By Anya M. McCann
A new group, vegansofdavis, founded last month in Davis kicked it up a notch last week with the first Davis vegan mixer. The goal of the group is to centralize community in Davis around healthy, ethical and sustainable eating.
Thirty vegans hungry for a plant-based meal and some social activity brought potluck dishes to share, swapped recipes and talked about their reasons for attending.
The focus of the organizers is to bring together like-minded people for social interaction. This creates the ability to share information about events of interest, products, recipes, other vegan groups in the vicinity, and vegan-friendly/vegan restaurants. Most of the partygoers were from Davis, but many from Sacramento also attended. There is a well-established Sacramento Vegan Society there.
Vegansofdavis brings together some of the best characteristics of Davis: food, health and environmental protection. The group launched a month ago on Facebook, founded by Lindsay Rubin, Ben Thomas and Keith and Kerry Shaw. After two weeks, there were 55 “likes” and now there are 90-plus. The group has quickly developed a Facebook page, a website and a chat group.
“We believe Davis is in need of a fun, active group for vegans, especially young vegans, looking to network, hang out, and make a change in the world,” Rubin says. “So we created vegansofdavis.”
Thomas, who is also the sustainability manager for UC Davis Dining Services, says, “Veganism has become a word that people associate with a passionate and active lifestyle. I’m excited about vegansofdavis as an opportunity for people with similar outlooks to celebrate community around healthy, conscious food and common interests.”
Rubin sums up the evening saying, “After just one mixer, we all have new friend requests on our social media pages, new phone numbers in our phones, and exciting new plans for the future to spend time with like-minded people. This is my goal for vegansofdavis — to bring together people who are seeking others who share their passionate, plant-based lifestyle, whether it is for the animals, for their health or for the health of our planet.”
In a raffle at the event, the guests raised $70 to donate to Animal Place, a nonprofit sanctuary in Vacaville for abused and discarded farmed animals.