Y’all! Remember the contest that In Defense of Animals and Daiya held in honor of World Go Vegan Week? (VEGAN PIZZA TAKES OVER THE WORLD!!!) Well, the results are in and…
World Go Vegan Week (Oct. 24 – 31) was a delicious success with dozens of pizza restaurants participating by offering a vegan pizza for the week featuring Daiya cheese, a vegan cheese that melts, stretches and tastes like traditional dairy-based cheese. IDA volunteers worked hard to get restaurants to participate in our campaign Vegan Pizza Takes Over the World! We had 73 volunteers reach out to 142 pizza restaurants in the U.S. and Canada asking them to participate in our week of celebration of the vegan lifestyle.
Offering motivation and to make things even more interesting, we had a contest! Daiya generously offered a month’s supply of their delicious vegan cheese to a random participant who was successful in getting a pizza place to offer a vegan pizza. We are excited to announce the winner of our contest is Gina Stuessy of Madison, Wisconsin. Gina got two restaurants in Madison to participate, The Glass Nickel and Ian’s Pizza. Let’s hope they will keep the vegan options on the menu beyond World Go Vegan Week.
Congratulations Gina! We hope you enjoy your month’s supply of Daiya cheese!
Pizza wasn’t the only thing on our minds this World Go Vegan Week. Other volunteers participated in various creative ways beyond the vegan pizza project. At a church in Burnaby, British Columbia, eight families took on the challenge of eating vegan for the Week of World Go Vegan Week and in Sri Lanka, activists held an event with a film on veganism, speakers, and vegan food to sample. These are just a few examples of the wide reach of this important week of education. This was truly an international outreach experience!
Gina, you lucky lady you! Be my new best friend, mkay? We can throw sleepovers and have pillow fights and curl each other’s hair and make lots and lots of vegan pizza with all that Daiya cheese stuffed in your fridge! (Seriously tho, I don’t suppose you read this blog, ‘cause that would be awesome! DROP ME A LINE!)
The pizza pictured, by the by, is from The Glass Nickel, which appears to be somewhat vegan-friendly. The menu, for example, specifies which pies are vegan and stresses that many of the other pizzas can be veganized upon request. I don’t see Daiya listed by name (yet!), so everyone in the area should totally stop in and ask for a Daiya-smothered pizza, mkay.