Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The New Evolve Detroit! - WWJB? Shepherd's Pie & DIY Vegan Holidays

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Local-lujah!“If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together."
~Aboriginal activists group, Queensland, 1970s

Greetings Detroit and all who grace us here!
Our last update was entitled "We're Back" and we're pleased to say that this is the case with our second missive from our new home. We're busy and it's intense, but we're back up and running with actions in our new community and outreach to our entire region and to the global stage. We want to thank all of our new subscribers and those who have been with us since the beginning. We thank you for tuning in as our work is driven by your support and your attention Our gratitude cannot be overstated.

What's New for Detroit Evolution?
We're pleased to share that we hosted our first Corktown Community Brunch last Sunday with the incredible support of Brother Nature Produce. It was a well received event with 40+ folks enjoying Angela's food. We met many new neighbors, grew awareness of our work and had a blast. Keep an eye out for our next Community Brunch as we plan to offer another in December. We've also been working to secure a new space for Evolutionary Yoga here in Corktown and will share all the details shortly. We know many of you have been pining for the return of our yoga sessions and we think you'll be pleased with our new offerings. As we get back into the groove, we want to share that Gregg is taking on new Massage/Bodywork clients. Please give us a call to schedule a session today. (Note: due to our intense schedule, we typically schedule sessions about a week to two weeks out.) Please check out all our offerings & events below and give us a call at 313.316.1411 to connect. We're excited to be back and look forward to sharing with you!

This Week's Events:
Another busy Detroit Evolution week on the rise!

On Wednesday night we continue our Free Monthly Movie Series in Eastern Market with a screening of "What Would Jesus Buy?" Sometimes our movie selections can get a little heavy, so we are very excited to share this film that's both hilarious and illuminating. We'll learn about the work of Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping and discuss great local and handmade alternatives to the massive consumer "big box" shopping event that our sacred holidays have become. Please view the trailer below and bring a blanket, a chair and some friends this Wednesday! All the details are in our events section.

This Saturday we'll continue with our DIY Holiday theme as we present Angela's DIY Vegan Holiday class. We've had a great response to this class and only have a few seats remaining. You can pay with paypal below or email Angela to register and arrange payment. Angela will prepare and share her recipes for a "turkey" with all the fixin's. Afterward, we'll be heading over to the Detroit Urban Craft Fair at the Majestic Theater and invite everyone to join us. For the past few years we've done the majority of our holiday shopping at this incredible locally grown event and can't recommend it enough. Again, the details for this and all our upcoming classes are below and you can always give us a call at 313.316.1411 for more info or to register for any of our exciting events.

Also, don't miss the Return of our Live Raw Yoga Music Brunch on the day after Thanksgiving. We're so excited to bring people from our various communities to their yoga mats to boycott big box shopping and breathe, move & break "bread" together. We think this is going to be the best "Black Friday" ever!

Can I get a "Local-lujah?"

In Health, Joy and Liberation,
Gregg for Angela, Aya Eden & Detroit Evolution

November 16th, 2009

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Recipe: Shepherd's Pie
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evolvedetroit Good Morning! So glad the New Moon is here. It's a great day to plant seeds & set intentions. Our blessings to you & yours! 23 hours ago reply

Detroit Evolution also offers

  • Private Kitchen Classes
  • Personal Chef Service
  • Catering for any sized event
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Private Yoga & Meditation Instruction
  • Massage & Bodywork Sessions
  • Sustainability Workshops
  • Motivational Presentations

Please contact info@detroitevolution.com or call 313.316.1411 for a personalized quote or our hourly rates.

We actively pursue trade/bartering and will gladly offer a sliding scale for those in need.

Please help us Evolve!
Now that we have settled into our new home in N. Corktown we are once again expanding our offerings and events. If you have found value in our work, whether through a tasty hand-crafted lunch, a meaningful yoga class, or one of our awareness raising movie nights, please consider helping us to offset the cost of our offerings. By doing so you'll assist us to lay the foundation for the next phase of our work.

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Events and Classes

Weekly Events:

Sundays: Evolutionary Yoga with Gregg
Every Sunday, 2-3pm - $15 Walk-in
NOTE: Your first week of classes at Practice Yoga are FREE!
Location: Practice Yoga
20792 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Woods 48236
The Evolution continues with this weekly yoga offering. Gregg is honored to connect with the long time Detroit Evolution supporters at Practice Yoga to offer these Sunday classes. Sessions with Gregg place emphasis on the breath and the expansion of consciousness rather than the perfection of form. Come out and join us this and every Sunday!

November Events:

Detroit Abides! Community Movie Night in Eastern Market
This Months Free Movie: What Would Jesus Buy?
Wednesday, November 18th 7-9pm
Location: Eastern Market's Heated Shed 5
Shed 5 is located at the corner of Russell and Alfred St.
We are pleased to continue our monthly movie series with a very special screening of our friend Reverend Billy's inspirational documentary What Would Jesus Buy? Join us as we exorcize the demons of credit debt and big box shopping! We will also discuss the importance of supporting local business and growing resilient local economies in the city of Detroit. Please bring a friend, a chair and a blanket as we gather together to enjoy this hilarious and enlightening film.
Please view the trailer.

Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit, Detroit Evolution, and Eastern Market Corporation come together on the third Wednesday of every month to present Detroit Abides, A Free Sustainability Gathering in Eastern Market's Shed 5. The event features a movie on a sustainable topic, explores the topic at the local level through discussion and support from regional groups and businesses, and creates a space to meet like-minded people from all walks of life & grow an active, healthy community.

November Vegan
DIY Holiday Class

Saturday, November 21th Noon-3pm $25
Location: The Detroit Flyhouse in Eastern Market
In the FD Loft Building - 3434 Russell St. Loft #302

The Holiday season is a wonderful time to share healthy options with family, friends, coworkers and our community. Angela will share and prepare a special holiday menu including an appetizer, side, main dish, and dessert. Rather than purchase a processed tofu-turkey from Oregon, learn to make a moist and incredibly tasty one in your own kitchen! At the end of class we'll have a sampling of all the dishes and answer any questions you may have about making healthy versions of your family's traditional dishes.

November 21st is a huge day for Holiday DIY Crafting in Detroit as the Detroit Urban Craft Fair will be held at the Majestic Theater. Angela is pleased to offer this as an early class so we will all have plenty of time to attend the DUCF & get some holiday shopping done.

To register for our
November Vegan
DIY Holiday Class

please email Angela or call 313.316.1411

You can also register through Paypal
(Please note the $2.50 fee per paypal transaction)

To register for our
Live Raw Yoga Music Brunch please email Gregg or call 313.316.1411

You can also register through Paypal
(Please note the $2.50 fee per paypal transaction)

Stop Shopping!
Practice Yoga & Eat Raw Instead
The Return of Live Raw Yoga Music Brunch

Friday, November 27th 9:30am-Noon $35
Location: The Detroit Flyhouse in Eastern Market
In the FD Loft Building - 3434 Russell St. Loft #302

Boycott Big Box shopping and all of it's ills, from selling products made with child labor to the active destruction of resilient local economies! Instead, come together and share a 75 minute Evolutionary Yoga session led by Gregg Newsom. This breath centered flowing practice will benefit those new to yoga and seasoned veterans.

Our session will feature Live Music from Dixon’s Violin. Described as cosmic gypsy, electronic romanticism and interstellar whalesong, Dixon’s mesmerizing electric violin will provide the perfect accompaniment to our focused breath and movement.

After our session we’ll enjoy a local and organic Raw Food Brunch prepared by Angela Newsom. Experience the benefits of Raw Foods and how they assist to balance the body and mind. Over Brunch we’ll share in a Satsang (open discussion) on the benefits of a healthy and humane diet to our practice on and off the mat.

Save the Date for these December Events:

Detroit Abides! Community Movie Night in Eastern Market
This Months Free Movie: TBA
Special Date! Wednesday, December 9th 7-9pm
Location: Eastern Market's Heated Shed 5
Shed 5 is located at the corner of Russell and Alfred St.

December Vegan
DIY Holiday Class

Saturday, December 12th 1-3pm $25
Location: The Detroit Flyhouse in Eastern Market
In the FD Loft Building - 3434 Russell St. Loft #302

The Holiday season is a wonderful time to share healthy options with family, friends, coworkers and our community. Angela will share and prepare a special holiday menu including an appetizer, side, main dish, and dessert. Menu T.B.A.

To register for our
December Vegan
DIY Holiday Class
please email Angela or call 313.316.1411

You can also register through Paypal
(Please note the $2.50 fee per paypal transaction)

MOCAD and the Model D Speaker Series present
Green Initiatives Detroit!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 6PM - FREE
Location: MOCAD 4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
This evening, organized by MOCAD and Model D Media, will feature several innovative projects and organizations working in Detroit for a Greener today! Some of the individuals and organizations involved will be the Green Garage, Detroit Evolution and landscape architect Jeff Klein's Classic Landscaping company, among others.

FAMILY DAY: Paper Gardens and Raw Food?!?
Sunday, December 20, 2009 from 12PM to 4PM - FREE
Location: MOCAD 4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201
A family day dedicated to creating a garden inside the brick walls of MOCAD. Children can use raw food, such as potatoes and mushrooms, to create prints. They can learn how to make mosaics using rice & beans. Knowledgeable volunteers will show how to make origami animals and flowers. There will also be live demonstrations by the good people at the Detroit Evolution Lab for kids and their parents on methods of preparation and the health benefits of raw foods.

Save the Date: January 2010!

New Years Day Detroit Evolution Celebration
Featuring a festive and transformative Live Raw Yoga Music Brunch

Friday, January 1st 9:30am-Noon $40
Location: The Detroit Flyhouse in Eastern Market
In the FD Loft Building - 3434 Russell St. Loft #302, Detroit 48207

RecipesAngela is honored to share two of her favorite holiday recipes. We are going to include recipes in upcoming Evolve Detroit. We would appreciate your feedback and healthy success stories. For more information or to learn about our Healthy Holiday Catering please email angela@detroitevolution.com

Notes From Angela's Kitchen:
Recently, I had the honor of being the guest chef at the Growing Healthy Kids class held by Earthworks Urban Farm. We made this delicious recipe for vegan Shepherd's potpie, a perfect warming winter dish. I had a blast and the kids were really impressive with their cooking skills! Enjoy preparing and eating this dish with your family!

Vegan Shepherd’s Pot Pie – serves 4-6
This is a delicious combination of a shepherd’s pie and potpie, using both fluffy mashed potatoes and a crispy golden brown crust to top the mix of saucy tofu and vegetables. Feel free to replace the tofu with another meat substitute like seitan or crumbled veggie burgers and change the vegetables according to what you have on hand.

1½ pounds russet or red skin potatoes, peeled and cubed
¼ -½ cup soy, almond or hemp milk
2-3 garlic cloves
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1-2 teaspoons sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

½ acorn squash, peeled, seeded and cubed small
1 pound firm tofu, drained and cubed
1 large yellow onion, diced
1-2 carrots, diced
1 small head of broccoli, florets and stems diced
1 cup baby portabella mushrooms, sliced
1 cup frozen green peas
¼ cup tamari or soy sauce (tamari is wheat free soy sauce)
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1½ cups water or vegetable broth
2 teaspoons oregano
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon paprika
2 tablespoons arrowroot or cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons water in a small bowl
Sea salt and black pepper to taste

2½ cups whole-wheat pastry flour (or spelt flour)
½ teaspoon sea salt
2/3 cups sunflower or grapeseed oil
4 tablespoons ice water, or more

Preheat oven to 350°. To make the potatoes, place cubed potatoes into a medium pot and add enough water to cover them by 3-4 inches. Bring to a boil; reduce slightly and cook until potatoes are tender. Drain and place potatoes in a medium bowl along with the milk, garlic, olive oil sea salt and black pepper. Mash using a potato masher, hand beaters or standing mixer until potatoes are smooth and fluffy. Set aside.

To make the filling, add all of the ingredients from acorn squash to green peas in a large bowl and toss to combine. Set aside. In a medium pot, combine the tamari, tomato paste, water or veggie broth and herbs. Bring this mixture to a boil. Add the arrowroot/water and stir until sauce thickens. Remove pot from heat and pour the sauce over your veggies and tofu in the bowl. Toss well. Add sea salt and black pepper to taste. Coat a pie pan or casserole dish lightly with olive oil. Spoon the filling into the dish.

Spread the mashed potatoes over the veggie/tofu filling. Set aside while you prepare the crust.

To prepare the crust, whisk together the flour and sea salt. Add the oil and whisk until the mixture becomes crumbly. Slowly drizzle the water in and mix with your hands until the mixture forms a ball. Add more water if the dough seems dry. On a lightly floured surface roll the dough out roughly to the size of your baking dish. Lay the dough over the dish and crimp the sides to seal. Using a knife cut small slits into the top of the dough to provide air circulation. Drizzle the top with olive oil. Set your dish in the oven on top of a baking sheet to catch any spill over.

Bake at 350° for 30 minutes, or until the crust reaches a golden brown.

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The 4th annual Detroit Urban Craft Fair

When: Saturday, November 21, 2009, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: The Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward Ave, Detroit
Admission: Free, all ages

The 4th annual Detroit Urban Craft Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009 at the Majestic Theatre in Detroit.
The fair, Michigan’s largest indie craft fair, is entering its fourth year with the same commitment to DIY community that made it a must-attend event the past 3 years. Over 50 Michigan and national DIY crafters have been selected to showcase their unique work in the market.

For more info DUCF, check out www.detroiturbancraftfair.com or e-mail info@detroiturbancraftfair.com

1 comment:

Amy said...

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