We search the web for the best vegan things to do around Kalamazoo so you don't have to. Here's this week’s list.
New and Noteworthy
Traditional Polish restaurant, Chau Haus, will now be offering Vegan Pierogi, Stuffed Cabbage, Kapusta, and more at their Polish Night Celebrations held every Thursday and Friday. Per the Chau Haus staff, the more engagement these items get, the more vegan variety we can expect on the menu.
National Nutrition Month
Did you know March is National Nutrition Month? Lucky for us, West Michigan will be offering a ton of vegan food-centered events this month. From cooking classes and vegan buffets to coffee socials and potlucks, there are plenty of ways to celebrate. To stay current on the upcoming vegan-friendly events in West Michigan, look for our weekly posts and check out our Facebook page as we add events each day. Another huge event to watch for during the month of March is the Michiana VegFest. The event will take place on March 25 and will include several vegan chef demonstrations including two of our favorite local vegan chefs, Paul Vugteveen and Josh Catrambone. Don’t let this event slip your mind!
Welcome: Sara Souders Staff Writer @ VegOut Kalamazoo
After a few excellent contributions, Sara has officially become part of the VegOut team. She will be covering the vegan happenings in the Grand Rapids area. As always, keep your eyes peeled for fun, new coverage from the VegOut team! Do you want to write for us? Check out our submission page for more information.
Your Weekly Vegan-Friendly Events
Monday, February 26th
Make your Monday a little less Monday-ish with 25% off vegetarian rolls and hibachis at Maru. Most of Maru’s vegetarian rolls are vegan, the rest are easily veganized, just ask. We absolutely love the Rio Grande roll!
Did you know that Texas Corners Brewing offers vegetarian and vegan specials every Monday? Be sure to check out the Monday meatless features in addition to their vegan-friendly everyday menu.
Tuesday, February 27th
Join Vegan Battle Creek for their all-vegan taco buffet. The buffet will include seasoned soy curl tacos with all the fixings, nacho “cheese” with chips, and brownies for dessert. You don’t want to miss this!
Start your week of right with a trip to one of our favorite vegan-friendly cafes. Opt for a vegan latte, fresh pressed juice, or a veggie sandwich while you listen to smooth jazzy jams from The Juicy Juicebox.
Interested in learning the basics of vegan protein? This class is a great community opportunity to brush up your knowledge on the subject and taste delicious vegan protein sources. Pre-register for this informative and tasty class today.
Calling all cat-loving college students, this is not a drill! The Kzoo Cat Café has the PURR-fect environment for studying, so join your feline friends for a study sesh each Tuesday night through the end of the semester.
Join Universal Health Solutions as they host this free and informative discussion on the American diet. Speaker, Dave Johnson, MD, will lead the discussion through the evolution of the standard American diet and its relationship to our immune system and chronic disease.
Wednesday, February 28th
The Niles District Library will be hosting an evening of meatless cooking. Pop in for meatless cooking demonstrations and taste testing of budget-friendly vegan and vegetarian meals. Take-home recipes will be provided.
Take the guesswork out of dinner and help support Unleashed Love Pet Rescue at the same time. Panera offers a variety of vegan fare, our current favorite is the Vegan Lentil Quinoa Bowl. Click here to view all their vegan options.
Thursday, March 1
Join local vegan chef, Paul Vugteveen, as he teaches this course on vegan cheese-making. Keep your eyes peeled for more vegan classes to come from Chef Paul at Sprout Grocery & Kitchen as well as PFC Grocery and Deli.
Spend your Thursday evening listening to indie soul musician, Alex Mendenall at Water St. Cafe. This coffee joint offers several plant-based dishes, sweets, and drinks. We are currently loving the vegan Breakfast Burritos.
Friday, March 2
Have you ever wanted to learn to make your own kombucha? Here’s your chance. Kalamazoo College Dining Services will be kicking off National Nutrition Month with this fun course.
We love adding a little live music to our weekend. Old Dog will be hosting several local artists this Friday. Pop in for a vegan brew and plant-based snack.
Saturday, March 3
You don’t have to wait until spring to get your hands on local goodies. The Bank Street Winter Market carries on through April. During this time you can find greenhouse produce, herbs, handcrafted goods, and some of our favorite vegan vendors like Kahoona’s Kitchen and Wow Vegan Cupcake.
Head over to Coexist Cafe for a gentle and fun hour-long yoga session followed by coffee, tea, and socializing. Coexist Cafe offers several dairy-free milk varieties for your perfect coffee drink.
How does a night of sushi, sake, and music sounds? Pop-up restaurant, Embargo616, will be offering an all-vegan dinner with offerings like Roasted Sweet Potato & Pickled Cranberry Roll and BBQ Mock Duck served with avocado and mango.
Sunday, March 4
This vegan-friendly establishment will be hosting weekly trivia. Per usual, the event is free, however you’ll want to bring cash for the many vegan brews and snacks. In fact, the establishment won our 2017 Best of Kalamazoo category for Best Vegan Bar Food. From Nachos and Pizza to Jackfruit Sandwiches and daily plant-based features, One Well is certainly one of Kalamazoo’s vegan gems.
The Kzoo Cat Café is hosting a beginner yoga class surrounded by adoptable rescue kitties. Spend and hour flowing with the felines followed by another hour playing with them. The café plans to continue hosting this event each Sunday through at least March. Do you live a little further North? Happy Cat Cafe in Grand Rapids will also be hosting Sunday yoga as well.
Did we forget something? Let us know in the comments! And make sure to check out our events page on our website and Facebook for a complete calendar of vegan events in Kalamazoo and surrounding cities.
By: ANJA GROMMONS
Editor for VegOut Kalamazoo, Anja is also a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a Masters Degree from Western Michigan University. Growing up in her parents' restaurant in Northern Michigan instilled in her a lifelong passion for nutrition and cooking. Anja has completed the T. Colin Campbell Plant-Based Nutrition certification and keeps a personal blog at vegcentricdietitian.com full of plant-based recipes and nutrition information.