Monthly meetups, vegan style

Illustration by SERENE LUSANO

Thursday, July 21, is pizza night—that is, vegan pizza night with the Cool Cuisine meetup group at Blaze Pizza (212 F Street in Davis). Cool Cuisine picks a different Davis restaurant with plant-based options on the menu every third Thursday of the month and invites everyone to join. It begins at 6:30 p.m., with custom 11-inch veggie pizzas sprinkled with Daiya ($7.95). Cool Cuisine founder Anya McCann started these dinners—which average two-dozen diners—in January as a way to support restaurants that are welcoming to vegans, and she encourages other area restaurant owners to diversify their offerings and clearly mark their menus and educate the staff what “vegan” is, because McCann said that it’s not just the herbivores that they’re missing out on as customers, but their omnivore friends who eat out with them. RSVP at https://coolcuisine
, bring cash and wield your plant-eating “purchasing power” on third Thursdays.