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VRG-NEWS: The Vegetarian Resource Group Newsletter
Editor: Davida Gypsy Breier
Volume 5, Issue 1
January 2001


  1. Notes from the Editor
  2. New Vegetarian and Vegan Products
  3. Meatout 2001 is Coming!
  4. Valentine's Day Gift Packages
  5. NYC Restaurants
  6. Recipe of the Month: Corn Chowder
  7. January / February 2001 Vegetarian Journal Online
  8. New College-level Online Course on Vegetarianism
  9. Job Openings at VRG
  10. Upcoming Vegetarian Events and Conferences
  11. About the Vegetarian Resource Group
  12. About VRG-News


Thanks to everyone who has supported VRG in the past and continues to do so. Last month I announced our need for assistance in order to attend the 2001 National Restaurant Association Annual Meeting. We received several contributions through our donation page on the website and were contacted by The Animal Protection Institute (API). They contributed a sizable amount toward our efforts to bring vegetarianism to a large audience of food service professionals. This is what API had to say,

"We believe that this outreach effort is essential to increasing the availability of vegetarian food in restaurants, which in turn will increase public awareness of vegetarian food and will make choosing a vegetarian lifestyle easier."

"From our perspective, promoting a vegetarian lifestyle is a subtle yet profound way to dramatically change the lives of billions of farm animals and the destruction of the environment caused by meat production; also of great importance, of course, are the health benefits for human animals. We applaud VRG's efforts in what we see as a common goal shared between our organizations."

Thanks to API for their generous support!

For more information about API visit their website at: http://www.api4animals.org. For more information on the National Restaurant Association show and how to help please go to http://www.vrg.org/donation/nra.htm. For more information on donating to VRG and to access our secure donation page, please visit http://www.vrg.org/donation/donation.htm


When we received a sample of Island Blaze Papaya Hot Sauce I was the first in line to sample it. My fondness for hot sauces is well-known around the VRG office. I took it home and have splashed it on everything from rice to potatoes to bean burritos. It has an interesting balance of tangy, fruity, and spicy flavors. Island Blaze also offers hot sauces made with mango, passion fruit, and tamarind chili. They are all natural and kosher certified. For more information contact Deb-El Foods at debelfood@aol.com or call (908) 351-0330.


The 17th Annual Great American Meatout is poised for March 20, 2001. This national campaign is coordinated by Farm Animal Reform Movement (FARM), a national public-interest, non-profit organization. Individual events are planned and conducted by local consumer, environmental, and animal protection groups. Across the country there will be public dinners, cooking demonstrations, a congressional reception, and information tables set up at supermarkets, schools, and libraries.

If you are planning on attending or organizing an event, don't forget that VRG has brochures and books in quantity. Go to our materials list http://www.vrg.org/nutshell/materials.htm to see the variety of information available. We offer special activist prices for the books. If you are interested please email Jeannie at jeannie@vrg.org with your name, address, and the name of your group.

For more information about Meatout visit http://www.meatout.org or call 1-888-FARM USA


Looking for something special for Valentine's Day for a vegetarian in your life? We have new Valentine's Day gift packages. These special offers are primarily available to our web visitors. Packages include The Gourmet Cook, The Beginning Vegetarian, Just For Fun, and The Traveling Vegetarian. These package deals come with FREE shipping via Fed Ex Ground/Priority Mail and FREE gift wrapping. To read more about the packages offered go to http://www.vrg.org/catalog/valentine.htm


I was recently in New York City and visited two restaurants worth mentioning. I had read about Zen Palate and was finally able to experience it for myself. I dined at the location near Union Square. The menu was filled with tantalizing sounding dishes. I ordered the Sweet and Sour Sensation and my dining companions ordered Shepherd's Pie Croquettes and Sesame Medallions. All were delicious and the service was impeccable. The building itself was beautiful in its simplicity and design. For more information about Zen Palate (there are several locations in the NYC area) visit http://www.zenpalate.com.

The afternoon we spent walking around St Mark's Place was quite cold. We just happened to stumble across The Sanctuary, an all-vegetarian restaurant at 25 First Ave. The food was exactly what I needed to warm and restore me. I had hot soymilk and Malaysian BeeHun, a dish made with rice noodles, cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, bean sprouts, and tofu. My mother said her un-turkey sandwich and fresh French fries were also very satisfying. The server here was exceptionally helpful. Almost all of the menu is vegan, or can be made vegan, and the few dairy dishes they make are noted as non-vegan. I also got a piece of tofu cheesecake for the trip home and it was fabulous! For more information about the restaurant call (212) 780-9786.

For more information about vegetarian restaurants in New York visit these sites: http://www.nyveg.com

To learn about hundreds of additional restaurants from New York to Iowa to Arizona, purchase a copy of  Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Natural Foods Restaurants in the U.S. and Canada. Also featured are listings of vegetarian inns, spas, camps, tours, travel agencies and vacation spots. If you know of a restaurant that should be listed, please help us update the guide at http://www.vrg.org/travel/restupdate.htm. To order  Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Natural Foods Restaurants in the U.S. and Canada (371 pages) online go to http://www.vrg.org/catalog/guide.htm.


This recipe originally appeared in Simply Vegan by Debra Wasserman and Reed Mangels, PhD, RD.
Serves 5

1 tablespoon oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cups water
2 stalks celery and 2 carrots, chopped
2 17 ounce cans vegan creamed corn
1 cup soymilk
1 potato, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste

Saute onion in oil over medium-high heat until soft. Add water and chopped celery and carrots. Cook 10 minutes. Add creamed corn, soy milk, chopped potato, and spices. Continue cooking for another 10 minutes, Serve hot.

Total calories per serving: 166
Fat: 5 grams
Protein: 5 grams
Carbohydrates: 30 grams
Iron: 1 mg
Calcium: 40 mg
Sodium: 315 mg
Dietary Fiber: 4 gm

There are over 160 vegan recipes featured in Simply Vegan. There is also an extensive section on vegan nutrition, sample menus, and product information. If you are interested in learning more quick and easy recipes, you can order a copy of Simply Vegan on our website at https://skyport.net/vrg/order.htm or call (410) 366-8343 to order over the phone with a Visa or MasterCard. The $13 price includes special standard shipping (US only). The cost of shipping for international orders varies, so please contact us at vrg@vrg.org if you are outside the US.


The January / February 2000 Vegetarian Journal articles online include:

To read these articles go to: http://www.vrg.org/journal/vj2001jan/



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


New college-level online course on vegetarianism, taught by Chef Nancy Berkoff, RD. Originally designed as an advanced nutrition class for culinary students, the course has been expanded to include topics of interest for everyone interested in food, health, small business, and vegetarianism. Consumers can learn more about vegetarian cooking; institutional food service staff and managers can expand their knowledge about new products and cooking styles, and restaurateurs will certainly be better able to please their vegan diners. Topics will include types of vegetarians, recipe and menu design, careers in vegetarian food services, ethnic cuisines, ingredient selection, vegetarian nutrition and health trends, and vegetarian business topics. College credit is optional and the course is open to the public. The cost for the course is $100 ($90 for VRG members). There is an additional cost to receive college credit. For more information online go to http://www.vrg.org/berkoff/introduction.htm or call (410) 366-8343.


P/T, but could be combined with another position for a full time job. Help to keep computer software/hardware/network up to date and running smoothly. Familiarity with networking and software/hardware support experience helpful. Must be a problem solver and enjoy troubleshooting computer issues. Send resume and cover letter to VRG, Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203.

VRG seeks Jack or Jill of all trades knowledgeable in vegetarianism to process memberships/subscriptions, answer phone, talk to the media, and more. Must be comfortable with detail work, computers, flexibility, planning, and improving systems. Includes health and dental insurance. Send resume and cover letter to VRG, Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203 or e-mail vrg@vrg.org.


1st Annual Southeastern Compassion for Animals Action Symposium

On Saturday and Sunday February 24-25 the 1st Annual Southeastern Compassion for Animals Action Symposium will take place in Gainesville, FL. There will be experts on animal ethics, factory farming, wildlife, vegetarian nutrition, and more.

Speakers (scheduled thus far):

Don Barnes, Animal Protection Institute / San Antonio Voice for Animals
Gene Bauston, Farm Sanctuary
Dawn Carr, PETA
George Eisman, Assc. of Veg. Dietitians and Nutrition Educators
David Hoch, Law Professor, Univ. of Fla.
Suzanne Havala, M.S., R.D., Vegetarian Resource Group Nutrition Consultant
Holly Jensen, Florida Wildlife
Jim Mason, Author, "An Unnatural Order" and co-author of "Animal Factories"
Susan McCullom, Earthkind, Miami Chapter of EarthSave
Wayne Pacelle, HSUS
Lt. Sherry Schlueter, Broward County Sheriff's Dept. Animal Abuse Unit
Plus: Representatives from ARFF and Vegetarian Events

Register early for best rates; limited registration available. All meals served will be vegan and organic.

For more information contact:
Vegetarian Events
PO Box 1057
Alachua , Fl 32616
Call Chas at 904-454-4341 or email chasmo@netcommander.com


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 "November/December 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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