We now have MSveg.com T-shirts available for sale at our cost, $8.50 each (plus shipping, if needed, $4.50 for one shirt or $6.00 for two). We will have them for sale at MSveg events such as Fondren after 5 in Jackson, 2nd Tuesday Meetups in Hattiesburg, and 2nd Thursday Meetups at Bravo in Jackson. The shirts are printed on natural cotton and available in S, M, and L sizes (sorry, we sold out of XL). To order a shirt by mail, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org for specifics.
The MS-veg folks had a full week with two monthly meetups and a special lunch event. The Hattiesburg MS-veg group met at Thirsty Hippo on Tuesday, then Thursday the Jackson group met at Bravo! Italian Restaurant and Bar. High Noon Cafe invited us to help celebrate and say goodbye on Chef Tony’s last day at the cafe.
Thirsty Hippo is very accommodating to vegetarians and vegans. Many veggie choices are listed in their menu and they are all highly praised by the group.
The group enjoyed the restaurant enough to schedule next month’s meeting at Thirsty Hippo again on the second Tuesday, July 8.
Bravo! always surprises us. Thursday we had local butter bean salad, grilled eggplant with something akin to couscous, and berry-peach cobbler. Excellent. Enjoyable. The Jackson MS-veg group has a meetup there on the second Thursday each month, but Bravo! has vegan three course meals every Thursday. Some of the group members go nearly every week.
High Noon’s menu is all vegan, organic, and non-GMO. Thursday they said goodbye to Chef Tony who is taking over the food services department at Nissan. He will still be available for catering and events. The folks at High noon say their other cooks are well-trained to continue Chef Tony’s traditions.
The Mississippi Vegetarians and Vegans group has been gathering for meetups with increasing frequency and growing numbers since 2004. We have met up in Jackson, Hattiesburg, and the Gulf Coast. People meet with us for many reasons and from many different backgrounds. Some have been vegan or vegetarian for many years, even most or all of their lives. Some are new or simply curious about eating healthier. Some are interested in animal protection, shelters, bark parks, or wildlife rehabilitation. We found many people in Mississippi who were the only vegetarian or vegan they knew, so they are happy to find like-minded folks to share ideas, recipes, and conversation with. It’s pleasant to eat out where we know the food is prepared with us in mind. Several restaurants have begun adding vegan options as a result of our group showing them how many people are interested.
We have a regular group meetup on the second Thursday of the month at Bravo! Italian Restaurant and Bar in Highland Village in Jackson. Other meetups change from month to month and place to place. We also have potluck suppers hosted by Rainbow Grocery Coop at their High Noon Cafe in Jackson. Group members and others around Jackson bring homemade vegan dishes (with ingredient lists for folks with diet restrictions). Many dishes are organic and non-GMO. It’s always interesting to see how imaginative people can be. For folks who don’t cook, but want to bring something, Rainbow has a deli section next door with vegan items.
Anyone is welcome to join us. Meetup schedules are posted here in the blog and on our Facebook page and group. We hope to see you there. Be of good cheer. ~Dick Ford