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February 2019 – Chico Vegan Potluck

Coming up! Mark your ✏️📆⏱

Saturday, February 23, 2019


Chico Public Library

1108 Sherman Avenue, Chico CA 95928

You don’t have to be vegan to attend, but the food does! Bring a 100% plant-based dish free of flesh, eggs, animal-derived dairy, honey, and gelatin. If you don’t cook, that’s okay — bring something from the store (! Your dish should serve 6-8 people.

Our (optional) theme this month is Eat Yer Greens. Break out the kale, spinach, cilantro, romaine, and whatever leafy green makes your boat float. Now’s the time to check out all those delicious blogs that you’ve bookmarked – recipes from Vegan Richa, Minimalist Baker, Olives for Dinner: Recipes for the Ethical Vegan, Elizavegan, and Straight Up Food, just to name a few.

SHARING IS CARING – please share with or tag your friends, or post in your workplace or coffee shop. Thank you!! As always, there will be a table for the Plant Based Chico group for foods that are strictly whole-food, plant-based, with no added sugar, salt or oil. Everyone is free to intermingle and select from each table and no food shaming, please.

FYI: Our average potluck attendance is about 25-30 wonderful human beings, because people learn about these events from Meetup as well as the Chico Vegan Meetup Facebook group, the Chico Vegan Instagram and Twitter,, and good old word-of-mouth.

Please bring a printout of your recipe or a list of the ingredients used (for the benefit of those with food allergies).

Please do not bring soup – we have no bowls and are concerned about spills.

Please bring your own beverage.

Please bring your own plate, cup, silverware, and serving utensils. We have spares if you forget!

Non-veg friends welcome! Children welcome!

Sorry, no dogs. No alcohol.

For more information, please visit or email Jeannie at

ALSO – SAVE THE DATE – the next Chico Vegan Potluck is on Saturday March 23, 2019. The Chico Vegan Potluck is held on the fourth Saturday of every month except November.


Vegan Thanksgiving 2018

CANCELLED thanksgivingpotluck.jpeg

11/16/18 – UPDATE
Hi all –
Out of precaution, we have decided to cancel this event due to the local norovirus outbreak. We have not re-scheduled, but please check for upcoming events. We encourage you to donate your ticket refunds to the North Valley Animal Disaster Group at All tickets have been refunded.

–Jeannie and Karri

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March 2018 – Potluck

Saturday, March 24, 2018
Chico Public Library
1108 Sherman Avenue, Chico CA 95928


Bring a 100% plant-based breakfast for dinner-style dish free of flesh, eggs, animal-derived dairy, honey, and gelatin. If you don’t cook, that’s okay — bring something from the store (! Your dish should serve 6 people.

Click here for a calendar of all the 2018 Chico Vegan Potluck dates.  Continue reading March 2018 – Potluck

Cooking for Compassion and Health Vegan Cooking Classes 2018

The Dharma Voices for Animals – Chico Chapter and Chico Vegan are pleased to present the Cooking for Compassion and Health vegan cooking class series. These hands-on classes will expand your culinary repertoire and are for anyone curious about plant-based cooking. You can attend one class or all!

Classes will be held on Saturdays from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in Chico in a spacious home kitchen in a beautiful and peaceful environment. Food will be served during the event, and no one will go away hungry. The class fee covers the cost of the foods prepared that day and all handouts.

Class enrollment is limited to 5 – 12 people. Please feel free to share this message with friends and family who might be interested in learning how to prepare vegan food.

Class schedule and registration links below. For more info email Sherry Morgado.

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Vegan Thanksgiving 2017

Join us for the Fifth (!!) Annual Chico Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck. Our compassionate harvest-themed meal takes place on Sunday, November 19 from 5 – 7 pm.

This year’s event will be held at the Chico Women’s Club at 592 E 3rd Street in Chico. There is a charge to cover the rental because we’ve outgrown our usual location for this popular event.

Please buy your ticket early; space is limited. After you sign up, you will be directed to a separate potluck coordination page.

Do you follow a WFPB-SOS* diet? Our event will be co-sponsored by Plant Based Chico, led by the irrepressible and supportive Nancy Norby Mathews. WFPB-SOS dishes will be clearly labeled.


Children welcome!
Sorry, no dogs. No alcohol.
This space is wheelchair accessible.
In order to protect the environment, please…
– Ride your bike!
– Carpool (bring a friend with you to the event)
– Bring a reusable/washable plate and utensils
– Bring your own take-home containers for left-overs


Buy tickets for Chico Vegan Thanksgiving 2017

$8 adults / $4 kids in advance. $10 / $5 at the door.

ALSO – There’s a no-questions-asked low-income ticket option. If you need it, use it, and maybe volunteer to help with clean up or setup. Just be sure to reserve your tickets in advance.


We will need help! Please send an email to to help us before and after this event.


Please consider sponsoring a turkey with one of our amazing farmed animal sanctuaries.
Farm Sanctuary –
Animal Place –


Chico Natural Foods, S&S, Trader Joe’s, New Earth Market, Safeway, Raleys, Winco, and other local stores all have vegan Thanksgiving items.

*WFPB-SOS = whole-foods, plant-based, no salt, no oil, no sugar. No kidding. 

CARES Reading Group

Speaker, author and animal myth-buster Jonathan Balcombe will be speaking at Chico State on April 24, 2017, so in advance of his visit, the Chico Animal Rights and Education Series (CARES) reading group is gathering to read his excellent book, What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins. You can get an idea of what the book is like by listening to the great 30-minute interview Balcombe did with Terry Gross on the radio show Fresh Air in June 2016.

What A Fish Knows cover

The CARES group will be meeting in April from 7:00-8:30 pm, at the Center for Design Control in the Gardenwalk Mall. Here is the reading schedule as we explore, What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins. You do not have to attend all the sessions — we welcome your participation for any or all of the dates below.

Thursday, April 6 – Chapter 1 & 2 – 7:00-8:30 pm
Thursday, April 13 – Chapter 3 & 4 – 7:00-8:30 pm
Thursday, April 20 – Chapter 5 through 7 – 7:00-8:30 pm

Center for Design Control
Gardenwalk Mall
225 Main Street (we’re meeting after hours, so enter off Wall Street)
Chico CA 95928

Do fishes think? Do they really have three-second memories? And can they recognize the humans who peer back at them from above the surface of the water? In What a Fish Knows, the myth-busting ethologist Jonathan Balcombe addresses these questions and more, taking us under the sea, through streams and estuaries, and to the other side of the aquarium glass to reveal the surprising capabilities of fishes. Although there are more than thirty thousand species of fish—more than all mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians combined—we rarely consider how individual fishes think, feel, and behave. Balcombe upends our assumptions about fishes, portraying them not as unfeeling, dead-eyed feeding machines but as sentient, aware, social, and even Machiavellian—in other words, much like us.

Jonathan Balcombe is the director of animal sentience at the Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy and the author of four books, including Second Nature and Pleasurable Kingdom. He is an excellent speaker and his presentation will be greatly enhanced by being familiar with the book.

As usual, the discussion will be moderated by Robert Jones, animal rights philosophy professor at Chico State.

You can find the book at our local library or on Amazon here.