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GF Vegan Mac n’ Cheese & the 2nd Annual #MacSmack

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Gooey, creamy mac ‘n cheese goodness. You know, it’s funny how often people assume that mac n’ cheese is not on the vegan radar. But WHY? Vegans love mac n’ cheese. And we’ll line up for it. Like at an all vegan mac n’ cheese cook-off. Yeah, there’s one coming up in Baltimore on February 18. It’s the 2nd annual Vegan Mac N’ Cheese Smackdown, produced by Baltimore Vegan Drinks and PEP Foods as a fundraiser for Thrive Baltimore, the new all-vegan community center.

You may want to go ahead a buy a ticket now, cuz this thing is epic. Last year more than 1000 people showed up to partake in the vegan cheesy goodness!

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The 2016 Vegan Mac and Cheese Smackdown!

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Alas, we can’t throw our hats into the ring in 2017 because we’re helping with the event. But gosh… it would be so much fun to compete! One of these days. If anyone would like to compete FOR us, I’m going to put it out there. This is our latest vegan mac, made entirely gluten free too.

Anyhow, hope we see everyone on February 18. Can’t wait for all the amazing vegan mac and cheese!!

 

 

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1 16-oz bag gluten free pasta (we used Trader Joe’s brown rice pasta)

2 Tbs. olive oil (or Earth Balance or coconut oil)

3 to 6 cloves fresh garlic, minced

2 cups shredded vegan cheddar-style cheese (we used Follow Your Heart)

1 15-oz can white beans, drained and rinsed

1/2 cup nutritional yeast

1 cup plain, unsweetened non-dairy milk (we used almond milk)

2 Tbs. Dijon mustard

1 tsp. turmeric

1 tsp. smoked paprika

1/2 cup corn flakes (we used One Degree Veganic)

 

Preheat oven to 425.

Boil pasta according to package directions. Drain and place back in cooking pot. Stir in one tablespoon olive oil. Set aside.

Place corn flakes in a zip top bag and crush into crumbs using your hand or a rolling pin. (This is really fun and a great way to blow off stress!)

While the pasta cooks, saute minced garlic in 1 tablespoon oil until just fragrant. Add to the bowl of a blender or food processor with white beans, vegan cheddar shreds, nutritional yeast, non-dairy ilk, Dijon mustard and turmeric. Puree to a thick liquid.

Pour cheesy-garlicky sauce onto cooked noodles and fold to coat all pasta. Turn cheesy pasta into an oven-safe casserole dish and sprinkle with crushed cornflakes and smoked paprika. Bake at 425 for 15 minutes until vegan cheesy sauce is melted and gooey. Serve hot.

 

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Want to Win a VEGAN VACAY?

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Ever wish you could get away? Why not take a vegan vacay to Philly? You can win one for only $5 from Baltimore Vegan Drinks this month!

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The prize pack includes dinner at Vedge Restaurant, a tour at Chenoa Manor Sanctuary, lunch with the Philly director of The Humane League at Hip City Veg Diner and late night pizza at Blackbird Pizzeria, as well as a two night hotel stay. This is valued at $575! Get your ticket today – it’s a steal,, folks! http://www.bmorevegan.com/events – winner drawn on 12/16, you do not need to be present to win!

On the radio in Annapolis, MD!

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Recently, the Bohemian Girl (aka as Rissa) was honored to be interviewed on Annapolis Green Radio for their show on “Eating Thoughtfully” – basically it was a show about how diet affects the planet.  You can still listen to the show online, even if you can’t tune into Annapolis 99.5FM – it’s preserved on the internet forever!

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Rissa shared the interview with Lori, director of Sister Eden, where so many of our fun vegan recipes and eco-crafts find their home online. Thanks to Eliva and Vic, hosts of the Living Green show on WNAV for having Lori and myself in to talk about diet and the environment – it was super fun (though I was nervous), and hope your listeners enjoy the program!

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Art for Animals Show Opening – November 28th

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On Black Friday, grab your credit card and head to the Grind House Cafe and Juice Bar at 2431 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21218 for a very special event. Eleven vegan artists have created new, original works of art to benefit Burleigh Manor Animal Sanctuary in Ellicott City, and help cover their substantial needs for winter funding. Basically – instead of hitting the mall for mass-manufactured plastic junk, you can choose to support local artists; a small, local, woman-owned business; and an animal sanctuary – in one stop. This is a win-win-win.

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Art items will make great holiday gifts, and Ayo & the Grind House crew are creating a VERY special night featuring herbal infused organic vodka & fresh juice cocktails, with an all-vegan small bites menu of ATL Finger Sandwiches, Garlik Kale Salad and Autumn-Quinoa Sushi – and Raw Chocolate Mousse with Berries.

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Tickets for this meal are $20 and a large portion of that goes to the Sanctuary. You can order this plate in Gluten-Free as well. Really this is an incredible deal – usually a cocktail like that alone is $12 to $15! 

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Tickets are on sale now, and only ticket-holders get the special meal and cocktail. You can attend for free without the meal. Usual favorites from Grind House will be available – wraps, smoothies, juices, soup – BUT these purchase do not benefit the animals, they are just usual purchases. ONLY the ticketed event meal is a donation for the animals.

Artists for the event…

Jessica Lynn Baligush (oil on canvas)

Christina Canner (watercolor and ink)

Nathaniel Corn (photographs on wood)
Rachel Horner (acrylic on canvas)
Serena Jarvis (wooden palate and acrylic)
Andrea Gauzza-Langlie (mixed media)
Jason & Kristin Linde (collaboration – mixed media)
Miguel Marron (acrylic on canvas)
Rissa Miller (photographs on aluminum)
Dora Sirgusa-Parks (acrylic on porcelain)

This event is co-sponsored by Baltimore Vegan Drinks, the Grind House Juice Bar, and Burleigh Manor Animal Sanctuary. Organic, herb-infused vodkas provided by The Wine Bin. The event is on Friday November 28th from 6pm to 9pm. Tickets for the special meal are $20; event is free to attend without a ticket and other food is available. But really, why would you skip that chocolate mousse?? DUH!

So come get arty and enjoy a special show created by vegans to benefit the animals! If you haven’t yet seen the wonderful new space at the Grind House, you are in for a TREAT!

We both have new artwork in the show – hope to see you there – and bring a friend!

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Baltimore Vegan Drinks @ Toss, November 12th

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Ready for vegan pizza? Yes, we are too! On Wed. November 12th Baltimore Vegan Drinks will meet at Toss Pizzeria, 5716 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212, from 7pm to 9pm. Toss offers A-MAZ-ING vegan pizza, with fresh, house-made crusts and sauces. Our personal favorite is Voodoo’s Roasted Eggplant – with Daiya cheese, roasted eggplant, roasted red peppers, black olives and herb-garlic sauce. Get a large, you will want leftovers!

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Toss is located in Baltimore City, near the Belvedere Square Market. There is free parking in the back, and on-street parking is free after 6pm.

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But Toss isn’t just yummy pizzas. They also have calzones, pasta dishes, appetizers, huge salads and delectable veggie sandwiches with house-made foccacia rolls.

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Come on down. We’ll be there, as well as a few dozen of your other vegan Bmore pals. We will save you a seat. But, um, no promises on the pizza. I can’t promise to save you a slice of heaven. Sorry!

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In case you needed a little more temptation… how about  the ‘shroom pizza, all loaded with Daiya and spinach and red peppers?  Eurkea! Toss also has vegan, gluten-free crust available and this event is BYOB, so bring your favorite. The restaurant carries Honest Tea, Simply Juices, Odwalla juices and soda, so mixers are ready to go.

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Toss Pizzeria, 7pm to 9pm on November 12th. Baltimore Vegan Drinks. Be there… or be seriously bummed out because you missed it.

Baltimore Vegan Drinks @ Great Sage, October 27th

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This month, Baltimore Vegan Drinks is heading to all-vegan, all-delicious, always classy Great Sage at 5809 Clarksville Square Dr, Clarksville, MD 21029. The event will be on Monday October 27th from 7pm to 9pm – and the entire place is opening up just for Bmore Vegan Drinks!

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Of course you want to know what’s for dinner… how about Great Sage‘s best-selling Buffalo Cauliflower or Empanadas with Sweet Potatoes?

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Sage’s vegan version of Casear Salad is always a crowd-pleaser.

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Thai Cashews are the perfect accompaniment to your organic cocktail from the bar.

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Did you know that the chef at Great Sage has been making & brining pickles in-house?

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To warm you up on the chilly October evening ~ hot chocolate with a splash of something extra…

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For dessert, try Great Sage’s signature carrot cake. It’s like a slice of fall!

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The entire place will be open for Vegan Drinkers! Restaurant, bar and patio (if it’s not too cold!) The patio is also dog-friendly for those with furry friends who might want to join us at Vegan Drinks.

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Be sure to mark your calendar for Baltimore Vegan Drinks at Great Sage on Monday October 27th from 7pm to 9pm. Great Sage is the among the best-known all-vegan eateries in the region and offers something delicious for every palate! Everyone is welcome at Vegan Drinks. You do not have to be 21 years old to attend, and many folks even bring their families. Non-alcoholic options and food are always available. Great Sage has a large parking lot and plentiful seating, as well as gluten-free options.

See you there!

 

DH & BG’s Excellent EXPO Adventure

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There’s this annual event in Baltimore each September that attracts foodies, chefs, grocers and other culinary who’s-who from far and wide. This incredible 3-day adventure is known as the Natural Products Expo East, or to those foodies in the Bmore area, it’s just “EXPO.” More than 23,000 attendees and 1,277 exhibitors filled the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD with the collective goal of bringing more health to more people. The event was produced by New Hope Natural Media from Boulder, CO.

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If you’ve ever been to a usual expo, that takes up one large convention room, then you have some scope when I say that EXPO is literally five times that size. And it’s all natural foods, supplements, eco-home and beauty goods – all awesome stuff. The event lasts three days for a reason – you need a LOT of time to get through it all! There’s so much to see and just about every other booth is appealing. There are new products, fresh to the market and old favorites that you know and love. Everyone is showing off their wares and best-of-the-best stuff to impress buyers, media and experts.

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Now, not everyone gets into EXPO. It’s costly – tickets start at $80-ish and go up from there, depending on who you are. We got in as volunteers for friends who had a booth. After we worked for four hours, we got badges and ran inside.

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To say it’s overwhelming is a serious understatement. But even after walking down aisles and aisles of natural foods and other goodies, a few things rose to the top of the list. So each of the businesses below created a product we LOVED! We sampled many, many more than this. But these were the best of show winners in our book. Because each deserves their own love, we’re going to do more than post them on this single post.

We will be running a series of short posts, featuring each product individually, so you can learn more about them all!

The best-of-the-best stuff … in alphabetical order:

Choffey IC Dark (brewed chocolate beverage)

Color Garden (pure, natural food colors)

Daisey Fresh (fridge filter for veggies and fruits)

Eating Evolved Caramel & Sea Salt Coconut Butter Cups

Emmy’s Organics (macaroons)

Ener-C Vitamin Drink Mixes

Higher Living Teas (tea bags)

MacroLife Naturals Superfood (powder drink mixes)

Mediterra Savory Snack Bars

Metropolitan Gourmet Bread Crumbs

Naturade Vegan Smart All-in-One Nutritional Shakes (powder drinks mixes)

Neat Egg (vegan egg substitute)

Nutritious You Sweet Beet Crackers

Ollois Homeopathic Medicines

The Piping Gourmets (vegan and GF whoopie pies)

Primal Pit Paste (deodorant)

ProTings Baked Crisps

Sibu Sura Chocolates

SugaVida (plant-based B12 food/supplement)

TeaPops (Frozen tea & juice treats)

Tolerant Foods (bean-based pastas)

TracHealth Kombucha (powdered, portable drink mix)

Virginia’s First Tea Farm Natural Soaps

Stay tuned and be sure to look for these awesome products online and (hopefully) at a store near you soon!

Be sure to check out the Natural Products Expo East in 2015 – it’s worth it, whatever you have to do to get in! EXPO 2015 is scheduled to take place at the Baltimore Convention Center, September 16-19, 2015 in Baltimore, MD.

 

Join the Cowspiracy…

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On Thursday September 11, the new documentary film Cowspiracy: the Sustainability Secret will have its Baltimore opening. This movie, in a nutshell, reveals what animal agriculture is doing to the planet we all share. This is not a movie about health food. It is not (for the most part) about animal cruelty. It has a mission to show and prove that people’s rampant desire to eat animals is damaging the Earth for all life – humans, animals, sea life, even plants. Want to see a trailer? Check this link.

Animal agriculture effects every part of the environmental crisis: water supply, deforestation, climate change, species extinction, ocean dead zones, wildlife habitiat, clean air. And more. Still want that ham sandwich? Maybe YOU should watch this film, then – especially if you want the Earth to be livable for future generations! Time to open your mind to the what the UN and Oxford University, among others already have established as fact (Do you really think you’re smarter than the scientists at Oxford? C’mon! Who is reading this blog? Stephen Hawking?)…

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COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today, and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.

This documentary will be as eye-opening as Blackfish and as inspiring as An Inconvenient Truth. By the way, did you know that both former Pres. Clinton and former Vice Pres. Gore have embraced a vegan diet? If they can do it, so can you – politics aside. There are plenty of politically conservative people who want to continue living on Earth, too. 🙂

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The film will be playing at AMC Owings Mills 17, 10100 Mill Run Circle, Owings Mills, Maryland 21117 at 7:30pm. Tickets are still available and 99 seats remain (101 are sold as of this writing). It’s only $11 and money well spent! Bring friends, family, greenies, environmentalists, conspiracy theorists – anyone you can! Spread the important message of Cowspiracy! To sweeten the deal, the Baltimore connection for Cowspiracy, Chris D., has door prizes including Land of Kush gift cards, iTunes gift cards and for the grand prize, a donation to your favorite charity. Thanks Chris – that’s very kind! Get your tickets on the Tugg site now, folks!

Are you in the Washington DC area? There’s a screening of the movie there on September 23rd at 7:30pm at Landmark’s E Street Cinema, 555 11th St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20004. So far 64 people are going to this showing, and 55 more tickets must be sold, so get going, Washingtonians! Here is the Tugg event for DC. This showing is $15 per person and Landmark theaters carry vegan popcorn, tater tots and cookies in the concession stand.

Not in the Baltimore/DC area? Visit the Cowspiracy site for more info. Or the Facebook page, which lists different showings, happening all over the county. DVDs are also available for pre-order and will be out on November 6th. Which means you can get 20 copies and give them out for holiday gifts.

Mark your calendars and now, more than ever, get on board with saving the world!

Farm Day at Burleigh Manor!

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Let’s face it. You can’t get a much better dining companion than a rescued alpine goat. Like this guy. He is happy to share your cookies, crackers, sandwich, fruit. Pretty much everything. Which is one of many good reasons to head out to the Day at the Farm on August 17th from noon to 4pm at Burleigh Manor Animal Sanctuary in Ellicott City. This special day is hosted by the sanctuary and your friends at Baltimore Vegan Drinks. Don’t be scared by the “vegan drinks” thing – this isn’t a drinking event (though you’re welcome to BYOB). It’s a family-friendly day where EVERYONE can enjoy their time on the farm together. Especially the goats. Tickets for children are FREE; adults pay $15 each and 100% of that money is for the animals.

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In addition to farm tours at noon and 3pm, there is a lot of other fabulous-ness happening! You are invited to pack your own veg-friendly picnic and BYOB to eat and lounge on the estate lawn. There will be a volleyball court set up, as well as a jumping castle for children. (Ahem… did you notice we recently hooked you up in a post a few days ago – with loads of picnic ideas! What a coincidence!)

So Delcious is providing a ton of vegan frozen treats, available for a donation to the sanctuary…

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Do you prefer Tofutti Cuties? Not to worry – they’ve got those too. Both companies were excited to sponsor this fun, family-friendly picnic day!

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But there’s more!  How about locally-made kombucha to drink and delicious krauts, kimchi and pickles from Hex Ferments? Yes, that’s right, you DID see them in Martha Stewart. They’re that darn good.

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Want more? Yes, there’s more. How about a variety of fun crafts, for both kids and adults? Kids can make piggy penny banks from upcycled water bottles. For kids and adults, make signs/plaques from upcycled barn wood! Great for kitchen decor like this sample or kids bedroom name signs – your imagination is the limit!

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This cute “Animal Friendly Kitchen” sign was made by Gita Devi, from the Ginger Cat B&B. Thanks Git a- your ideas were good ones for crafts! 🙂 Join us at the farm to make your own sign like this!

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You want give-aways? Duh! It’s the Bmore Vegan Drinks crew we’re talking about! OF COURSE there are FREE door prizes – for kids and adults – all you need to do to enter is SHOW UP! And there’s free, cute gear from Beyond Meat, too. Who can resist a cow keychain? First come, first to get the keychains and buttons.

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Got a sweet tooth? Decorate a vegan cookie with Good & Kind Bakery! She will have various cute shapes available, as well as frosting and sprinkles. Fun for grown-ups and little ones. Everyone likes art you can eat! $3 for one, 2 for $5. Sounds like a project!!

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Shop for later, too. Relay Foods will be set up to introduce folks to their local, organic and tasty produce and vegan goods. Personally, we can’t get enough of the locally made tofu and veggie burgers they have! YUM! Did we mention Relay also delivers to your door?

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We’ve saved the best for last. Cuz Gene Baur is coming! Yep, the man himself will be there! He’s gonna be at Burleigh, hanging out and taking a tour. You can get him to sign a copy of his book, Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food, as well – buy your copy at the event, so all funds go to the animals!

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If you just can’t get enough Gene Baur at the end of the day, join him and the owners of Burleigh for a VIP Dinner. It’s $100 a plate and ALL proceeds from this event also go directly to the animals. The vegan, wheat-free meal will be prepared by Chef Sarah Dunn and includes – get ready for this – Chilled Carrot Bisque  garnished with chili infused oil, cashew cream, and chives;  Veggie Napoleon on a Lentil Cake with Sautéed Greens and Sweet Potato Mash, garnished with Fried Basil Leaf, Roasted Red Pepper Ribbons, Toasted Coconut, and Balsamic Glaze. For dessert, a Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie with Coconut Whip, Spun Sugar and Chocolate Drizzle. Wine for the meal is all vegan and organic, and donated by V-NO Wine Bar in Baltimore. Bite into that! Eurkea!

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What’s that? You’re still on the fence? You need to get your ticket right now for a Day at the Farm with Baltimore Vegan Drinks at Burleigh Manor.  If all these awesome activities don’t inspire you, perhaps the residents of the farm will…

 

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Now you’re wondering where that link was to get your ticket. We know. Here it is again$15 per adult, children are free. Noon to 4pm on Sunday August 17th. Rain or shine. And the Gene Baur VIP Dinner is at 5:30pm, $100 per plate; 8 seats remain. Don’t miss this one folks, it’s going to be amazing!

 

 

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Baltimore Vegan Drinks goes to the O’s!

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Ready to play ball? On Sunday August 3rd, Baltimore Vegan Drinks is pairing up with Baltimore Green Drinks and heading to the Orioles game at Camden Yards. Basically, it’s a vegan takeover on home plate! 🙂

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Tickets are $28 and include a Beyond Meat wrap and full box lunch made by Chef Gregory from Land of Kush. A gluten-free option is available.

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Only twenty seats will be sold for this fun outing and you can click here to snag your ticket. Oh – did we mention, there’s free swag for everyone? Not door prizes, like usual – but FREE SWAG for everyone!

Now, between the goodies, the box lunch from Gregory and Beyond Meat, and the O’s kicking some Seattle butt at the game, what more could you ask for?

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Thanks for taking care of us, Baltimore Vegan Drinks and Baltimore Green Drinks!