Sunday, November 27, 2011

Veggie Grill Turns 5

Veggie Grill

Hooray!!! Veggie Grill, the ever so popular SoCal 100% plant-based comfort restaurant chain, is celebrating their 5-year anniversary!

Home to dishes such as the Santa Fe Crispy Chickin’” sandwich, “Sweetheart Fries,” and the “All Hail Kale” salad, Veggie Grill opened its first location in Irvine in November 2006. It's since opened an additional six locations across Los Angeles and Orange County, with the most recent (the 7th, if you're counting) being at the Original Farmers Market at 3rd and Fairfax in Los Angeles. With all of their veggie based dishes made on the premise daily, Veggie Grill is a great example of a positive evolution in the world of comfort food (aka fast food).

To give back to its loyal fans online (nearly 65,000 fans and followers), Veggie Grill is hosting a giveaway on Facebook. Fans who submit a Veggie Grill-inspired video are entered to win one of five, $500 gift cards.

To enter, fans must “Like” Veggie Grill on Facebook and post a video– a testimonial, a “first taste” or VG Virgin experience, a song, a favorite “off-the-menu” item, an ad, or anything Veggie Grill related. At end of November (the contest ends on the 30th), Veggie Grill will pick five winners. Each winner will win a $500 gift card to Veggie Grill.

Sweetness!!! (Plant based!)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Stopping GE Sweet Corn at Walmart

For those who haven’t heard genetically engineered food is a BIG question mark. Untested. Unlabeled. And now, coming to a grocery store near you. Which is something you should definitely care about.

We should all know if our food’s been GE (genetically engineered). Especially now that it’s showing up directly in the food we eat (versus the food of the food we eat). GE sweet corn has be approved by the FDA for human consumption, but the FDA isn’t you. So if you don’t want BIG question marks in the food you eat speak up!

Food and Water Watch have been doing some great work towards this cause. So far this fall, they've collected over 75,000 petition signatures to the top U.S. grocery stores against GE sweet corn. In response to the work, Trader Joe's and General Mills have already come out against Monsanto's GE sweet corn, refusing to sell it to consumers.

Food and Water Watch has decided that their next step is to focus on pressuring Walmart not to sell this new GE sweet corn intended for direct human consumption. As the largest U.S. food retailer, Walmart has a lot of influence over the market and what farmers grow. Even though this crop has already been approved, if we’re able to convince Walmart not to sell Monsanto's GE sweet corn, other major grocery chains are more likely to follow suit, and then farmer's won't grow it.

In order to get this campaign off the ground, Food and Water Watch needs your help. They're looking for volunteers to help by passing out flyers and collecting petition signatures to Walmart against GE sweet corn.

So if you have questions, get in the game and speak up!

The Edible Skinny