The VRG's Maryland Newsletter by Laura McGuiness
February, 2017

  1. VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP RESEARCH AND NEWS
  2. $20,000 in VEGETARIAN COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 20, 2017
  3. BALTIMORE VEGAN WEEKEND JOINS FORCES WITH VEGAN MAC’N’CHEESE SMACKDOWN
  4. INTRODUCING: VEGANWORK.COM
  5. VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE QUICK SERVICE CHAIN FOR VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN OPTIONS
  6. MARYLAND AREA EVENTS
  7. VISIT VRG AT THESE OUTREACH BOOTHS
  8. APPRECIATING OUR VOLUNTEERS
  9. MATCHING DONATIONS FOR VEGAN EDUCATION -- DOUBLE YOUR CONTRIBUTION
  10. GOLDEN WEST CAFE VEGAN WEEK FEBRUARY 11-19, 2017
  11. ABOUT VRG

1) VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP RESEARCH AND NEWS

  • Faux Leather
  • Vegan Menu Options at Subway
  • Vegan Raven Cake
  • Ruby Tuesdays
  • Vitamin D2 in Orange Juice
  • Vegan at Chipotle
  • and more...
USDA SEEKING PUBLIC COMMENTS ON REGULATORY BURDENS
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2017/02/03/usda-seeking-public-comments-on-regulatory-burdens/ ]
SPECIAL VEGAN MEALS AT RESTAURANTS ON VALENTINE’S DAY
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2017/01/31/special-vegan-meals-at-restaurants-on-valentines-day/ ]
HONEYGROW OFFERS MANY VEGAN OPTIONS
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2017/01/31/honeygrow-offers-many-vegan-options/ ]
FDA TELLS THE VRG THAT VITAMIN D2 IS PERMITTED IN ORANGE JUICE
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2017/01/27/fda-tells-the-vrg-that-vitamin-d2-is-permitted-in-orange-juice/ ]
EATING VEGAN IN CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2017/01/25/eating-vegan-in-charleston-south-carolina/ ]
FAUX LEATHER
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2017/01/24/faux-leather/ ]
VEGAN MENU OPTIONS AT SUBWAY
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2017/01/23/vegan-menu-options-at-subway/ ]
A GUIDE TO FINDING VEGAN FOOD OPTIONS AT SCHOOL: CAFETERIA, FOOD TRUCK, AND SNACK CARTS
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2017/01/20/a-guide-to-finding-vegan-food-options-at-school-cafeteria-food-truck-and-snack-carts/ ]
LAURA’S SOAP
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2017/01/20/lauras-soap/ ]
VEGAN RAVEN CAKE
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2017/01/19/vegan-raven-cake/ ]
RUBY TUESDAY’S LAUNCHES AN UPGRADED ENDLESS GARDEN BAR
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2017/01/18/ruby-tuesdays-launches-an-upgraded-endless-garden-bar/ ]
VEGAN TRAVEL GUIDE IN NEPAL
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2017/01/17/vegan-travel-guide-in-nepal/ ]
“THE BEST VEGAN MAC N CHEESE ACCORDING TO THE KIDS”
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2017/01/16/the-best-vegan-mac-n-cheese-according-to-the-kids/ ]
VEGAN AT CHIPOTLE
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2017/01/13/vegan-at-chipotle/ ]
INDUSTRY INFLUENCE ON RESEARCH
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2017/01/10/industry-influence-on-research/ ]
HOW TO REPORT PRODUCT PROBLEMS AND COMPLAINTS TO THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2017/01/09/how-to-report-product-problems-and-complaints-to-the-food-and-drug-administration/ ]

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2) $20,000 in VEGETARIAN COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 20, 2017

For information about The Vegetarian Resource Group Vegetarian Scholarship Contest for high school seniors, see:

[ http://www.vrg.org/student/scholar.htm ]

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3) BALTIMORE VEGAN WEEKEND JOINS FORCES WITH VEGAN MAC’N’CHEESE SMACKDOWN

Come enjoy some vegan cheesy goodness at the 2017 Vegan Mac ’N Cheese SMACKDOWN in Baltimore on February 18th. Ranging from your traditional Kraft version of mac ’n cheese to a more artful venture with baked bread crumbs sitting atop, you can try all of them!

The event will take place Saturday, February 18th from 3:00 to 7:00 PM at the

Baltimore City Community College athletics building
2901 Liberty Heights Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21215

Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

Proceeds will support community programming at Thrive Baltimore, a project of Better Health, Better Life. Our work is to make vegan living affordable and accessible to everyone, regardless of income.

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

The same weekend is the Baltimore Vegan Weekend! Spanning from Friday, February 17th to Sunday, February 19th. Friday night starts the weekend off with a vegan food crawl over the city. The Mac Smackdown is Saturday followed by an afterparty, and Sunday has a vegan brunch and pizza party!

For more information, visit: [ https://www.facebook.com/events/1863829463831721/ ]

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4) INTRODUCING: VEGANWORK.COM

VeganWork.com was launched at the beginning of this year, introducing a niche job board for vegans and vegetarians. On VeganWork.com, visitors can browse jobs by state and select cities. On each there are resource links, which include a link to the corresponding VRG restaurant guide page.

Posting a position is encouraged and currently, free!

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5) VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE QUICK SERVICE CHAIN FOR VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN OPTIONS

GO TO: [ http://www.vrg.org/vote/index.php ]

Currently readers selected as their top chains:

  • Chipotle
  • Taco Bell
  • Qdoba
  • Noodles and Company

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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.

For more information, visit:

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

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.

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

EARTHSAVE BALTIMORE

Saturday, Feb. 25th, 6-8 PM, Veg/Vegan Potluck and Ask The Vegan Dentist! in Towson: Dr. David Madow has been educating and entertaining large audiences for years, and has found that most people are not well informed when it comes to their teeth and gums. Doctor Dave will share his insights and expertise on teeth, dentistry, toothpaste, oral disease, and more. He also promises to bring his guitar and sing a new veg/vegan related song he has written. We are expecting a a fun and entertaining evening. Join us if you can!

Dr. David Madow is a vegan speaker, dentist, author and podcaster who is passionate about helping others become stronger, thinner, healthier, happier and much more. He loves changing lives and has been inspiring sold-out audiences all across North America for many years with his unique, fun approach. When Dr. Dave is not teaching, you may find him running, walking, backpacking, skiing, or perhaps climbing up a mountain! Dave lives in Reisterstown, Maryland with his wife and three cats. Learn more about Dave and his work at

[ http://www.davidmadow.com/ ]

Dinner guests may choose to either bring a dish made without animal products (to serve 8) plus $5 (members pay just $2) donation; pay $15 (members pay just $12) to enjoy dinner and presentation; or pay $5 for presentation only. We eat first, then make announcements, and then show presentation. Let us know in advance, if possible, if you plan to pay for dinner rather than bring a dish. RSVP by calling 410-252-3043, or emailing Baltimore@Earthsave.org. Meetings held at
Towson Presbyterian Church
400 W Chesapeake Ave. Towson, MD, 21204

Directions and parking:

[ http://www.towsonpres.org/index.php/about-tpc/map-directions ]
Please RSVP and join us!

BALTIMORE VEGAN DRINKS MONTHLY MEETUP

Vegan Drinks is co-sponsoring the 2017 Baltimore Vegan Weekend Enjoy 3 days of exploring delicious vegan food & drinks, partying at the new Thrive Baltimore resource center and, of course, Mac ‘n Cheesy goodness!!

Check out the lineup of Vegan Weekend events:

Baltimore Vegan Food Crawl
Friday, February 17th

Sample a wide variety of delectable vegan dishes at more than 25 restaurants, cafes and bars around Baltimore! Enjoy everything from burgers to crab cakes, curries to cheezesteaks, pizzas to cupcakes – all delicious and all VEGAN! Check back soon for a listing of participating restaurants and menus.

The 2nd Annual Vegan Mac 'n Cheese Smackdown & Afterparty at Thrive Baltimore
Saturday, February 18th

Join us for the mac ‘n cheese competition to end all mac ‘n cheese competitions! Sample 40 unique versions of vegan mac ‘n cheese and then cast your vote for the greatest vegan mac Baltimore has to offer!

After the competition, join the PEP Foods Collective in the grand opening of Thrive Baltimore, our new community resource center located in the heart of our great city. There will be music, beer & wine and, of course, delicious vegan cuisine prepared by PEP Foods!

B'More Vegan Brunch
Sunday, February 19th

Kick back and enjoy a lazy vegan brunch at one of more than a dozen restaurants and cafes in Baltimore! From vegan waffles, pancakes & crepes to meatless sausages and eggless scrambles — Baltimore’s got you covered! Wrap up this vegantastic weekend with a delicious brunch — and maybe a mimosa or two! Check back soon for a list of participating restaurants.

To sign up as a contestant, visit:

[ http://www.pepfoodsinc.com/fundraisers/ ]

For more information about Vegan Drinks, visit:

MONTHLY COOKING CLASSES

In Fairfax Station, VA, is a cooking class all about comfort foods. Put a healthy slant on foods that satisfy and de-stress. Kid-friendly recipes will include some of the following:

  • Meatloaf/Sweet Potato Fries (pictured above)
  • Fully Loaded Nachos
  • Shepherd’s Pie
  • Goulash
  • Corn Dogs
  • Hush Puppies
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Roasted Vegetable Pizza
  • Chicken-free Noodle Soup
  • Winter Greens w/ Cashew Cream
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
  • Nutty Noodles
  • Baked Ziti
  • Onion Rings
  • Homemade Ice Cream
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Chocolate Pudding

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.

Check website for monthly class updates:

[ http://www.veggourmet.wordpress.com ]

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7) VISIT VRG AT THESE OUTREACH BOOTHS

MARYLAND AREA EVENTS:

  • Coppin State University
    Homecoming Basketball Game
    2500 West North Avenue
    Baltimore, MD 21216
    February 11th, from 2 PM to ~6 PM
  • The Maryland Dietetics in Health Care Communities
    The Gathering Place
    6120 Day Long Lane
    Clarksville, MD 21029
    Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 7:15 AM – 3:10 PM

OUTSIDE OF MARYLAND AREA EVENTS:

If you would like to volunteer at any of these events, 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) APPRECIATING OUR VOLUNTEERS

With our utmost gratitude, VRG thanks:

  • Carole Hamlin
  • Catherine Conway
  • Natalie Allen
  • Matt Baker
  • Casey Brown
  • Suzanne DeFelice
  • Josephine Hoffman
  • Savannah Lawrence
  • Reed Mangels
  • David Milner
  • Franco Smeriglio
  • Whitney Gray
  • Eveian Salmon
  • Whitney Blomquist
  • Laura McGuiness
  • Shani Stewart
  • Jenny Saccenti
  • Jill Venezianj
  • Guilio Venezian
  • Kay Stepkin
  • Nanette Blanchard

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9) MATCHING DONATIONS FOR VEGAN EDUCATION -- DOUBLE YOUR CONTRIBUTION

In honor of our 35th anniversary, a Vegetarian Resource Group supporter has pledged $15,000 to match donations towards outreach. So every donation you make towards ours programs will be doubled. If you would like to donate towards a veg world, please mail to

VRG
P.O. Box 1463
Baltimore, MD 21203
call (410) 366-8343 or go to
[ http://www.vrg.org/donate ]
Write “matching donation” in the comments.Thank you for your support!

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10) GOLDEN WEST CAFE VEGAN WEEK FEBRUARY 11-19, 2017

Golden West Cafe in the Hampden section of Baltimore City is having Vegan Week February 11th through 19th. In addition to their regular vegan menu, they'll be offering vegan specials all week!

See: [ https://www.facebook.com/events/1249796838436359/ ]

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11) 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://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 2017 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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