Save The Date: VegMichigan's Fall Fundraiser
Thursday | November 8, 2018 | 6pm - 9:30pm
Zingerman's Greyline | Ann Arbor
You're Invited to join VegMichigan for an elegant evening out at Greyline , Zingerman's Event Space, in downtown Ann Arbor. Enjoy complimentary beer, wine and strolling vegan appetizers while mingling with like-minded people.

Together, we can introduce more people in Michigan to the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle. Like you, we believe in a positive, nonjudgmental approach that presents veganism as enjoyable, healthy and in-line with an individual’s values. This approach is proving successful! VegMichigan has hired two dynamic staff members this year and along with our board and dedicated volunteers, we are reaching more people than ever. From a free vegan food tasting at a local college to our free SummerFest, we are changing hearts and minds every day and helping move veganism into the mainstream in Michigan.

VegMichigan members receive a special discounted ticket rate. Questions? Please contact .
Thanks for Making SummerFest a Success
Our free SummerFest brought in big crowds of vegans and the veggie-curious who were able to taste a huge variety of great tasting vegan food and learn about the benefits of a vegan lifestyle. Festival-goers beat the heat by enjoying amazing vegan foods, shopping, live music and fun for the kids. We hosted nearly 60 vendors and doubled our space from last year to spread out and enjoy an afternoon outdoors.

A special thanks to our vendors, sponsors, volunteers, and members for making this free event possible! We encourage you to patronize our sponsors, including Personalized Veterinary , Old Shillelagh , Fresh Thyme and Zerbo's , to thank them for their support of plant-based eating!
If you enjoyed SummerFest and want to support our efforts to host even more free events, please become a VegMichigan member today!
2018 College Outreach Begins
We had a great time meeting students and handing out free vegan snacks and vegan starter kits at Michigan State University's Sparticipation in East Lansing last month. VegMichigan partnered with the MSU Veg Club to reach hundreds of students who attended the event to learn about student organizations and how they can get involved as the new school year kicks off.

If you're an Eastern Michigan University student, be sure to stop by and see us at the EMU Veg Planet table on Wednesday , September 12 from 4pm-8pm at Eagle Fest on the campus of Eastern Michigan University!
Sparticipation 2018
If you're a college student who is interested in spreading the vegan message and would like to bring an event to your school, please contact .
NEW Service Area for Vegan House Call   Veterinarian
Personalized Veterinary House Calls & Rehabilitation has now expanded its service area to include much of the Lansing and Jackson areas in addition to Greater Detroit and Ann Arbor. A vegan veterinarian and active animal advocate, Dr. Akshay Verma, DVM, CCRP started the practice to provide a more in-depth approach to primary care and rehabilitation medicine for animals of all ages in a reduced stress and convenient environment. He has special interests in allergies, arthritis, nutrition, and patients with multiple concurrent illnesses. The staff upholds Fear-Free principles and only serves plant-based food during business sponsored meals. To learn more, please visit .
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Original Cottage Inn Rolls Out Vegan Menu & You're Invited to Dine With Us!
THANK YOU to Community Outreach Director, Tammy Warren, for her work with the Original Cottage Inn restaurant in Ann Arbor to launch a full vegan menu!

Tammy worked closely with Cottage Inn to test and launch vegan cheeses from Violife this summer, including mozzarella, brie, parmesan, and feta. The restaurant, located at 512 East William St. in Ann Arbor has now made the vegan menu permanent along with a fully gluten-free menu. Vegan options include Impossible Tacos, Garlic Bread, Tuscan Vegan Pizza, and more!

Join us for our first dinner club at Cottage Inn on Wednesday, September 19, 6pm - 8pm, 512 East William St., Ann Arbor.

How to Live to a Healthy 100
Wednesday, September 12
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Caroline Kennedy Public Library

Dr. Joel Kahn will present data on the exciting field of Longevity Science. We can put the odds in our favor to live longer, being healthy and active without medication, surgery and chronic disease. What can we do starting today to enjoy the golden years we worked so hard for? What has study of centenarians (people living to 100 and beyond) taught us? These lessons and others from his new book, The Plant-Based Solution, will be discussed. Bring your questions. VegMichigan will provide healthy and delicious plant-based samples for you to enjoy.

Celebrate Oktoberfest With Us at The Old Shillelagh
Please join VegMichigan for our 3rd Annual Oktoberfest celebration at the iconic Old Shillelagh in downtown Det roit on Saturday, September 29 from 6pm - 9pm on the second floor The Old Shillelagh has a new  vegan menu loaded with delicious options. VegMichigan has reserved the entire second floor, so we will be raffling off great prizes and playing our new and improved vegan trivia game! Plus, the brewery has a great selection of vegan beers and drinks. The only cost is the cost of your food and drinks. Old Shillelagh is located at 349 Monroe St. in Detroit. Please RSVP to: , we would love to see you there!
Vegan Potluck in Lansing
Sunday, September 9
6pm - 8:30pm

Clerical Technical Union Conference Room
Northeast Corner of Hagadorn and Lake Lansing Roads, East Lansing

Thanks for joining us last month in Dearborn Heights for the return of the metro Detroit potlucks! Delicious food and fun was had by all.
If you're in the Lansing area, we hope you'll join the Greater Lansing Vegan Dinner Club for the next potluck. This event is open to anyone and everyone! Please no animal-derived products, including meat, eggs, dairy, whey, honey or gelatin. Dinnerware and serving spoons will be provided. For more information. please contact: or visit the Greater Lansing Vegan Dinner Club Facebook page.
Action of the Month
Did you know that a portion of all purchases made on Amazon Smile can be donated to VegMichigan to directly support our work to spread awareness of the positive impacts of a vegan lifestyle? Be sure to visit   and select VegMichigan as your charity of choice!
Flint Dinner Club
Tuesday, September 18, 6pm
Jacq n’ Diane’s Juice Box  
3034 Grange Hall Road, Holly

Join us for our 3rd monthly dinner club in the Flint area at Jacq n’ Diane’s , an all-vegan (and mostly raw) restaurant in Holly! In addition to their entrees, they also offer delicious pies and other desserts. Given the limited space, seating is only available for 20 people, so please RSVP EARLY to . Don't miss out!

If you have an area that you would like a VegMichigan Dinner Club in, and would like to co-organize one, please reach out to Tammy and let her know!
September Vegan Potluck
Wednesday, September 26
6:30pm - 8pm
Caroline Kennedy Library
24590 George Ave., Dearborn Heights

Join us for friends, conversation and of course, food at our vegan potluck! All are welcome, we just ask that all dishes are vegan, even if the chef is not.

Please bring a vegan dish to share with around 20 people (no animal products, including meat, eggs, dairy, whey, honey, or gelatin) and a recipe sheet along with your own plate service and beverages. Water will be provided.  More Info .

Please RSVP with the number of people who will be joining you to .
Cooking Demo & VIP Preview Dinner Highlights + A Special Offer from Unburger
Thanks to our new friends who joined us in Southfield last month for the free Cooking with Que cooking demos and plant-based milk sampling as well as at Unburger Grill in Dearborn for a special preview dinner before the vegan fast food joint opened to the public. We love introducing even more people to the delicious vegan options that are widely available both at restaurants and in grocery stores!

Unburger Grill has generously offered VegMichigan supporters a free burger after you buy 10. Simply complete this online form and be sure to show your confirmation email to the cashier on your initial visit to confirm your special offer!

Check out VegMichigan's Calendar of Events for the next opportunity to join us!
Are You Getting Enough Omega-3?
You may already know that good sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acid ALA include walnuts, chia seeds, and flax seeds, but did you know that vegans could be low in the Omega-3 Fatty Acids DHA and EPA if they're not actively ensuring they eat enough of these foods? The good news is that we can meet all of our Omega-3 needs by eating nuts and seeds and by taking a DHA and EPA supplement that is derived from algae, not from fish.

There are hundreds of thousands of different types of algae throughout the world, including those currently used in plant-based Omega-3 and EPA supplements. Algae takes significantly fewer resources to grow than animal-derived or even other plant-based protein sources. In fact, algae "can produce about seven times the amount of protein as soybeans on the same amount of land." Now, experts say algae is the next "food of the future." Companies, including those currently producing supplements, are already developing algae-based protein powders and snacks.
Local Vegan News
Local 4 News Awards 'Best Vegetarian Restaurants'
"Vote 4 The Best," sponsored by Local 4 News in Detroit, recently awarded Chive Kitchen in Farmington 1st place in the Best Vegetarian Restaurant category, followed by The Clean Plate in Macomb and Inn Season Cafe in Royal Oak.
Vegan Potluck Fundraiser for Rabbits
Monday, September 3
12pm - 6pm
Huron Park Pavillion, Roseville

Support the caring work of Great Lakes Rabbit Sanctuary, which provides shelter for abandoned and neglected domestic rabbits, by bringing a vegan dish to pass at the Labor Day potluck. The event will feature information on adopting a rabbit, rabbit diet and care, and how you can get involved. Great Lakes Rabbit Sanctuary merchandise will also be for sale. Please RSVP to (586) 944-6089.

Vedge Cafe in Ann Arbor Goes All-Vegan
A plant-based staple located in downtown Ann Arbor for the past two years, Vedge Cafe has announced its going all vegan! Vedge Cafe has even swapped its tagline to reflect the change, opting for "vegan goodness" instead of "vegan and vegetarian goodness." The cafe has also added vegan stromboli to its menu and will continue to serve vegan comfort food favorites, including the Irish Reuben, soups, salads, warm and cold sandwiches, and desserts.
Vegan Honey Company Opens Office in Traverse City
Wisconsin-based, Bee Free Honee, opened a second office location this summer in Traverse City. The company uses organic apples, including some Michigan apples, to manufacture more than 40 rotating flavors of cruelty-free honey made without bees. You may have seen the company on Shark Tank in 2016. Bee Free Honee is now sold in over 3,000 Whole Foods stores nationwide and can also be purchased on their website .

Vegan in the News
VegMichigan is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization focused on promoting the health, environmental, and ethical benefits of a vegan diet. We work to educate the public by offering a wide range of activities for learning and socializing.