Celebrating vegetarians and vegans: challenges, weddings and festivals

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Five days of foreign diets

Six teams of Cornell University dining staff members embarked on a five-day challenge last week to try a new, restrictive diet, and they blogged about their experiences. The goal was to put themselves in the shoes of students adhering to those diets in the dining halls, and, based on the results, change the way they cater to those students’ lifestyles.

Meatless marriages

The Huffington Post reported the recent increase in vegan weddings and shared advice to those throwing or attending a meat-free reception. A couple of hints: make sure the caterer has experience with vegan cuisines, be willing to debunk myths for guests, and make sure what’s in the details match personal beliefs. (And don’t forget the cake.)

Fried (faux) meat in the Big Apple

The NYC Vegetarian Food Festival was last weekend, and NYT Village Voice blogger, Kansas City native and vegan Chris Packham dove head-first into the action, which he said were mostly people waiting in lines for food. In his comical recap, he wrote about trying samples a few local New York vegan and vegetarian eateries and meeting a fellow non-meat eater who’s been following the diet for 50 years.

Photo: By wetwebwork [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

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