 2014

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Columbus, OH

After what feels like the longest, coldest winter in recorded history, what could be better than a big, delicious feast with friends! Check out details below for our March event at Melt (coming up next weekend), our just-announced April event at Banana Leaf, along several updates, announcements and community events:

Up Next: Melt next Saturday, March 15th!
Join us as we try out the hottest restaurant in Columbus – Melt! This Cleveland-based restaurant specializes in deliciously huge gourmet sandwiches! Melt is very veggie friendly with an endless variety of vegetarian and vegan options, including veggie burgers, crispy tofu, house made seitan, tofu bacon, and depending on the day, veggie meatballs and/or veggie meatloaf! In addition to a variety of cheeses, Melt also offers vegan cheddar and vegan mozzarella and over 50 fresh veg ingredients! To avoid (or beat) the crowds, we’ll be getting together early for this event. Skip breakfast and meet outside the doors between 10:45 and 10:55am on Saturday, March 15th. Please note: you must be there by 10:55am to be seated with the group! We’ll all head in together when the doors open at 11:00am. Pre-payment of $11 per adult is required to RSVP for this event; $10 of your payment will be applied to the cost of your meal (the other $1 is an unavoidable Amazon payments fee). No RSVP needed for kids under 16 – just bring ‘em with you! Should be a great meal and a fun time together at this Columbus hot-spot! Here’s the link for complete details or to RSVP for this event:­

Just Announced: Banana Leaf Grand Buffet on Sunday, April 13th!
For our April Vegetarian Group event, we'll get together for a special buffet at Vegetarian Group favorite - BANANA LEAF! Kamal, the owner, is putting together a very special buffet for the group, including a variety of appetizers, entrees, desserts and drinks! Whether you are new to Indian cuisine or already a fan, this will be a great opportunity to try out a variety of great dishes for one low price! Arrive between 12:45 and 12:55pm; buffet starts at 1:00pm. Buffet will be all vegetarian, all vegan and all gluten-free; price is $13.99 for adults, $8.99 for kids over 5 and free for children age 5 and under. As an added bonus for this event, Kamal is also offering a FREE cooking demonstration immediately before the event for those who are interested! If you’d like to attend the cooking class, just indicate when you RSVP and arrive 30 minutes earlier (between 12:15 and 12:25). Immediately following the class, we’ll all get together for what should be a great meal and a fun time together! Click here for complete details or to RSVP for this event:­

Information and Notes:

Event Hosts Needed!
Are you interested in hosting events for the Columbus Vegetarian Group? It’s fun, easy, and may help us get a few more events on the calendar! If you’ve attended Vegetarian Group events in the past and would be interested in hosting an event, please contact me at or 614-257-8104.

Community Events:
While not official Vegetarian Group events, the following events, activities, and cooking classes may be of interest to you!

Whole Foods Supper Club on Thursday, March 13th
The Whole Foods in Upper Arlington will be holding its first Supper Club on Thursday, March 13th from 6:30 to 8:00pm! The Supper Club is “an elegant 4-course dinner” prepared by their own chefs. The theme of the dinner is inspired by the Engine 2 Diet, a completely plant-strong lifestyle that is also free from added refined oils. Space is limited for this event, and the cost is $20 per person. Registration and payment are due no later than March 7th. Please contact the store directly for registration (614-481-3400) or contact Erin Ford (Whole Foods Healthy Eating Specialist) for any additional questions at

Introduction to Gluten-Free Baking at the Franklin Park Conservatory on Sunday, March 16th
Sign up to attend this Introduction to Gluten-Free Baking Class at the Franklin Park Conservatory on Sunday, March 16th from 3:30 to 5:30pm. Learn baking basics and recommendations on gluten-free products while sampling sweet and savory goodies, including ginger gem cookies, cream biscuits, dark chocolate lime brownies and Brazilian cheese rolls. Hands-on with demonstration and tasting, led by Courtney Denning. Vegetarian and Gluten-Free. $30 Conservatory members; $35 non-members.
Register at: http://www.fpconserva...­

Dirty Franks on Meatless Monday, March 17th to benefit Sunrise Sanctuary
Visit Dirty Franks for a for a great St Patrick's celebration! Come in on Monday, March 17th and Dirty Franks will donate 10% of all vegan food sales and $1.00 per drink special to Sunrise Sanctuary! A great meal for a wonderful cause! For more details, visit Sunrise Sanctuary at http://www.sunrisesan...­.

Glutenbusters at Franklin park Conservatory on Tuesday, March 20th
New to gluten-free? Gain culinary freedom with delicious dishes and simple techniques to remove gluten from your diet at this class from 6-8pm on Thursday, March 20th. Learn how to avoid gluten in everyday foods, at restaurants, and when shopping at the grocery. Demo and tasting, led by Chef Jim Yue. Vegetarian and gluten-free. $30 Conservatory members; $35 non-members. Register at: http://www.fpconserva...­

Farm to Fork: Cooking with Seasonal Ingredients at the Stratford Ecological Center on Saturday, March 22nd
Join Chef Mark, The Duke of Of Fork, on Saturday, March 22 for Farm to Fork: Cooking with Seasonal Ingredients at the Stratford Ecological Center, 3083 Liberty Rd. in Delaware. For this class, Chef Mark will show creative and healthful ways to prepare vegetable, grains, and other foods grown right on the farm. This class features ingredients currently in season and promises to be a delicious culinary adventure complete with samples for you to enjoy. Class time 1:00PM to 3:00PM. Advanced registration required, $30 per person by calling the center at 740-363-2548. For more info, visit: http://www.thedukeoff...­

Sunrise Sanctuary Spring Clean-up Day on Saturday, April 5th
Volunteers are needed for the 2014 Sunrise Spring Clean Day starting at Noon on Saturday, April 5th! Wear your oldest clothes and shoes/boots/rubber boots and come prepared to help clean out all the old straw in all the barns, lay down fresh straw, repairs, projects and more. With a large group of people, it is amazing how much can be done in a few hours. So, gather your friends, family and co-workers to sign up. As always, the animals will try to lend you a hand and you may get a sloppy kiss along the way. If you have a pitchfork and/or shovel, please bring them with you. Bottled water and snacks will be provided along with their sincere appreciation! There is always time to spend with the animals, too! Visit the Sunrise Sanctuary website to sign up: http://www.sunrisesan...­.

Yoga Outreach for Charity at Ohio Wesleyan University on Sunday, April 6th
Sunday, April 6, join our own Loretta Zedella at Yoga Outreach Columbus for a charity yoga gathering on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University. This event unites the Central Ohio yoga community and locally benefits the Mid-Ohio Foodbank and People in Need of Delaware County plus international charity Off the Mat, Into the World. S ix respected yoga teachers from the Columbus area will lead a yoga class, preceded and followed by socializing and community. Tickets are now on sale at sponsoring yoga studios. For registration links and additional information, visit: http://www.thedukeoff...­

Power Up Your Health for Pennies at the Franklin Park Conservatory on Wednesday, April 9th
Join Chef Mark on Wednesday, April 9 for Power Up Your Health For Pennies at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Columbus. Learn simple techniques that turn inexpensive ingredients like legumes, tofu, organic vegetables, and gluten-free grains into simply amazing meals that are good for you and great for your wallet. Complete with samples- and all plant-based and gluten free! Class time 6:00PM to 8:00PM. Advanced registration of $35 per person ($30 for conservatory members) by clicking here: http://www.thedukeoff...­.

Stratford Cooking Club for Kids on Saturday, April 12th
Chef Mark will be conducting the Stratford Cooking Club for Kids at the Stratford Ecological Center on Saturday, April 12th. Bring your child age 6 to 12 for a visit to the farm to learn how food is grown, plus a cooking lesson designed for young chefs. They’ll make a connection between how food gets from field to plate, and your child will prepare and enjoy a healthy snack made with seasonal ingredients from the farm. Class time 10:00AM to 11:30AM, advanced registration $20 per child by calling the center at 740-363-2548 or visiting http://www.thedukeoff...­.

Take care and look forward to seeing you soon,

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