VRG's Local Events Newsletter

Editor: Jeannie McStay

November 2009 - Part 1


  1. Notes from the Editor
  2. Join VRG for our annual Pre-Thanksgiving Potluck - Sun., Nov. 22
  3. New Vegan Cafe Opens in Mt. Washington!
  4. First Saturday Potluck - Sat., Nov. 7
  5. Call-a-Dietitian Day - Fri., Nov. 13
  6. Vegan Brunch with the Baltimore Algebra Project - Sun., Nov. 15
  7. Vegan Cooking Class - Meatless Holidays, Sun., Nov. 15
  8. Baltimore Vegan Meetup - Wed., Nov. 18
  9. Baltimore Vegan Drinks - Fri., Nov. 20
  10. VSDC's Life Affirming Thanksgiving Celebration - Thurs., Nov. 26

About The Vegetarian Resource Group



In case you haven't visited the VRG website in awhile, we have a lovely new design coordinated by VRG volunteer, Heather Gorn. Heather also edits the new VRG blog. Recent blogs featured tasty recipes from another VRG volunteer, Julia Drigger, R.D., photos from our outreach events, and even a lesson plan for kids about how to use water wisely. Heather also created a Facebook page for VRG and sends out our tweets on Twitter. So, thank you, Heather, for helping VRG enter the social networking arena!

Thanks also goes to Mark Rifkin and Diane Bravmann for planning the World Vegetarian Day Celebration at Mr. Chan's and to Yuko Tamuro, our intern from Japan, who spoke during the dinner about her experiences as a vegetarian in Germany.

There were so many veggie things to do this November in the Baltimore/DC area, I'm going to have to send out Part 2 of this newsletter in the next week or two. In the meantime, I hope you'll be able to attend one or more of the following local events.



The Vegetarian Resource Group's 28th annual Pre-Thanksgiving potluck dinner is on Sunday, November 22nd at 5:00 p.m. The event will be held at the charming and historic North Baltimore Mennonite Church, 4615 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21210.

Join us as we show our thanks for turkeys and all living creatures by not eating them.

Admission is $4 per adult; children are admitted free.

Please bring a vegan dish that serves four as a contribution from EACH member of your party. Write the ingredients of your dish on a 3" x 5" card to accommodate guests with special diets. Also, please bring a serving utensil for each dish. Paper plates, cups, napkins, and plastic utensils will be provided; however, we suggest participants please bring their own reusable dishes and utensils in order to reduce waste.

If you are unable to cook, you may bring a prepared vegan dish for four from a local natural foods store or restaurant. We also encourage you to bring a non-perishable vegetarian canned food item to donate to North Baltimore Mennonite Church, who will distribute it to those in need.

Please call The Vegetarian Resource Group at (410) 366-8343 if you need any more information about this event.



Well, it's here! Another all vegan place to eat! Emily's Cafe & Desserts opened November 1st with a menu featuring vegan pancakes, vegan paninis, a vegan version of the Egg McMuffin (I've been waiting 13 years for this one), macaroni & cheese, vegan pizza, salads, sandwiches, coffee drinks and, last but not least, lots of dessert! So, make sure to visit this wonderful new eatery soon.

Location: 4901 Springarden Drive, Baltimore, MD 21209 Hours: Mon-Fri 6:30 a.m.-4 p.m. & Sun 9 a.m.-2 p.m.



The next First Saturday Potluck will be held in Ellicott City on November 7th from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Please bring a vegan dish to share (store bought is fine) for the number in your party plus 8.

Invite friends and the merely curious. Kids welcome! Please RSVP via e-mail. There will be iced tea and filtered water to drink. It's great if you can bring your own reusable picnic-ware and feel free to wash up there--instead of making so much waste for the landfill. Basic table service is also available for a small fee.

Contact Bonnie at bsorak@juno.com (410) 465-0427 to RSVP and for directions.



We continue to receive questions about nutrition on a daily basis. Luckily, if you have general nutrition questions, you can have a free 20 minute appointment on the next Call-a-Dietitian Day on Friday, November 13th from 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. EST. To reserve a time slot, please email the VRG office at vrg@vrg.org or call (410) 366-8343.

Mark Rifkin will again be answering your calls. Mark's a Registered Dietitian and has a Master's Degree in Health Education. Currently, he has a private practice in Baltimore, MD, that focuses on plant-based nutrition for prevention, as well as treatment of various chronic diseases and conditions.

Please be advised that these sessions are not individualized nutritional counseling. Such advice should only be provided through direct in-person contact with a qualified health professional.



Please join the Humane League of Baltimore and the Baltimore Algebra Project (BAP) on Sunday November 15 from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. for vegan brunch! The Baltimore Algebra Project is a student-run math tutoring program for middle and high school students that is simultaneously committed to leadership development and education of young people in need of advancements in their socioeconomic status. Organizers from BAP will share information about their exciting work at brunch. There is a $5 suggested donation, which goes to BAP.

All the vegan favorites will be there, including French toast, pancakes, vegan sausage, tofu scramble and/or eggless quiche, orange juice, and a whole lot of good company. This is not a potluck event, but if you'd like to show off your vegan breakfast food prowess, feel free to bring something.

The Rogue Brunch Brigade will be hosting this event.

Location: 5517 Edna Avenue, Apartment 2, Baltimore, MD 21214. Brunch will be upstairs - park on the street and walk up the black fire-escape type stairs on the back of the house. Accessible from #19 bus. Contact: Allie - RogueBrunchBrigade@gmail.com or (717) 404-6428 for more information or directions.


VEGAN COOKING CLASS - Meatless Holidays - Sun., Nov. 15

Learn to create new Thanksgiving dishes or veganize the traditional recipes with all their trimmings! Past menus have included Buttercup Bisque, Pecan Whipped Yams w/ Sweet & Sara Marshmallows, Cranberry Sauce, Seitan-Stuffed Loaf w/ Sage Dressing, Fat-free Shiitake Mushroom Gravy, Whole Grain Dinner Rolls, Dairy-free Pumpkin Cheesecake, Mulled Cider.

Classes include recipes, organic food samples, manufacturers' samples and coupons. $50/person; $90/two people; $45/VSDC, VRG, COK members. Make checks payable to Mimi Clark, 9302 Hallston Ct., Fairfax Station, VA 22039. Sorry, no phone reservations. Seventy-two hour cancellation policy for refund or credit. Class subject to cancellation if minimum enrollment is not met. Email veggourmet@aol.com, or call (703) 643-2713 for space availability.

Date: Sunday, November 15th, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Location: Fairfax Station, VA.



The Baltimore Vegan Meetups are held at various vegetarian or veg-friendly restaurants around the Baltimore Metro area. Discussions include a variety of topics that support people in making healthier choices in diet and lifestyle. The group welcomes anyone who is interested in learning about healthier eating. The next vegan Meetup will take place on Wednesday, November 18th at 7:00 p.m. at Mr. Chan Szechuan Restaurant at 1000 Reisterstown Rd. in Pikesville. For details, or to register and let others know you plan to attend, go to [ http://vegan.meetup.com/29/ ].



Baltimore Vegan Drinks is a way for Baltimore vegans and vegetarians, or anyone who's interested really, to get together with other like-minded folks and have a good time. Their next event will be in Mount Vernon at the Dionysus Restaurant and Lounge on Friday, November 20th starting at 8 p.m.

Thanks to James at Dionysus, there will be a totally vegan menu for the night along with specialty vegan drinks including vegan wines and vegan microbrewed beers.

The group will meet in the downstairs lounge part, and there'll be a very obvious sign/poster up (by the couches in the back), so you won't be clueless as to where the vegans are. Please RSVP to bmorevegan@gmail.com.



The VSDC Thanksgiving feast is an annual event that brings together vegetarians and non-vegetarians to enjoy life-affirming food in a wonderful social setting at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda in downtown Bethesda, Maryland. This year's guest speaker will be Colman McCarthy, pacifist, journalist, teacher/lecturer, ethical vegetarian, and nationally syndicated columnist with the Washington Post.

Reservations are essential; there will be absolutely no walk-in registration. The cost, including tax and gratuity, is $54 for VSDC members and $57 for non-members. Children aged 3-12 are $36, and those under age 3 are free. All mailed-in reservations MUST be postmarked by November 18.

To see the menu, register online or find out more information about this event visit the VSDC website at [ http://www.vsdc.org/ ].



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/ ].)

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:
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