Welcome to Ft. Vegan (Fort Vegan is Northern Colorado's Vegan Social Network)! Also on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/fortvegan/.
We have potlucks, dinner outings at local restaurants, and other fun events! People of all ages are welcome, including families with kids.
If you are vegan, vegetarian or are sincerely Veg-curious, we encourage you to join us and participate in as many events as you can.
Your interest in animal welfare, a plant-strong healthy diet, the health of our environment or a sincere interest in this type of dietary lifestyle is sufficient.
*Please note that in order to accommodate all diets, all food served will be vegan. We used to have planned events catered for our group with only vegan items but event planners get burned out very quickly dealing with restaurants. I will not get involved in this type of event planning. We do ask that you order/eat only vegan food during meetups that involve food (restaurant outings, potlucks, etc.).*
Note : Although you don't have to be vegan to be a part of this network, you MUST be respectful of this choice/lifestyle for those who are, since one aim of this group is to provide a relaxed environment for VEGANs to have fun. Eating meat (yes that includes chicken & fish), dairy, eggs, and/or honey or boasting about animal foods at events is not acceptable behavior here, even if it's from a guest you may bring. This disruption may result in your being excused from Ft. Vegan.
I would like to attach a file here but can't, a guide to resources around town, Boulder, and Denver. It is attached in the file section of our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/fortvegan/
I'll copy and paste the document here. It's a lot of information and will make for a very long greeting email. But I am just trying to give you as many resources as possible.
FORT COLLINS VEGAN GUIDE
(created in 2012, being updated periodically, input appreciated)
Please know that vegan means ‘to do as little harm as possible’. By leaving out animal products from your everyday life, you can make an amazing difference.
BUT vegan doesn’t necessarily mean eating healthy. It means not eating anything that comes from an animal. This can include vegan junk food. Please be aware of that. A ‘whole food plant-based’ diet is basically a super healthy vegan way of eating (see Forks over Knives, www.forksoverknives.com).
By joining Facebook or Meetup groups, you will be able to network with other members and especially with the organizers to get more specific information you may require (ingredients, basic cooking, advanced cooking, cooking lessons, additional FB sites or resources, environmental information, and animal rights information).
Via these groups, you’ll get a chance to attend meetings and/or potlucks and experience various recipes and get to meet like-minded people in your area and based on your interest.
This list will change constantly. Please check on the status of a restaurant or what they serve before you go there to eat.
Should you have additional info from around town or surrounding areas, please mention it so this list can be updated when possible.
THANK YOU! :-)
These are the Fort Collin groups you may want to join to stay up to date on things
https://www.meetup.com/Fort-Vegan/ The local Fort Collins Meetup Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/fortvegan/ Fort Vegan on Facebook for reminders of upcoming meetups and vegan news
https://www.facebook.com/vegansoffortcollins/?fref=ts for restaurant updates around the area and new findings everyone should know about.
For Whole Food Plant-Based eating only:
https://www.facebook.com/NoCoplantbasedmeetupgroup/?fref=ts PlantPure Nation Pod (Group). They meet once a month for potlucks. Every Saturday from 4 to 6 pm at 4800 Wheaton Drive. Great group for resources on whole food plant-based eating.
Reminders of monthly events are sent out on Facebook, so please keep an eye out for it and rsvp if you know that you are going. You can ask any questions in the event post.
Dr. Cory Carroll, plant-based MD in Fort Collins
1032 Luke St, Ste 1, Fort Collins, CO 80524 - (970) 221-5858
Sapna Von Reich, local cooking instructor http://www.sapnavonreich.com/
“As a PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) Food for Life instructor, I want to reach people and do my best to help them learn the benefits of adopting a completely vegan lifestyle because I’ve seen its lifesaving effects in my own family. Just like my mother taught me, my hope is for everyone to eat healthy and work consciously to change their lifestyle, and to fit in 30 to 60 minutes of cooking fresh and delicious meals at home.”
Sapna teaches at various venues around town. Sometimes she’ll put her events on our Fort Vegan Meetup schedule but they are not actual Meetup events. Registration typically occurs via a provided link.
Please be sure to read all instructions for all meetups thoroughly.
I can’t stress this point enough. I try to be as thorough as possible to explain everything for any particular meetup since no two are alike. A lot of confusion occurs when participants don’t read all the instructions or don’t read them early enough. :-)
Courtney Pool is a nutritionist specializing in plant-based nutrition, juicing and healing overeating. She has been eating plant-based herself since 2005 and has been coaching people since 2008, including during 5 years at the plant-based and juice cleansing focused-Tree of Life Center in Arizona. She runs an online consultation business and works with people worldwide over Skype to improve their diet and lifestyle. http://www.courtneypool.com/
Please check out other services under the Sponsor list on the Fort Vegan Meetup page.
Bangkok Asian Market (970) 797-2896 - 1107 W. Drake Rd., E-2 (shopping center on Drake and Shields, south-east corner of intersection) http://www.bamfc.com/
Beavers Market (970) 484-2243 - 1100 West Mountain Ave http://www.beaversmarket.com/
Costco (970) 416-6115 - 4705 Weitzel St, Timnath, CO 80547
Fort Collins Food Co-Op (970) 484-7448 - 250 E Mountain Ave http://www.fcfood.coop/
India's Rice-N-Spice (970) 221-1552 - 2531 S Shields http://www.ricenspicefoods.com/
Natural Grocers (970) 266-9919 - 4318 S College
Olive Tree (970) 472-2639 - 1643 S College
Sprout's Market (970) 282-8003 - 2601 S Lemay
Sprout’s Market (970) 416-3350 - Front Range Village, 4345 Corbett Dr
Trader Joe’s (970) 223-3560 - 3500 S College Ave #110
Whole Foods (970) 267-9200 - 2201 S College
Downtown Restaurants (vegan-friendly, listed in order of locations)
BeauJo's (970) 498-8898 - 205 N College - Fancy pizza and salad choices. Daiya cheese. Crust has honey
Sushi Mountain (970) 214-2040 - 146 N College - Need to follow up for info
The Rio (970) 224-5428 - 143 W Mountain - Veg items can all be made vegan. Dishes large enough to share. Order beans and guacamole without cheese.
Trailhead Tavern (970) 221-5757 - 148 W Mountain - Order vegan soft tacos, fries or chips and salsa. ????
Old Town Distillery Co., Barrel Room (970) 482-3786 - 253 Linden St – vegan pizza, hummus Co-owned by Fort Vegan member Shonna.
Café Ardour (970) 493-9683 - 255 Linden - Cupcakes, salads, cookies and muffins.
Cozzola's Pizza (970) 482-3557 - 241 Linden - Awesome whole wheat pizza crust and vegan cheese. Many toppings available.
Red Table Café (970) 490-2233 - 224 Linden - Dressings, pizza, sandwich breads all vegan.
La Luz Mexican Grill (970) 493-1129 – 200 Walnut – Garden burrito is vegan choice. Not ‘substitution friendly.’
Bean Cycle (970) 221-2964 -144 N College - Vegan baked donuts by Rustic Donut. Fresh veggie/fruit juices and smoothies, organic.
Coopersmith's Bar (970) 498-0483 - 5 Old Town Square - Few items including chips/salsa, hummus. Ask waiter.
Coopersmith's Restaurant (across from bar) (970) 498-0483 - 5 Old Town Square - More vegan foods than the bar.
Ingredient (970) 672-8475 - 101 S College - Upscale menu with vegan options.
Subway (970) 482-9450 - 126 S College (multiple locations) - Veggie subs, sides and drinks.
JeJu Sushi (970) 416-7733 - 238 S College - Many rolls, tofu, veggie, soup and more.
HuHot Mongolian Grill (970) 416-0555 - 249 S College (multiple locations?) - Tons of vegan options. Make sure to tell the person cooking your food that you are vegan and they’ll clean the cooking surface extra well and cover your food as it cooks as it cooks next to other orders.
Mugs (970) 472-6847 - 261 S College (multiple locations) - Whole vegan side menu. Vegan cookies.
Big City Burrito (970) 482-3303 - 510 S College - Your basic taco/nacho/burrito bar. Guac contains sour cream.
Taj Mahal (970) 493-1105 - 148 W Oak St - Ask for their one vegan menu item. Naan is not vegan.
Tasty Harmony (970) 689-3234 - 160 W Oak St - Creative vegetarian/vegan menu using local and organic ingredients (corner of Mason and Oak)
Caribbean Food Shack (970) 999-4840 - 140 W Oak St - Some vegan items on the menu; check for opening hours/day
Alleycat Coffee House (970) 495-0123 - 120 W Laurel - Smoothies, sandwiches and homemade vegan chai.
Rainbow (970) 221-2664 - 212 W Laurel - Many vegan options. Even serves breakfast. Beautiful outside patio during the summer months.
Ras Ka - 120 W Laurel - Ethiopian vegan and non-vegan dishes.
Salad Spot (970) 221-1179 - 118 W Laurel - Salad menu or create your own.
Avogadro's Number = Avo’s (970) 493-5555 - 605 S Mason - Tuesday 2-for-1 tempeh specials. Many other options.
Star of India (970) 225-1740 - 2900 Harvard - Ask for vegan/wheat naan. They now have a separate vegan menu
Nyala Ethiopian Cuisine (970) 223-6734 - 2900 Harvard - Authentic Ethiopian. All veg options are vegan.
Ba-NON-a-NOM (970) 682-4666 - facebook.com/banomanom - 100% fruit soft serve w/ optional vegan toppings! Since 2015 mostly in Denver but in Fort Collins for food truck rallies during the warmer months.
The Silver Seed (312) 810-0506 - Check their website for locations and hours all over Fort Collins - http://www.thesilverseed.com/
Sugar Beet Treats (303) 847-3615 - SugarBeetTreats.com –Great vegan cupcakes. GF options too! No idea if they are still in operation - need to check it out
CAMPUS - LORY STUDENT CENTER (these places need to be verified again)
Bagel Place - Veggie bagels, chips, Odwalla bars, juice, fresh fruit, veggies and chips.
Cam's Lobby Shop - Dried fruits, nuts, chips, many snacks and drinks, including Odwalla.
Freshens Smoothies - Fresh smoothies with many vegan booster options.
It's a Wrap - Falafel or veggie wraps and sides.
Spoons - Has everything labeled (V) vegetarian and (DF) dairy-free and even (GF) gluten-free.
Subway - Veggie subs, sides and drinks.
Sweet Sinsations - Coffee, bagels and juices.
Taco Bell - Order any item ‘fresco style’, sub beans for meat, cinnamon crisps and chips.
Chipotle Grill (970) 407-1446 - 649 S College - Ask for no cheese/sour cream.
HotWok (970) 491-9681 - 1122 W Elizabeth - Fried rice, vegetable, tofu dishes and spring rolls.
MoMo LoLo Coffee House 970) 484-0705 - 1129 W Elizabeth – Coffee, juice, vegan sandwiches.
Qdoba Mexican Grill (970) 416-6930 - 1104 W Elizabeth – Order without cheese or sour cream.
Sri Thai (970) 223-6735 - 950 S Taft Hill - Most dishes can be made vegan!
YumYum (970) 493-7937 -1300 W Elizabeth - Hummus, falafel, fava beans, garlic spread and pita.
Fatafeat, Mediterranean Cuisine (970) 416-7344 - 1401 W Elizabeth Street https://www.facebook.com/FatafeatMediterraneanCuisine/?fref=ts
Cafe de Bangkok (970) 672-8127 - 1232 W Elizabeth St C-7, Fort Collins, CO 80521 - small place, may be waiting time, will make vegan dishes and guide you through the menu -
Everywhere Else (This section needs to be updated)
Himalyan Bistro (970) 999-5691 - 2720 Council Tree Ave #184, Fort Collins, CO 80525
The Garden Juicery (970) 672-8344 - 2601 S. Lemay Ave - 100% raw, organic, plant-based (but they do have items with honey or bee pollen), Juices, shakes, raw foods. Juice cleanse programs
Bann Thai (970) 377-1282 - 2721 Council Tree Ave #137 - Vegan owners, many vegan options.
Bellevue Bean (970) 484-0511 - 5032 Rist Canyon Rd, Bellvue, CO 80512 - Vegan sandwiches and chips.
Café Rio (970) 530-2700 - 4414 S College - Any burrito, tostada or salad can be made vegan.
La Luz Mexican Grill (970) 267-9444 – 140 E Boardwalk Dr (JC Penny area) – Garden burrito is vegan choice. Not ‘substitution friendly.’ Now also on Walnut downtown, across from Starbucks
Corner Bakery Café (970) 377-1200 - 3300 S College - Fruit plates, oatmeals, several bagels, a few salads.
East Moon (970) 223-0666 - 2400 E Harmony - Tofu, many veg and vegan options including sushi.
East Moon (970) 416-8333 - 1624 S Lemay, Unit F?
Garbanzo (970) 449-5020 - 100C W Troutman Parkway - Pita bread not vegan. Needs Update
Jasmine Garden (970) 223-6211 - 2721 S College - Lots of mock meats to choose from!
Las Salsitas Mexican Grill (970) 498-9400 - 1010 S College - A few vegan options with beans, rice, chips.
Little Saigon Café (970) 225-6630 - 3500 S College - Vegan spring rolls! Most dishes can be made vegan.
Matador (970) 372-5876 - 1823 E Harmony - Free guac on vegan meals. Vegan soups/chili. Any dish can be veganized. Request cooked veggies (no extra charge).
McAlister's Deli (970) 282-3733 - 2550 E Harmony - Ciabatta, wheat wraps chili and more sides.
Mt Fuji (970) 223-5228 - 4020 S College - Inari, Budha's Feast roll and Jade Dragon roll. Miso has chicken.
Mt. Everest Café (970) 223-8212 - 1113 W Drake - Delicious dal, curry, samosas, chana masala and pakora.
Noodles & Company (970) 223-2808 - 4733 S Timberline - Several salads and noodles can be veganized.
Silver Grill Café (970) 484-4656 - 218 Walnut - Serves Sunshine burgers and pizza (order w/o cheese).
Spooners (970) 797-2105 - 2720 Council Tree - All non-dairy flavors are vegan!
Spoons (970) 493-8808 - Multiple locations - Salads, sandwiches and soups labeled (DF) dairy-free.
Suh (970) 484-3105 - 200 W Prospect - Great sushi. Check out their lunch specials.
Taco Bell multiple locations - Order any item ‘fresco style’, sub beans for meat, cinnamon crisps and chips.
Wahoo's (970) 204-0729 - 2310 E Harmony Rd - Has tofu, many veggie options. Specify vegan.
Young's Café (970) 223-8000 - 3307 S College - Specify vegan They use the term 100% vegetarian and vegan. Has many tasty vegan options.
Cozzola's Pizza (970) 229-5771 - 1112 Oakridge Dr #114 - Takeout only, no seating. Awesome whole-wheat pizza crust and vegan cheese. Many toppings available.
Papa Johns www.papajohns - Hand-tossed original, thin crust, breadsticks all vegan.
Papa Murphy's www.papamurphys - Add your favorite vegan cheese at home before baking.
Pizza Hut www.pizzahut - Thin 'N Crispy, multigrain and P'Zone doughs vegan.
Boulder Restaurants with all vegan lunch or dinner
Tsing Tao in Boulder has a vegan dinner buffet every Monday and Thursday evening.
Jill's Restaurant inside the St. Julian Hotel in Boulder has a vegan lunch buffet for roughly $15 every Friday but it's always best to check with them first and also to make a reservation. Great selection of food!
Nepal Cuisine in Boulder has a vegan lunch buffet every Monday.
Animal Rights Oriented Sites (mostly for Denver/Boulder areas, also check on Facebook):
Whole Food Plant-Based only:
https://www.facebook.com/NoCoplantbasedmeetupgroup/?fref=ts PlantPure Nation Pod (Group). They meet once a month for potlucks. Every Saturday from 4 to 6 pm at 4800 Wheaton Drive in Fort Collins. Great group for resources on whole food plant-based eating.
• https://www.meetup.com/Fort-Vegan/ The local Fort Collins Meetup Group
• https://www.facebook.com/groups/fortvegan/ Fort Vegan on Facebook for reminders of upcoming meetups and vegan news
• https://www.facebook.com/vegansoffortcollins/?fref=ts for restaurant updates around the area and new findings everyone should know about.
• www.vegfestcolorado.org An annual 2-day event during the summer with guest speakers, cooking demos, and many vendors and food trucks. Amazing event.
• https://www.facebook.com/Simple-Foods-332582900097439/?fref=ts Simple Foods likes to help you find your way around the grocery store by having tours, to let you know what ingredients to find where. They also have a vegan mentor program.
• https://www.facebook.com/groups/45559698221/ This is the Fort Collins CSU animal rights group - ROAR = Rams Organizing for Animal Rights
• https://www.facebook.com/groups/veganjusticeleague/ This is Boulder CU animal rights group - VJL = Vegan Justice League
• https://www.facebook.com/groups/1724822207751240/ DxE Denver Community
Luvin' Arms https://www.facebook.com/luvinarms/?fref=ts
Longhopes Donkey Shelter https://www.facebook.com/longhopesdonkeyshelter/?fref=ts
Rooster Sanctuary at Danzig's Roost https://www.facebook.com/rooster.sanctuary/?fref=ts
Denkai Sanctuary - Grover https://www.facebook.com/denkaifarmfacility/?fref=ts
The Wild Animal Sanctuary https://www.facebook.com/TheWildAnimalSanctuary/?fref=ts
That is an awesome place and I visited several times when it was $15 per person. They changed the cost and there is a membership involved and it basically became not affordable to us :-(
The Kindness Ranch Animal Sanctuary in Wyoming https://www.facebook.com/kindnessranch/?fref=ts
John Pierre is planning to open a sanctuary in Colorado for all animals in need as well as people in need. His website is Living with Harmony http://www.livingwithharmony.org/. https://www.facebook.com/livingwithharmo/?fref=ts
He is currently looking for land and is fundraising all the time. If you buy things on Amazon, you can go to smile.amazon.com and pick a charity you would like to support at no extra cost to you when you make purchases. I just always forget to log into smile.amazon.com and I usually just go to amazon.com. But a percentage of your purchases go to the sanctuary if you log into smile.amazon.com.
You can google many more.
Rustic Donuts are baked donuts, available in various flavors in coffee shops. Please visit their site for locations of availability as that changes a lot too. http://rusticdonut.com/
To order and buy baked goods directly and per order, please contact Switchback Bakeshop https://www.facebook.com/Switchback-Bakeshop-1872664786294036/?fref=ts. email@example.com Annie makes wonderful sweets and she is based out of Loveland.
There is Nooch Vegan Market in Denver (Nooch stands for Nutritional Yeast).
Voodoo Doughnuts in Denver has vegan options and even a vegan dozen option.
Sweet Action Ice Cream (around the corner from Nooch) typically has a couple of vegan ice cream flavors. (six flavors are available in pint containers at the Fort Collins Whole Foods).
Beet Box in Denver (all vegan) has amazing sandwiches and baked goods.
City O' City in Denver (veggie/vegan)
Watercourse in Denver (all vegan)
Govinda's in Denver
Native Foods is in Boulder
The Boulder folks surely can help with expanding that list.
Miyoko's Kitchen in San Francisco is making amazing cheeses that are nut based. Natural Grocers and the Fort Collins Food Co-Op carry several flavors and palm-oil free butter right now. More flavors are available online.
Chao cheese is also good and comes sliced.
8 vegan-related movies for free
Happycow.net is good for finding restaurants while you are on the road and you can give them updates or new finds but they are very slow to update their site.
Another idea is to join a group in the area of your destination and ask the locals before you go or while you are there.
More information will be added over time and I’ll try to have this in the file section of our Facebook page.
Please feel free to message me via Meetup. You can find me under the Organizer Team and my name is Christina.
At times things are happening a bit on the slow side. Please hang in there with me and the rest of the group. You are also more than welcome to suggest meetups and see if other members are interested in the same activity.
A website with links is also in the works, trying to address all issues and giving people a helpful tool to find what they need. Please stay tuned for that. :-)
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