Curious about the vegan lifestyle, but not sure if it’s right for you? Already vegan, but looking to expand your recipe repertoire? Committed carnivore, but are open to eating vegan food occasionally for health reasons?
The Vegan Informational Fair at the Grand Market will have something to interest everyone.
A mini-vegan gathering hosted at the Grand Market and curated by two local vegans: Nicolas Cojocaru-Durand and Alicia Siebenaler, the event will include an ask-a vegan information table, a raffle for a starter set of three vegan cookbooks + a bag of market produce for a lucky market guest, and three vegan cooking demos.
Vegan dessert business, Gigi’s Donuts, will have a stand at the market that day. And just steps away (across the street on Lawton), local downtown business, Jolo’s will open its doors for more vegan deliciousness.
Saturday’s event is a beta-version of what we hope will become a much larger vegan food festival in the future, with a robust list of vendors. We’re starting with baby steps this year, but with the intention of growing. Stop by, learn something new, and share your ideas for vegan vendors and/or informational items you would like to see on-site next year. We’re all ears!
Juggles the Clown will be on hand entertaining kids (starting at 11), followed by live music with local band, Barndog (rock hits from the 70’s to the 00’s!).
Vendors appearing this Saturday:
Special Guest Vegan Vendor: Gigi’s Donuts: Vegan donuts in fun flavors, including Matcha Made in Heaven, Holy Cacao, and Mojito!
Artisan NR: Local and handmade arts and crafts
Bambino Ravioli Pastificio: Homemade pasta, mozzarella and pasta sauces
Migliorelli Farms: Farm-fresh veggies and fruits from Tivoli, NY
Naturally Naz: Handmade soaps, lotions and body products made from all-natural, non-GMO and organic products.
New Rochelle Public Library: Used books for sale (at the Market and inside the library lobby) plus crafts for children every weekend between 11-1.
The Cheese Guy: All-natural, kosher and artisanal cheeses.
Pelham Provisions: Handcrafted, all-natural baked goods.
R&R Produce: curly kale, serrano peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, beets, carrots, onions, squash and more from NY State’s fertile “black dirt region”.
Sweet Things and Wild Thyme: Variety of honeys and honey/bee-based products from Warwick, NY
More Great Coverage of New Rochelle’s Bloomberg Mayors Challenge Project:
Last week, Vijay Kumar, a professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Institute of Design, consultant and advisor to businesses and governments, and a member of the Mayors Challenge selection committee wrote a guest blog post on Bloomberg Cities blog (which celebrates public sector progress and innovation in cities across the world) citing New Rochelle as an example for open innovation and public engagement in the planning process. What an honor!
You may remember that our City is competing against many others across the country in the Bloomberg Mayors’ Challenge (Read our whole series of posts regarding our Mayors Challenge experience starting here.) We finished our challenge round in August and submitted a final application. We expect to hear whether we move onto the next level with a full grant sometime this month. In the meantime, complimentary words, such as those written by Professor Kumar, tell us that whether we move to the next round or not, the hard work we put in last spring and summer was a more-than-worthwhile endeavor in defining how cities and citizens can better work together to define and design community.
Out and About Downtown
Sign Spotting: If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve probably noticed signage is up for two incoming businesses downtown. Apparently, Pinkberry is coming soon to New Roc. Further along in the process is Joey’s Cannoli on Division Street, recently profiled by LoHud.
Halloween Hijinks: Attention aspiring ghosts and vampires! A pop-up Halloween store is located at 5 Anderson Street from now until the end of the month. We were particularly taken by the rotting teeth and the peanut butter and jelly costumes for couples, but really, you can find almost anything to suit your Halloween tastes here (hours: 10-8 Monday thru Saturday and 11-6 on Sundays). Meanwhile, NoMa Social is hosting a “A Gatsby Halloween Event” on October 27th. There will be a live DJ, costume contest, drink specials and cash prizes. (Families with kids should stick with the tamer Merchants Urchins parade, pumpkin painting and DJ at the Grand Market’s own Halloween bash earlier that day.
On Sunday, October 21 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM Read650 will celebrate the spoken word five minutes—and 650 words—at a time. This (free) live reading event at the Ossie Davis Theater in the New Rochelle Public Library will present an entertaining and evocative collection of holiday-related stories.
Restaurant Week Around the Corner:
Mark your calendars…Hudson Valley Restaurant Week returns 10/29-11/11. Participating restaurants (confirmed so far) within the downtown Business Improvement District include: Posto 22 and Magno’s Grill (check out their recent ribbon cutting pics and a local review while you’re at it!)
Attention Downtown Businesses:
First Source is hosting a Job Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at their location at 247 North Ave. If you have an immediate need for employees and would like to reserve a table to meet their job seekers please be sure to call or email Nicholas J. Rosa, Employment Services Coordinator at Cell: (914) 610-9978 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
A financial planning workshop regarding business capital and contracts for businesses will take place Thursday November 8th, 6-8 p.m. This is the third in a series of business-focused workshops presented by the City of New Rochelle, the Chamber of Commerce and the BID.