New Year’s Eve

Rawlicious Bloor West
They’re having a “delicious 5 course dinner beginning at 8pm on New Years Eve. Live jazz to follow and ring in the New Year! The price is $55/per person and includes one alcoholic drink (or sparkling juice). Beer & wine available through out the evening as well. Reservations are required, call to book. Also, we are having a healthy food bank drive at either location. Donors are entered in a draw with various raw prizes such as dehydrators & spiralizers when they bring in a healthy food item!”

Fresh says, “It’s never too early to start planning for New Year’s Eve. Make us a part of your night and join us for our discount countdown. It’s a NO BRAINER”

Restaurants Serving Special Meals

Green Earth Vegetarian Cuisine
From December 19th to 25th they are serving a Christmas Delight Special from $19.95 per person.

Gift Packs & Gift Cards!

Holiday Comfort Breakfast Basket from Know Thy Food
“Treat someone special to a delicious planet friendly breakfast full of vegan gourmet treats such as homemade cocoa hazelnut spread, cherry scones and coffee cake. Baskets are baked fresh each morning!  Baskets are $59 with FREE delivery in Toronto (cost for GTA, please inquire). With every basket purchase save $20 on a 3 hour, vegan cooking class (regular $85). Offer ends December 22, 2011.  Order now to get your basket delivered on time! *Holiday Cooking Parties & cooking class gift certificates available. Please email us at knowthyfood@gmail.com or call us at 416-993-4531 to order your basket today!”

Mama Earth Organics 
“We’ve just finished our X-mas gift baskets and that we’ll be offering for December.  They’re all vegetarian and they’re also mostly from local businesses.  We’re also offering a few baskets from Ella’s Botanicals for December check them out here.”

Gift Packs from Fresh!
“Now is the perfect time to share your fresh experience with family and friends! When you purchase our holiday gift pack you’ll receive a $70 Fresh Card, Baggu Bag and your choice of 1, 2 or all 3 of our bestselling cookbooks at a great value. Available in stores or online by emailing freshshop@freshrestaurants.ca”

Get $50 Gift Certificates for only $35 from Magic Oven!
“Enjoy Toronto’s award winning organic, healthy and delicious food at 5 Magic Oven Pizza locations. Vegans and those with gluten, dairy, lactose-free diets will enjoy a large selection of pizzas and pastas, organic beers, wines and desserts. Gift certificates make great gifts! Purchase as many as you’d like. No limit. Gift certificates may be used for eat-in dining only and expire in 90 days. Deal extended to December 31st! The only limitation is that they need to be purchased at the 798 Danforth location, but can be used at any location.  As always, with your Vegetarian Discount Card, get 10% off your order from Magic Oven.”

Hotel Gelato
“Whatever the reason, whatever the season, a Gift Card from Hotel Gelato is a food lover’s dream come true. Available in any denomination and elegantly packaged, our Gift Cards are the perfect gift for a scrumptious celebration. From now until December 24th, you will receive a complimentary 3 ounce cup of our delicious gelato or sorbet with any gift card purchase of $25 or more.”

Visit TVA’s Resource Centre for a huge selection of vegetarian and vegan books. SAVE THE TAX!

Eco-Friendly Gifts & Online Shopping Specials

Grassroots
They have an amazing Green Gift Guide for the eco-conscious person on your list. Gifts for kids, for him, for her, for the green techie, and yoga, clothing, home decor, stationary ideas too.

As usual, lots of great things at Panacea
Of course they have Tofurky Feast and many other frozen meals, as well as the new amazing MimicCreme product that you can whip up to put on top of your pie, holiday themed marshmallows dipped in chocolate from Sweet & Sara, and loaves from Sweets from the Earth. Also organic candy canes!

Karmavore Vegan Shop
“We are offering a flat rate special shipping promotion Canada wide for just $10 on any size order, for all December. We are also featuring many holiday themed vegan items and gifts, here is our latest newsletter.  We are also launching new seasonal themed hot chocolate and candy cane soft serve in-store. Use the exclusive veg.ca online code “torveg5net” for an additional 5% savings!

Nice Shoes
“Just in time for Christmas, here’s our helpful holiday gift guide, with lots of ideas for all the people on your list (and price-range). We are also offering gift wrapping for $6 on your purchases (online and in-store). If you would like us to include a card and ship directly to the gift recipient, simply purchase gift wrapping at checkout.  All orders over $100 get free shipping within Canada. Want something for yourself? Use our new wishlist feature and then just let everyone know that you have a wishlist on our website.

Front Door Organics has written that they are “offering 10% off all orders over $100 for the week beginning December 19th – delivery or pick up.  We have Tofurkys and a whole host of local and organic fresh produce like 9 varieties of squash, sweet potatoes and any other root vegetable you can imagine.  We also carry around 500 grocery products from Fair Trade spices to fancy single pressed extra virgin olive oils.  We are trying to make it easy for people to make their holiday dinners not just special but ecologically friendly too! We’re closed and not delivering Monday December 26, Tuesday December 27 and Monday January 2.  Please visit our Service & Schedule Updates page to see how this affects your deliveries.”

Foods for holiday meals:
Bakery Goods

Organic Oven Bakery and Cafe
“Gluten-free Gingerbread Houses, only $16 a kit. You can special order them vegan, too! We’ve got gluten-free and vegan-optins for cakes, cupcakes, pies, cookies, shortbread, gingerbread men, gift baskets, natural fruit cake, chocolate mint brownies and more! Can’t make up your mind? Why not purchase gift certificates instead? Take note: We will be CLOSED on the following days: Saturday, Dec. 24, Sunday, Dec. 25, Monday, Dec. 26, Sunday, Jan. 1. We will be operating reduced hours on Monday, Jan. 2. We will only be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.”

LPK’s Culinary Groove (photo right) features a variety of certified organic, fairly/horizontally traded, and certified local sustainable ingredients in their 2011 Winter Holiday Menu. Some highlights are:

  • Vegan Truffle Tart, Apple Pear Pie (vegan, gluten-free),
  • Rice Focaccia (vegan, gluten-free),
  • Cornbread (vegan, gluten-free)
  • and much more!

Christmas orders must be placed by 5:00pm Tuesday, 20 December, and will be ready for pick up on Friday, 23 December, or Saturday, 24 December. New Year’s Eve orders must be placed by 5:00pm Wednesday, 28 December, and will be ready for pick up on Saturday, 31 December. Please note, we will be closing early at 4:00pm on Saturday, 24 December, and at 6:00pm on Saturday, 31 December.

Sweets From The Earth has a special holiday item that just started on Friday, the Candy Cane Cupcake! A vegan peppermint cupcake with peppermint icing topped with crushed organic candy canes. Available at The Big Carrot, Panacea and other retailers. Call in advance and pick up from their bakery in the Junction and  Vegetarian Discount Card holders save 10% off.

Sweet Lemon Bakery is offering custom holiday platters for your holiday entertaining. “Platters include your choice of your favourite cookies, bars and best of all, confections such as truffles, turtles and peanut butter cups. All desserts are 100% vegan and gluten-free. All orders require a minimum of one week notice. Please note: We do not make any deliveries on Saturdays.”

Kindfood
Santa is delivering their all-vegan and gluten-free Brownies & Cupcakes! “$33 for a dozen of cupcakes. $29 for 2 1/2 pounds of yummy brownies. They will ship to your family and friends in the GTA.  Gift certificates also available. Call first or just come in and pick yours up”

Bunner’s Bakeshop:
“So here’s the scoop for Christmas goodies/ordering info!
Vegan and gluten-free products:

  • Apple Pie (serves 6-8)
  • Pumpkin Pie (serves 6-8)
  • Cranberry Pear Crisp (4X6 pan)
  • Banana Rum Cake (whaaat!?- get this in any cake size, 6″/9″/Slab- ps. it’s actually alcohol-free so your Designated Driver can rest easy)
  • Gingerbread House Kits
  • Stuffing (6.5 inch deep dish)
  • Vegetable Pot Pie (year round- but a great dish to bring to dinner!- serves 4-6

Ordering:
If you pre-order your sweet pie before Sunday 18th at 5pm you get $3 off! (Apple is $18 and Pumpkin is $15 before the discount).  Please make sure to order ahead to avoid disappointment! We will be closing on December 24th at 3pm and reopening on December 29th at 10am.”

Foods for holiday meals:
Savory Goods

Tiffinday
Is offering party platters of vegan hors d’oeuvres. “Delicious, exotic and rare are words used to describe our line of fine finger foods, sure to impress and tantalize the most discerning of guests.  All vegan and made with ingredients that use the least amount of the earth’s resources” Choose from lentil samosas, pani puri, and timpa wheels to name a few!

Moonbean Coffee Company
“For the first time ever we are offering Authentic Jamaica Blue Mountain Mavis Bank Grade 1 2011 crop coffee for a  spectacular price of $35.95 a pound – it is usually $49.95 a pound. This is only available while supplies last.”

Feast on the Gardein Herbed Stuffed Turk’y
They say it’s “available in the freezer aisle at Save-on-Foods, Whole Foods Markets and select natural food stores across Canada. Each serving of limited edition Gardein Herbed Stuffed Turk’y, a delicious meatless main course, offers 23 grams of protein, 12 grams of fat and 280 calories. The turk’y is breaded with toasted crumbs and is stuffed with celery, onions, cranberries, and bread crumbs and comes with vegan gravy. Suggested retail price is $6.99 or less for a frozen bag of two turk’y entrees with individual gravy servings.”

Classic Stuffed Tofu Roast (Tofu “Turkey”)
Try Ying Ying Organic Tofu’s creation for Canadian consumers.  As they put it, “it’s hand made with our prized tofu sheet, stuffed with an old style Canadian recipe for turkey stuffing. It is delicious! Best of all, it does not require any cooking. Just heat and serve.  More about the product here.” It is available at their St. Lawrence Market location and many places around Toronto such as the Big Carrot, Noah’s, Evergreen, Ambrosia and Pusateri’s.

The Sweet Potato  has the following deals on at the store – on now and ending December 22nd or while quantities last!

  • Mary’s Crackers – Organic & Gluten Free – $2.99/box.
  • Pacific Organic Soups – Organic & Vegetarian $2.99/L
  • Stahlbush Frozen Vegetables – $1.99/each
  • Orphee Organic Coconut Oil – $8.99/each
  • Sweets From The Earth Cookies – vegan – $2.99/box
  • Camino Organic Fair Trade Chocolate Chips – $4.99/bag
  • Earth Balance – Organic & Soy Free Buttery Spreads $2.49 each
  • Green & Black’s Organic Chocolate Bars $2.99
  • Tofurky Roasts on sale $9.99 each
  • Lots more produce items, as well as a ton of great items that are perfect for the vegetarians in one’s life… Organic Olive Oil Sets, Vegetarian Lip Balm (Badger), Sahale Nuts, Green & Black’s Fair Trade Chocolate boxes, and more!

Green Earth Vegetarian Cuisine 
They have “turkeys” you can pre-order for $49.95.

Boardwalk Chocolates
“If you’re not much of a shopper like me, this time of year can be trying. The crowds, the difficult decisions, the budget. It’s all a headache for me! You can make things easier this season by buying some Boardwalk Chocolates for your friends and family! Just in time for this holiday is the NEW Boardwalk Chocolates large box  – much prettier than previous packaging. Check out the webpage for the pic! You get all 16 flavours of truffles in this box.”

Take-Out Special

Khalsa Pizza
They will be offering two large pizzas with three toppings each for only $18.99 from Christmas eve until January 5th.  You must mention veg.ca to get this special.  This deal applies for walk-in customers only.  Khalsa is an all-vegetarian pizza joint so you have a huge selection of toppings to choose from.

Note: Many restaurants are closed for several days during the holidays. Best to call ahead.

Whether it is Christmas, Solstice, or Kwanzaa – enjoy a vegetarian feast. See our complete holiday page for links to the best recipes, tips on what to serve, gift suggestions and E-card links. Plus, find out how to avoid stress when vegetarians and meat eaters will be at the same meal.