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Help Chef Ayinde Spread His Vegan Message on Bravo Television!

Ever since Chef Ayinde Howell partnered with Sparrow Media to bring us his Wildflower Vegan Pop-Up, there has been a groundswell of press attention highlighting Ayinde’s cruelty-free contribution to the grassroots pop-up phenomena. From write-ups in The New York Times, to features on New York Magazine‘s “Grub Street”, this recent press push has helped to further mainstream vegan ideals, raise questions about our nations continued reliance on animal husbandry despite amazing vegan options, and all the while help make a name for this breakout chef.

Following the surge of press attention Bravo Television has asked Ayinde to compete on their reality dinner party show “Rocco’s Dinner Party.” Ayinde will make his Bravo appearance tonight (Wednesday 7/13/2011) at 10pm EST, 9pm Central and we as a movement of compassionate activists should use this opportunity to send a message to Bravo that we want them to have an increased vegan focus in their program mix.

Bravo TV’s website features a user contributed content forum called “twitter battles.” We invite you to join us as we participate in one of these battles during and around the show’s airing to reign in the narrative on their twitter forum by tweeting links about vegan outreach, and tweets emphasizing your interest in Bravo’s continued commitment to vegan programming.

Here are a few ways you can help…

1.) Access the twitter battle & read tutorials on how to participate at this LINK. Then log on and start tweeting. The possibilities are endless but here are two examples that you can feel free to ad-lib as you like.

I wish @roccodispirito  on @bravotv featured more #vegan chefs like Chef @AYINDE

Want to know why @AYINDE is #vegan ? – [insert link to vegan resource here]

2.) You can share the LINK to the twitter battle on your facebook page, tumblr, or twitter accounts and encourage your friends to get involved in the twitter battle as well.

3.) Tell friends & family that “Rocco’s Dinner Party” on the Bravo network will be featuring the vegan culinary stylings of chef Ayinde Howell.

4.) You can also leave Bravo a comment thanking them for featuring a vegan chef and suggest they do it more often HERE

http://www.bravotv.com/contact

 

Crowd-Funded Pop-Up, Wildflower Serves 28 Courses of Vegan Gourmet at NYC’s LTO June 10th-12th

“Vegan food that is remarkably tasty and robust”
—ELAINE LOUIE, The New York Times

New York, NY: LTO, 171 East Broadway Wildflower is a one-of-a-kind crowd-funded pop-up restaurant that will be bringing 28 courses of the finest plant-based cuisine all with a summer grilling motif to discerning New Yorkers over June 10th-12th, 2011.  Just like the short-lived beauty of blossoming annuals in the field, Wildflower is here today and gone tomorrow.  Complementing the ever-growing trend of food trucks, pop-up restaurants are proving to be breakout venues for some of foods finest artisans and tastemakers. Wildflower will pop-up at New York’s exclusive LTO (Limited Time Only) located at 171 East Broadway and for three days will take patrons on a 28 course journey that will traverse a landscape of diverse vegan cuisine ranging from soul food to raw fusion to a vegan street food tasting menu. Brunch will be served on Saturday and Sunday morning June 11th and 12th, drawing from the menu of Ayinde’s popular monthly Brooklyn Petit Dejeuner, Waffle Brunch, which has already gathered a cult-like following by Williamsburg hipsters, vegans, and foodies alike. Crowd-funded through kickstarter.com, Wildflower is a direct response to the demand of New Yorkers who want to see gourmet vegan dining with an upscale  atmosphere in lower Manhattan.  An opening reception with celebrity guests, style icons, and giveaways from Vaute Couture, The Ethical Man, and Evolve Jewelry will follow Friday night’s dinner. A full menu is available HERE

 

Reservations can be arranged at http://wildflowerpopup.eventbrite.com . Seating is limited so reservations are encouraged, but walk-up customers will be seated as space permits.

 

Born in Tacoma, WA, to vegan parents, Chef Ayinde Howell has been a lifelong vegan, giving him a fresh lens to see his culinary art through.  At a time when most vegan restaurants have emphasized meat-anologs and processed soy dishes as an appeal to carnivores, Chef Ayinde’s vision alternatively celebrates his food’s unprocessed source by highlighting their natural flavors, brilliant colors, and captivating aromas.

 

About Chef Ayinde Howell
Ayinde Howell is an entrepreneur, executive vegan chef and founder of http://ieatgrass.com He has a background in a variety of vegan fare covering soul food, raw, and new American have been featured in the New York Times and Time Out New York.  Ayinde got his start in Seattle as co-owner of Hillside Quickies Vegan Sandwich Shop, an offshoot of his family’s business. Hillside Quickies became a popular lunch spot known for blasting hip hop during the crowded rushes and being frequented by patrons like The Roots, Saul Williams, Common and Erykah Badu.  Since his arrival in New York, Howell has served as a health consultant to celebrities, acted as executive chef at Jivamukti Yoga School, cooked for media mogul Russell Simmons, and has demoed his vegan cooking on BET’s popular ’106 & Park’ music hour.

 

 

To arrange an interview with Chef Ayinde Howell, to arrange a tasting,
or to obtain high-resolution images of his culinary creations please
contact Andy Stepanian at 631.291.3010 or email press@sparrowmedia.net

Vaute Couture, Making Headlines & Veganizing Fashion

 

We’ve all heard someone say lightheartedly that they “fell in love” with a new article of clothing or some similar object, but has a coat ever made you literally fall in love? what about it’s designer? what about her message?

Love is a central theme in Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart’s design sensibilities and that is reflected in her label, Vaute Couture. From fashion-forward, animal-free and ethically manufactured vegan pea coats that benefit the Farm Animal Sanctuary to her blog On Our Sleeve Leanne radiates something solar that makes the press gush floral review copy.

 

Sparrow has teamed up with Leanne to subvert fashion and lifestyle press with a simple message that compassion is in fashion, it’s fashion-forward, forward thinking and in the case of Vaute Couture compassion can also be effortlessly elegant high style. This week Ari Solomon owner of the vegan candle company A Scent of Scandal and part time muckraker over at The Huffington Post interviewed Leanne on Vaute Couture, her activism, and her design sensibilities for a feature in The Huffington Post’s style column.  Ari’s writing and interview is coupled with a beautiful slideshow of Leanne’s designs and a one-on-one video with Leanne. Please check out the piece here, then share it with your friends on facebook, twitter, tumblr, etc!

Also this week, The Coolture, a fashion magazine published out of Paris and Madrid, profiled Leanne and Vaute Couture in their magazine right along side some of the fashion industry’s most influential tastemakers. You can check out the piece here.

 

 

recent press…

Feature Ed. in The Times of India
Mention on Choosing Raw Blog
Feature & Interview in The Coolture
Mention in Second City Vegan Blog
Feature & Interview in The Huffington Post
Feature in Veggie Love (Germany)
Feature on Discerning Brute Blog
Feature on Treehugger Website
Feature on Sneaky Vegan Blog
Green Shows Recap on Meta Cafe
Feature in Univerisity of Illinois – Green Observer (TK)
Feature in Upscale Magazine (TK, April, Green Issue)

 

 

 

Sparrow is excited to be partnering with Leanne and Vaute Couture to bring her message of compassionate, animal, eco, and labor-friendly design to the masses.

Announcing Vegan Corner, Vegan Outreach 2.0

The Sparrow Project is pleased to announce http://vegancorner.com.  Two weeks ago we broke the seal on the rumor jar confirming that there would in fact be an all-vegan alternative to the popular reviews website “yelp*”  After a year of coding, programming, and countless bottomless cups of fair-trade coffee, Adrianna and Nathan Pope did it! Vegan Corner is the fruit of their labors, an interactive social media platform that exists to make vegan food, vegan culture, and vegan fashion more accessible to the public. Vegan Corner helps you find the nearest vegan cafe, the cutest wool-free winter coat, and connects you with the events of an ever-growing ethical subculture!

Long Beach, CA; entrepreneurs and animal-rights advocates Nathan & Adriana Pope have announced their company, Vegan Corner (http://vegancorner.com) to launch on December 1st, 2010. Vegan Corner is the world’s largest vegan business directory, with a comprehensive listing of every vegan and vegan-friendly business worldwide, complete with reviews written by fellow plant eaters and health-conscious foodies alike. With user-friendly interactive reviews, listings and resources, Vegan Corner is destined to be the biggest thing to hit the vegetarian community since the invention of tofu.   To see how Vegan Corner works please visit – http://vegancorner.com

 

Co-founder, Adriana Pope stated, “Vegan Corner fills the void within the online review website sphere by creating a site that specifically caters to vegans, complete with ratings and reviews written exclusively by vegans. We stepped it up a notch in order to be the ultimate guide. Best of all, Vegan Corner benefits the animals by donating 10% of profits every month to an animal charity.”

 

Vegan Corner is a great way to connect aficionados with their favorite tastes and interests by locating all the best places and events to be at.

 

Tim Rusmisel, a vegan and owner of Tim Rusmisel’s Art Gallery in San Juan Capistrano, California stated, “I think a lot of people have been waiting for something like this to come around. As the owner of an art gallery, it’s great to be able to see my business listed online with pictures and reviews because it allows people to discover a local place that they might have not known exists.”

 

Vegan Corner also has an extensive listing of all cruelty-free products to boot. Need to find the perfect gluten-free chocolate cake mix? Searching for a soothing lip balm? Or how about a yummy treat for your spoiled pup? It’s all here in one spot. In fact, Vegan Corner exclusively lists only companies that do not test on animals, so you won’t have to worry about desperately searching for the cruelty-free symbol when you’re at the market.

Vegan Corner is an amazing new structure for connecting ethical businesses with those who care about living a lifestyle that makes the world a better place for animals… it’s a great way to directly get us in touch and grow the vegan market to show the world how wonderful and easy it is to be compassionate and cruelty free.” says Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart, owner of Vaute Couture, the first vegan fashion label for winter dress coats warm enough for below freezing weather.

 

As if it can’t get any better, Vegan Corner currently has a i-Phone application in the works! Being an “on-the-go” vegan just got easier. Two weeks and counting, and the vegan world will surely be impacted when convenience meets social networking at its finest. Find new places to go to, write reviews, and connect with other people in your city. Don’t delay, sign up at vegancorner.com right now and be the first to review your favorite and not-so-favorite place on December 1st.

 

For additional information, email Andy Stepanian at andy(at)sparrowmedia(dot)net or contact pr(at)vegancorner(dot)com. For bloggers who wish to cross-promote with Vegan Corner for free, please email admin(at)vegancorner(dot)com with “LINK SWAP” in the subject heading.

 

VeganCorner.com, an online business directory exclusively for vegans searching for a cruelty-free place to dine, shop or hang out at, is scheduled to launch on the first of December, and benefits the animals by donating 10% of profits every month to a charity.

 

The Largest All-Vegan Thanksgiving Food Share

Long Island Food Not Bombs, in recent years has re-defined food sharing programs, constantly outdoing similar programs and even themselves with the quantity of food shared, it’s quality, and the community participation the sharing inspires.   There has never been a Food Not Bombs chapter that has exponentially grown this way, and in LIFNB’s growth something beautiful is happening.  Next week LIFNB will be hosting  a series of events, the largest will be their all-vegan Thanksgiving Food Share, if you are able to attend please do.  If you live far away and are reading this, then get inspired and go out and do your own event!

 

Please take a moment to watch the video and then read LIFNB’s update below.  Share it with friends and get involved!

 

 

“Starting November 20th and going through November 25th Long Island Food Not Bombs will be holding its largest endeavor to date; it will include parties, Food Shares, copious amounts of decadent foods, the sharing of clothing, books and the organized efforts of thousands of community members. The largest of all these events will be Vegan Thanksgiving. It’s a 2-day affair that starts as an all night cooking party, (on Nov.20th, everyone is invited) and culminates into the Vegan Thanksgiving Food Share the next day in Hempstead (“the Hempstead Food Share Bonanza”).

 

Please Spread the word! This is our most ambitious project to date and to pull it off we are going to need your help, your friends help and even the help of their friends. Solidarity is what makes Long Island Food Not Bombs so strong and we ask that you help us make these events even more absurdly inspirational than we could ever imagine.

 

The Hempstead Food Share, on November 21st, will be the largest Food Not Bombs ever! We expect to be able to share a feast with everyone that comes! We’ll then be continuing the week with nearly a dozen events spread across our Food Shares in Bedstuy, Coram, Huntington and Farmingville.”

 

 

 

 

Saturday, November 20th @ 3pm: Expanded BedStuy Thanksgiving Food Share
Saturday, November 20th @ 7pm: Vegan Thanksgiving Cooking Party @ JonSTeps’ House
Sunday, November 21st @ 2pm: Hempstead Food Share Bonanza
Monday, November 22nd @ 5:30pm: Coram Thanksgiving Sleeping Bag/ Blanket Food Share
Monday, November 22nd @ 9pm: Dumpster Scavenger Hunt/LIFNB Olympics
Tuesday, November 23rd @ 6:30pm: Huntington Thanksgiving Food Share
Thursday, November 25th @11am: LIFNB Thanksgiving Lunch in Farmingville
Thursday, November 25th @ 6:30pm: Farmingville Food Share