Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Vegan Drinks New Orleans "November!"

THE VENUE FOR THIS EVENT HAS CHANGED!! It is now taking place at St. Roch Tavern, so that we can have our vegan drinks while also having awesome vegan food from the newly opened O! Vegasm restaurant serving their full dinner menu. Please join us at St. Roch!!

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Yes, there will be a Vegan Drinks New Orleans event this month... sort of. Just think of it as November 31st. This month's vegan drinks will be:

Thursday, December 1st
7pm to 10pm
Grit's Bar
530 Lyons Street

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Vegan Drinks New Orleans #3 - Let's do it for Vermont!

On Thursday, September 29th, the vegans, vegetarians, and veg curious of New Orleans will gather once again at Grit's Bar for Vegan Drinks New Orleans #3! This time, we'll have a special mission: to raise funds for Irene victims in Vermont. Here in New Orleans, we know all too well what it is to rebuild after a hurricane.

This month's raffle will benefit the people of Vermont as they work to rebuild their communities. Prizes will include the RebuildVT T-Shirt and Jennifer Kahn's "Repairing Vermont" pendant; all raffle proceeds will be donated to the VT Irene Flood Relief Fund, and we'll also be taking direct donations for this group. As always, we'll have great vegan food, cocktails, and mocktails for you, as well as ample opportunity to meet, mix, mingle and network with your fellow Nola Veg'ns!

You can RSVP on Facebook or on the Nola Veg Meetup Group!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Can't wait to see y'all tonight!

We have a really good feeling about Vegan Drinks New Orleans #2. How could we not? With food from O! Vegasm, awesome raffle prizes with proceeds benefiting Dogs of the 9th Ward, and all you wonderful people coming out, it's basically guaranteed to be a fantastic night! We'll be cranking the tunes on the juke box, so don't forget to put on your dancing shoes. ;)

Friday, August 19, 2011

This Just In: Food from O! Vegasm!

It's been confirmed: Vegan Drinks New Orleans #2 will feature food from your favorite vegan duo, O! Vegasm! They'll be bringing back a fave from the first event: the Gourmet Grilled Cheeze! And if you were at last week's brunch, you'll be thrilled to hear that they'll also be making O! Lasagna! O! My taste buds!! AND, as if all this were not enough, it's rumored that they'll be bringing along their donuts as well.


Between this amazing food, a raffle with seriously fantastic prizes benefiting Dogs of the 9th Ward, and our awesome bartender Jason "chocolate squirrel" Thompson serving up the best vegan cocktails in town, next Thursday is gonna be one helluva night! :D

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Vegan Drinks New Orleans #1: an amazing success.

We had a fantastic time at the very first Vegan Drinks New Orleans! Friends were made, raffles were won, drinks were drunk, food was devoured, dances were danced, and good times were generally had by all. Thanks so much to everyone who came out. And to anyone who couldn't make it, don't worry! You can catch us in August.

So what exactly did you miss at the first Vegan Drinks New Orleans? I think I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. ;)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The First Vegan Drinks New Orleans is TOMORROW!

Hey all! We're so excited to see you all tomorrow at the very first Vegan Drinks New Orleans!!

Just in case you missed the memo, here are the pertinent details:
  • Grit's Bar (530 Lyons @ Annunciation)
  • 7pm to 10pm
  • great cocktails and mocktails
  • raffle to support O! Vegasm! with awesome vegan prizes
  • delish vegan food for sale from the O! Vegasm! team!!
This is one vegan event that you don't want to miss! If you haven't already, please go "like" us on Facebook and RSVP for the event!

See you tomorrow night!!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Just one week until Vegan Drinks New Orleans #1!!

Hey y'all! We're excited to see you all next Thursday at Grit's! We've been working hard to make the first Vegan Drinks New Orleans a great event for all who attend, and we've got some exciting announcements.

First of all, in case you haven't heard, the raffle for this month will benefit O! Vegasm, the team who has been bringing us awesome vegan brunches at Grit's for nearly two months solid. Raffle tickets will be sold for $1 each or 6 for $5, and each ticket will give you one chance to win one of these fantastic prizes:
  • a gift certificate from KC's Babycakes for a half dozen of KC's delectable vegan cupcakes,
  • a gift certificate to the New Orleans Food Co-op, slated to open this summer, or
  • brunch for two at the O! Vegasm Sunday Brunch of your choice!
We may have smaller prizes as well - you'll have to come to find out!

It looks like we'll also have some food to order, made by the O! Vegasm duo themselves! Menu forthcoming...

Drink specials are still being hammered out, but are set to include a number of tasty cocktails like Russian Squirrels, Toasted Almonds, possibly Grasshoppers (!), Bloody Marys (and variants thereof), and more.

Tell your friends! Get excited! See you soon!! :D

Friday, July 15, 2011

What will we drink??

Hello all! We've been by the bar and begun consulting with the barkeeps. And I'm happy to report that I now have a comprehensive list of the vegan beers and wines that will be available to you at Grit's when you attend Vegan Drinks! You can find it here, and access it any time via the "Drinks List" tab.

We'll also have printed, laminated versions of the list available on the fly during the event. (It would of course be more fun if we made you memorize it and quizzed you when you got there...) There are only four beers at Grit's that aren't vegan, so chances are that if they have it and you want it, you're good to go.

As far as specialty vegan cocktails, White Russians and Bloody Marys are under way. I'm also working on something I'm calling a Light Russian - a sort of White Russian without the vodka and with a splash of club soda - for those of us who like the sweetness but get bombed off of one vodka drink (and aren't really looking for that!). No, I didn't make it up; it just doesn't have a fun name.

And for those who can't or don't want to drink any alcohol, we want to have something special for you too! We're looking at a variety of mocktails. You can of course order a virgin Bloody Mary, which I'm fond of. Other possibilities include a Reno Cocktail (grapefruit juice, lime juice, grenadine). Know of something way much better that is feasible for Grit's? Let us know!

Can't wait to see y'all - thirteen days and counting!

Sunday, July 10, 2011


Hello all! As you know, the first Vegan Drinks New Orleans is a mere 2.5 weeks away. We're working busily over here getting together details, hopefully organizing a raffle and other fun stuff for y'all, and basically trying to make it as awesome as possible. And, we made fliers! So if you'd like to grab one of these images and stick it in a blog post, in a sidebar somewhere, or on your website, that would be totally awesome! See you soon. ;)

P.S. - The top one's good for printing!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Wander on over to the Wandering Buddha!

Hey y'all! I know you're all waiting with bated breath for the first Vegan Drinks on the 28th. But to help you fill the time while you anxiously pace, lucky for you there are a number of other awesome vegan events happening around town.

This Friday July 8th, The Wandering Buddha is having its Grand Opening Party at the Hi-Ho Lounge! Throughout June, Christion Troxell and Colleen Cronin have been serving up delish traditional Korean food several nights a week. But as of Friday they go full-fledged with a full menu all week long! The party should be a smashing affair, with free samples and an unveiling of the full menu.

And of course, you're booked every Sunday morning with O! Vegasm's Sunday Brunch at Grit's Bar! Come scope out the site of Vegan Drinks while scarfing down a huge plate of some of the best vegan brunch fare you'll ever try, for only $15 a plate.

So no worries. With all these fun gatherings going on, the weeks will fly by. See y'all soon!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

It's official!

The plan is set - the first Vegan Drinks New Orleans! will be held on Thursday, July 28 from 7 to 10 at Grit's! We're working with the bar to figure out just what vegan drink specials and other vegan goodies may be in store for you. Not making any promises... but we just *might* have some vittles from O! Vegasm! Stay tuned for more details, and don't forget to like us on FB!!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Vegan Drinks New Orleans is under way!

We're working to make this dream a reality! Have any ideas? Want to donate a raffle prize, come talk about your awesome vegan venture, or otherwise help make this event excellent? Leave a comment and let us know!

We hope to be up and running by July - see you there. ;)

melissa bastian

p.s. - Don't know what Vegan Drinks is? It's a monthly social gathering for vegans (and anyone else who wants to join in the fun) where we enjoy drinks that are vegan, but more importantly where we enjoy the company!

The event takes place at a bar so that we can offer vegan drink specials and have a fun and social atmosphere. It's a great place to network - talk to people about your new project, hear about all the latest awesome cookbooks, enter raffles for fab prizes, and generally have a fantastic time with like-minded people! For all the details, check out Vegan Drinks headquarters.