Who says that herbivores can't throw down? Not Compassionate Action for Animals (CAA), who have asked 13 wily cooks to bring their best vegan chili recipes to be judged by a panel of experts and the public. Spend your evening sampling the animal-less crock pot comestibles and wash them down with some equally cruelty-free beer. CAA expects a decent turnout, as last year saw over 125 folks looking to spice up a chilly winter's night. Three talented winners will be crowned and given PETA-approved prizes. So leave your fur and leather duds at home for this night of chili competition and get warm with a community of people who are angling to make veganism both social and sexy. Let them inspire you to a deeper respect for creatures great and small as you fill your belly with the homespun creations by those vying for vegan supremacy. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available to mitigate the hot, hot veggie heat. More information is available at CAA's website, www.exploreveg.org.
Sat., Feb. 26, 7:30-10 p.m., 2011