June 29, 2013

National Vegan Pizza Day

"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing." - Albert Einstein

It's National Vegan Pizza Day!
(Please note: this is a floating food holiday. It usually occurs on the last Saturday of June each year.)

Vegan Pizza Day is essentially the mastermind of Almanac of Eat's old pals and serious lover's of pizza, Chicago Vegan Foods. Along with an LA foodie blog called Quarrygirl, they decided to create Vegan Pizza Day as a way to celebrate one of Amur-KAH'ns favorite foods (regardless of diet), to promote the vegan lifestyle, and - duh! - to eat compassionately. It also serves an excellent opportunity to invite non-herbivores to explore a plant-based diet. Simply put, the point of today is to make, buy, consume, and share vegan pizza!

Count me in!

The first time I ever had a vegan pizza was when I was 19 and working as a canvasser for education, health care, and environmental reform while registering voters across the state of Maine. Someone ordered a veggie pizza with no cheese one night after a long day of work. I had never seen so many different vegetables piled onto a pizza before, so I tried a slice. And it was that moment that I realized: you don't absolutely have to have cheese on your pie. Since then I've had some pretty awful vegan pizzas, and some pretty mouthwatering ones too. The key is finding the right toppings and/or "cheeze"! For example, today's delicious slice was created with locally made beer pizza crust, Trader Joe's soy chorizo, beans, crushed red pepper, Daiya mozzarella, and arugula. We cut the pizza in quarters...

and I ended up eating half. It was just too delicious not to stuff my face!

What was your pie topped with today?

Happy National Vegan Pizza Day!