First, I want to let y'all know about the launch of a new cookbook, It's a Lie: Being Vegan Ain't Easy by Omi Iyalaje. Omi runs the Green Goddess Popcorn and Tea Lounge on Summer Avenue in Memphis, and her amazing flavored vegan popcorns are sold around town (even at Whole Foods!). This is her first cookbook, and it's being released in a party at Green Goddess (3078 Summer Ave.) on Saturday, Dec. 8 with recipe tastings, giveaways, and live music. Of course, you don't have to be local to pre-order a copy!
You can pre-order a copy on her website for $13.99, and the first 100 orders get a free bag of her popcorn!
Here's the description from her website:
It's a Lie: Being Vegan Ain't Easy is a collection of favorite recipes by Omi Iyalaje over the last 9 years of her life. Living in the South and being surrounded by BBQ and hot wings, it’s quite common to hear people say, “Being Vegan Ain’t Easy.” Omi has successfully brought innovation, creativity, and flavor to the vegan community with her amazing dishes. This collection of recipes is wonderful for those on the path to healthy eating without compromising flavor. Omi has served as the Vegan Chef at Whole Foods/Wild Oats Market, where her line of gourmet vegan popcorn has been sold for over 10 years. Omi has also served as a private chef for well-known celebrity guests and artists._________________________________________________________________
Okay, now for the very Memphis-y announcement! Hey Memphis friends, Crosstown Arts — the contemporary art center where I work — is hosting our first Open House this Friday, Nov. 30 from 5-8 pm. And you're all invited! All of our spaces — art galleries, cafe, bar, shared art making facility, artist residency studios, theater, and music venue — will be programed with live music, performances, activities, and/or demos. And we'll be giving tours of the spaces.
Why am I posting this on a vegan blog? Because Today & Always (Crosstown Arts' plant-based cafe) will be handing out free food samples and vegan hot chocolate! If you haven't checked out Today & Always yet, here's your chance to do so for FREE!