vegetarian EugeneFiled under another reason for culture shock when traveling!

I’m not even a vegetarian and yet I can’t help but go through meat shock when traveling. My recent experiences helping plan a meal for a large camping event this summer is exposing my culinary tendency to view meat as a rare treat. I’m having a difficult time planning a meal for 150 that centers itself around a meat course (suggestions welcomed!).

This survey result confirms what I’ve long suspected, we’re kind of special…


Eugene, Ore. — Eugene residents are soy happy, because they get to live in a thriving, fun city while enjoying numerous vegetarian-friendly restaurants, health-food stores, and farmers’ markets—which establish Eugene as the second-most vegetarian-friendly city in the United States. PETA’s national survey of vegetarian-friendly cities took into account the number of vegetarian restaurants, nonvegetarian restaurants with vegetarian selections, top vegetarian and vegan product sales, and extensive retail selections. Eugene got high scores in each category.

Eugene is America’s vegan-pizza capital, with Cozmic Pizza, Pizza Research Institute, and Sam Bond’s Garage leading the way. If you’re craving Chinese food, get out your chopsticks and dive into the food at the all-vegan Lotus Garden, which features Hunan “beef” as well as vegan spring rolls, potstickers, and wonton soup. Laughing Planet Café was named the “Best Veggie-Friendly” hotspot by Eugene Weekly for its healthy and tasty burritos, soups, and salads.

Vegetarian food sales have doubled since 1998, hitting $1.6 billion in 2003, and the market is expected to grow another 61 percent by 2008. Twenty-four percent of college students ask for vegan options in school cafeterias, an indication that vegetarian diets are growing in popularity among young people. Holy Cow Café, located in the University of Oregon’s Erb Memorial Union student center, offers delicious vegetarian fare. The American Dietetic Association has endorsed vegetarian diets, noting that vegetarians have lower rates of heart attacks, diabetes, cancer, and obesity.

PETA took population into account and determined a per capita ratio of vegetarian restaurants. Cities with vegetarian organizations and food fairs received bonus points. Asheville, N.C., was voted number one, and Salt Lake City captured third place. Rounding out the top 10 were Norfolk, Va.; Santa Monica and Santa Cruz, Calif.; Boulder, Colo.; Madison, Wis.; Athens, Ga.; and Ann Arbor, Mich.

“Eugene is a great example of how vegetarian foods hit the spot,” says PETA Director of Vegan Campaigns Bruce Friedrich. “More and more people are making the healthy and humane switch to a vegetarian diet, and restaurants and other businesses are responding by offering more delicious vegetarian fare that appeals to everyone.”

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thanks to msg for the heads up.


posted March 21st, 2006 at 3:19 am

Seriously, who would guess Eugene as being 2nd friendliest? I’ll have to remember that next time I’m traveling out that way.

posted March 21st, 2006 at 7:17 am

wow! 150! just planning it or actually cooking it too? assuming you aren’t a caterer with an army of minions (and ovens) – Lamb, as in a whole one. would require outdoor cooking facilities however. of course lamb can be eyebrow raising (though I’m sure in oregon there are humane sources). or a series of legs of the same creature. it is good any temperature and come in a variety of sizes. and is a great compliment to all of my favorite green things.
love your site!
(I am surprised portland wasn’t on that list)

- turtalia
posted March 21st, 2006 at 11:48 am

Portland is #1, FWIW. (I investigated.)

I couldn’t recommend lamb as a main course: so many people hate it. You’re probably safest with chicken…but what about a meat lasagna? Having catered for a while, it was one of the things that is easily made and easily transported/reheated/etcetera.

What are your other constraints?

- Tana
posted March 22nd, 2006 at 8:24 pm

I do a lot of camping and while I’ve never had the opportunity (?) to cook for 150 I think 2 good meat centered dishes while cooking are:
1) chili
2) shish kebab

Lasagna is a little difficult while camping. Also, wrapping aluminum foil around veggies like corn or potatoes and throwing them right into the fire is a great way to save space on top.

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