The VRG's Maryland Newsletter by Laura McGuiness
April, 2016

  1. VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP RESEARCH AND NEWS —
    • PINKBERRY NON-DAIRY SOFTSERVE
    • WHOLE FOODS TUBE FEEDING FORMULA
    • VEGAN FOOD AT BASEBALL PARKS
    • TODDLERS
    • FRIED QUINOA WITH TOFU
    • VEGAN COMFORT FOOD
    • TEMPEH RECIPES
    • TACO FILLINGS
    AND MORE...
  2. CASSEROLE PROGRAM FOR THE NEEDY — VEGETARIAN DONATIONS WANTED
  3. 12th ANNUAL GREEN FESTIVAL AT DC CONVENTION CENTER, MAY 6-8, 2016
  4. VISIT VRG AT THESE OUTREACH BOOTHS
  5. MARYLAND AREA EVENTS
  6. VRG VEGAN THAI DINNER IN BOSTON: MY THAI VEGAN CAFE SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2016, 6 PM
  7. GREAT SAGE BENEFIT DAY FOR THE VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP - CLARKSVILLE, MARYLAND-SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 2016
  8. ORGANIC VEGETARIAN AND VEGAN MEALS DELIVERED TO YOUR HOME OR OFFICE
  9. RANCHER’S VEGAN WIFE SETS OUT TO SAVE CATTLE
  10. HEALTHY DELIGHTS BON APPETIT - VEGAN KOSHER CATERER
  11. MOM’S HAMPDEN — GRAND OPENING
  12. JOB OPENING
  13. THANK YOU, VOLUNTEERS!
  14. ABOUT VRG

1) VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP RESEARCH AND NEWS —
  • PINKBERRY NON-DAIRY SOFTSERVE
  • WHOLE FOODS TUBE FEEDING FORMULA
  • VEGAN FOOD AT BASEBALL PARKS
  • TODDLERS
  • FRIED QUINOA WITH TOFU
  • VEGAN COMFORT FOOD
  • TEMPEH RECIPES
  • TACO FILLINGS
AND MORE...

PINKBERRY NONDAIRY SOFTSERVE
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/04/05/pinkberry-nondairy-softserve/ ]
WHOLE FOODS TUBE FEEDING FORMULA
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/04/04/whole-foods-tube-feeding-formula/ ]
VEGAN FOOD SERVED AT MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PARKS THIS SEASON
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/04/01/vegan-food-served-at-major-league-baseball-parks-this-season/ ]
GREEN SOUP WITH CHICKPEAS
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/03/25/green-soup-with-chickpeas/ ]
FULL-TIME RESTAURANT MANAGER NEEDED FOR LOVIN’ SPOONFULS VEGAN RESTAURANT IN ARIZONA
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/03/24/full-time-restaurant-manager-needed-for-lovin-spoonfuls-vegan-restaurant-in-arizona/ ]
2015 INTEREST IN NATURAL FOODS
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/03/23/2015-interest-in-natural-foods/ ]
BUNNIECAKES VEGAN SWEETS IN MIAMI!
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/03/21/bunniecakes-vegan-sweets-in-miami/ ]
IF YOU’RE A FREQUENT FLYER, THIS ARTICLE IS FOR YOU!
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/03/18/if-youre-a-frequent-flyer-this-article-is-for-you/ ]
SHOULD TODDLERS BE ON A LOW-FAT VEGGIE DIET?
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/03/16/should-toddlers-be-on-a-low-fat-veggie-diet/ ]
FRIED QUINOA WITH TOFU RECIPE
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/03/14/fried-quinoa-with-tofu-recipe/ ]
MODERN VEGAN COMFORT FOOD
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/03/11/modern-vegan-comfort-food/ ]
STEARIC ACID AND STEARATES IN MINTS: ALMOST ALL VEGETABLE-SOURCED—PART 3 OF 3
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/03/09/stearic-acid-and-stearates-in-mints-almost-all-vegetable-sourced-part-3-of-3/ ]
CREATIVE TEMPEH RECIPES
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/03/08/creative-tempeh-recipes/ ]
GLUTEN-FREE TIPS AND TRICKS FOR VEGANS—NEW VEGAN COOKBOOK
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/03/08/gluten-free-tips-and-tricks-for-vegans-new-vegan-cookbook/ ]
QUICK AND EASY TACO FILLING IDEAS
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/03/07/quick-and-easy-taco-filling-ideas/ ]

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2) CASSEROLE PROGRAM FOR THE NEEDY — VEGETARIAN DONATIONS WANTED

By Maria Pittarelli

Our Daily Bread in Baltimore serves free meals to over 700 needy people 365 days a year. They said about ten percent of individuals ask for a vegetarian meal, which typically consists of macaroni and cheese, salad, fruit, cheese, bread, and a dessert. We were enthusiastically told that they would love to get more vegetarian donations to provide more options and variety. They accept canned fruits and vegetables, canned beans, peanut butter, cereal, oatmeal, and other shelf-stable donations.

They also have a casserole program where generous people in the community can make one of the casserole recipes on their website and donate it for use during the lunch service when needed. VRG's Foodservice Advisor Chef Nancy Berkoff created three vegan recipes, which now have been posted as options on the website. Nancy tested these at a senior center in Los Angeles, CA. The recipes are:

  • Brunswick Stew
  • Creamy Bean and Potato Casserole
  • Sweet Potato Black Bean Casserole

The recipes and donation directions are at:
[ http://www.catholiccharities-md.org/our-daily-bread/odb-food-service/favorite-casserole-recipes.html ]

If you, your family, or a local group would like to make a vegetarian donation to this charity, they accept donations of any quantity on any day between 8 AM and 3 PM. If you choose to donate a casserole, they will need to be in a disposable metal casserole pan sized 12” x 10” x 2 9/16” deep. I had difficulty finding this exact size, but party stores and some groceries sell a pan that is very close in dimensions (within half an inch) and that was perfectly acceptable to them. The casserole must be frozen solid before donating. In our case, homemade casseroles that were put in the home freezer at 5pm were frozen by 9 AM the next morning. Be careful to not stack the casseroles before they are frozen, as this can result in them breaking or leaking. Cover tightly with aluminum foil or the corresponding disposable lid, and label with the name of the casserole and the date it was made. If you are able to make a donation, it would be greatly appreciated and put to good use helping those in need who desire vegetarian meals.

If you are in the Baltimore area, you can prepare and donate these casseroles to Our Daily Bread. You can enlist the help of others at your organization, church, synagogue, mosque, or any other meeting you attend.

If you are not in the Baltimore area, you should be able to find a local charity which would be thrilled to receive these casseroles for their feeding programs.

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3) 12th ANNUAL GREEN FESTIVAL AT DC CONVENTION CENTER, MAY 6-8, 2016

Embrace a vegan lifestyle for a weekend at the 12th annual Green Festival at the DC Convention Center May 6-8th. Visit The Vegetarian Resource Group at booth #435. Use ticket code VRG16 for discounted tickets on the weekend!

See more at: [ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/03/17/12th-annual-green-festival-at-the-dc-convention-center-may-6-8-2016/#sthash.GINMPMwQ.dpuff ]

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4) VISIT VRG AT THESE OUTREACH BOOTHS

MARYLAND AREA OUTREACH EVENTS:

Paul's Place Heath Fair
Baltimore, MD
Saturday, April 23, 2016, 1-4 PM
Baltimore VegFest
Baltimore, MD
Saturday, April 30
[ http://thehumaneleague.com/vegfest/baltimore/ ]
Green Festival Expo
Washington, DC
Friday to Sunday, May 6-8
[ http://greenfestivals.org/wdc/washington-d-c-2016 ]

OUTSIDE OF MARYLAND AREA EVENTS:

Berkeley Vegan Earth Day
Berkeley, CA
April 17
[ http://berkeleyveganearthday.vegfoodevents.com/ ]
New England VegFest
Worcester, MA
May 1
[ https://newenglandvegfest.com/ ]
New Hampshire Dietetic Association Meeting
Concord, NH
May 11
Vegetarian Resource Group Vegan Thai Dinner
Boston, MA
October 16
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2010/07/19/vrgs-vegan-dinner-in-boston-11710/ ]
Charlottesville VegFest
Charlottesville, VA
September 24
[ http://www.cvillevegfest.org/ ]
Academic of Nutrition and Dietetics Conference
Boston, MA
October 16-18

If you would like to volunteer at any of these events, contact Brigette and vrg@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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5) MARYLAND AREA EVENTS

VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN MEET-UPS IN BALTIMORE, MD

The Vegetarian Meet-up happens at

Mango Grove
8865 Stanford Boulevard
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, see:

DINEKIND

Dinekind Harford meets monthly to share information on the benefits of a plant-based diet. For more information, visit: [ http://www.dinekindharford.com/ ]

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.

FORKS OVER KNIVES MONTHLY POTLUCKS

This group is for those interested in trying or for those already committed to a whole food, plant based diet with none or very little oil, salt, or refined sugar. There is a monthly potluck where we sample delicious and healthy dishes, share recipes, learn, and connect with like-minded individuals.

Please bring a dish to serve 8-10 along with a copy of your recipe or ingredients list with your name included so others can identify who made each dish. The dishes should serve 8-10 and must be entirely plant-based (vegan) as well as low or entirely void of refined sugar, salt, and oil. Contributions of $3/person are appreciated to cover the cost of fees, room rental, and supplies.

This month, the group will be meeting Monday, April 18 at 6:00 PM, located at

Mango Grove
8865 Stanford Blvd. #107
Columbia, MD

For more information, visit: [ http://www.meetup.com/Columbia-MD-Forks-Over-Knives-Meetup/ ]

BALTIMORE NUTRITION AS MEDICINE POTLUCK AND SUPPORT GROUP

This group meets on the second Friday of each month at 6:30 PM at the

Park Heights Community Health Alliance
4151 Park Heights Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21215

They typically show one or more short educational videos, often a cooking demonstration of something delicious and easy. And, of course, support, discussion, advice, and recipes. Beginners welcome. Organized by a plant-based Registered Dietician and also a plant-based Medical Doctor. Please bring a vegan dish to share if you can.

Please RSVP and visit at [ http://www.meetup.com/Baltimore-Nutrition-As-Medicine-Potluck/ ]

If you have any questions, contact: joeadamsmd@gmail.com or 410-231-3323

BALTIMORE VEGAN DRINKS MONTHLY MEETUP

VegOut in Frederick, April 23
We're doing another Veg Out Festival with the good folks from the Frederick Veg group and your favorite - Glory Doughnuts! You will remember them from last July's Veg Eveing in Frederick - and this will be bigger and better! Currently twelve businesses and 10 charities will be part of this incredible day. And just like in Ellicott City - there will be a HUGE prize basket valued at more than $500! Check in at the Trellis to get your punchcard - more details coming on the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1751597848402020/

Baltimore Veg Fest, April 30
It's back! Join a few thousand of your favorite plant-eaters at UMBC for the annual veg fest! We plan to have a table there, as usual. Won't you head down to Catonsville and eat yourself silly with us? It’s from 11 AM to 4 PM, 1100 Hilltop Circle, Catonsville MD 21228.

For more information about Vegan Drinks, visit:

MONTHLY COOKING CLASSES

Taking place on Sunday, April 10, 2016 from 10 AM to 1 PM in Fairfax Station, VA, is a cooking class all about soy foods. Dispel the myths! Learn the health benefits of cooking with soyfood derivatives. Past classes have included some of the following:

  • roasted soy nuts
  • organic soy milk smoothies
  • edamame hummus
  • miso tahini spread
  • ranch dressing
  • miso soup
  • tofu boursin cheese
  • tempeh medallions in black bean sauce
  • tempeh salad
  • tempeh Reuben
  • TVP meatloaf
  • marinated baked tofu
  • tofu nuggets
  • breaded tofu
  • soy chili
  • Thai tofu
  • sesame tofu bowl
  • fudgesicles

No meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, or honey. $55/person; $100/two people; $50/VSDC, VRG, or COK members. Demonstration classes include recipes, organic food samples, manufacturers' samples coupons. Gift certificates are available for purchase.

Email veggourmet@aol.com or call 703-643-2713 for space availability. Make checks payable to

Mimi Clark
9302 Hallston Ct.
Fairfax Station, VA 22039

Sorry, no phone or e-mail reservations and no walk-ins. Seventy-two hour cancellation policy for refund or credit. Class subject to cancellation if minimum enrollment is not met.

Check website for monthly class updates: [ http://www.veggourmet.wordpress.com ]

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6) VRG VEGAN THAI DINNER IN BOSTON: MY THAI VEGAN CAFE SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2016, 6 PM

The Vegetarian Resource Group will host a vegan Thai dinner at My Thai Vegan Café in Boston on Sunday, October 16, 2016 during the annual meeting of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Meet VRG advisors Reed Mangels PhD RD, Catherine Conway MS RD, Debra Wasserman, and vegetarian dietitians from around the country. All are welcome.

MENU:

  • Tom Kha (Thai Coconut Soup with tofu)
  • Thai Mango Salad
  • Nam Prik Kaeng Kari with tofu (Yellow Curry) with BROWN RICE
  • Pad See Ew (Wide rice noodles with Chinese Broccoli with vegan gluten)
  • Fruit cocktail for dessert or other fruit
  • Tea and cold water

This will be a plated sit down dinner.

TO RESERVE: Send $30 per person (includes tax and tip) (under eight is half price) with names to

The Vegetarian Resource Group
P.O. Box 1463
Baltimore, MD 21203
Call (410) 366-8343.

Or pay at www.vrg.org/donate and write Boston Dinner in the Comments.

$35 after September 30th. Refunds after September 30th only if your seat can be replaced.

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7) GREAT SAGE BENEFIT DAY FOR THE VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP - CLARKSVILLE, MARYLAND-SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 2016

Great Sage is a delectable Vegan restaurant located in Clarksville, Maryland that is part of Conscious Corner--a family of businesses dedicated to promoting healthy and mindful living by focusing on animal welfare, the environment, and community. Great Sage supports non-profit organizations by hosting monthly Benefit Days, where 10% of the proceeds are donated to a non-profit. We are thrilled to announce that on April 17th, 2016, Great Sage is hosting a Benefit Day for The Vegetarian Resource Group!

One of our wonderful volunteers will be in attendance during brunch handing out copies of the Vegetarian Journal and other Vegetarian Resource Group literature to interested patrons, as well as answering questions about veganism and The Vegetarian Resource Group. It is always a pleasure to represent The Vegetarian Resource Group in Great Sage’s welcoming and warm atmosphere. Great Sage’s bold menu features international flavors and organic ingredients with dishes such as their Smoked Vegetable Wrap, Enchilada Burrito, and Biscuits ‘n’ Gravy, and Mushroom Flatbread. Delicious desserts include Cranberry Almond-Pistachio Cobbler, GIANT Cinnamon Rolls, and Chocolate Lava Cake.

You don’t want to miss out on this mouth-watering Vegan cuisine and an opportunity to support The Vegetarian Resource Group. We are excited to see you there!

- Brigette Dumais, VRG Volunteer Coordinator

See more at: [ http://greatsage.com/vrg-benefit-day-2/ ]

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8) ORGANIC VEGETARIAN AND VEGAN MEALS DELIVERED TO YOUR HOME OR OFFICE

Trifecta deliver organic vegetarian and vegan meals to your home and office. Today I had the opportunity to enjoy Trifecta's French Riviera Lentils for lunch. Unlike most packaged foods, which tend to be bland and uninteresting, the French Riviera Lentils had a bold blend of flavor. The green lentil base was accompanied by large slices of portobello mushrooms, chunks of onion and carrot, half walnuts, and steamed kale. I finished the entire serving, and it left me feeling full and nourished.

For more information, visit [ http://trifectanutrition.com/vrg ]

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9) RANCHER’S VEGAN WIFE SETS OUT TO SAVE CATTLE

“Before long, a rancher’s wife turned into a rancher’s worst nightmare: a vegan.” CBS Evening News covers a story of a woman who bonds with a group of cattle and documents it on a Facebook page called Vegan Journal of a Rancher’s Wife. Through this page, she raised $30,000, enough to buy the entire herd of cattle.

After raising the money, the rancher decided to stop eating meat and began working with his wife at Rowdy Girl Vegan Farm Animal Sanctuary.

To view the video, see: [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVKC4Q6aS0Y ]

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10) HEALTHY DELIGHTS BON APPETIT - VEGAN KOSHER CATERER

Order vegan, vegan, and/or gluten-free catered food at: [ http://www.hdbonappetit.com/qna ]

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11) MOM’S HAMPDEN — GRAND OPENING

MOM’S Organic Market is located at 711 W. 40th St. #163, Baltimore, MD 21211. The new store includes:

  • 100% certified organic produce
  • Naked Lunch, an all organic vegetarian eatery
  • In-house organic coffee roasting facility and an espresso bar
  • Featured work from Baltimore artist, Annie Howe Papercuts
  • Free car charging stations
  • A recycling drop-off for wine corks, CFL bulbs, eye glasses, household batteries, shoes and more
  • Expanded health and beauty section with GOTS certified clothing
  • Extensive bulk section including oil, vinegar, and for the household, all-purpose cleaner, detergents, and hand soaps

For more information, visit: [ https://www.facebook.com/momsorganicmarket/ ]

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12) JOB OPENING

We are a vegetarian food business offering our falafel wraps and drinks at many festivals and events in and around Baltimore from Spring through Autumn mostly on weekends. We are seeking a few more people to work with us this season, prepping, cooking, and serving our wraps and drinks. Days and hours are very flexible, and while we work at a fast pace, the atmosphere is usually very enjoyable. Pay starts at $10 per hour plus tips which can be substantial. Please email bmorealive@gmail.com if you're interested in working with us, Thanks!

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13) THANK YOU, VOLUNTEERS!

VRG would like to extend their gratitude to all volunteers assisting with: scholarship application reading, HTML work, restaurant guide entries, blog posting, booths, etc.

  • Matt Baker
  • Casey Brown
  • Surbhi Girdhar
  • David Milner
  • Madeline St. John
  • Hana Takemoto
  • Mary Chipman
  • Samantha O’Toole
  • Maria Pittarelli – UMD nutrition intern
  • Keryl Cryer
  • Phil Becker
  • Laura McGuiness
  • Mary Chipman
  • Whitney Blomquist
  • Nanette Blanchard
  • Karen Leibowitz
  • Karen Lazarus
  • Heather Gorn
  • Samantha O’Toole
  • Rebecca Kaplan
  • Reed Mangels

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14) 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 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://lists.vrg.org/mailman/listinfo/vrg-news_lists.vrg.org ] .

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 2016 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.

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