Vegan Chili and Community: Spring Is Here

Saturday was one of my favorite days of the year as a resident of Bethlehem, PA. Spring on Fourth (Street) and the annual chili cookoff bring out the entire city – and their DOGS! – to enjoy the beginning of spring and celebrate our community and local artists and businesses.

Save the Kales! was there with vegan chili, more of a thick soup made with whole ingredients, and it was so well received. Lucky for me I got some of the great reactions on tape, and also captured the vibe of the day.

This day was a celebration of our town, and the way it is so open to letting young, creative people explore ideas and create new businesses, art and community. Yesterday what I strongly felt was that the people here are here intentionally. We are making things happen, we support each other, and we see the potential ¬†– not to mention that which we’ve already turned into something.

*If you’re interested in knowing more about something/someone you see in the video, please ask and I’ll be happy to point you in the direction of their business or their projects.


Last night this local PBS show aired that was about the best topic: Bethlehem continuing to develop and be an awesome, progressive place to live full of creative people and businesses makin’ it happen.

You can see me at the 5:30 mark mentioning Vegfest on the new Greenway (and learn more about the greenway), and the wonderful Samantha, Downtown Bethlehem Association Manager at the 19:51  mark talking about Vegfest!

Also, applause to the ubiquitous Andy Po of Homebase, Amanda of Apotheca (a sweetheart and a vegan!), lots of talking about the new SteelStacks building where my cutie-pie boyfriend Ryan is booking wonderful comedy shows, events, film fests, and other exciting stuff.

In the second half you’ll see chef Frederica of Hotel Bethlehem, one of Vegfest’s cooking demo chefs, and my girl Bekah from the City of Bethlehem’s Economic and Development Council, nicest person ever and someone that helps people with good ideas get them into action.