Fill your calendar and belly

Ian Carty of the Vegan Van is trying to fill your calendar and belly. Carty has been cooking up tea-infused meals for Vegan Fridays at Classy Hippie Tea Co. (3226 Suite A on Broadway) from noon to 7 p.m. For February, to celebrate Black History Month, he’ll be serving bowls of West African peanut stew ($10), and he’ll be there every second Saturday for the Vegan Global Food Market, noon to 4 p.m. Still hungry? That’s fortuitous, because Carty is cooking an African-diaspora inspired brunch to launch Coalition for Vegans of Color, an organization he co-founded, which has a “goal of serving our communities of color,” because “we have been taught the worst diets,” he said. When promoting a healthier diet, he said, “It helps when people look like you so you can relate.” This is also at Classy Hippie, Sunday, February 24, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $35-$45 on Eventbrite. And yes, there will be mimosas. And dancing. All events are open to everyone.