Al-Aqsa is cheap and good. What more could you ask for? In addition to vegan falafel (make sure to order with tahini and not tzatziki sauce) they also have a delicious roasted eggplant/cauliflower sandwich and other vegan Lebanese fare. It looks a little dive-y from the outside, but then again all the best places do.
If you are in the mood for something different and a little bit fancier – Amadeus in downtown Salem has several vegan entrees all of which are very tasty. They even have the word “vegan” on the menu, which is always a plus. The staff is knowledgeable about what is/isn’t vegan and can make suggestions/modifications to other items. It’s a bit pricey, but worth checking out if you want something nicer for a special occasion.
A new all-vegan and gluten-free donut business in Salem. They don’t have their own shop yet, but do a “pop up” style donut shop at Archive Coffee and Bar most Fridays from 9am to 1pm. We can’t currently recommend Archive for anything (other than coffee) as they have no vegan items on their menu (boo!) They don’t even appear to have anything vegetarian (it is 2015, right?) but hopefully that will change. But Friday mornings, if you want to get a coffee and donut fix, that’s where to go!
This local chain is located at 2755 Commercial Street SE, Suite 100 in Salem and is one of the newest veg-friendly restaurants in town. Their menu features veg bowls as well as a very tasty tempeh reuben (have to order with no cheese to make it vegan), BBQ tofu, and more. They’re very accommodating of vegan requests and know to leave off the sour cream and cheese from the deluxe toppings…even asking if you want extra avocado or cabbage and ginger instead. Top it off with a ginger cookie for dessert and it’s a tasty place to fill-up. Definitely worth checking out!
Maybe someday Salem will have good enough vegan options that we won’t need to eat at big national chains, but for now this is one of our best options. If you have never been, you can choose your burritos, bowls, or salad items at the location on Lancaster Drive in North Salem. If you get the vegan one (without cheese), guacamole is included for no extra charge. They also now have sofritas: a delicious tofu “meat” option, making what would otherwise be just beans and rice (and maybe the fajita vegetables) a lot more exciting. Another nice feature they have is you can put together your order online, then just stop by and pick it up.
It may come as a surprise to some that Costco is an amazing resource for vegans (who don’t live alone, or if they do, have an intense love for large quantities of Field Roast and Vegenaise). They carry so many products vegans needs and love: organic veggies, prepared foods, soymilk, tofu, fair trade chocolate bark, almond milk, and often vegan products like Daiya cheese. Sometimes their stock changes and you won’t find your favorite product there for a month, only to have it appear again the following month. Their prices are much more reasonable than other grocery stores, mainly because you are buying “in bulk.” An annual membership is $100 but if you shop there as much as we do, you earn that back as a cash rebate at the end of the year.
Salem’s newest Indian restaurant is a welcome change for vegans. Indian food generally offers plentiful vegetarian dishes, however most Indian restaurants add ghee (butter) or cream to everything. Cuisine India has a variety of vegan dishes and options. The staff is knowledgeable about dairy-free options. Worth checking out and supporting!
Donatello’s Pizza, located next to Northern Lights Theater & Pub is big — it can accommodate about 200 patrons or so. Really friendly/helpful staff and management. They have a decent selection of local beers on tap, live organ music, and serve Daiya cheese as the vegan option. They have thick or thin crust choice (both tasty). There is a jukebox, pinball machines, some video games, and a bunch of tvs with sports on. Kind of what you’d expect from a pizza place (except they serve vegan food!). We were told the gluten-free crust is not vegan. We don’t know why their online menu says nothing about Daiya being available, but one of our members confirmed that they do have it.
Join us Monday, March 30th!
We are having our second planning meeting and our first dine-out!
If you missed what happened at our first meeting, check out a wrap-up here. We are having our second meeting at IKE Box (299 Cottage St NE) in downtown Salem on Monday, March 30th at 5:30 pm. Please share and invite people to this event on Facebook.
Join us for our second meeting to gather ideas and make plans for our group and also to plan for our table at Earth 411, Salem’s Earth Day event.
After the meeting (~6:45 – 8:00 pm) we will have a dine-out for more informal socializing time at Venti’s on S. Commercial. If you can only come to the dine-out and not the meeting, we’d still love to have you! Venti’s has agreed to create a special vegan appetizer and/or entrees for us that night! In case you are unfamiliar with the term, a “dine-out” is just an informal get-together where people can chat and hang out and support a business with our “veg dollars.” Everyone buys their own food and drinks. Hope to see you there!
Our Facebook page and this newsletter are “one-way” communication tools. We recognize the need for us to be able to talk amongst ourselves to plan events and share ideas. To this end, we have created a CCV Facebook discussion group as well as a Google Group for those who prefer email or who are not on Facebook. Feel free to join the discussion!
Salem is having is first Earth Day celebration in 18 years, called Earth 411, on April 11th at Riverfront Park. Cherry City Vegans will have a table at the event where we can talk to people and hand out information about the environmental (and other) benefits of adopting a vegan diet along with raising awareness about our group. We need people to help plan this outreach and sign up for a tabling shift.
If you are interested, come to the meeting on March 30th or send us an email. Because this is our first tabling event, there is a bit more work to prepare than other events in the future when we will already have all of the materials, etc. It should be a lot of fun and a great way to network with fellow veg friends and outreach to the community at large.
Great American Meatout!
Friday, March 20th is the Great American Meatout! A program started 30 years ago by Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM), it’s a day dedicated to bring awareness about the benefits of being vegan. The website has some great resources which you can share. We requested printed materials which have been distributed and are on display at Lifesource Natural Foods, Natural Grocers and Willamette University.
Invite your friends to take the Meatout pledge where they’ll receive interactive info and exciting support resources for going vegan on March 20th (…and hopefully beyond!).
As of right now, we are not planning any further potlucks. If someone wants to step up and take on continuing these, we are totally in support of that! We just don’t have anyone who is heading these up at the moment. Let us know if you’d like to see these continue and you are wanting to come up with the dates and locations, etc.
Other Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities & Events
Green Acres Farm Sanctuary
5272 Brush Creek Dr. NE, Silverton
- Work Parties: 3/14 & 3/28 (10am – 12pm)
- Educational Tours: 4/12, 5/10, 7/5, 8/2, 9/13 (1 – 3pm)
- Open House: 6/7
Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary
36831 Richardson Gap Rd., Scio
Thanks everyone! Hope to see you on March 30th and/or April 11th!
-The Cherry City Vegans team
Join us for our second meeting and our FIRST dine out! Monday March 30th join us at IKE Box 5:30 to 6:30 to continue our discussion of ideas and plans for our group as well as to plan out our first tabling event at Earth 411 in Salem April 11th!
After the meeting we will have our groups’ first dine out (~6:45-8:00) for more informal socializing time at Venti’s on S. Commercial. If you can only come to the dine out and not the meeting, we’d still love to have you! Venti’s has agreed to create some special vegan appetizers and menu items for us that night! In case you are unfamiliar, a “dine out” is just an informal get-together where people can chat and hang out and support a business with our “veg dollars.” Everyone buys their own food and drinks. Hope to see you there!
RSVP and invite on Facebook
Last Thursday, twelve awesome people came down to IKE Box for a meeting about what Cherry City Vegans can do with our group and for our community! Thank you to everyone who came out!
One of the things we decided is to have some interactive online communications tools for our budding group. We created a Facebook and Google Group. If you use Facebook, please join the Cherry City Vegans discussion group. If you prefer email, join our CCV Google Group. If you have trouble joining either of these groups, please email us at email@example.com
We also had a lively and inspiring discussion about what we want to be/could be as a group and what we are excited about doing. The ideas we had fall into three main categories: Education, Resources, and Social/Community. Below are some of the ideas folks had!
- Writing letters to the editor
- Outreach events (tabling, leafleting, etc.),
- Writing letters (to businesses or decision-makers),
- Outreach to restaurants to increase vegan options,
- Cooking demos,
- Promoting Don’t Fear the Vegan CCTV show,
- Demos when something is happening that we want to educate the public about or oppose (example was given of recent donkey basketball game),
- Petitions, specifically an “open letter” type petition to local restaurants that their veg customers want more options!
- Putting up posters or handing out flyers around town,
- Working on Salem-Keizer Public Schools for better/more veg options in schools,
- Doing something for Meat Out, Earth Day, and other events.
- CCV could create a handout or flyer, or a leave-behind to give restaurant owners,
- Putting on lectures or films (Willamette University Vegan Club is already planning an April screening of Cowspiracy on campus–stay tuned for more info!)
- Cooking demos,
- Continue reviewing and providing info on site and social media about places to eat and promoting veg-friendly businesses, (we are looking for people to help with this!),
- A printed restaurant guide for our area.
- Veg Meet Up,
- Vegan Drinks,
- Making connections with other orgs,
- Connection with Willamette University Vegan Club (and possibly getting a Willamette Intern?)
These are just some of the things we are already working on or could work on.
Right now we are planning a March meeting which will also be a dine-out. The purpose of a dine-out is to increase the visibility of veg customers and also to encourage a restaurant to create veg options to cater to new customers who desire that kind of cuisine. We are going to try for a business that does not currently offer vegan options (Archive Coffee and Bar) and hopefully show them that we are a vibrant group looking for places to spend money and get great food! Stay tuned for info on the March meeting.
Just a reminder that there is no potluck this month as our normal second Saturday of the month coincides with Valentine’s Day.
Now that the website is done, we thought it would be a good time to get together with folks and brainstorm what they want this group to be! What do vegans and vegetarians want to see as resources, events, or outings in the Willamette Valley? What changes would you like to see in Salem and other surrounding towns? What should or shouldn’t the potluck be going forward? We need to hear from YOU so we can make this a group we all really want to be a part of.
Join us later this month for a casual gathering to meet in person, exchange ideas, and help create our future. We really hope to see you there! All are welcome!
Casual Veg-Friendly Gathering
Thurs. Feb. 26
6 – 7 pm
IKE Box – Big Idea Room (2nd floor)
299 Cottage St. NE, Salem
You can RSVP or invite others on our Facebook page here.
- Thurs. Feb. 12
- 9am – 5pm
- Sat. Feb. 14
- 1 – 3pm
- Sun. Feb. 22
- 1 – 3 pm
Farm Sanctuary Work Parties
- Green Acres Farm Sanctuary (Silverton): 2/14 & 2/28 (10am – 12pm)
- Wildwood Farm Sanctuary (Newberg): 2/21 (10am – 1pm)
- Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary (Scio): every Weds. & Sat. (10am – 1pm)
- Fri. Mar. 20
Falafel King is tasty and reasonably priced. They now have 2 Salem locations–on Church St. near Cinnabar and in the newly reopened bus mall. Falafel King has (surprise!) falafel sandwiches and platters, eggplant, lentil soup, hummus, babaganouje, dolmas, and other vegan Lebanese food. Just make sure you specify that you are vegan and you want tahini sauce, not tzatziki (yogurt) sauce.