These schedules may still change
year, Chicago VeganMania boasts two stages – the Presentation Stage where you
can gain knowledge and inspiration from some of the vegan movement's
top leaders and thinkers, and the more participatory Workshop Stage,
where groups of well-known vegans and everyday heroes will discuss ideas and lifestyle tips in a more casual environment.
GINNY KISCH MESSINA, MPH R.D.
The Seven Habits of Healthy Vegans
Ginny Messina is a long-time vegan and a registered dietitian with a
master’s degree in public health nutrition from the University of
She blogs at TheVeganRD.com and is co-author of Vegan for Life¸ and of the first vegetarian textbook for health professionals The Dietitians’ Guide to Vegetarian Diets, now in its third edition.
Ginny has twice co-authored the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’
Position on Vegetarian Diets. As a founding member of this
organization’s vegetarian practice group, she currently serves on the
editorial board of the organization’s vegetarian newsletter and is an
expert reviewer of nutrition materials for health professionals and the
Prior to focusing her efforts on vegan nutrition, Ginny was on the
faculty of Central Michigan University, where she taught courses on
general nutrition, lifecycle nutrition, and nutrition education to
dietetics students. She was also a dietitian with the Physicians
Committee for Responsible Medicine, and was director of nutrition
services for George Washington University Medical Center in Washington,
DC. She is an adjunct faculty member at Loma Linda University and lives
in Port Townsend, WA. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
ELLEN JAFFE JONES
Eat Vegan on $4 a Day
Jaffe Jones was a popular Emmy-winning consumer and investigative reporter
for 18 years in Miami (WSVN) and St. Louis, a Wall Street financial
consultant after that, and is now a certified personal trainer, high
school running coach and accomplished endurance and sprint runner. (5th
oldest female to finish the Palm Beaches Marathon in 2010!)
She wrote Eat Vegan on $4 a Day after her mom, aunt and both sisters
got breast cancer, and after watching too many news stories that said
you can't eat well on a budget. Her talk, "Eat Vegan on $4 a Day" gives
great shopping ideas and money saving tips culled from her consumer
reporting days and eating a cheap, healthy vegan diet for 30 years. She
has a fun and informative presentation that tracks improved health when eating vegan
and compromised health when falling off the wagon.
Veg Chicago: From Weird to Mainstream (A History of Veganism and Vegetarianism in Chicago)
“The Veggie Cook” columnist, Kay Stepkin, is a vegan chef, recipe
creator, and a pioneer of the vegetarian and natural food movements in
Chicago. In 1971, she founded the legendary Bread Shop on north Halsted
Street, the city’s first vegetarian food store and 100% whole grain
bakery as well as the restaurant, Bread Shop Kitchen, across the
street. The Bread Shop served as a training ground for aspiring chefs
and bakers who went on to open restaurants and bakeries of their own.
Stepkin is also the host of the 8-episode ‘Go Veggie!® with Kay’ series
that aired on Comcast cable. An advocate of whole-foods, plant-based
dining and the vegan lifestyle, Kay will delight us with tales of
Chicago’s healthy history.
Main Street Vegan
A vegan of three decades, Victoria Moran is the author of eleven books,
a certified holistic health counselor and vegan lifestyle coach, and
director of Main Street Vegan Academy, training vegan lifestyle
coaches. Her latest book is Main Street Vegan,
which VegNews magazine calls “the vegan Bible.” A two-time Oprah!
guest, winner of “Vegan of the Year” for 2012, and co-host of the Main
Street Vegan Show on Unity.FM radio, Victoria lives in a green condo in
New York City.
In this humor-laced, content-packed presentation, Main Street Vegan
author Victoria Moran, HHC, AADP, will educate you with clear,
simple-to-remember information to make your journey veganward easy,
healthful, and fun. She’ll also move you with heartwarming stories and
delight you with engaging anecdotes (e.g., how filmmaker Michael Moore
interceded to keep “Main Street”
in her book title). You’ll learn the fast facts you need to respond to
questions from the curious; how to add far more to your meals and your
life than you subtract; as well as tips for choosing foods that will
help you love your body now and for decades to come. Finally, you’ll
come to an understanding of the ethical underpinnings of being vegan: a
way of eating and living that starts saving lives, ours and the
animals’, from your very first day of this lifelong adventure.
FARMER HAROLD BROWN
The Humane Myth
(Bio coming soon)
exactly is a vegan, and why and how do people adopt that lifestyle?
What do vegans eat, and how do they fit into a world where everyone
around them still eats animal products? Most vegans started out eating meat and
at some point made the decision to change their diet and in many cases
their lives. Here is a thoughtful and informative discussion about why
people become vegan and how they stay that way.
ROBERT GRILLO, founder and editor of Free From Harm
TAMBRA RIDDLE, author of "My Teenage Rejection of Death Products"
VICTORIA MORAN, author of "Main Street Vegan" (moderator)
CREATIVE ACTIVISM - USING YOUR LIFE AS YOUR MESSAGE
does a teen fiction writer, a goth DJ and a beauty queen who doubles as
an opera singer all have in common? Each one has discovered how to use
their special talents and skills to communicate their passions for
making the world a healthier and more compassionate place. Each of us
has unique gifts that allow us to tell our stories in a compelling way.
Meet a diverse group of creative thinkers who have each found unusual
ways to make a positive difference in the world.
MARISA BUCHHEIT, singer/sonwriter, opera singer and the current Miss Chicago
MARLA ROSE, co-creator of Chicago VeganMania and author of "The Adventures of Vivian Sharpe, Vegan Superhero" (moderator)
SCARY LADY SARAH, international DJ and Impresario and Promoter
WILLIAM FAITH, musician/songwriter, audio engineer and producer
SHARYL NODAY, painter/artist
VEGAN NUTRITION AND WELLNESS
will tell you they have the healthiest diet in the world, while others
criticize it for being too limiting and lacking in certain nutrients.
Who's right? Spend an hour with a group of nutritional experts, who
will explain the vegan diet and the latest findings on how it influences people's health
GINNY KISCH MESSINA, blogger at TheVeganRD.com and co-author of Vegan for Life
owner of Karyn's Fresh Corner, Karyn's Cooked, Karyn's On Green and
Karyn's Inner Beauty and author of "Soak Your Nuts – Cleansing with
HOW TO BUILD A VEGAN COMMUNITY
man is an island, according to the old axiom, and likewise most vegans
are a lot happier and more successful when they can turn to people who
share their values and support their choices. Joining or building a
community of like-minded peers is one of the healthiest moves for
anyone who has convictions that are often not understood or accepted by
much of mainstream society. Meet several local movers-and-shakers who have each
built communities based on shared vegan values and goals. Learn why and
how they did it, the challenges they each faced and the successes
enjoyed by their different organizations.
DEBRA STEPHENS, co-founder of Vegan Chicago and Chicago Vegan Meetup
JEFF OLICHWIER, founder and director of Taste of Vegan Chicagoland
JOHN BESKE, co-creator of Chicago VeganMania and Chicago Vegan Family Network (moderator)
VADIM MOSKALIN, founder and director of VegChicago and the Chicago Veggie Pride Parade
ZARAKYAH AHMADIEL, founder and CEO of Soul Vegan
ASK A VEGAN EXPERT
year, we're introducing another feature at Chicago VeganMania – your
chance to go one on one with a vegan expert and get great tips on
everything from raising healthy kids (or healthy vegetables), to
choosing the best cosmetics to improving your athletic performance.
Just stop by the Ask a Vegan Expert table and ask away.
A Vegan Cook and Baker: ALEXIS SCHERBA
is run by your friendly blog doll, Miss Lexy. She started her blog
mainly as a way to showcase her vegan recipes. There is information
about vegan events and activism within Chicago too. Vegan Miss includes
reviews of cookbook recipes, products, and worldwide vegan-friendly
restaurants. As Miss Lexy has a passion for globe trotting, there are
guide posts for vegans in the various places she has been.
A Veganic Gardener: CHRIS PADO
(Bio coming soon)
A Vegan Parent: JENNIFER GLOODT
Jennifer Gloodt is a plant-based lifestyle coach and compassionate mama
of four healthy vegan children. Jennifer offers group and individual
coaching for adults on vegan and raw food living as well as plant-based
play dates, meditation, and art classes for children in the Chicago
Visit Jennifer's blog and website for upcoming classes.
A Vegan Athlete: JEREMY MOORE
Jeremy Moore is a former 320lb All-American shot putter from his High
School days and was conference athlete of the week for his first
collegiate competition (he went vegan a couple months before his first
college season) but soon had career ending injury while warming up for
his second meet. After multiple failed comebacks he picked up cycling
at around 300lbs and after 2 years, he was winning races. He was soon
put on the Philippine National Cycling Team and was a high-ranking
cyclist here in the US. Having qualified for the Olympics in a cycling
event that was soon removed from the London Games schedule he decided
to move on to speed skating. His goal is to be the first winter
Olympian to represent the Philippines and use that platform to promote
veganism in a country with no real public faces for the movement.
A Veganic Gardener: JULIA MORAN MARTZ
Julia Moran Martz is one of very few vegan Master Gardeners with the
University of Illinois Extension Service. Sometimes helpful, always
snarky, Julia (a.k.a., SnarkyVegan) is never short on opinions about
gardening, eating and well, anything really. Born and bred in southern
Indiana, Julia escaped to start a branding and advertising firm in
Chicago but stays close to her roots by gardening and cooking whenever
there’s not a deadline. Looking for veganic gardening advice? Follow
her on Facebook and Twitter or check out her blog at snarkyvegan.com.
A Vegan Cook and Baker: KELLY PELOZA
Kelly Peloza, author of The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur
book and blog, is a cookbook author, photographer, and long time vegan.
A Chicago-area native, Kelly now lives in Milwaukee with her bunny,
Gnocchi. She's currently finishing her last year of school and
completing her second dessert cookbook.
You can find Kelly online here.
A Vegan Parent: KRISTIN KONRADY
Kristin Konrady lives on the Northside of Chicago with her husband,
Patrick, & their 10-1/2 month old daughter, Mathilda, along with a
menagerie of rescued animals. She spends more time than she cares to
admit renovating their 1890 Victorian home. Kristin and her husband
enjoy raising their daughter as a vegan.
A Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Expert: NATALLIA PESOLA
blogger Natallia Pesola will keep you posted on vegan products (both
new and old) that make the cut! She loves spreading her knowledge on
the importance of a cruelty-free lifestyle. Check out her blog for reviews, ideas and tutorials.
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