Here are the details on Thursday Monday’s Vegan Pizza Event. Location: Brick Road Pizza on Wealthy Street. The buffet meal will be from 7PM-9PM. Cost is $10, and you need to purchase a ticket before hand. Email me,Dan Hooley (, if you are interested, so I can let the owner know how many plan on coming and what time slots (7-8 or 8-9). The owner’s have promised that the $10 will cover plenty of delicious food and that it will be well worth it. Its also a great opportunity to eat at the restaurant prior to its opening and meet other vegans and others interested in animal issues in Grand Rapids. 

The buffet will include the following pizzas: Faux meat lovers, Philly Steak and Cheese, Buffalo Tofu, Taco, and Black Bean. Along with pizza there will be pasta salad, drinks, and deserts! I’ve just seen some pictures from inside the restaurant (see below) and it looks really cool. It should be a great event. Hope to see you there!!


Panel Discussion Tuesday

October 27, 2008

SCL will be hosting a panel discussion, Tuesday, October 28th, at 9PM in the lobby of Van Recken hall. A few members of SCL will be talking about their decisions to eat more intentionally and why they think it is important to examine our relationship with animals. There should be some delicious food there from Marie Catrib’s, as well as great discussion, so don’t miss it!!

This week the New York Times’ Magazine has a great article that focuses on the efforts of Wayne Pacelle, President of the Humane Society of the United States, pushing forward Proposition 2 in California! Also in the article is our friend Gene Baur, who visited Calvin earlier this year and has been working with Wayne pushing Proposition 2 in CA.

The article offers very important context to the legislation in CA, detailing how it is seen as part of an effort by HSUS, Farm Sanctuary, and others to enact similar laws across the US. It also notes the divide among some in the animal rights movement over the compromise that can be involved in pushing laws such as this and the impact they might have on the larger goal of ending the practice of raising animals for food.

Wherever you stand on this issue, it is a great article to read and consider! Although the coverage animal issues received in the Times isn’t always the greatest, things have been getting progressively better and more and more frequent. It seems like now there is another article related to animal issues every week. More and more people are beginning to connect the dots and see that the current ways we raise animals in confinement has disatrous consequences for our health, environment, and the animals themselves.


October 23, 2008

That’s right folks! Vegan pizza comes to Grand Rapids. Oxymoron you ask? Cheese-less boredom? Not according to the owners of the soon to be opened Brick Road Pizza, located on Wealthy Street. They believe in the idea so much that they are marketing the newly revamped pizza place as specializing in vegan pizza! That’s right, they are gearing the business to Grand Rapids growing vegetarian and vegan community! The menu promises to offer different varieties of 100% VEGAN pizza, complete with great vegan cheeses, different “meats”, and other delicious vegan appetizers and sides. I know some of you were lucky enough to try the VEGAN “Chicken” Nuggets this summer at the Wealthy Street festival. I heard they were absolutely amazing!

Are you salivating at the idea of vegan pizza? Or, perhaps perplexed and a little interested? Well, if so, then you should come to a special buffet dinner next Thursday night that the owner of Brick Road Pizza has specially invited Calvin students to attend. Right now it looks like the event will cost $10 a person (although we at SCL are working on subsidizing things, so expect that to be knocked down a few dollars) for an array of vegan pizza, appetizers, deserts, and drinks. The event will promote the soon to be opened pizza place (giving you all a sneak peek) and the owner has promised we will all get more than our money’s worth.

If you are interested email me ( so I have an idea how many to expect. The more, of course, the marrier. Details, as far as the time, are soon to come so stay posted. This should be a great event everyone! Lots of great food and a chance to meet lots of cool people from around the Grand Rapids community!

This Friday we will be having another SCL potluck! I’ve been really impressed with the turnout so far this year and am looking forward to another great meal. Like normal, the potluck will be Friday, at 5PM, in the Library Lobby. Invite friends! 

Also, we were hoping to add something to the potluck. If you can, try to bring a card with the recipe for the dish that you made. That way people can recreate the wonderful and delicious food that they like. Hope to see everyone there!!

Food in the NY Times

October 14, 2008

One very positive development in recent years has been the increasing discussion of the importance of food and concern for the myriad of issues related to food production (the environment, health, and animal welfare/rights) in the media. Just this Sunday the New York Times magazine presents a whole issue on Food. The magazine features a great article by Michael Pollan (author of “The Omnivore’s Dilemma“), “Farmer in Chief“, where he offers advice to the incoming President of the United States to seriously consider the many issues related to food. Definitely worth checking out! There’s also great stuff on some of the work the Coalition of Immokalee Workers are doing, as well as other young activists working on issues related to food.

Potluck Friday!!!

October 7, 2008

Hey everyone! There will be another delicious vegan potluck this Friday, at 5PM, in the Library Lobby. Our previous potluck with Gene Baur was a smashing success! Somewhere between 50 and 60 people showed up with plenty of delicious food to feed everyone!

For those of you who don’t know, the reason SCL hosts vegan potlucks is that this is the easiest way to insure that all participants can eat freely in an event where omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans come to eat together. This means we ask that you bring dishes which do not contain meat, dairy, or eggs. Our group is composed of people who are compassionate omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans, and in light of this the most welcoming way to join in fellowship together, we believe, is to bring food that everyone can enjoy. That is the reason the potlucks are vegan.

So don’t miss another great potluck! If you don’t know what to bring, you can email Dan Hooley ( for suggestions. Or, if it doesn’t work for you to bring anything, no worries, there’s always enough food! Hope to see you there!