Two very veggie Fourth of July get-togethers
Come our nation's day of independence, all non-meat eaters will eat one: a homogenized, unexciting tofu dog. Especially if they are shy and/or lazy – the dog package conveniently slips into one's red-white-and-blue woven straw tote, and they are easily sneakable onto BBQ grills without a huge amount of haranguing from friends pumped up on animal proteins.
But they suck (except for Field Roast sausages , whole food fist pump). And thankfully, this year all you little veggies have an option to the tube-shaped madness: the San Francisco Vegetarian Society 's Healthy Holiday BBQ on Sun/3.
Belly up to the benefit for Go Vegan Radio  (which airs Sundays at 3 p.m. on am channel GREEN 960) BBQ for treats from a tummy grumbling V-list: Souley Vegan , Rudi's Bakery , and Sunshine Burger  among other moo-friendly vegan magic makers.
But what would a vegan gathering be without a little speechifying on topics that affect your belly and other things? Dr. Elliott Katz, the founder of In Defense of Animals  will give a talk to reaffirm your anti-burger convictions, and at 2:30 p.m., animal rights crusaders Jake Conroy of the persecuted e-activists Shac Seven , Alfredo Kuba, and Pat Cuviello will flap jaw in a panel discussion entitled “Coffee, Cake, and Constitution.”
Oh, and vegan bodybuilder Kenneth G. Williams  will be there. Stoked!
Meat-free muscles: Kenneth G. Williams
Should Sunday's festivities leave you unable to stomach the thought of being restricted to one kind of coleslaw and buns on the Fourth itself, you're in luck: bring your best cornmeal-crusted tempeh over to the Presidio for a conveniently-located potluck before the fireworks, also sponsored by the Veg Society (details below).
San Francisco Healthy Holiday BBQ
Sun/3 noon-3:30 p.m., $10 suggested donation
First Unitarian Universalist Center
1187 Franklin, SF
Fourth of July SF Vegetarian Society-Living Foods picnic potluck
Mon/4 1 p.m., free
O'Reilly Avenue between Lincoln and Eddy, SF