North Carolina Ag-gag

North Carolina, we need your help!
The ag-gag bill that will stop investigations on factory farms has passed the legislature.  It serves as a direct threat to marketplace transparency as it threatens our ability to control what we bring into our homes and the food we put in our bodies. Governor McCrory has just a few days left to veto it before it becomes law. Please help us encourage him to veto!
- Post on his facebook page ( and ask him to veto HB405
- Send this tweet: “Gov @PatMcCroryNC, please veto ?#?NCaggag?! It’s bad for people & animals. ?#?ConnectNC? ?#?NCpol?
- Sign and share this petition below
- Email the Governor and politely ask him to veto the ag gag bill, SB 433/HB 405 using the online

For even more ways to stop ag-gag, contact

NASCAR: Landon Cassill

Two words that don’t come to mind when I think of NASCAR: vegan and running.

I don’t watch NASCAR, but I recently heard about a driver that is planning on running from the Charlotte Motor Speedway to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. That means after being crammed in a race car for 600 miles, he is going to get out and run a half-marathon. His name is Landon Cassill and he just happens to be vegan. Check out his recent interview on the Rich Roll podcast. I think it is pretty cool to have a Charlotte-based, vegan NASCAR driver and if I find myself watching the race this weekend, it looks like I have someone to root for.


No more Tofu

Just a heads up… Tupelo Honey Cafe and Heist Brewery have done away with their tofu options.

Tupelo is on a mission to prove southern cuisine is no friend to vegans as they revamp their menu and continue to expand in other markets. After reaching out to them several times with no response. just skip Tupelo.

Heist did offer to throw together a vegan meal which was pretty good, but you’ll pay whatever price they charge for it, which was a little steep.

Pint Central in Plaza Midwood actually does list their vegan options on the menu with a V+. There aren’t a ton of options, but they do have some unique selections in the cauliflower bites and eggplant dip. It appears a few other items could be made vegan by subtracting the cheese (not confirmed, just based on menu perusal). So go check them out for a good patio, good beer. and some fried cauliflower bites or if you’re feeling a little more health-conscious, opt for the roasted vegetables.

Plant Pure Nation

Plant Pure Nation will be showing Wednesday, April 8th at Movie Grill Epicenter in Uptown Charlotte. They are also conducting a Kickstarter campaign through May 14th  in hopes to increase marketing and broaden the release of the movie on July 4th.  So, buy tickets and see it on April 8th, if you like it and think it deserves to be seen by the masses, give them some love at Kickstarter. Hopefully, it can have as big of an impact as Forks Over Knives did.

Synopsis : “The documentary film PlantPure Nation tells the story of three people on a quest to spread the message of one of the most important health breakthroughs of all time.  When nutritional scientist and author T. Colin Campbell inspires Kentucky State Representative Tom Riner to propose a pilot program documenting the health benefits of a plant-based diet, they inadvertently set in motion a series of events that expose powerful forces opposed to the diet. When industry lobbyists kill the pilot program, Dr. Campbell’s oldest son Nelson decides to try his own grassroots approach in his hometown of Mebane, North Carolina.”

Watch the trailer here.


CLT Vegan Happenings (3-16-15)

Eco-licious Closing
In sad news, at the end of March, Eco-licious will be closing their brick and mortar store after serving the Charlotte community since 2011. Help them lighten their moving load by picking up some vegan goodies at a discounted rate. They will maintain their online store which you can find here.

Bean opens marketplace
In slightly old but good news, Bean opened up a one-stop, full-scale, vegan market where you can get everything from refrigerated specialty brands such as Chao Cheese, Beyond Meat, as well as homemade salad dressings and desserts to non-refrigerated goodies such as chips, peanut butter, etc. Basically this means that when you go eat at Bean, expect to spend twice as much as you used to when just going for a meal, but at least you won’t have to make a trip to Whole Foods.

Whole Foods Uptown
In distant future news…speaking of Whole Foods, last month they announced plans to open an Uptown location in 2017.

Charlotte Vegfest 2015
Put it on your calendar if you haven’t already, because Charlotte Vegfest is only two months away, May 16th, 2015. The three scheduled speakers are The Humane League leader of Charlotte, Andrea Gunn, The Vegan Black Metal Chef, and Ginny Messina (the Vegan RD). Messina is a registered dietitian and expert on nutrition and also is the co-author of several books including the quintessential vegan guide “Vegan For Life.” 



South End Staples

Here are 3 of my vegan staples in South End. All three are easy to get to along the light rail or rail trail through South End.

Common Market – We seriously eat here at least twice a week. While not a vegan or vegetarian establishment, they are extremely vegan friendly. I’m not sure why they don’t just name my order after me to save us both time. Straight Jacket soy (Tofu-lin sliced tofu, baby spinach, tomato, onion, carrot, cucumber and red pepper) on a tomato basil wrap, add vegan thousand island, add sriracha, add banana peppers. If that doesn’t sound good, they have hummus and vegan cheese as well with an option to make your own wrap. Salad is another option and they always seem to have at least one vegan soup. Plus, they have a refrigerated section that is always stocked with some good vegan sides like curried chickpea salad or chicken-less chicken salad. For dessert, they have vegan cupcakes in the fridge or vegan cookies and other treats out on the shelves. 

Phat Burrito - Chipotle is taking their sweet time getting sofritas into the Charlotte market, so we’re lucky to have a good burrito option in the area already. I had written off Phat Burrito after a few bad experiences at the now-closed location in Elizabeth, but I am glad we gave the original South End spot another shot. They offer a tofu or veggie burrito (squash, zucchini, mushrooms). I usually get the tofu burrito and add the veggies and guac, then some salsa from the salsa bar. It can be quite filling, so if you are looking for something lighter, try Luna’s.

Luna’s Living Kitchen - Don’t really need to say a whole lot about Luna’s. Totally vegan, mostly raw, everyone loves it…according to Yelp. My one warning is just remember that it is raw before you order the Lunasanga expecting an old fashioned lasagna.