When: Sun., Feb. 1, 2-5 p.m. 2015
For the average football fan, Super Bowl Sunday is a celebration not just of the well-timed blitz and the thrilling last-minute touchdown drive, but also of the indulgence of our most hedonistic (and often carnivorous) appetites: jumbo-size pizzas piled high with sausage and pepperoni, and heaping trays of deep-fried, sauce-slathered chicken wings. This year, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, an Oakland-based vegan cookbook author, offers an alternative. On Sunday, Patrick-Goudreau will celebrate the release of her latest book, The 30-Day Vegan Challenge, at the vegetarian restaurant Encuentro (550 2nd St., Oakland) with a menu that puts a vegan twist on a number of tailgate party favorites: “frankies in blankies,” buffalo “nuggets” with cashew-based “blu cheez,” and so forth. And for the football diehard, the good news is that the event ends early enough that you can still get home in time to catch the second half. Tickets are available via EventBrite.com.