Three Philly Eateries Are Teaming Up for an Epic Vegan Pizza Night

Pizza oven at Capofitto | Photo via Facebook

Pizza oven at Capofitto | Photo via Facebook

What better way to celebrate hump day (we’re almost halfway through the work week!) than with a pizza party? But this Wednesday night, instead of ordering from a pizza joint that will make your skin feel like it is oozing grease post-slice, head over to Old City’s Capofitto Pizza + Gelato where they’re joining forces with Sip-N-Glo Juicery and Miss Rachel’s Pantry to put on an epic vegan pizza night that so beats delivery. Read more »

Penn Grad Accused of Being “The Vegan Bernie Madoff”

Sarma Melngailis in a Tuesday, October 18, 2011, file photo.

Sarma Melngailis in front of Pure Food and Wine with her restaurant’s most popular dish — a local heirloom tomato lasagna featuring basil pistachio pesto, sun-dried tomato marinara, macadamia pumpkin seed ricotta and zucchini —  in an October 18, 2011, file photo.

Sarma Melngailis was born in Massachusetts, and her grades were good enough to get her into the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated in 1994 — with a dual Wharton/College degree. Like many Penn graduates, she moved to New York and went into finance. In the booming 1990s, she worked at Bear Sterns, then moved to Boston to work at Bain Capital.

She shifted careers in the late ’90s, however, graduating from the French Culinary Institute and eventually becoming an advocate for the vegan lifestyle. She opened Pure Food & Wine in 2004, New York City’s first restaurant to serve “gourmet renditions of organic, vegan [and] raw food.” Though the restaurant had its critics — “I’ve certainly taken some criticism from raw-food purists,” she told the Village Voice — it was popular, and Melngailis seemed to be doing well.

Then things changed. The staff walked out en masse in January of last year over unpaid wages, with Melngailis offering various explanations for the paycheck delay. The restaurant — along with a companion business, One Lucky Duck — re-opened, but workers walked out again last summer due to unpaid wages.

Then, Melngailis disappeared. Or, she disappeared until she and husband Anthony Strangis were caught by authorities in Tennessee — after they’d ordered a Domino’s Pizza. The horror! Read more »

Huge Vegan Food and Beer Festival Coming to SugarHouse Casino

If you don’t eat meat or dairy, food festivals tend to be giant letdowns: All of your friends leave stuffed with a bazillion samples from aisles and aisles of food vendors while you leave stuffed with more beet salad samples than any other human should ever have to consume in one lifetime. Because beet salad was the only vegan thing in the building and you were starving. And honestly, you probably leave a little too tipsy, too — because no one should be offered bottomless wine when all they’ve eaten in the past six hours is beet salad.

But my dear vegans of Philadelphia, soon you will have an awesome food festival experience: On Sunday, August 14th, the first-ever Sustainable Everyday Edibles and Drinkables festival (S.E.E.D. for short), a completely vegan food and beer festival, will be taking over SugarHouse Casino’s new event space. Read more »

Why This Longtime Pharmacist Made the Jump to the Juice Business

Doc Bakers Farmulations juice | Photo via Instagram

Doc Bakers Farmulations juice | Photo via Instagram

One of Doc Bakers Farmulations’ popular juices around this time of year is the pollenSHIELD, made with organic mango, orange, blueberry, cherry and raspberry. Why is it called the pollenSHIELD, you ask? Well, as Angelo Greco, owner and juicer at the Doylestown juice and plant-based food spot, explains, all of these fruits help to lower histamine levels in the body. “If you’re exposed to something that gives you a histamine response, there’s a threshold where you’ll begin to sneeze and so on,” he says. So, the idea is, ingesting these foods that lower your histamine levels lowers the chances of you reaching that threshold when you step outside your door and are confronted with a pollen-filled breeze.

And good news for everyone who is rubbing their eyes as we speak: The shop, which has been open since 2013, recently began delivering their concoctions to Philly. Read more »

Bummer: Philly VegFest Isn’t Happening This Year (But It’s Not All Bad News)

Philly VegFest 2015 | Photo via Facebook

Philly VegFest 2015 | Photo via Facebook

For the past few weeks, I’ve been wondering when Philly VegFest would announce the date for this year’s festival. After all, Be Well Philly readers are always VERY excited to know when the full day of all-vegan everything — with food, shopping and music — is going to go down. And then, last week, I saw some sad news: Philly VegFest posted a note on their Facebook page saying the event would not be happening this year. Womp, womp. See the note below.
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It’s A Vegan Mac And Cheese Mac-Down

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Over on Be Well Philly, our healthy compatriots are getting excited over a vegan mac-and-cheese smack-down that’s going to be happening on May 1st in University City. Three things about this are exciting.

Thing 1) The competition is allowing both amateurs and professionals to enter.

Thing 2) If you don’t want to put your own mac-and-cheese up for judgement, you can just show up to the event and eat all the mac-and-cheese you can hold.

Thing 3) Seeing that it’s VEGAN mac-and-cheese, you’re going to see some interesting interpretations because competitors won’t be able to simply depend on making something gooey and cheesy and then throwing some lobster in it in order to win.

Anyway, Be Well has all the details. So you should get over there and check it out. Which you can do by clicking on the link below.

There’s A Vegan Mac And Cheese Contest Happening In Philly Next Month [Be Well Philly]

There’s a Vegan Mac and Cheese Contest Happening in Philly Next Month

You know what heaven looks like? A room filled with vats of mac and cheese. And that’s exactly what you’ll find at the Rotunda in University City on Sunday, May 1st. Table after table of of vegan mac and cheese, that is.

Here’s the deal: Carlo Giardina and Carmella Lanni, the husband-and-wife duo behind online vegan shop V Marks the Shop, are hosting the Philly MAC-Down, a contest where home cooks and kitchen pros alike will put their vegan mac and cheese in the running to be named the best vegan mac and cheese in Philly. And if you don’t want to join in the cooking, not to worry, you can still get involved by eating your face off. Read more »

There’s a Very Unexpected Pair Putting on a Pop-Up Vegan Lunch This Weekend

Vegan Cheesesteak by Christina Pirello | Photo by Jason Bleecher

Vegan Cheesesteak by Christina Pirello | Photo by Jason Bleecher

Well, here’s an unexpected pair: Local vegan chef Christina Pirello of Christina Cooks is teaming up with Frank Olivieri, owner of Pat’s King of Steaks, for a Spring Feast vegan pop-up lunch at South Philly’s Caffe Valentino this Sunday, April 3rd. And yes, there will be vegan cheesesteaks. Read more »

The Checkup: Why Hearing This While You Eat Could Mean Good Things for Your Waistline

• There is nothing worse than sitting on the train into work and listening to a stranger chew every last bite of their on-the-go breakfast. That said, hearing yourself chew might be a good thing — at least for your waistline. A new study found that people who could hear themselves chew while eating ended up eating less than those who listened to loud music while eating. So next time you have a sad desk lunch, try doing so sans your usual lunchtime podcast. [TIME] Read more »

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