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New Year’s Eve (or Day) Vegan Meals at Restaurants

Posted on December 28, 2016 by The VRG Blog Editor


Here’s a list of some restaurants offering vegan meals New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day! Happy 2017 from The Vegetarian Resource Group.

Avant Garden, New York City, NY
Café Flora, Seattle, WA
Café Sunflower, Atlanta, GA
Cleveland Vegan, Lakewood, OH
Fare Well, Washington, DC
Hangawi, New York City, NY
Harvest at the Bindery, Portland, OR
Ladybird, New York City, NY
Mother of Pearl, New York Ctiy, NY
Plant, Asheville, NC (dinner New Year’s Day)
Planta, Toronto, ON Canada
Sprig & Vine, New Hope, PA
Sanctuary Bistro, Berkeley, CA
Sticky Fingers, Washington, DC (New Year’s Day)
The Block off Biltmore, Asheville, NC
The Cheeze Factory Restaurant, Wisconsin Dells, WI (New Year’s Day)
The Green Owl Café, Madison, WI
Urban Vegan Kitchen, New York City, NY
V Eats, Dallasl, TX


Posted on December 28, 2016 by The VRG Blog Editor

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an otherwise taxable distribution from an IRA (other than an ongoing SEP
or SIMPLE IRA) owned by an individual who is age 70½ or over that is
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if your 2014 required minimum distribution was $10,000, and you made a
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withdraw another $5,000 to satisfy your 2014 required minimum distribution.

This is not personal tax advice, for which you should speak to your tax
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Posted on December 27, 2016 by The VRG Blog Editor


Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, The Vegetarian Resource Group each year will award $20,000 in college scholarship money to graduating U.S. high school students who have promoted veganism/vegetarianism in their schools and/or communities. Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or fowl. Vegans are vegetarians who do not use other animal products such as dairy or eggs.

One award of $10,000 and two awards of $5,000 will be given. Entries may only be sent by students graduating from high school in spring 2017. Deadline is February 20, 2017. We will accept applications postmarked on or before February 20, 2017. Early submission is encouraged.

Applicants will be judged on having shown compassion, courage, and a strong commitment to promoting a peaceful world through a vegan/vegetarian diet/lifestyle. Payment will be made to the student’s college (U.S. based only). Winners of the scholarships give permission to release their names to the media. Applications and essays become property of The Vegetarian Resource Group. We may ask finalists for more information. Scholarship winners are contacted by e-mail or telephone. Please look at your e-mail.

For details on the contest, see:


Posted on December 27, 2016 by The VRG Blog Editor


Over 4,700 salad bars have been donated so far.

For information on obtaining a salad bar for your local school, see:

Quick and Easy Hot Beverages

Posted on December 27, 2016 by The VRG Blog Editor


Are you looking for some new ideas for making hot beverages at home? Chef Nancy Berkoff offers many suggestions in her latest Vegan Cooking Tips column in Vegetarian Journal. She even introduces you to hot beverages with an international flavor including Korean, Japanese, and South African.

The complete article can be read here:

To subscribe to Vegetarian Journal, visit:


Posted on December 27, 2016 by The VRG Blog Editor



Donate to VRG

Posted on December 23, 2016 by The VRG Blog Editor


Please Show Your Support for all the Good Work The Vegetarian Resource Group Does Year-Round by Donating to VRG Today!

2016 has been a very productive year for The Vegetarian Resource Group. Your support is greatly appreciated! You can donate directly to VRG at

Here’s a sampling of some of our accomplishments and outreach:

-Nancy Berkoff’s Vegan in Volume published by VRG has been distributed to thousands of food service personnel
in different settings. This encourages chefs to serve more vegan food options in universities, hospitals, employee cafeterias, nursing homes, and other places. Nancy also developed vegan recipes for Our Daily Bread in Baltimore, which serves over 700 meals per day to homeless and low income individuals. About 10% requested veggie meals. VRG interns prepared and donated 9 foodservice size trays of vegan food using Nancy’s recipes.

-We continue to work with numerous High School and College interns in our Baltimore office including three future Registered Dietitians and a student visiting from Germany. VRG Nutrition Advisor Reed Mangels, PhD, RD, mentors those interns who are interested in pursuing a career in nutrition. VRG staff also works with students that are majoring in English, Journalism, Business, and other subjects. These students are the future of the vegan movement and we should all be excited about what they will bring to the cause once they graduate.

-The Vegetarian Resource Group assisted media (print, web, radio, tv, etc.) including Family Circle magazine for an article on children who decide to go veggie; NPR member station KUT in Austin, TX about the public’s increased interest in vegan diets and PBS 8 in Phoenix Arizona about vegan options for Thanksgiving; Consumer Report on Health about reducing meat for health benefits; Dr. Don Radio Show about veggie pregnancy and lactation; On the Menu, a radio podcast, on the topics of why people go veggie and VRG poll information; Grocerant magazine about what vegans would like to see in the prepared section of grocery stores; and Baltimore Business Journal about the history of The Vegetarian Resource Group.

-VRG has done numerous outreach booths including at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in Boston, MA; GreenFest in Washington, DC; Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore, MD; Taking Action for Animals in VA; Charlottesville and Richmond, VA VegFests; Vegan SoulFest in Baltimore, MD; Albany VegFest in NY; NH Dietetic Meeting in Concord, NH; Veggie Pride Parade in NYC; New England VegFest in Worcester, MA; etc. VRG Nutrition Advisor Reed Mangels, PhD, RD, spoke at state dietetic meetings in NH, FL, and AZ and gave a webinar on ‘Vegetarian Diets for Older Adults’ for members of the Healthy Aging Dietetic Practice Group.

-The Vegetarian Resource Group provided vegan handouts free-of-charge for outreach in a wide variety of locations including a box of literature to be shared with a High School women’s basketball team in California; 500 Save our Water Brochures for tabling at an Earth Day event in Houston, TX; several hundred handouts to Animal Advocates of Western New York for a local Health Expo; a thousand brochures for leafletting in NYC; and hundreds of handouts for state dietetic meetings in NH, WA-OR, and NE.

Your support is greatly appreciated! You can donate directly to VRG at

You can also mail donations to The Vegetarian Resource Group, PO Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203 or call in your donation to (410) 366-8343 Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm EST.

Chanukah Recipes

Posted on December 23, 2016 by The VRG Blog Editor


Chanukah starts the evening of December 24, 2016 – You may want to serve these vegan potato pancakes!

Chanukah is a time that extended families gather together. Here are some vegan recipes from The Lowfat Jewish Vegetarian Cookbook you can share with your friends and family during the 8-day celebration.

Potato Latkes
Serves 4

1-½ pounds potatoes, peeled and grated
1 medium onion, peeled and grated
3 Tablespoons cornstarch
1 Tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
Dash of pepper
2 Tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Form 3-inch patties and fry in lightly oiled pan over medium heat for 10 minutes. Flip latkes and fry for another 10 minutes until crisp on both sides. Serve warm with applesauce or other cooked fruit.

Broccoli Latkes
Serves 5

1 pound broccoli, chopped into small pieces
2 pounds potatoes, scrubbed and cubed into small pieces
1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
3 cups water
½ teaspoon celery seed
Salt and pepper to taste
1 Tablespoon oil
Cook all the ingredients (except the oil) in a large covered pot over medium heat for 20 minutes. Drain mixture and mash ingredients together.
Heat oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Form 10 pancakes. Fry 8 minutes on one side. Flip pancakes and fry for another 5 minutes on the other side. Serve warm.

Where to get a Vegan Meal on Christmas Day (or Eve) 2016

Posted on December 22, 2016 by The VRG Blog Editor


Here are a few restaurants offering vegan meals on Christmas in the USA:

Hangawi, New York City, NY
Harvest at the Bindery, Portland, OR (Christmas Eve)
Herban Fix, Atlanta, GA
Mother of Pearl, New York Ctiy, NY
Raven’s at The Stanford Inn, Mendocino, CA
Su Tao Café, Malvern, PA
Vegetable Garden, Silver Spring, MD

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Posted on December 22, 2016 by The VRG Blog Editor



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