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VegNews Twitter Chats

We're thrilled to host monthly Twitter Chats with superstars in the vegan world to discuss all the latest topics that are important to the vegan community.

Never participated in a Twitter Chat before? Don't worry. We have a handy guide to explain it all. Join us at the hashtag #vegnewschat. VegNews editors will be hosting the discussion, and you don't need to have a Twitter account to join.

Here's our 2012 lineup:

Upcoming Chats:

How to Start a Vegan Business
Wednesday, December 5 @ 6pm PT/9pm ET
Special Guests: Eat Pastry (@Eat_Pastry), Vegan Essentials (@VeganEssentials),  and Veggie Grill (@VeggieGrill)

We’ll talk with successful vegan business owners about how to launch and run your own vegan enterprise. Transcript here.

Past Chats:

Thanksgiving Hotline
Wednesday, November 14 @ 6pm PT/9pm ET
Special Guests: Allyson Kramer (@manifestvegan), Hannah Kaminsky (@BitterSweet__), Nava Atlas (@navaatlas2), Robin Robertson (@GlobalVegan), and Ayinde Howell (@AYINDE)

It’s the biggest food holiday of the year and our panel of vegan chefs is on-hand to help you prepare the best meal possible to impress omnivores and vegans, too. Transcript here.

Rock the Vegan Vote
Wednesday, October 17 @ 6pm PT/9pm ET
Special Guests: Michael Markarian (@mmarkarian) and Nick Cooney (@NickCooney2)

It’s an important election season and we’ll chat with policy experts to understand what our most compassionate choices in candidates and legislation. Transcript here.

The Cheese Chat
Wednesday, September 19 @ 6pm PT/9pm ET
Special Guests: Miyoko Schinner (@MiyokosKitchen), Punk Rawk Labs (@PunkRawkLabs), Chicago Vegan Foods (@ChiVeganFoods), and WayFare Foods (@WayfareFoods)

The moment has come: Vegan cheese has arrived. We’ll dish on tips and tricks for perfecting your own vegan cheese. Transcript here.

The Allergen-Free Vegan
Wednesday, August 22 @ 6pm PT/9pm ET
Special Guests: Kim Lutz (@welcomekitchen), Allyson Kramer (@manifestvegan), and Colette Martin (@colettefmartin)

If you’re allergic to nuts or gluten or have food sensitivities, how can you maintain a vegan diet? We ask food experts how to maintain an allergen-free kitchen. Transcript here.

Get Raw
Wednesday, July 25 @ 6pm PT/9pm ET
Special Guests: Gena Hamshaw (@choosingraw), Chad Sarno (@chadsarno), and Elaina Love (@ElainaLove)

In our July+August issue, VegNews explored the benefits of a high-raw vegan diet in "Is Raw Always Right?". Learn why some vegetables are better eaten raw or cooked, and just how healthy flame-free eating really is. Join VN editors and raw-food experts to chat about this fascinating topic. Transcript here.

Vegan Pride Parade
Wednesday, June 20 @ 6pm PT/9pm ET
Special Guests: Nathan Runkle (@NathanRunkle), Ari Solomon (@VeganAri), Jasmin Singer (@OurHenHouse), and Dan Hanley (@TheGayVegans)

In honor of LGBT Pride Month, we’ll be talking with prominent gay animal-rights activists about the connection between both movements. Transcript here.

Food Blogging Photography 101
Wednesday, May 23 @ 6pm PT/9pm ET
Special Guests: Hannah Kaminsky (@BitterSweet__), Kathy Patalsky (@lunchboxbunch), Vanessa Rees (@vkrees), and Kate Echle (@lechousauvage).

Do you love photographing your amazing vegan meals, but want to take your skills to the next level? Or are you interested in starting your own food blog, but need some basic pointers on taking gorgeous images? The VegNews food photographers are here to answer all of your questions and provide tricks of the trade that will turn your photos from ho-hum to showstopping. Transcript here.

Vegan Parenting
Wednesday, April 18 @ 6pm PT/9pm ET
Special Guests: Mayim Bialik (@missmayim), Sayward Rebhal (@BonzaiAphrodite), and Jesse Miner (@chefjesseminer).

Are you raising vegan kids, thinking about it, or just curious about what it takes to be a successful vegan parent? We're pulling together a panel of experts who will provide fascinating insight on this popular subject. Transcript here.

Of Meat & Men
Wednesday, March 28 @ 6pm PT/9pm ET
Special Guests: Rich Roll (@richroll), Paul Shapiro (@pshapiro), and Joshua Katcher (@thediscerningbrute)

To celebrate our first-ever Vegan Man Issue, we’ll be chatting with amazing veg guys about why meat is often tied to masculinity and how a plant-based diet can be a game changer. Transcript here.

Veganism: Race, Politics, & Equality
Wednesday, February 29 @ 6pm PT/9pm ET
Special Guests: Patrick Kwan (@PatrickKwan), Amie Breeze Harper (@sistahvegan), and Terry Hope Romero (@terryhope).

Join VegNews editors and our panel of experts as we discuss race, politics, equality (and more) that our movement is facing today. Transcript here.

Healthy Vegan Eating
Tuesday, January 31 @ 6pm PT/9pm ET
Special Guests: Julieanna Hever, RD (@PlantDietitian), Michael Greger, MD (@nutrition_facts), and Gena Hamshaw (@choosingraw).

While vegan eating can be decadent (hello, vegan doughnuts), we asked a panel of vegan nutritionists and doctors to share their tips for a healthy plant-based diet. Join us as we get healthy in 2012. Transcript here.

Our 2011 lineup:

Thursday, December 15 @ 6pm PT/9pm ET
Special Guests: Allison Rivers Samson (@AllisonsGourmet), Hannah Kaminsky (@BitterSweet__), and Beverly Lynn Bennett (@veganchefbev).

Top vegan bakers will be chatting with us about how to perfect vegan cakes, cookies, and pies just in time for the holidays. Transcript here.

Turkey Talk
Wednesday, November 16 @ 6pm PT/9pm ET
Special Guests: Robin Robertson (@GlobalVegan), Julie Hasson (@everydaydish), Annie Shannon (@AJShannon)

Don't miss our holiday-inspired Twitter chat. We'll be talking to some of today's hottest vegan chefs to discuss the best faux turkey roasts, the perfect vegan Thanksgiving menu, quick and easy desserts, and more. Transcript here.

Pie Cha(r)t
Tuesday, October 18 @ 6pm PT/9pm ET
Special Guests: Isa Chandra Moskowitz (@IsaChandra) and Terry Hope Romero (@terryhope)

We bring you vegan cookbook superstar duo Terry Hope Romero and Isa Chandra Moskowitz for Pie Cha(r)t: a graphic discussion of divisible desserts. The team's latest cookbook, Vegan Pie in the Sky, is a drool-worthy cornucopia of pies. We nearly died when we featured the Boston Cream Cake Pie in our September+October issue. Chat with this dynamic duo and get the latest scoop on vegan desserts. Transcript here.

Compassionate Fashion
Tuesday, September 20 @ 6pm PT/9pm ET
Special Guests: John Bartlett (@johnbartlettNY), Leanne Mai-ly (@VauteCouture), Janessa Philemon-Kerp (@janessapk), and Polly Walter (@Veggywood)

We discuss fall trends in our "Compassionate Fashion" chat to discover the truth behind labeling laws, the real cost of fashion with top vegan stylemakers, and where to find the best deals on cruelty-free clothing. Save the date and join us for a fascinating conversation. Transcript here.

Blog to Business
Tuesday, August 23 @ 6pm PT/9 pm ET
Special Guests: Susan Voisin (@susanffvk), Carolyn Scott-Hamilton (@HealthyVoyager), Laura Beck (@mrpenguino), Kathy Patalsky (@lunchboxbunch), Allyson Kramer (@ManifestVegan), Ayinde Howell (@AYINDE), and Chloé Jo Davis (@GirlieGirlArmy).

We bring you some of our favorite vegan bloggers to discover how they've turned their blog into cookbook deals, full-time jobs, and more. Want to take your vegan blog to the next level? Join us and learn from the brightest minds blogging today. Transcript here.

Animal Sanctuaries We Love
Tuesday, July 26 @ 6pm PT/9 pm ET
Special Guests: Woodstock Farm Sanctuary (@WoodstockFarm), SASHA Farm (@SASHAFarm), PIGS Sanctuary (@PIGSsanctuary), and Best Friends Animal Society (@BFAS).

In our July+August issue, we give you the scoop on six animal sanctuaries where you can stay overnight for the ultimate compassionate vacation. Now, we're excited to bring you one hour of scintillating conversation with a group of heartwarming animal sanctuaries from around the country. From rescuing animals to the day-to-day life of animal advocates working in the field, we'll chat with several sanctuaries to learn more about how they aid animals and what we can do to help. Transcript here.

Animals: Then and Now
Thursday, June 30 @ 6pm PST/9pm EST
Special Guests: Farm Sanctuary (@FarmSanctuary), Gene Baur (@genebaur)

Fresh from his Just Eats Tour, where he traveled from New York to California in a Volkswagon van, we'll talk with Gene about what's changed since he first started this journey 25 years ago and how far we've come and where we're going in the animal movement. We'll also discover his favorite dining spots across the US! Transcript here.

How to Plan a Perfect Vegan Wedding
Tuesday, May 24 @ 6pm PST/9pm EST
 Special Guests: Chris and Crystal Tate (@FoodForLovers), Erin and Andy Williams (@e_williams), Rose Pedals (@veganweddings), and Local Love (@veganLocallove). 

Are you trying to plan your perfect vegan wedding without stress (is that even possible?)? Well, we’ve got you covered. Our May Twitter Chat gives you access to vegan wedding planners, our VN wedding couples, vegan food vendors, and more. Ask all the questions to our couples who have been there and done that—and quite beautifully, we might add. Transcript here.

How to Start a Vegan Business
Tuesday, April 26 @ 6pm PST/9pm EST
Special Guests: Sweet & Sara (@SweetandSara), Chicago Soy Dairy (@chicagosoydairy), Vegan Essentials (@VeganEssentials), and Veggie Grill (@VeggieGrill)

If you've been dying to launch your own vegan sweater Etsy empire or sell your artisanal chocolates online, we've gathered the experts in the business world to help you get your ideas off the ground. Joining our chat will be the founders of several great vegan businesses will be on hand to share tips, challenges, and the secrets of success in starting a vegan enterprise. Transcript here.

Behind-the-Scenes of Cupcake Wars
Wednesday, March 9 @ 6pm PST/9pm EST
Special Guests: Kim Garr (@cestlavegan) and Doron Petersan (@stickyfingersbakerydc)

Our second Twitter Chat is with two very special guests, Doron Petersan, the baking genius behind Sticky Fingers Bakery, and Kim Garr, the LA baker serving up tasty treats for her online shop, C’est La V Bakeshop. These fabulous ladies, fresh from their Food Network Cupcake Wars episode, will dish the behind-the-scenes dirt of what it's like to whip up vegan cupcakes fast and furiously.

Crazy Sexy Chat with Kris Carr
Tuesday, February 22 @ 6pm PST/9pm EST
Special Guests: Kris Carr (@Kris_Carr)

VegNews is thrilled to announce our very first Twitter chat with super special guest, New York Times best-selling author and VN's current cover gal Kris Carr.

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