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Art for Animals Show Opening – November 28th


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.


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! 


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!


Vodka Pretty


In the world of organic alcohol, wine seems to take spotlight, with beer waiting in the wings. But vodka’s day has come to the organic market.

Choosing organic beverages means ingredients used to make your fermented drink are aren’t sprayed with  toxic insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, and fertilizers. These unhealthy chemicals pollute water, air, and soil. Researchers at Cornell University estimate that at least 67 million birds die each year from pesticides sprayed on US fields. The number of fish killed is conservatively estimated at six to 14 million. And, many pesticides are toxic to humans, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency. Chemicals that, when ingested frequently, can potentially increase the risk of cancer other health risks.

Chemical-free organic drinks often taste better, too. Why not try it out for yourself and check out these lovely vodkas?


Rain and Square One are among our favorites in the bunch.  Rain is really smooth vodka and is distilled seven times! This is the bottle you want for vodka-tonics. It’s also vegan-friendly and comes in original, mango and cucumber flavors.

Square One makes vodka in original, cucumber, botanical and basil varieties. Botanical is really interesting it’s  infused with the essence of eight herbs & flowers: pear, rose, chamomile, lemon verbena, lavender, rosemary, coriander and citrus peel. These bottles are also vegan-friendly and make for smooth drinking – and perfect cocktails.

But among the bunch of organic vodkas there’s also PraireAmerican HarvestCrop and Ocean.  We’ve tried Crop and Praire, and both are also good, solid vodka.

Now you’re ready to try these liquors. And we’ve got a bright, refreshing cocktail for you. This is fun for girls’ night and the gorgeous pink-ness make it perfect for occasions like Bridal Showers.


Pretty Pink Spritzer

1 part vodka

1 part limoncello

2-3 parts cherry-lemon flavored sparkling water

a few raspberries, frozen

Combine vodka and limoncello in serving glass, top with cherry-lemon sparkling water and float a few frozen raspberries in the glass. Enjoy!