Uptown Restaurant Offers Vegetarian/Vegan Menu

Blue Restuarant and Bar in Uptown Charlotte now offers a vegetarian/vegan menu. You can check it out online. The Vegetable Tagine sounds particularly delicious.
(Slow cooked Tagine style with a blend of Moroccan spices, apricots, carrots, chickpeas, saffron potatoes and squash served with couscous, toasted almonds and a spicy harissa sauce). While my dining out budget can’t justify spending $19.95 on one plate of food too frequently, it is great to have a nice dining option for a night Uptown or when eating with a group that needs to accommodate vegans and those pesky carnivores.

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 (facebook.com/GovernorPat) 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 change.org petition below
- Email the Governor and politely ask him to veto the ag gag bill, SB 433/HB 405 using the online form:www.governor.state.nc.us/contact/email-pat

For even more ways to stop ag-gag, contact andrea@thehumaneleague.com

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.”