When: Sun., Sept. 28, 2-5 p.m. 2014
If you’re a vegan who’s tired of the run-of-the-mill meatless options available at your neighborhood sandwich shop, here’s an event for you: Sunday’s first-ever Vegan Sammich Throwdown at Berkeley’s Finnish Brotherhood Hall (1970 Chestnut St.). Professional chefs and ambitious home cooks will battle for the delicious supremacy that’s found between two slices of bread. Organizer Karine Brighten, an event planner who sponsors a variety of vegan get-togethers, explained that attendees will get to sample each competitor’s sandwich and take home a grab bag full of assorted vegan goodies. Most importantly, the guests will have all the power: In lieu of official judges, each audience member will vote to determine which sandwich maestro will take the top prize — a spot in this year’s Vegan Iron Chef, an even more intense competition that Brighten organizes. $3 from each ticket will benefit the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition.