Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St.
American Vegan Society hosts its first award ceremony exploring the animal-free endeavors that help make Philadelphia such a vegan-friendly city. Categories will include Best New Vegan Restaurant, Best Vegan Food at a Non-Vegan Venue, Best Cheap Meal, and Best Non-Food Vegan Business. Initial online voting hosted by philly.com runs Oct. 18 through 30. A second round runs Nov. 1 through 7. Chef Fran Costigan will plan the evening’s activities, which will include vegan appetizers and small plates.