The VRG's Maryland Newsletter by Laura McGuiness
December, 2014

  1. VEGAN MEALS FOR YOU; PROCEEDS FOR VRG -- GREAT SAGE BENEFIT DAY FEBRUARY 22, 2015
  2. VEGETARIAN VIDEO SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
  3. VISIT VRG AT THESE OUTREACH BOOTHS
  4. MARYLAND AREA EVENTS
  5. WHY AM I WRITING ABOUT VEGANS IN A BLOG LIKE MINE
  6. SOUP'S ON
  7. WHOLE FOODS COMING TO TOWSON, MD
  8. VEGAN DOUGHNUT BUSINESS
  9. YEAR END MATCHING DONATIONS
  10. VRG'S YAHOO PARENT'S GROUP
  11. AMAZON SMILE: PURCHASE THROUGH AMAZON AND MAKE A DONATION TO VRG
  12. DONATE YOUR CAR TO A GOOD CAUSE
  13. BECOME A MONTHLY DONOR FOR VRG
  14. VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP RESEARCH AND NEWS VEGAN WINTER COATS AND BOOTS, MARGARET CAVENDISH, VEGAN COOKIES, DESEEDING POMEGRANATES
  15. ABOUT VRG

1) VEGAN MEALS FOR YOU; PROCEEDS FOR VRG -- GREAT SAGE BENEFIT DAY FEBRUARY 22, 2015

Support The Vegetarian Resource Group while enjoying your favorite vegan dishes from Great Sage! On February 22, 2015, Great Sage in Clarksville, MD will be generously donating 10% of the day's proceeds to VRG. Try their 'Crabbie' Grilled Cheese, "a layer of [their] famous 'crab cake' between sharp cashew 'cheddar,' baby spinach, and whole wheat toast" or their Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes, "topped with soy whip and served with a caramel glaze"!

You can check out the rest of Great Sage's amazing all-vegan menu items here:
[ http://greatsage.com/menu/ ]

Great Sage is located at:

5809 Clarksville Square Drive
Clarksville, MD 21029

and open 10 AM-9 PM on Sunday.

Although this will not be a formal group gathering, our Outreach Coordinator, Nina, and other VRG volunteers will be available during brunch hours (10 AM-3 PM) to answer any questions you may have or to just chat! We will also have copies of the Vegetarian Journal and literature available for you to take home. We look forward to seeing you and thank you in advance for your support!

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2) VEGETARIAN VIDEO SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

Jerry is a winner of The Vegetarian Resource Group Video Contest. He stated: I have always had a lot of respect and admiration toward vegetarians. But it was not until recently, I considered vegetarianism as part of my diet. I have always been interested in vegetarianism due to its water conservation and humane treatment of animals. But the cherry on top - the overwhelming health benefits - is what really led me to my final decisions.

See videos at: [ http://www.vrg.org/veg_videos.php#fu ]

You can be next year's VRG video winner! The next contest deadline is July 15, 2015. For more information on how to apply and the rules surrounding the contest, visit:
[ http://www.vrg.org/videoscholarship.php ]

For information about our $5,000 scholarship contest for high school seniors, see:
[ http://www.vrg.org/student/scholar.htm ]

Deadline is February 20, 2015.

If you would like to support VRG internships or our video scholarship contest, please donate at: www.vrg.org/donate

Join The Vegetarian Resource Group at:
[ http://www.vrg.org/member/2013sv.php ]

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3) VISIT VRG AT THESE OUTREACH BOOTHS

MARYLAND AREA OUTREACH EVENTS
Great Sage Benefit Day
Clarksville, MD
02/22, 2015
[ https://www.facebook.com/events/480049368803875 ]
NATIONAL (OUTSIDE OF MARYLAND AREA) EVENTS
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Nashville, TN
10/3-10/6, 2015
[ http://www.eatrightnashville.org/index.php/category/meetings/ ]

If you would like to volunteer at any of these events, contact Nina at ninac@vrg.org.

If you would like to donate towards our veggie outreach, donate at:
[ http://www.vrg.org/donate ] .

Donations can also be sent to

The Vegetarian Resource Group
P.O. Box 1463
Baltimore, MD 21203

Or call: (410) 366-8343.

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4) MARYLAND AREA EVENTS

VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN MEET-UPS IN BALTIMORE, MD

The Vegetarian Meet-up happens at Mango Grove, located at 8865 Stanford Boulevard, in Columbia, Maryland 21045, on the first Sunday each month at 12:30 PM. The Vegan Meet-up takes place at Mr. Chan Szechuan at 1000 Reisterstown Rd. in Pikesville on the third Wednesday every month at 7 PM. If you are vegan or vegetarian and would like to eat great food while socializing with others who share your interests, attend a meet-up!

For more information about EarthSave's Vegan and Vegetarian Baltimore Meet-ups,

DINEKIND

Dinekind Harford, a lovely organization created in 2010, meets monthly to share information on the benefits of a plant-based diet. On the first Friday of each month at the McFaul Activity Center in Bel Air, Maryland, everybody enjoys a plant-based dinner followed by socializing and information sharing (such as a guest speaker, demonstration, or movie). The members potluck begins at 6:30 and the presentation starts one hour later.

Monthly activities include a members plant-based potluck, promoting Meatless Mondays and featuring a weekly recipe, staffing tables at events for health, animal welfare, and the environment, creating a Harford County veg-friendly dining guide, Plant-based professionals guide, movie nights/book discussions, and visits to places such as restaurants and animal shelters. This month, the meeting will be: Vegetarian Veterinarian.

For more information, visit:
[ http://www.dinekindharford.com/ ]

HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES NEEDS YOU!

It's about time to get cracking on animal protection measures for Maryland in 2015. To start preparing, The Humane Society of the United States will be visiting six cities in December. At these events, you can find out what issues lawmakers are expected to consider in 2015, including the critical "cost of animal care" legislation to provide much-needed relief to shelters and save the lives of countless animals.

To participate, come visit any one of these events:

Annapolis Monday, 12/8 - 6:00 to 7:30 PM
BowieTuesday, 12/9 - 6:00 to 7:30 PM
SalisburyThursday, 12/11 - 6:00 to 7:30 PM
BaltimoreTuesday, 12/16 - 6:00 to 7:30 PM
RockvilleWednesday, 12/17 - 6:00 to 7:30 PM
FrederickThursday, 12/18 - 6:00 to 7:30 PM
WebinarWednesday, 12/10 - 12:00 to 1:00 PM

There is no fee to attend. Visit:
[ http://action.humanesociety.org/site/R?i=esqQCTJRZdy4Fahw2Oarfw ]
to RSVP and view location details.

MARYLANDVEGEVENTS.COM

Marylandvegevents.com is a one stop calendar site for all MD/DC vegan and vegetarian events. If you are looking to network, socialize, and/or engage in social activism you will find plenty of opportunities here. Whether you are vegan, vegetarian, or interested in trying vegetarianism/veganism, you will find many exciting and fulfilling events.

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5) WHY AM I WRITING ABOUT VEGANS IN A BLOG LIKE MINE

You might be interested to know that I wrote about my husband Steve's and my experience at the phenomenal Vegetarian Resource Group vegan potluck. I write a blog called offbeat compassion ([ http://offbeatcompassion.wordpress.com/about/ ] )
and just now posted my article.

"You can be a vegan but still have an unhealthy diet," one of my table mates at a pre-Thanksgiving potluck informed me. "Think French fries and all that grease." I nodded sympathetically. It is hard enough to push people's eating habits in one direction, let alone two at once. Another vegan sitting there with at least three varieties of cranberry sauce on her place next to her tahini-topped zucchini pancakes asked how long I had been a vegan. I had to confess that I was there only because decades ago, my husband had belonged to their Baltimore-based group when it first formed. (It is now called The Vegetarian Resource Group). He wanted to reconnect with old pals during our recent visit there; I came along to enjoy the food and meet offbeat people like myself, two of my favorite past times.

When my table mate next asked a bit about me and I told her about this blog, she hopefully asked, "Does it have something to do with veganism?" Once again I felt compelled to spill out the unvarnished truth and say, "Well I can't really say that it does." Luckily, I rescued the conversation from dying prematurely by asking her to tell me a little about her interests as I ate my first ever vegan enchilada…"

On my way back home from Baltimore, I mulled over my hasty answer that my blog and veganism have nothing to do with each other. While there is no obvious surface connection, I thought about what I had heard and seen at that potluck. For one thing, they were handing out T-shirts that said, "Expand compassion" on them. Well there you are. I noticed too that several people brought their own plates and silverware, so that less paper and plastic ware would be used, thus showing their consideration for the health of our planet. Posters abounded that reminded us to "be kind to animals: don't eat them."

Perhaps it is fair to say that both vegans and my blog followers and I are/aspire to be: purveyors of offbeat varieties of compassion.

Rabbi Kaplan writes about what people facing death ponder, value, and believe at
[ http://offbeatcompassion.wordpress.com/about/ ]

If you would like to assist with organizing The Vegetarian Resource Group pre-Thanksgiving potluck in Baltimore next year, contact Nina at vrg@vrg.org

For more information on holiday recipes and other groups around the USA hosting Thanksgiving events, visit
[ http://www.vrg.org/recipes/vegan_thanksgiving.php ]

It's never too early to note these on your calendar.

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6) SOUP'S ON

BY DINA GHARIB, VRG INTERN

Winter is coming! Vegans and vegetarians can now rejoice over this delectable hole-in-the-wall restaurant. In my opinion, Soup's On is one of the best places to get a cheap, filling, delicious meal on a cold winter's day. While the food is quick to come out, it's not to be confused with anything remotely close to fast-food. Their hot delicious soups are cooked fresh daily in house, and are sure to please even the pickiest eaters. Every day the menu changes, but vegan and vegetarian options are always made available. If the delicious food isn't enough to lure you in, the warm hospitality and service will top it off. Soups such as the Vegan Roasted Parsnip and Leek with Sherry and Thyme, or the Szechwan Carrot with Peanut, Ginger, and Soy Milk will have you coming back for more. For a combination meal, try their signature Vegan Sandwich with Roasted Eggplant, Portobello Mushrooms, and red Bell Peppers and topped off with fresh Baby Arugula. Their website is updated daily with all the menu items available for the day. Fight the cold weather off, with a hot meal from Soup's On.

For more information, visit:
www.soupsonbalto.com/index.html 11 West Preston St.
Baltimore MD, 21201

For more information on other vegetarian restaurants throughout the USA and Canada, see:
[ http://www.vrg.org/restaurant/index.php ]

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7) WHOLE FOODS COMING TO TOWSON, MD

For some time the people of Towson have been asking for a Whole Foods Market and now that is becoming a reality. This Whole Foods will be located at the new Towson Row redevelopment site opposite the library in downtown Towson.

For more information on this exciting event, visit:
[ http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/real-estate/wonk/bal-whole-foods-planned-for-towson-row-20141105-story.html ]

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8) VEGAN DOUGHNUT BUSINESS

When I discovered that there was a vegan doughnut business in my neighborhood supplying a vegan exclusive doughnut menu, I was quick to investigate. After taking a quick trip to their website, I discovered the holy grail of vegan doughnuts. Glory Doughnuts is a young business owned by two seasoned vegans, Alissa and Keirsten, who have a passion for vegan comfort food. By taking a look at their flavors it is obvious that these two are not interested in following the stereotypical, healthy vegan route. In fact they credit the base of their business to be the animals. Besides providing a menu of vegan exclusive doughnuts, the Glory Doughnuts owners are active members in the vegan community stating, "We do regular donations to various charities, and follow and promote the vegan community as much as possible, with like-minded individuals as well as like-minded businesses. We do a lot of shout outs…just to kind of help spread the message; always looking for opportunities to do that. Like most of the events we do, we watch out for pro-animal rights, and/or vegan friendly and/or environmentally friendly events. We're always keeping it in mind because that's honestly the base of the business, it's the animals. We're always looking for opportunities to support the huge cause!"

While their doughnuts have become notorious for their exotic flavors, Glory Doughnuts does not currently have a storefront, but managed to gather a strong and wide following of visitors at their summer farmer's market pop-up stand. Their following, they credit to social media stating, "Everyone who comes up to our stand at the farmer's market, are always like 'Oh we saw you on Instagram.' 'We saw you on Facebook.' 'I saw the doughnuts this morning and I had to have it.'" The raving reviews and strong following exist for a good reason. Glory Doughnuts are not your typical everyday doughnut. With exquisite flavors like The Carnivale featuring Traditional Yeast with Fair Trade Ganache, Kettle Korn, Roasted Peanuts and Rainbow Jimmies, or the Bootlegger incorporating Traditional Yeast with Apple Pie Moonshine Glaze and organic apples mixed right into the dough; these doughnuts are a force to be reckoned with.

When discussing their decision on having a vegan exclusive menu, Glory Doughnuts was adamant that there was never any pressure to sell non-vegan goods, since veganism is such a major part of their lives. "When we started, we set out to make a product that had to be vegan, like that couldn't be compromised, and one where, I hate to use this term but people use it frequently, but carnivores will like it too." When I asked if there were any difficulties with selling their vegan goods to non-vegans, Alissa responded with a very affective yet interesting approach. "In certain situations we don't necessarily advertise the fact our product is vegan because we don't want to deter people who might or might not try our products just because they're vegan. So we kind of like to do a sneak attack and have people try our stuff, and then we kind of let them know that it doesn't have any milk, dairy, or eggs." While their plan may be effective, they did express troubles in creating vegan doughnuts at an affordable price point. "We also wanted to use local and organic ingredients as well as vegan ingredients and that isn't necessarily cheap, so we're constantly doing market research and constantly trying to find the lowest cost for our ingredients without compromising quality."

As for their advice to vegans who would like to start a business, "You have to put your complete heart and soul into your passion. For the past year we've been doing this, I've also been holding a full-time job, so there's been long days, and we've been through some rough times. So now we're both going full time on doughnuts. Anyways, don't be afraid to take chances and don't talk yourself out of doing things. Surround yourself with like-minded people and people who support you and your purpose."

As for the future, Glory Doughnuts is currently looking at spaces in hopes of opening their first modest storefront location. To order from Glory Doughnuts, visit:
www.glorydoughnuts.com/index.html

For more information about vegetarian and vegan businesses and jobs, see:

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9) YEAR END MATCHING DONATIONS

Don't forget that many employers will match your donation to nonprofits such as The Vegetarian Resource Group, often up to $5,000. A partial list of employers that match can be seen here at www.vrg.org/donate by checking "employer to match" and clicking on "Please Select."

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10) VRG'S YAHOO PARENT'S GROUP

Are you or someone you know raising a vegetarian or vegan child? If so, you may want to join a network of parents interested in exchanging ideas on various vegetarian/vegan topics including: finding a vegan summer camp, vegan dining options at Disney World, what can I pack in my child’s lunchbox, how have you and your child dealt with the dissection issue in school, can you recommend a veggie-friendly pediatrician or dietitian, is there a veggie children’s group in my area, etc.

For more information on this online Yahoo Group see:
[ https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/vrgparents/info ]

- See more at: [ http://www.vrg.org/blog/#sthash.5FYvbZEF.dpuf ]

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11) AMAZON SMILE: PURCHASE THROUGH AMAZON AND MAKE A DONATION TO VRG

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Vegetarian Resource Group whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.

Support your charitable organization by starting your shopping at
[ http://smile.amazon.com/ch/52-1279034 ]

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12) DONATE YOUR CAR TO A GOOD CAUSE

A free, convenient service for converting that extra car, truck, or RV into a tax deductible donation benefiting The Vegetarian Resource Group. You can donate online or call 877-999-8322 to make your donation.

Start now by clicking on "Donate Now" below. If you are not ready to donate, find out about donating your vehicle by browsing all the valuable information and links on our site at:
[ http://www.v-dac.com/org/?id=52127903 ]

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13) BECOME A MONTHLY DONOR FOR VRG

The Vegetarian Resource Group greatly appreciates the support given by our monthly donors. You can join our monthly giving group with a minimum gift of just $10 a month by going to www.vrg.org/donate. You will be part of a network of givers who support our outreach efforts on an ongoing basis. These donations allow us to continue vegan education in a wide variety of venues including schools, doctor and dietitian offices, libraries, various professional conferences, animal rights events, health fairs, environmental festivals, and much more. Thank you for your support!

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14) VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP RESEARCH AND NEWS VEGAN WINTER COATS AND BOOTS, MARGARET CAVENDISH, VEGAN COOKIES, DESEEDING POMEGRANATES

VEGAN WINTER COATS/JACKETS
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/12/03/vegan-winter-coatsjackets/ ]
FAST MEALS DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON - VEGAN MICROWAVE COOKBOOK!
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/12/01/fast-meals-during-the-holiday-season-vegan-microwave-cookbook/ ]
VEGAN WINTER BOOTS
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/11/26/vegan-winter-boots/ ]
PREPARING FOR A MEDIA INTERVIEW
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/11/26/preparing-for-a-media-interview/ ]
YEAR END DONATIONS TO THE VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/11/25/year-end-donations-to-the-vegetarian-resource-group/ ]
VEGANS KNOW HOW TO PARTY LIMITED TIME SPECIAL DISCOUNT OFFER
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/11/21/vegans-know-how-to-party-limited-time-special-discount-offer/ ]
VEGETARIAN THANKSGIVING MEALS AND VRG'S PRE-THANKSGIVING VEGAN POTLUCK FEATURE
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/11/21/vegetarian-thanksgiving-meals-and-vrgs-pre-thanksgiving-vegan-potluck-featured/ ]
KRISTINA OF FULLYRAWKRISTINA SHOWS OFF VRG MERCH
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/11/20/kristina-of-fullyrawkristina-shows-off-vrg-merch/ ]
MARGARET CAVENDISH
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/11/19/margaret-cavendish/ ]
LANDS IN LOVE COSTA RICA
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/11/18/lands-in-love-costa-rica/ ]
DELICIOUS VEGAN COOKIES FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/11/14/delicious-vegan-cookies-for-the-holiday-season/ ]
VEGAN OPTIONS AT GENGHIS GRILL
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/11/14/vegan-options-at-genghis-grill/ ]
PIZZA REV VEGAN OFFERINGS
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/11/13/pizza-rev-vegan-offerings/ ]
SOY CONSUMPTION
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/11/13/soy-consumption/ ]
SALATA RESTAURANTS IN TEXAS AND CALIFORNIA
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/11/11/salata-restaurants-in-texas-and-california/ ]
VEGAN SOULFEST IN BALTIMORE, MARYLAND WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/11/11/vegan-soulfest-in-baltimore-maryland-was-a-huge-success/ ]
NEW VEGAN RESTAURANTS ADDED TO WWW.VRG.ORG WEBSITE
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/11/07/new-vegan-restaurants-added-to-www-vrg-org-website/ ]
THE AMERICAN VEGETARIAN AND HEALTH JOURNAL (MID 1800'S)
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/11/07/the-american-vegetarian-and-health-journal-mid-1800s/ ]
VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP VEGAN DINNER IN ATLANTA--A HUGE SUCCESS
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/11/06/vegetarian-resource-group-vegan-dinner-in-atlanta-a-huge-success/ ]
VEGAN DOUGHNUT BUSINESS
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/11/05/vegan-doughnut-business/ ]
SUGGESTED METHOD FOR DE-SEEDING POMEGRANATES
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2014/11/05/suggested-method-for-de-seeding-pomegranates/ ]

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15) ABOUT VRG

Our health professionals, activists, and educators work with businesses and individuals to bring about healthful changes in your school, workplace, and community. Registered dietitians and physicians aid in the development of nutrition-related publications and answer member and media questions about vegetarian diets. The Vegetarian Resource Group is a non-profit organization. Financial support comes primarily from memberships, donations, bequests, and book sales. The Vegetarian Journal, a print magazine, is a benefit of membership in The VRG. (For more information, please see the Vegetarian Journal online at:
[ http://www.vrg.org/journal/ ] )

To sign up for the The Vegetarian Resource Group national email newsletter, please visit:
[ http://www.vrg.org/vrgnews/. ]

We are also on Facebook and Twitter!!

If you would like to make a donation, become a member, volunteer, or find out more about The VRG, contact us at:

The Vegetarian Resource Group
P.O. Box 1463
Baltimore, MD 21203
Phone: (410) 366-8343
Fax: (410) 366-8804
E-mail: vrg@vrg.org
Website: [ http://www.vrg.org/ ]

To donate: [ http://www.givedirect.org/give/givefrm.asp?Action=GC&CID=1565/ ]

Copyright The Vegetarian Resource Group 2014 The contents of this newsletter, and our other publications, including Vegetarian Journal, are not intended to provide personal medical advice. Medical advice should be obtained from a qualified health professional. We often depend on product and ingredient information from company statements. It is impossible to be 100% sure about a statement, info can change, people have different views, and mistakes can be made. Please use your own best judgment about whether a product is suitable for you. To be sure, do further research or confirmation on your own.

If you were forwarded this message and would like to sign up for our monthly local email newsletter, please see our website:
[ http://www.vrg.org/local/ ]

If you do not wish to receive the Local Email Newsletter, visit
[ http://lists.vrg.org/mailman/listinfo/vrg-maryland_lists.vrg.org ]

Instructions for unsubscribing will appear at the bottom of the page.

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