|A girl and her olive oil.|
When former VegNews editor, the lovely Aurelia D'Andrea first asked me to speak at Paris Vegan Day, I must admit I felt some trepidation. A bunch of herbivores getting together to celebrate animal-free living in the home of foie gras, fromage and steak tartare? I knew at best it would be a tough sell, and at worst, well, at least it was Paris.
So imagine my surprise when, on the day of the event, more than 5,000 Frenchies showed up instead of the 2,000 we expected. Evidentally, word is out, even among chic Parisians, that vegan food can be exquisite and healthy; vegan couture is indeed "haute," and being vegan is a kind, peaceful and centering way of life.
The event itself was grand, as were the many festivities leading up to the big day. Once again, I'll let the photos do the talking.
Pre-Paris Vegan Day Events
|Terry Hope Romero, me, and Isa Chandra Moskowitz at the tasty vegan Thanksgiving feast, held on a boat-restaurant on the Seine.|
|Another day, another party. Friday night was the Latin Fiesta held in honor of Terry's new cookbook, Viva Vegan. [As Terry said about this photo, "We look like we were out clubbing."]|
|Here I am with Robin, an American studying in Paris, and Franziska, of the well-established German blog, Veggie Love.|
|What would a Latin party be without salsa dancing? Look at that helicopter hair.|
|Un, deux, trois...un, deux, trois|
The Big Day
|A bit nervous before my cooking demo. Mon Dieu, was my French up to snuff?|
|The multi-talented Deborah Brown Pivain of the Gentle Gourmet B&B introduced me...|
|Terry got this shot of me making my easy mousse au chocolat [with Cointreau, bien sûr].|
|My friend, the lovely Virginie Péan of Absolute Green, spoke about vegan food and the French culinary tradition. Virginie is French but now lives in Sweden with her sweet vegan boyfriend, Fredrik. She's also the author of several fantastic cookbooks. If you read French, download her FREE ebook.|
|Terry was an engaging and funny speaker. She showed the crowd how to make empanadas. [God, I would kill for those cheekbones!] That's Tina to the far left, who was also my sous-chef.|
|But Paris Vegan Day wasn't just about the food. Joshua Katcher of the Discerning Brute MCed a fashion show. The models were all gorgeous – and all vegan. [I need that outfit, btw].|
|Melisser and I meet yet again!|
|Check out her amazing new tattoo. The model is her teacup chihuahua Strummer, and Melisser says the ink is life-sized.|
|Here, Melisser tells the audience how to be a hip, young, traveling vegan, while Helen translates.|
|While we were cooking away on the ground floor, the upstairs area was crazy-crowded. People were clamoring for tasty vegan chow. clothing, products, etc, They even had vegan speed dating!|
|The lower level was full of all things animal rights. There truly was something for everyone at Paris Vegan Day.|
|I finally got to meet so many people I had "known" only virtually, like French "blogueuses" Mamapasta, Virginie of Absolute Green and Pauline.|
|Finally, check out this adorable make-up bag that Jelly Bean Lupin made for me. What talent! She also graciously took shots of me while I was doing my demo.|