New Vegan Options in Kzoo!

Every month Kalamazoo gets a bit more vegan! Below are some great new restaurant and food options from our friends at Bigbee Coffee, Natural Health Food Center, Sawall Health Foods, and Water Street Coffee Joint. Plus we’re happy to announce two new local vegan-friendly restaurants: Chau Haus and Maru Sushi.

Join our Facebook group for fun discussions of food, animals, movies, current events, and all things vegan.

Please remember to put your holiday dollars where your vegan heart is. A gift certificate from one of the dozens of vegan-friendly restaurants and other businesses listed on our Website will be very appreciated, and you’ll be doing your bit to grow our local vegan economy.

We have some amazing events planned in 2017 and I can’t wait to see you at them. I always welcome your suggestions for the group, and am here to answer any question you might have on anything vegan.

Biggby Coffee. Specific locations (Texas Corners, Schoolcraft, and Sprinkle Rd/E Michigan Ave) are currently testing coconut milk (and already offer soy). Unlike a certain national chain, Bigbee doesn’t charge extra for dairy alternatives.

Natural Health Food Center is now selling MacroVegetarian ready-to-eat vegan meals, including dumplings and Pad Thai.

Sawall Health Foods has added PIZZA to its deli offerings. Their menu now includes two-all vegan pizzas: Schiacchiata (squash, arugula, etc., and “walnut parmesan”) and Funghi (mushrooms, etc., and cashew truffle cream), and you can veganize several of their other pies. In the name of research 🙂 I had a pie and it was delicious. Top it off with their Amorino super-rich sorbet (vegan, of course) for dessert.

Water Street Coffee Joint has lots of news. Last fall’s vegan apple cake was a hit, and now they are planning: “new vegan layer cake-cherry almond…chocolate hazelnut cake to follow in late January. New vegan sandwich, available ALL the time-walnut and white bean spread with roasted pears, roasted red peppers and fresh spinach on sprouted, organic, multi-grain bread.: Also, “several new salads that are vegan as well as a quinoa stir-fry. Keeping 1-3 soups per week vegan as well. Sweet potato coconut will be back soon!”

And a hearty Vegan Kalamazoo welcome to…

Chau Haus Schnitzel Station. A unique, new place right next to the State Theater. Come for wonderful vegan German food, friendly people, and music jams. Owner Francis says: “Since so many vegans have been coming in to the Chau Haus, I have been able to add a few more things to the menu, and run vegan daily specials. I can also accommodate gluten free diets. I’ve got barley burgers, mushroom schnitzel, the vegestopheles sub, and a vegan soup every day.”

Maru Sushi. The beloved Michigan “Japanese fusion” chain is opening a Kzoo branch downtown (427 E Michigan Ave., next to Hopcat). Per our good friends at VegOut Kalamazoo: “Most of Maru’s vegetarian rolls are vegan. Those that aren’t can easily be altered with a simple sauce substitution. Just ask. Megan’s favorites are the Green Turtle, the Archer, and the Boogie veggie rolls. Or try the Tofu Hibachi Grill, vegan when ordered without the teriyaki sauce.”

Our Community’s Tragedy

Our community experienced a terrible tragedy over the weekend. I hope all Vegan Kalamazoo members and their loved ones are safe and sound. If anyone has ideas about how our group can support the victims and their families, or the larger community, in the wake of this tragedy, please email me or leave a comment on our Facebook group.

we love you kalamazooI hope it’s some solace to know that, as vegans, vegetarians, and veggies-in-progress, we are helping to build a new culture of nonviolence and ahimsa (nonharm), and are thus part of the solution. The next time someone gives you grief about your food choices, please remember that. What you’re doing is important.

We have three great events coming up:

  • *The Vegan Supermarket Shoparooni: Thursday, 2/25 at 10 a.m., Meijer on West Main.
  • *Potluck at Jasmine Eve’s house in Richland: Saturday, 2/27 at 5:00 p.m.
  • *Living Vegan potluck at Laurie Oldfather’s house in Portage: Monday 2/29 at 6:00 p.m.

More info / please preregister on our Meetup (preferred) OR Facebook page. Please note that we switched to a FB “group page” for more interactivity. Please join that page if you haven’t already. We will no longer be posting on the original FB “community” page.

Remember: everyone, including vegans, vegetarians, and the veg-curious, is always welcome at Vegan Kalamazoo events. All events are free (except for cost of food, movie admission, etc.), although a $2/person optional donation is requested to help defray expenses.

Image by Rhino Media in Kalamazoo; shared with permission.