Oct 102017

Have you always dreamt of being a journalist? Would you like to help the Cherry City Vegans Blog by writing some blog post? Do you have the 14th and 15th of October free to hang out at the Veg Fest?

We are looking for a volunteer to write about the Veg Fest prior to the weekend and then attend both days and writing a recap at the end of each day in exchange for free entry to both days.

If you are interested please email Steffi at for all the details!

May 262017

So often in our community it seems like there is no place for us vegans to gather. Well on June 4th there are two separate events to go hang out and meet other like minded people. If you are new to the area or new to a veggie lifestyle both places will offer the opportunity to get to know our community better. Not new, well then it’s a great time to catch up with friends!

First up, starting at 1pm and running until 4pm is local farm sanctuary Green Acre’s 6 year anniversary open house celebration. If you have always told yourself that you want to get out and volunteer to help the animals this is the perfect opportunity. Both the humans and animals at Green Acre are lovely and the setting is beautiful. Plus it’s a great place family setting. There will be food and a raffle. Also if you are able donations are always nice to help maintain the Sanctuary!

Next up starting at 1:30pm is the second Vegan Dine Out being held at Marco Polo’s in Salem. Maybe you are looking for a smaller setting and are interested in good food and great conversation, then this might be the option for you. If you are interested in this event you will need to RSVP through the google group here or email the wonderful lady putting this all together, Norma at

FYI- you must have a Google account in order to join the Google Group and receive email updates on when the dine-outs will happen (first Sun. of every month). You can create one even if you’re using a different email provider. It doesn’t have to be a Gmail email. You can click here to make one. Or if you prefer, you can be manually added to the list/group if you contact Norma at
Can’t make this one? July’s is going to be held at Venti’s South and we will get you info as it gets closer.

Unfortunately, I work on the 4th and won’t have the opportunity to attend either event so I’ll need to live vicariously through you. Please take pictures and share either on the Cherry City Vegan Discussion group page or Our Instagram page. Don’t do social media? You could also email them to me directly at and I can share them for you!

May 052017

Hello Cherry City Vegans! My name is Steffi DeRobertis. My husband, daughter, and I moved to Salem four years ago and Cherry City Vegans has been an invaluable resource for us. To return the favor I have signed up to help out on the website.  

Hopefully you already know about the Facebook Cherry City Vegans page and the Discussion Group. If not, check them out. They are both great resources for local vegan things whether it’s dining out, shopping, volunteer work, activism and more. The discussion group is  also a great spot for meeting other vegans in our community.

The plan from here forward on the website is to be proactive about posting about meals out, with pictures and menus. Also to share information about up coming events. If you would like to share info about an experience you have had around town let me know!

My big question for all of you is what information you would like to find here? Please let me know in the comments below how I can best help you.

I look forward to sharing all things vegan in Salem!


Apr 292017

A vegan new to Salem is starting a monthly vegan dine-out in the area to build community and show the restaurants that we’re a group they should take notice of.  
The first one is Sunday, May 7 at 1:30pm at Marco Polo. If it takes off, they’ll be on the first Sunday of every month. She doesn’t do social media, though, so we’re helping to promote. If you want to go, join this Google Group so you can RSVP and you’ll then get the details directly. Feel free to share with other vegans you may know that aren’t on this forum.!forum/vegan-diners-salem-oregon

Apr 292017

In case you were unaware, Salem has a completely vegan dining spot. It’s in West Salem and it’s called The Space Concert Club. The vegan chef responsible for the menu is local cookbook author Summer Keightley.

Back in February, Summer got together with butcher Derek Boaz and hosted a vegan dinner. Seems like an odd mix but all reviews I have heard were great. If you missed out don’t be sad because they are collaborating again on May 1st. Here is the info straight from the event page on Facebook.

Unfortunately I’ll be in Seattle for the event but I’d love to hear all about it. If you attend please post pictures to the discussion group on Facebook so that I can salivate from far away.

Thanks in advance!


Mar 312015
Cherry City Vegans Meet-up
Mon. Mar. 30, 2015
5:30 – 6:30pm 
IKE Box, Salem
Katherine (KC)
Tara (KMUZ radio)
Philip (“Don’t Fear the Vegan” CCTV show)
We don’t have info on the upcoming Willamette University screening of Cowspiracy right now…waiting to hear when that might be
–if it’s after 4/11, we can promote at our table at Earth 411

We went over materials and sign up for the Salem Earth Day event on 4/11
–We now have a nice banner, handouts, food samples, etc.
-if you’d like to help us “staff” the table, please let us know!
–talking points (stats) will be sent out beforehand
–bring packaging of vegan food items for display
–we will provide all other materials
–donation jar

Restaurant outreach
–We talked about restaurant outreach–more restaurants are adding veg options thanks to outreach from our members!
–If you want to offer a write-up of a restaurant for our website, please do! Send it to us at and we’ll put it on our website.
–Please feel free to use the Cherry City Vegans name when talking to restaurant owners and asking for more options or doing other (positive) community outreach.  We also have business cards to share if you’d like to use one when talking to restaurants.
US Veg Week:  Apr. 20 – 26
–We don’t currently have anything planned, but if anyone wants to do something under the CCV name, let us know.
–There are no potlucks currently scheduled but perhaps we could have an outdoor event when the weather is consistently warm and dry enough.
Craig pointed out to us Evolution vegan pet food
There’s also a 5pm Sunday, 4/5, call with Will Tuttle of the World Peace Diet and there’s a call every Sunday 712-432-3900; the access code is 568364.
New Vegan Blog
–Our youngest attendee, Anzia (11) writes her own vegan blog:  Check it out!
Mar 182015

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!

Group Communications

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!

Earth 411

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

Mar 112015

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

Mar 022015

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

brainstorm photoWe 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!

  • Education:
  • 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.
  • Resources
  • 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.
  • Social/Community
  • Dine-outs,
  • Veg Meet Up,
  • Vegan Drinks,
  • Making connections with other orgs,
  • Potlucks,
  • 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.

Feb 022015

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.

Feb 022015

Upcoming Events!

Humane Lobby Day

  • Thurs. Feb. 12
  • 9am – 5pm
  • Salem

Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary Share the Love Event

  • Sat. Feb. 14
  • 1 – 3pm
  • Scio

Wildwood Farm Sanctuary Calves 1st Birthday Party

  • Sun. Feb. 22
  • 1 – 3 pm
  • Newberg

Farm Sanctuary Work Parties

Great American Meatout

  • Fri. Mar. 20
Jan 092015

Dear Friends,

The Jan. 10 potluck can still be held if someone is willing to open up the door and arrange the tables/chairs.  If you’d be interested in doing that, please let me know at ASAP.  Otherwise, we will let you know if this Saturday’s potluck has been cancelled.

Looking ahead to next month, the second Saturday of the month (our normal gathering time) coincides with Valentine’s Day.  We’ve decided to cancel February’s get together as many folks will have other plans that night.

As for ongoing potlucks, after a lot of reflection on and consideration, Jenn has decided to step-down as the organizer of these potluck events which she has been doing for the last year and a half since taking the reins from Don.  But, that doesn’t mean the potlucks have to stop.  This group isn’t about one person or even a small group of people.  It’s about community!

Since last Fall when we made the potluck one of the aspects of the newly formed Cherry City Vegans (CCV) group, now might be a good time to step back and think about what we want this potluck to be.  Are monthly meals still the right frequency?  Do we want to meet at a neutral location like the Lifesource Community Room or go back to folks’ homes in the winter and a park in the summer? Do we want to get together in the summer at all due to everyone’s busy schedules?  Who and how will the potlucks be organized/hosted? How should they be communicated?

Right now, Cherry City Vegans is completing website development and we are going to begin restaurant outreach, and do whatever else we all want the group to be.  And CCV can certainly continue to promote and communicate events such as these through its e-newsletter.  But in the near term, if anyone has interest in stepping up to take the potluck helm beginning with the March event, we welcome your reply again at  Jenn is happy to talk to anyone individually who would like to discuss how this might work going forward.

 We would love to talk to other people who have ideas of what CCV could be in the community, what events we can do, and how we can help promote a compassionate lifestyle in the Mid-Willamette Valley moving forward.

January Vegan Potluck — To be cancelled?

 DateSaturday, Jan. 10

Time6:00 p.m.
Location:  Lifesource Community Room

1 block South of Lifesource Natural Foods in the Candalaria Terrace Mall.  Enter between Salon Redd and State Farm Insurance.

This is an open community gathering of vegans, vegetarians, and the veg-curious.  We break bread around a shared table in the Lifesource Community Room and enjoy the fellowship of common values while being exposed to new ways of thinking and eating.  It’s a casual and inclusive group.  There’s no need to RSVP; just come if you can.  All are welcome!  You don’t have to be vegan…but your dish does.

Please bring a potluck-sized vegan dish (and its serving utensils) to share with the group, along with your own plate/bowl, utensils, and beverage. Please label your dish with your name, the name of the dish, and a list of its ingredients so those with allergies or dietary restrictions can know what’s in what…and we know who to ask for the great recipes!

Dec 072014

Saturday, Dec. 13, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Lifesource Community Room
(1 block South of Lifesource Natural Foods in the Candalaria Terrace Mall – enter between Salon Redd and State Farm Insurance)

All are welcome to join a community potluck to share delicious plant-based cuisine.  You don’t have to be vegan but your dish does!

  • Please bring a potluck-sized vegan dish (and its serving utensils) to share with the group, along with your own plate/bowl, utensils, and beverage.
  • Label your dish with your name, the name of the dish, and a list of its ingredients so those with allergies or dietary restrictions can know what’s in what…and we know who to ask for the great recipes!