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VRG-NEWS: The Vegetarian Resource Group Newsletter
Editor: Davida Gypsy Breier
Volume 4, Issue 9
Sept 2000


  1. Notes from the Editor
  2. New Online at http://www.vrg.org
  3. Free Sample Offer from Harvest Soaps
  4. Special Book Offer for VRG-News Readers
  5. VRG Annual Essay Contest
  6. Recipes of the Month: Rice Flour Pancakes and Fruit-Nut Chews
  7. September/October 2000 Vegetarian Journal Online
  8. Newly Discovered Websites
  9. Job Opening at VRG
  10. Upcoming Vegetarian Events and Conferences
  11. About the Vegetarian Resource Group
  12. About VRG-NEWS


If you are a member of VRG and are local to our homebase of Baltimore, you should be receiving a copy of our Fall 2000 Local Events Flyer. In it you'll learn of our upcoming dinner at Mr. Chan's Chinese Restaurant on October 7th, our recent volunteer activities, and of Debra Wasserman's quick and easy cooking demonstration at Fresh Fields in Mount Washington, Baltimore on November 4th. The flyer lists special events, local restaurant reviews, volunteer activities, opportunities for employment, and information about dinners and potlucks. We also do regional mailings throughout the year for events all across the country. If you are not currently a member, now would be a great time to join. You can join online today at http://www.vrg.org/journal/subscribe.htm. Subscriptions to Vegetarian Journal are $20/year in the US. For a contributor level membership of $30, you will receive a FREE copy of the Vegan Handbook (US addresses only). If you choose to join by mail, subscriptions should be directed to: The Vegetarian Resource Group, PO Box 1463, Dept. IN, Baltimore, MD 21203 Phone: (410) 366-8343.

During The American Dietetic Association Annual Meeting, VRG will hold a dinner in Denver, CO at the Mercury Café. The Mercury Café is located at 2199 California Street (about 8 blocks east of the Convention Center and accessible by Light Rail). The dinner is open to dietitians attending ADA annual meeting, VRG members, and the general public.

The menu includes: Rigatoni with Pistachio Pesto, Blackened Tofu, Rice Pilaf, Red Beans, Green salad with vinaigrette, Wheat Bread, Corn Bread, Gingerbread, Chocolate Cookies, and coffee or tea (Other drinks may be purchased separately.)

To register, send $18 ($9 5-12 years old, under 5 free) including tax and tip to VRG, P.O. Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203 or call (410) 366-8343 to charge payment by MasterCard or Visa, 9 AM to 5 PM Eastern Time Monday through Friday. For more info, call (410) 366-8343. Please send in your payment and reservations by ***October 1, 2000***. Refunds will only be made if we can replace your seat with another attendee.


Have you seen the metamorphosis taking place on the VRG website? At the beginning of August I started the process of updating the design and making the site even more accessible to the 60,000+ people who visit each month. Along with the new look are new navigation buttons, our new web logo, and more links to guide you through the site. Go to http://www.vrg.org to see all the changes.

In the travel section you'll find our City Guides. I just added a new guide for Denver, CO, so if you are headed there for the ADA conference in October or already in the area, you can learn about some vegetarian-friendly restaurants at: http://www.vrg.org/travel/denver.htm. Also in the travel section you'll find my account of eating "Vegan in the UK" http://www.vrg.org/travel/ukdavida.htm.

Our latest addition to the Frequently Asked Questions section is "Frequently Requested Recipes" http://www.vrg.org/nutshell/faqrecipes.htm. We created a new section for kids and teens at: http://www.vrg.org/family/kidsindex.htm. Also for kids and parents, we have brought our lesson plans for our I Love Animals and Broccoli coloring books online, and have even included sample artwork from some very talented vegetarian kids. To utilize these materials go to: http://www.vrg.org/family/lessonplan.htm.

For those of you interested in food service and quantity cooking, the Summer 2000 issue of Foodservice Update is online at: http://www.vrg.org/fsupdate/fsu20003/index.htm. You'll find articles on Flavoring Potatoes or Eggplant with an Ethnic Twist, Vegan Offerings on a College Campus, Vegan Products for Food Service, as well as regular features Foodservice Hotline & Quantity Recipes


Harvest Soaps are all handmade with organically grown herbs and natural, vegetable-based ingredients. Many of the plants used in making the soaps are grown in Harvest Soaps' own garden! They only use vegetable oils, such as olive oil, coconut oil, and cocoa butter in their soaps. Some of the bars contain honey, beeswax, or Goat's milk, but they also make many soaps with absolutely no animal derived products that are designated as vegan. Harvest Soaps has never tested on animals and states they never will. Their soap is naturally biodegradable and most of their fragrances are steam-distilled from flowers, herbs, and woods.

For a FREE SAMPLE, fill out the order form at http://www.harvestsoaps.com/org/vrg.htm. Get your free sample now! This offer is limited to the first 500 requests and will expire on September 15, 2000.

Also, Harvest Soaps is giving away a Year's Supply of Free Vegetarian Soap. To enter the contest, visit http://www.harvestsoaps.com/contest.htm before September 15, 2000.

For more information contact HARVEST SOAPS at:


I thought I'd let you know about a few books we currently have in stock. Books make great gifts and support our outreach efforts.

The Vegetarian Way by Virginia Messina, RD, MPH and Mark Messina, PhD is one of the most comprehensive guides to vegetarianism you'll find. There are sections on vegetarian basics, nutrition, traveling, maintaining a vegetarian kitchen and more. There are even menus for vegetarians with special needs, such as pregnant women, the elderly, diabetics, and athletes. To read more about the book and check out a few recipes, go to: http://www.vrg.org/catalog/vegway.htm. You can also order online from this page. The Vegetarian Way (390 pages) is available for $27 (includes RPS shipping).
*See ordering information below*

**** SPECIAL offer for VRG-News readers ****

We currently have about 40 slightly damaged copies of Conveniently Vegan available for $6 each. The damage is extremely minimal, mostly just scratches on the spines caused in transport. Conveniently Vegan normally sells for $15. To read more about the book go to: http://www.vrg.org/catalog/convvegan.htm. To order please follow the instructions below. However you chose to order, mention this is the "VRG- News CONVENIENTLY VEGAN" special offer to receive your discounted price. The $6 price even includes special standard shipping. Offer expires September 30, 2000.

**** SPECIAL offer for VRG-News readers ****

To order online using our SECURE order form go to: https://skyport.net/vrg/order.htm. You will need to mention in the "additional notes" field if you will need the book(s) sent via RPS/UPS (1-6 days, $3 additional). Special standard shipping requires 1-6 weeks. Orders over $25 are automatically sent via RPS/UPS (US orders only) without additional shipping charges. The cost of shipping for international orders varies, so please contact us at vrg@vrg.org if you are outside the US.

If you would like to order over the phone with a Visa or MasterCard, call us at (410) 366-8343 M-F 9 am to 5 pm EST. You can also mail a check to The Vegetarian Resource Group, PO Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203. Please e-mail us at vrg@vrg.org if you have any questions.


The VRG Annual contest offers a $50 Savings Bond 1st Prize in each catagory. Kids are encouraged to write a 2-3 page essay on any aspect of vegetarianism. Vegetarianism is not eating meat, fish, and birds (for example, chicken or duck). Among the many reasons for being a vegetarian are beliefs about ethics, culture, health, aesthetics, religion, world peace, economics, world hunger, and the environment. Entrants should base their paper on interviewing, research, and/or personal opinion. You need not be a vegetarian to enter. All essays become the property of The Vegetarian Resource Group.

A. Age 14-18.
B. Age 9-13.
C. Age 8 and under.

PRIZES: A $50 savings bond will be awarded in each category.

DEADLINE: Must be postmarked by May 1 for each current year of judging.

SEND ENTRIES TO: The Vegetarian Resource Group, PO Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203. FAX: (410) 366-8804. Include your name, address, telephone number, age, grade, school, and teacher's name.

E-MAIL: vrg@vrg.org, please put "Essay Contest" in the subject line.

WEBSITE: http://www.vrg.org/essay/


This recipe originally appeared in The Lowfat Jewish Vegetarian Cookbook, by Debra Wasserman.

Rice Flour Pancakes
(serves 4)

Traditional Greek rice flour pancakes contain eggs. Instead, I use mashed banana as a binder. The banana also acts as a sweetener. Brown rice flour can be purchased in natural foods markets.

2 cups brown rice flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 ripe banana, peeled and mashed
1/3 cup soy milk
1 cup water
2 teaspoons oil

Mix flour, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl. Add mashed banana, soy milk, and water. Mix well.

Heat oil on a large griddle over medium heat. Pour 8 small pancakes onto heated pan. Cook 5 minutes. Carefully flip pancakes, and continue cooking for another 5 minutes. Serve warm.

Total calories per serving: 345
Fat: 5 grams
Protein: 7 grams
Carbohydrates: 68 grams
Iron: 1.8 mg
Calcium: 17 mg

This recipe originally appeared in No Cholesterol Passover Recipes, by Debra Wasserman.

Fruit-Nut Chews
(makes 60)

2 cups matzo meal
2 cups farfel
1 cup sugar or other sweetener
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1 cup raisins or chopped dates
1/4 cup potato starch
1/2 cup oil
1 cup water
1 cup mashed bananas (about 2 large ripe bananas)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Stir in nuts and raisins or chopped dates. Beat potato starch, oil, water, and mashed banana together. Beat into dry mixture.

Drop onto oiled cookie sheets with a teaspoon. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Calories: unavailable
Fat: 2 grams
Protein: 1 grams
Carbohydrates: 12 grams

No Cholesterol Passover Recipes include eggless blintzes, dairyless carrot cream soup, festive macaroons, apple latkes, sweet and sour cabbage, knishes, vegetarian chopped "liver," no oil lemon dressing, eggless matzo meal pancakes, and much more.

The Lowfat Jewish Vegetarian Cookbook offers Eggless Challah, Hamentashen for Purim, Chanukah Latkes, Passover Vegetarian Kishke, Mock Chopped "Liver," Russian Charoset, Eggless Matzo Balls, and Syrian Wheat Pudding.

To read more about these books go to: http://www.vrg.org/catalog/. You can order either of these using the online order form https://skyport.net/vrg/order.htm or call (410) 366-8343 to order over the phone with a Visa or MasterCard. The cost of shipping for international orders varies, so please contact us at vrg@vrg.org if you are outside the US. These books would make great Chanukkah gifts!

7) SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2000 Vegetarian Journal ONLINE

The September / October 2000 Vegetarian Journal articles online include:

Increasing Folate Can Help Lead to Fantastic Health, by Heather Hedrick
Product reviews: Guide to Vegan Cookies
Note from the Coordinators
Scientific Update and Notes from the Scientific Department

To read these article go to: http://www.vrg.org/journal/vj2000sep/.

Vegan Natural Tour in Costa Rica, by Amie Hamlin
Vegetable Chowders, by Chef Nancy Berkoff
Beet It!, by Debra Daniels-Zeller
Turkish Delights, by Sally Bernstein

Nutrition Hotline: Childhood development of the digestive enzyme, the
phytate component in soy products, and the risk of bone fracture.
Veggie Bits
Vegetarian Action: Chef Albert Chase
Book Reviews and more...

Read excerpts from back issues online at: http://www.vrg.org/journal/

The Journal features informational and recipe articles, product and book reviews, news for vegetarian activists, and up-to-date information about vegetarian health and nutrition. If you are not currently a subscriber to the Vegetarian Journal, why not subscribe today?

Subscriptions to Vegetarian Journal are $20/year in the US (please inquire for subscription rates outside the US). Accepted forms of payment, all in US funds, are Visa, MasterCard, checks drawn on US banks, and postal money orders. When joining, please send us your name, address, phone number, and e- mail address. If paying by credit card please include the card number and expiration date.

If you join online at http://www.vrg.org/journal/subscribe.htm for $30 or more, you will receive a FREE copy of the Vegan Handbook, a $20 value! (US addresses only)

If you choose to join by mail, subscriptions should be directed to:
The Vegetarian Resource Group
PO Box 1463
Dept. IN
Baltimore, MD 21203
Phone: (410) 366-8343
Fax: (410) 366-8804
E-mail: vrg@vrg.org


Toboggan Hill Farm is a new, online vegan market offering a variety of vegan products at discount prices. They offer vegetarian staples, such nutritional yeast, soy milk, silken tofu, TVP, and tahini. They also carry cruelty-free personal care products, household cleaners, and vegan vitamins. Starting in September they will offer a line of vegan water filtration systems which use charred coconuts husks instead of animal bone char as the carbon filter. Toboggan Hill Farm's Vegan Market is a vegan family-owned small business operated from an organic produce farm in southern Pennsylvania.

If you are interested in learning about existing humane education laws in the United States, please take a look at this new website. You will find a listing of humane education laws and other information about humane education.

Aesop has created a new Worldwide Vegetarian Events Calendar to find out about events or to post your own, go to: http://www.aesopinc.com/.

9) VRG JOB OPENING: Nutrition Professional

VRG is searching for a nutrition professional, RD preferred, who is very knowledgeable about vegetarian diets and with a strong science background to research and write articles/books; answer media, consumer, and professional questions; and be a liaison with other groups. The job is in Baltimore, Maryland. Please send resume, cover letter, and writing samples to: The Vegetarian Resource Group, P.O. Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203.


The 16th Annual Vegetarian Food Fair

The Toronto Vegetarian Association is holding its 16th Annual Vegetarian Food Fair, taking place at the Harbourfront Centre on September 8, 9, and 10. Each year, the free event welcomes over 15,000 visitors from around the world!

Highlights of the Food Fair include a lecture series, featuring speakers from across North America. Speakers include Richard Wolfson, Robert Cohen, Dr. Thomas Barnard, and Joseph Pace, who will share his research about the Canadian meat industry.

The Food Fair will also feature cooking demonstrations and printed copies of the meat-free recipes will be available at each demonstration, as well as tasty free samples. There will be exhibits from over 70 vegetarian, environmental, holistic, nutritional and animal-friendly business and organizations.

For further information, contact the Toronto Vegetarian Association at (416) 544-8891 and visit the website at: http://www.veg.on.ca/foodfair


United Poultry Concerns 2nd Annual Forum September 16 - 17, 2000
The Role of Farmed Animal Sanctuaries in Promoting Animal Rights & Vegetarianism

Agenda: To define and discuss the place and practice of farmed animal sanctuaries in promoting Animal Liberation. What do they teach? How do they advance animal rights? Where does vegan advocacy fit in? Thinking of starting a sanctuary?

Speakers include Lorri Bauston, Co-director, Farm Sanctuary, Terry Cummings, Co-Director, Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary, Karen Davis, Director, United Poultry Concerns, Jim Mason, Director, Two Mauds, Inc., Brad Miller, National Director, Suwanna Ranch, The Humane Farming Association, and Kim Sturla, Director, Animal Place.

When: Saturday September 16, 8 AM - 4:30 PM / Sunday September 17, 9 AM - 2 PM

Where: September 16 - Hilton Norfolk Airport, 1500 North Military Highway, Norfolk, VA 23502. Reservations: www.hilton.com or (800) 422-7474 or (757) 466-8000. Rooms are $89.00 plus tax

September 17 - United Poultry Concerns, 12325 Seaside Road, Machipongo, VA 23405 (a 40 minute drive from the Hilton)

Registration fee: $50.00 per person, pre-paid / Students - $30, per person, pre-paid

Meals: Registration includes morning coffee service and two vegan luncheon buffets

Send check or money order payable to United Poultry Concerns and a self- addressed stamped envelope to: United Poultry Concerns, PO Box 150, Machipongo, VA 23405. Payment for registration must be received by Tuesday, September 12, 2000.


Animals, Nature, and the New Millennium

The weekend of September 30th and October 1st, Friends of Animals is sponsoring a conference on "Animals, Nature, and the New Millennium." The conference is open to the public and the cost is $60 for both days paid in advance and $80 at the door. A daily rate is available at $40 per day. The event is being held at the historic The Algonquin Hotel, located at 59 W. 44th Street in New York City. Call (978) 352-5468 with questions or to register. You can also email foa@igc.org.

Speakers include Priscilla Feral, President, Friends of Animals; Gail Eisnitz, Author of Slaughterhouse; Professor Gary L. Francione, Rutgers University; Paul Shapiro, Compassion Over Killing; Meryl Hoffman, Founder and Director, Choices Women's Center; Jim Montavalli, editor, E Magazine; and reporters Steve Wilson and Jane Akre. I will also be in attendance as part of the vegetarian panel.


15th Annual Compassionate Living Festival

The 15th Annual Compassionate Living Festival will be held October 6-8, 2000 in Raleigh, North Carolina. VRG Nutrition Advisor, Suzanne Havala will be among the speakers, who also include Adele Wilcox, Steven Wise, Matt Ouellett, Ron Coranado, Joan Dunayer, Tom Regan, Heidi Prescott, Richard Jaffe, Jenny Stein, and James LaVeck.
For more information contact:
The Culture & Animals Foundation
3509 Eden Croft Drive
Raleigh, NC 27612
Phone: (919) 782-3739
Fax: (919) 782-6464
Web: http://www.cultureandanimals.org


VegFest DC 2000

The Vegetarian Society of DC (VSDC) and American University Animal Rights Effort (AUARE) are sponsoring VegFest DC 2000. It will take place Saturday October 14, 2000 from 10am to 8pm at American University's Ward Circle Building (located at Nebraska and Massachusetts Aves NW). Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. There will be tasty food, nutrition experts, workshops, cooking demonstrations, door prizes, and more. For more details call VSDC at (202) 362-VEGY (8349) or visit the website at http://www.vsdc.org. VRG's Jeannie McStay will be tabling at this event.


Boston Vegetarian Food Festival

The Fifth Annual Boston Vegetarian Food Festival will be held Saturday, October 14, 2000 from 10 am - 6 pm at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center (1350 Tremont Street). Features include: free food sampling, grocery and natural foods store exhibits, food manufacturers and produce exhibits, cooking demonstrations by noted chefs, speakers, educational exhibits, children's activities, and more. Dina Aronson, RD and Dan Aronson will have a booth for VRG at the Festival.

For more information visit the website at:
or e-mail foodfest-request@mit.edu.


Lone Star Vegetarian Chili Cook Off

The 12th Annual Lone Star Vegetarian Chili Cook-Off is being sponsored by the Vegetarian Society of Houston. The event is scheduled for October 15, 2000 and it is just $5 to sample the wide array of chili sin carne. There will be cash prizes and trophies awarded to the winners. There will also be live entertainment and door prizes. For more information and entry forms contact:
Vegetarian Society of Houston
2476 Bolsover #231
Houston, TX 77005-2011
(713) 880-2011


The Vegetarian Society of South Jersey 2nd Vegetarian Celebration Day

On November 4th The Vegetarian Society of South Jersey will hold its second Vegetarian Celebration Day. With speakers, cooking classes, vendors and delicious food. It will be held at the Burlington Meeting House on High Street in Burlington, New, Jersey starting at noon. For detailed information e-mail: info@vssj.com or call toll free 1-877-999-8775.


Our health professionals, activists, and educators work with businesses and individuals to bring about healthy 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, and book sales. The Vegetarian Journal, a bi-monthly print magazine, is a benefit of membership in The VRG. (For more information, please see the "September/October 2000 Vegetarian Journal Online" above or back issues online at http://www.vrg.org/journal/.)

If you would like to make a donation, become a member, or find out more about The VRG, contact us at: The Vegetarian Resource Group PO Box 1463 Baltimore, MD 21203 Phone: (410) 366-8343 Fax: (410) 366-8804 E-mail: vrg@vrg.org Website: www.vrg.org


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