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  1. A vegan supper club is coming to North Brooklyn Farms, a riverside urban farm located in Havemeyer Park (what use to be the parking lot of the old Domino Sugar factory). Emma Gonzalez, the chef behind Vegan Thursdays at Halyards (which she no longer does), will be bringing more vegan food to Brooklyn!

    The supper clubs will be held, so far, throughout the month of September, and will cost $30 (although the current ticket price listed is $40, Emma told me it’s actually $30) for a three-course meal. The first event will take place September 15th, and the menu is already up.


    Emma cooking up a vegan feast

    I asked Emma to share a little bit more about what people can expect from her dinners:

    The menu focuses on seasonal vegetables grown on the farm, and picked that day! And dinner takes place in the middle of the farm, as the sun sets over the bridge, which is just about the prettiest view I know of. It’s really lovely.

    You’ve heard of farm-to-table, but this time the farm is literally only a few feet away from the table. You can see the planned schedule so far, as well as buy tickets in advance.

  2. EndChickensAsKaporos

    The The Alliance to End Chickens as Kapporot has a particularly lovely logo.

    Kapparot, an atonement ritual practiced by some Orthodox Jews in conjunction with Yom Kippur, involvesswinging either a live chicken or a bundle of coins over one’s head three times, symbolically transferring one’s sins to the chicken or coins. The chicken is then slaughtered.” Kapporot is performed with chickens, in large numbers, right here in New York city, particularly in certain neighborhoods in Brooklyn.

    There are activists working to get all Kapparot (also spelled Kaporos, Kaparos, Kaparot, etc.) practitioners to switch to coins, and they need your help! From The Alliance to End Chickens as Kapporot:

    Please join our 4th annual street protest in Brooklyn, NY against the cruel and needless use of chickens in Kaporos rituals. This year we’re renting a “moving lit billboard” – a van with huge images illuminated on the sides and the back.

    Sept 10, 2013, 6 – 8 p.m.
    792 Eastern Parkway, (corner Kingston Ave.), Brooklyn, NY, 11213

    Sept 11, 2013, 6 – 8 p.m.
    502 Ave. P, (corner E. 5th Street), Brooklyn, NY, 11223

    Sept 12, 2013, 6 – 8 p.m.
    792 Eastern Parkway, (corner Kingston Ave.), Brooklyn, NY, 11213

    An activist Hasidic Rabbi has generously provided us with images, including one of himself tenderly holding a rooster, an audio file to BROADCAST FROM THE VAN URGING PRACTITIONERS TO USE MONEY, NOT CHICKENS, and translations of our messages into Hebrew along with English.

    We know it is difficult to attend a demo where animals are suffering and dying in front of us, but as hard as it is for us, it is infinitely harder for the chickens, and we must be there for them and show that we care.

    Please read A Wing and A Prayer for more information about the Kaporos (Kapparot) ritual. Please join us in Brooklyn to let the chickens know we’re there for them.

    They’ve also produced this video featuring Bresov Hasidic rabbi Yonassan Gershom:

    I know this can be a difficult issue for “outsiders” to get involved in. While the systemized abuse of chickens horrifying and immoral, it’s always delicate business criticizing other people’s religious beliefs and practices.  But joining the existing efforts of the Alliance is something we can all do.

    I’ll leave you with some quotes from chicken-abusing Kapparot practitioners:

    NPR “Weekend Edition”: Hecht says waving the chicken isn’t the point of this ritual. “The main part of the service,” he says, “is handing the chicken to the slaughterer and watching the chicken being slaughtered. Because that is where you have an emotional moment, where you say, ‘Oops, you know what? That could have been me.’

    NycFaith’s Blog“Kaparot is absolutely the funniest custom we have, hands down,” said Rabbi Alevsky. “There’s plenty of giggling and laughing going around, and there’s a lot of shrieking, ‘I don’t want to touch it!’ ‘Get it away from me!’” He pauses, before adding, “And the chicken often poops on people. It chooses its targets very carefully.”

    (As an aside, I also feel a dilemma regarding the “solution”; I mean, I don’t think swinging a bag of coins over your head does you any good either. I’m not even sure I believe that symbolic atonement is a positive thing at all, as opposed to specifically addressing the damage caused by bad things we’ve done. Of course I still support the Alliance’s mission, but especially if you are someone who–unlike me–believes in symbolic atonement and not abusing chickens, please join The Alliance in their efforts this year. I can only show up for the chickens; you can show up for the chickens and the spiritual mission.)

  3. veganshopaug

    Summer is winding down, which means soon going to the Vegan Shop-Up will feel like navigating a sea of puffy winter coats. The monthly event returns this Saturday, August 10th at their usual location, Pine Box Rock Shop, from 12-6pm. Admission is still free, and the vendors are still as awesome as ever. Fill up on cruelty-free food, drink, home and beauty items, and of course Bloody Marys from the bar. If you haven’t been, get it in before the weather turns cold!

  4. Foodswings Is For Sale (Again)

    Filed under: Brooklyn Food Restaurants

    Screen Shot 2013-08-02 at 9.30.25 PMDo you have $165,000 laying around? Want to eat unlimited amounts of buffalo drumsticks? Foodswings is for sale, again! Back in 2008 Foodswings sold to a group of four individuals, including partners Melody and Jeff, who many also know as the owners of vegan-friendly Park Slope heavy metal bar Lucky 13. Since 2008, Foodswings has gone through many makeovers, and now it’s time for the beloved Williamsburg vegan fast food restaurant to change hands once again.

    If you haven’t been to Foodswings recently, it just went through another remodeling and kind of looks like a cross between a diner and a biker gang’s clubhouse (in the best way possible, of course). They also got a new A/C system (Remember when Foodswings didn’t have A/C and you still ate there anyway?). But, if you’re not diggin’ the new look you can buy it and change it! The sale comes with copyright and their coveted recipes and the current asking price, as mentioned above, is 165k.

    The current owners are requesting that the next buyer be vegan, as they’d like to see Foodswings continue to be vegan-owned and operated. I spoke with Melody, who informed me that local “gourmet” burger chain Bareburger was interested, but Foodswings’ owners declined the offer because Bareburger can go to hell (my words, not hers).

    According to Melody, “The neighborhood is only continuing to grow so I think it would be a great opportunity for someone, especially if they kept it vegan.” She also informed me that post-Foodswings, her and Jeff plan on moving Lucky 13 to a bigger, better location (that will still be in the same general Park Slope area).

    So please, someone buy Foodswings and keep it awesome, or perhaps make it more awesome. And for the love of all (cruelty-free) things deep fried and smothered in buffalo sauce, keep it vegan. Interested? Email Melody!

  5. Screen Shot 2013-07-18 at 12.29.39 PM

    Bunna Cafe, a pop-up (mostly) vegan Ethiopian eatery in Brooklyn, has made Mama Joy’s in Bushwick (between the Morgan and Jefferson L stops) their temporary home, serving up lunch (including whiskey-infused iced shai!) from 11am – 4pm Tuesday through Friday.

    Bunna has been all over Brooklyn lately, sponsoring events and making their name known, and I’ve still yet to try their food. Needless to say I was excited to learn they’d have a semi-permanent home at Mama Joy’s, but the hours aren’t convenient for those of us working standard day jobs. Still, by the looks of Bunna’s Twitter and Instagram accounts, it looks like they’re drawing a lunch crowd, which can only mean good things for their future in Brooklyn.

    Have you tried Bunna? What should one order from their lunch menu?