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Vegetarian Chili

You may have noticed a flyer for this year’s Vegetarian Chili Cook-off in your Greenling bin this week. The Vegetarian Chili Cook-off started in 1989 when four vegetarian societies from across the state of Texas joined to form the Lone Star Vegetarian Network. In the years since, the cook-off has been held in multiple locations all across the state, including West Columbia, San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, El Paso, South Padre Island, and Fort Wort.

This year nearly 1000 people are expected to visit Old Settler’s Park in Round Rock for the 23rd annual cook-off.  The fun begins at 11:30 AM on Sunday, November 13th, and all are welcome.

To drum up excitement for Sunday, the Chili Cook-off organizers offered to share a winning recipe for us to publish! This vegetarian chili recipe comes from Stevie Duda, editor of Austin Vegetarian Living, the newsletter of the Vegetarian Network of Austin. With assistance from other VNA members, Stevie’s chili won First Place at the 2007 Lone Star Vegetarian Chili Cook-off, out of about 20 entries.

Stevie Duda’s Award-Winning Vegetarian Chili

2 medium zucchini, seeded and diced
1 medium sweet onion, diced
1 cup diced green bell pepper
1 cup diced red bell pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable broth
4 15-ounce cans stewed tomatoes, diced
1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
1 15-ounce can pinto beans, drained
1 15-ounce can black beans, drained
1/4 cup julienned carrot
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded (but don’t remove ribs) and diced
1/2 cup fresh Italian parsley, minced
3 tbsp no-salt-added chili powder
2 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp sea salt

In a large pot, saute zucchini, onion, bell peppers, and garlic in the oil or broth, until tender. Stir in all remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Events & Local Food Happenings

Slow Money Local Food Potluck

Slow Money Local Food Potluck

-Tues., July 19 7pm
-Resolution Gardens 5213 Jim Hogg Ave 78756 [Austin]

Slow Money Texas has partnered with Resolution Gardens to bring you an evening of fun within your local community at our Local Food Potluck. This is a great opportunity to see what others in your community are doing to support local farmers and growers, and maybe even find a new recipe for those delicious heirloom tomatoes you just bought at the farmers market this weekend.

Come out, bring your favorite dish made with locally grown food and learn about future opportunities to collaborate with Slow Money!

Facebook event page

Top 10 Wines of Summer – Tasting Class

Whole Foods Market Top 10 Wines Tasting Class

-Thurs, July 21 7-8pm
-Whole Foods Market Gateway
– 9607 Research Blvd #300 78759 [Austin]

Taste and stock up on our most affordable, easy-going wines that pair perfectly with the Summer! Sample a generous six course flight of Top Ten wines paired with our favorite cheeses. Class space is limited; rsvp required.

Make reservations by calling 512-345-5003 or via e-mail with our Guest Services Team at gateway.conciergeorders AT

Green Jobs Summer Camp for Kids, hosted by Be Groovy Be Green

Green Jobs Summer Camp

-Aug 1-5, & Aug 8 -12
-$175 before July 15
-$200 after July 15
-For ages 6-10
-Casa de Luz 1701 Toomey Rd 78704 [Austin]

Ever imagined your child as Environmental Engineer or an Organic Farm Developer? Here’s their chance to explore!

We’ll have Science & Art projects to help the children explore the environment.

Several representatives will come in from local green businesses to talk about their jobs and how they got there. Plus someone who can talk about future Green jobs that don’t exist yet!

Each child will have support and the opportunity to create their own Green products to sell at the Saturday special event. They keep all the money from their sales.

To find out more or sign up contact Maureen at 512-740-4737 or email: mhaskell AT

We must have 7 children minimum each camp. Please tell your friends!

Green Gate Farm Beer & Ice Cream Social

Beer & Ice Cream Social at Green Gate Farm
-Saturday, July 9, 6pm

-$10 suggested donation

-Green Gate Farm 8310 Canoga Lane. [78724]

What could be better than sipping a cold beer and getting your ice cream on whilst gazing across the pastoral landscape of a beautiful urban farm?

Angel of Wanderlust Ice Cream and Sorbet will be providing fantastical frozen treats, while the infamous Tony Grasso will serve a big, hoppy double IPA and an American honey wheat made with Round Rock honey. These will be supplemented with another keg from a local brewing company, and a limited quantity of homemade hard peach and apple cider cocktails.

So come one and all and sneer at the belligerence of the Texan summer with ice cream and cold beer whilst getting your farm on. Stroll about, pet some baby goats and pigs, and make some new compañeros. Admission will be a $10 suggested donation per person, and proceeds will go towards helping recoup some of the costs of surgery and complications for the wonderful Pasha Bean (for those of you who don’t know her that’s Rebecca’s pup). Beer, ice cream, farm, AND a worthy cause!

Events & Local Food Happenings Around Town


Local Food Fair at Whole Foods Market San Antonio

Local Food & Vendor Fair – Whole Foods Market San Antonio
-Saturday, June 25
-11am – 2pm
-Quarry Whole Foods Market- 255 E. Basse Rd Ste 130, 78209 [San Antonio]

Come be a part of a gathering of local vendors and sample a little bit of Texas at Whole Foods Market in San Antonio. Help support local vendors, growers and ranchers and taste some local goodness while you’re at it!

Greenling will be there sampling a delicious seasonal recipe, so come say hi!

More venue info

Social Enterprise & Conscious Consumerism Panel

Social Enterprise & Conscious Consumerism Panel –
Hosted by the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network
-Tues, June 28, 6pm – 8pm
-1008 West Ave, 78701 [Austin]

“Whenever you spend your money, you cast a vote for the kind of world you want to live in.” – Sophie Uliano

Are you interested in spreading positive social impact beyond your nonprofit work?

Join the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) Austin in June for an exciting panel discussion on what it means to be a business with goals beyond profit and how your purchasing decisions can support sustainable impact and positive change in both local and global communities.

Hear from Jessica Shortall, Director of Giving at TOMS Shoes; Amy George, Founder and Chief Ozone Officer of Blue Avocado; Laurie Loew, founder of Give Realty; and Mason Arnold, of Greenling.

Networking at 6 p.m.

Panel presentation at 6:30 p.m.

Register here!

Dr. Neal Barnard Lecture and Book Signing

Neal D.Barnard MD Lecture & Book Signing
-Wednesday, June 29
-Whole Foods Market Downtown Rooftop Plaza- 525 N. Lamar Blvd. [78703]

Come on out to the downtown Whole Foods Market rooftop plaza for a lecture and book signing by Dr. Neal Barnard, author of 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart: Boost Metabolism, Lower Cholesterol, and Dramatically Improve Your Health.

Greenling and the Engine 2 team will be hanging out too, so come join the conversation about making the transition to a plant-strong diet.

Dr. Barnad is also founder and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) as well as president of The Cancer Project, a nonprofit organization advancing cancer prevention and survival through nutrition education and research.

More venue info

Engine 2 Potluck

Engine 2 Potluck
-Thursday, June 30
-E2 Headquarters- 608 Academy Dr. [78704]

Join us for a plant-strong potluck!

Bring your favorite Engine 2inspired recipe and mingle with Engine 2 Diet creator Rip Esselstyn, his family and the Greenling team over some creative and healthy dishes.

Make sure to RSVP, bring your own plate and have some fun!

Upcoming Local Food Happenings

Blanco Lavender Festival7th Annual Blanco Lavender Festival
-Fri., June 10 – Sun. June 12
Blanco Square, 78606 [Blanco, TX]


Visit beautiful Blanco in the heart of the Texas Hill Country for the 7th annual Blanco Lavender Festival. A Lavender Market will be held on the grounds of the Old Blanco County Courthouse featuring arts and crafts and local lavender products. Live music, Texas Wines, Local Beer, Specialty Food Vendors and MORE!

Check out free tours of local lavender farms where you will experience the beauty of lavender in the fields and the unique vision of each farmer.

Friday Noon to 6 PM / Saturday 10 AM to 8 PM / Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM
More festival info


Old Truck. New Farm! Film ScreeningSlow Session: Old Truck. New Farm! – Film Screening
-Monday, June 13
-7pm – 9pm
-Swoop House – 3012 Gonzales St. , 78762 [Austin]

Slow Food and Austin Urban Gardens invite you to the special summer screening of the whimsical and educational documentary Old Truck. New Farm!

Enjoy the summer evening outside with local farm finger foods, cold drinks, and what the Huffington Post is calling “the coolest urban agriculture project around.” Old Truck. New Farm! a new documentary from the filmmakers behind the award-winning King Corn, tells the story of a new generation of American farmers. Using green roof technology and heirloom seeds, filmmaker Ian Cheney plants a vegetable garden on the only piece of land he’s got: his grandad’s old pickup. Blending serious exposition with serious silliness, Truck Farm entreats viewers to ponder the future of urban farming, and to consider whether sustainability needs a dose of whimsy to be truly sustainable.

Film will begin when the sun goes down and the breeze kicks in, so please bring your own seating, be it a blanket, lawn chair or friend. Space is limited so please RSVP to anneh AT 

Sustainable Food Center Farmer's Markets - Taste of Summer DaySFC Farmer’s Market – Taste of Summer Day
-Sat, June 11, 9am – 1pm
-Sunset Valley (Toney Burger Center) & Downtown locations (Republic Square Park)

The SFC farmer’s market Summer Fruit & Veggie Fest continues this week with Taste of Summer Day!

Come to a local chef’s demo at 9:30 a.m- executive chef Anthony Alejandro, of Tacos & Tequila will do a demonstration at the downtown market and Eric McFrazier of Pasta & Co. will be at Sunset Valley.

Also, visit our “Taste the Place” tent and enjoy free music all morning long!

SFC Farmer’s Market info