What we're about

Welcome to Vegan Kalamazoo!

Everyone is welcome at our events, including vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores. (Although we ask that you only order / consume vegan food at our events out of respect for our mission.)

Whether you're here for the animals, the environment, your health, or another reason, you're also welcome! One of the glories of veganism is that, regardless of your motivation, you achieve all of those goals!

First-timers are especially welcome. Please join us - we're all about fun, and supporting you on your vegan journey however you wish to be supported.

Many events are free (except cost of restaurant meals, movies, etc.). If you ever need a ride to an event, please message me and we'll try to get you one.

Also check out...

http://www.facebook.com/groups/vegankalamazoo/ - for fun discussions

http://www.vegankalamazoo.com/ - for lists of local vegan restaurants, food stores, and wellness providers

See you at the events!

Hillary Rettig, Organizer

Upcoming events (5+)

Vegan Night at Bell's Eccentric Cafe

Bell's Eccentric Cafe

Join us for a Vegan Night in honor of Earth Day at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe, presented in association with Vegan Kalamazoo. This unique 4 course meal has been thoughtfully created and prepared vegan by Chef Kris and Sous Chef Dan. Instead of a plated meal this dinner will be served family-style. Invite your friends and family as this dinner is not one to be missed! Tickets must be purchased in advance, as this event WILL sell out!. http://bit.ly/VeganNight2019 Doors open at 6pm, food starts at 6:30pm. Foraged Menu (subject to change) Cooking with Michigan’s Spring Offerings Amuse Bouche Kataifi Mushroom Nest Kataifi (shredded phyllo dough), braised wild mushrooms, pickled ramps, ramp siracha Course 1 - Soup Green garlic, nettle and spring pea soup with herbed mushroom crisp Course 2 - Salad Wild greens field salad with pickled ramp vinaigrette Course 3 - Entrée Roasted broccoli, asparagus, braised foraged mushrooms, ramp leaves, fiddlehead fern puree, Stinging nettle spätzle Course 4 - Dessert Nettle lemon layer cake with lemon icing garnished with macerated blackberries Ticket Price: $30.00 includes food, tax, and gratuity but NOT beverages Purchase tickets at the Bell's General Store (355 E Kalamazoo Ave) OR online at: http://bit.ly/VeganNight2019 (service fee applies) As always, at Vegan Kalamazoo events, *everyone* is welcome, including vegans, vegetarians, omnivores, and vegans-in-progress. However, out of respect for our mission, we request that you only order / consume vegan food at this event.

Fourth Saturday Brunch at Station 702

Station 702

Station 702 is a “hidden gem” of Kalamazoo’s vegan scene. Chef Brad makes terrific vegan dishes that emphasize whole foods and light/no oil. (Note: the potatoes are fried, but you can substitute English muffins.) Flavors, textures, colors – all beautiful. http://brad751.wixsite.com/station702 Plus, it’s a sweet place with lots of air, light, and good vibes. (And great parking!*) A relaxing place to spend a Saturday morning...so join us! We’ll be brunching there at 10am on the fourth Saturday of every month. Seating: limited to 12. Please keep your RSVP up to date! *Lots of free parking in the restaurant's lot, and also North and Douglas Avenues. MENU (subject to change) Vegan Burrito Mushrooms, green peppers, onions, spuds, and seasoned tofu. All wrapped in a warm flour tortilla and served with a side of salsa. $7.25 Vegan Hash A garden blend of vegetables (tomatoes, green peppers, onions, spinach, mushrooms), black beans, sweet potatoes, and baby potatoes. Served with a side of salsa. $6.25 Tofu Scramble A garden blend of vegetables (tomatoes, green peppers, onions, spinach, mushrooms) and tofu scramble served atop sweet potatoes and baby potatoes. Served with a side of salsa. $6.25 Please note: Our tofu scramble is made from crumbled and seasoned tofu with added ‘bacon’ bits. Scramble contains extra firm tofu, black salt, pepper, turmeric, garlic powder, onion powder, nutritional yeast, (GF). ‘Bacon’ bits contain extra firm tofu, liquid aminos, pure maple syrup, liquid smoke, smoked paprika (GF). Vegan Tacos Two flour taco shells stuffed with mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes, and seasoned tofu. Served with a side of spuds and salsa. $6.79 Extras (.75 each) Avocado, Extra Salsa Cranberry Sunflower Salad Spinach, sunflower seeds, mushrooms, onions, and dried cranberries. $6.79 As always, at Vegan Kalamazoo events, everyone is welcome, including vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores. However, we ask that you only bring / consume vegan products at this event out of respect for our mission.

Michigan VegFest

Suburban Collection Showplace

One of the U.S.'s oldest and biggest vegfests, Michigan VegFest2019 is a MUST-DO for anyone interested in veganism. It's a blast to be in a giant space, surrounded by thousands of other great vegan and vegan-curious peeps, getting to sample and buy great vegan products, hear top-line vegan speakers on nutrition and other topics, and see top chefs do their thing in demos. Michigan’s largest vegan organization presents VegFest2019 annual vegan tastefest, health, and environmental expo at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi on April 28. VegFest brings a variety of experts, innovative products, and activities. The event features talks by some of the nation’s foremost experts on plant-based nutrition, cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, and a food court featuring delicious options from local restaurants, bakeries, caterers, and food companies. Also included are national brand samples, eco-friendly products, cruelty-free fashion, literature, cookbooks and more. All vegan, of course! Event Details: April 28, 2019 Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, Michigan VegFest Members receive FREE admission! $12.50 prepaid / $17 admission at event (free for children under 6) Tickets can be bought here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vegfest-20th-anniversary-celebration-tickets-54246110577 or at the door. (we suggest you buy them in advance!) Children’s Activities Fun activities to make a healthy, compassionate diet and lifestyle interesting and exciting for the whole family! Full list of speakers can be viewed here, schedule will be updated closer to event. http://vegmichigan.org/activities/vegfest/lectures/ Vegan Kalamazoo will provide carpools for anyone who wants -- please ask! More information about VegFest, the events, speakers, and what will be going on the day of can be found at their website http://vegmichigan.org/

CoreLife Eatery (Monthly Vegan Cheap Eats)

CoreLife Eatery

Start the month off right with a friendly vegan meal at a low cost restaurant! Join us the first Thursday of every month from 6 - 8 pm at a local inexpensive restaurant. Sometimes in Kalamazoo, sometimes Portage, sometimes Oshtemo, sometimes ??? We'll eat, chat, and make new friends. Karma points if you wear a vegan shirt so others can see that Yes, There Really is a Vegan Kalamazoo! For May, we'll be visiting CoreLife Eatery! They feature delicious organic bowls, either pre-built (like their Sriracha Ginger Roasted Tofu bowl) or build your own, picking from grains, tofu, veggies, and more. Vegan items are clearly marked on the menu, and here's a list: https://www.corelifeeatery.com/nutrition/vegan/ As always, at Vegan Kalamazoo events, *everyone* is welcome, including vegans, vegetarians, omnivores, and vegans-in-progress. However, out of respect for our mission, we request that you only order / consume vegan food at this event. If you need a ride, please ask! We'll do our best to get you one. See you at CoreLife Eatery! Please RSVP so we know how many to expect, and thank you for keeping your RSVP up to date.

Photos (138)