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

  1. VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP RESEARCH AND NEWS
  2. THANK YOU TO VOLUNTEERS!
  3. FRESHBLEND SMOOTHIES
  4. PRE-MADE VEGAN MEALS AVAILABLE IN BALTIMORE AREA
  5. 100% VEGAN MENSWEAR
  6. MARYLAND AREA EVENTS
  7. VISIT VRG AT THESE OUTREACH BOOTHS
  8. AMAZON SMILE: PURCHASE THROUGH AMAZON AND MAKE A DONATION TO VRG
  9. PLEASE GIVE A GIFT MEMBERSHIP TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!
  10. YEAR END DONATIONS
  11. ABOUT THE VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP

1) VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP RESEARCH AND NEWS

  • VEGAN FRIENDLY WINE
  • RESTAURANT CHAIN POLL
  • VEGAN OPTIONS AT RUBY TUESDAY
  • VEGAN OPTIONS AT CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN
  • EATING VEGAN AS A TEEN RUNNER
  • VEGAN OPTIONS AT OLIVE GARDEN
  • HACKSAW RIDGE
  • VEGAN OPTIONS AT PANERA BREAD
  • A DOZEN EXCELLENT WEBSITES FOR NUTRITION AND HEALTH INFORMATION
  • PRODUCT MAY CONTAIN DAIRY BECAUSE OF SHARED EQUIPMENT LABEL NOT LEGALLY REQUIRED
VEGAN FRIENDLY WINE
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/12/05/vegan-friendly-wine/ ]
VEGAN OPTIONS AT RUBY TUESDAY
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/12/02/vegan-options-at-ruby-tuesday/ ]
YOU CAN HELP FOOD SERVICE ADVISORS ADD MORE VEGAN OPTIONS!
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/11/30/sedona-health-and-nutrition-conference/ ]
SEDONA HEALTH AND NUTRITION CONFERENCE
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/11/30/sedona-health-and-nutrition-conference/ ]
VEGAN OPTIONS AT CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/11/28/california-pizza-kitchen/ ]
EATING VEGAN AS A TEEN RUNNER
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/11/25/eating-vegan-as-a-teen-runner/ ]
RESTAURANT CHAIN POLL
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/11/23/restaurant-chain-poll/ ]
LAUGHING PLANET CAFE IN RENO, NEVADA
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/11/22/laughing-planet-cafe-in-reno-nevada/ ]
FLYING TO GERMANY ON UNITED AIRLINES
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/11/21/flying-to-germany-on-united-airlines/ ]
VEGAN OPTIONS AT OLIVE GARDEN
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/11/18/vegan-options-at-olive-garden/ ]
HACKSAW RIDGE-VEGETARIAN PACIFIST IN WORLD WAR II
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/11/16/hacksaw-ridge-vegetarian-pacifist-in-world-war-ii/ ]
VEGAN OPTIONS AT PANERA BREAD
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/11/15/vegan-options-at-panera-bread/ ]
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR VEGAN THANKSGIVING RECIPES TO PREPARE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON?
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/11/15/are-you-looking-for-vegan-thanksgiving-recipes-to-prepare-this-holiday-season/ ]
PRODUCT MAY CONTAIN DAIRY BECAUSE OF SHARED EQUIPMENT LABEL NOT LEGALLY REQUIRED
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/11/14/product-may-contain-dairy-because-of-shared-equipment-label-not-legally-required/ ]
DC VEGFEST
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/11/14/dc-vegfest-2/ ]
A DOZEN EXCELLENT WEBSITES FOR NUTRITION AND HEALTH INFORMATION IF DOING RESEARCH FOR SCHOOL PAPERS OR NUTRITION INTERNSHIPS
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/11/11/a-dozen-excellent-websites-for-nutrition-and-health-information-if-doing-research-for-school-papers-or-nutrition-internships/ ]
16 HANDLES YOGURT SHOP INDICATES VEGAN OPTIONS
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/11/08/16-handles-yogurt-shop-indicates-vegan-offerings/ ]
VEGAN SNACKS FOR A RUNNER
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/11/07/vegan-snacks-for-a-runner-2/ ]

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2) THANK YOU TO VOLUNTEERS!

Thank you to all the wonderful people who helped with scholarship application reading, HTML work, restaurant guide entries, blog postings, writing articles, and staffing booths.

  • Casey Brown
  • Heather Frances
  • Nancy Berkoff, RD, EdD
  • Nicole Turner
  • Holly Brown
  • Natalie Allen
  • Whitney Gray
  • Savannah Lawrence
  • Reed Mangels
  • David Milner
  • Eveian Salmon
  • Elsa Spencer
  • Whitney Blomquist
  • Cathy Conway, MS, RD
  • Angie Riccio
  • Matt Baker RN
  • Blake Tagget
  • Zeke Frost

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3) FRESHBLEND SMOOTHIES

By Casey Brown, VRG intern

This past week I had the opportunity to try 100% organic vegan smoothies, and I didn’t even have to leave my house! Freshblend Smoothies is a new smoothie company based in Laurel, Maryland, and they deliver their smoothies throughout Maryland, DC, and Virginia. The company is headed by a Registered Dietitian who understands the importance of fresh, whole foods. They serve their smoothies to individuals living in the DMV and Farmer’s Markets in the area, and they also do catering for private events. The smoothies are made up entirely of fresh fruits and vegetables, and there are no added sugars or preservatives. All of the ingredients are organic and vegan, which give them a fresh and delicious taste. The company offers five flavors: Rain Forest Blend, Forest Blend, Volcano Blend, Tropical Blend, and Beach Blend. These are each made up with a unique combination of fruits and vegetables that give them each a great flavor!

I loved each of the smoothies. The Tropical Blend and Beach Blend both had a very fruity, refreshing taste to them with a hint of ginger. The Volcano Blend had a more tart flavor since it blended together many berries. And the Rain Forest Blend (my personal favorite) combined the taste of fresh fruits with spinach and a hint of mint, which made for a refreshing green smoothie. All of the smoothies were perfectly blended together for a smooth consistency. Not only do the smoothies taste great, but they are also served in really nice jars that make them easy to serve and store (although you probably won’t have any left to store)! In addition to the quality of the smoothies, the customer service was also reliable and efficient, and the staff was very friendly and eager to answer any questions!

If you are interested in trying their smoothies or having them cater one of your events, you can visit their facebook page [ https://www.facebook.com/freshblend/ ] , email them info@freshblendonline.com, or give them a call (240-450-2948).

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4) PRE-MADE VEGAN MEALS AVAILABLE IN BALTIMORE AREA

Treat yourself or a loved one to a delicious meal full of wonderful flavors. The December menu schedule is below. If you are new to Summer Foods this is how it works. If you are interested in ordering a meal, you can call, email or text me your order (by Saturday, please!). Let me know if you have any food allergies when you order. You can order one meal or multiple meals or a pint of soup. All soup for Fall Meals are Gluten Free. Pick up for Fall Foods will be from my house in Owings Mills (starting at 5) or in Pikesville. We are always looking for folks that can be “Point People” for their neighborhoods. This means that you would take orders back to your house and customers would pick up from you that evening. All money transactions are directly through me and the customer. Point People will receive incentives as well as love and admiration from me. Let me know if you are interested!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
  • Indian Spread (Gluten Free)
  • Cauliflower Bisque
  • Butternut Squash Curry with Rice
  • Za’tar Spiced Lentil Paddies with Coconut Curry Sauce
  • Cucumber Salad with fresh Mint
  • Apple Crisp with whipped coconut cream
Tuesday, December 21, 2016
  • Italian Spread
  • Autumn Soup with Spiced Pecans
  • Antipasto Tart
  • Cauliflower Freekeh Salad
  • Cannolini Beans with Garlic and Tomatoes
  • Roman Spinach (Sauteed Spinach, raisins, pine nuts and garlic)
  • Tiramisu Parfait

All Meals are $22 A la carte: Soup $8, Dessert $6 Any question, contact Emily Marcovitz
(443) 421- 7425; emilysummerfoods@gmail.com

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5) 100% VEGAN MENSWEAR

Looking for a classic leather belt without the cruelty? Rupesh Doshi recently launched a 100% vegan menswear brand that feature high-quality accessories with innovative fabrics that replicate the key qualities of leather without the animal cruelty.

To shop, please visit:

[ http://www.vivariwear.com ]
or [ http://www.facebook.com/vivariwear ]

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6) 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
1000 Reisterstown Rd.
Pikesville, MD 21208
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/ ]

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 Sunday, DECEMBER 12 at 6:00 PM, located at

Mango Grove Restaurant
8865 Stanford Blvd. #107
Columbia, MD 21045

For more information, visit:

[ http://www.meetup.com/Columbia-MD-Forks-Over-Knives-Meetup/ ]

MARYLANDVEGEVENTS.COM

[ http://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.

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

Vegan Drinks is co-sponsoring a Vegan Mac’n’cheese Smackdown on February 20th from 3 PM to 6 PM at the

Urban Business Center
1200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21223

To sign up as a contestant, visit: [ http://www.pepfoodsinc.com/fundraisers/ ]

For more information about Vegan Drinks, visit:

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7) VISIT VRG AT THESE OUTREACH BOOTHS

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics - Chicago, IL - 10/22-24

If you would like to help at booths, contact Brigette at brigette@vrg.org. If you would like to donate towards our veggie outreach, donate at:

[ https://www.givedirectcharity.org/donate/?cid=1565 ]
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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8) 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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9) PLEASE GIVE A GIFT MEMBERSHIP TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!

Through December 31, 2017, you can give a gift membership to The Vegetarian Resource Group (includes a 1-year subscription to Vegetarian Journal) for $15 each (40% discount). This is a terrific way to share the vegan message, as well as support VRG.

Gift subscriptions can be done online by simply typing in your message and the address(s) of the gift recipient(s) in the comments field. Go to

[ http://www.vrg.org/donate ]

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10) YEAR END DONATIONS

Save animals, the environment, and human health. Donate at

[ http://www.vrg.org/donate ]

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11) ABOUT THE VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP

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://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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