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VRG-NEWS: The Vegetarian Resource Group Newsletter
Editor: Davida Gypsy Breier
Volume 5, Issue 9
September 2001


  1. Notes from the Editor
  2. VRG Vegan Dinner in St. Louis, October 22, 2001
  3. Help Support VRG Through Matching Donations
  4. Recipe of the Month: Roasted Garlic and Basil Spread
  5. September / October 2001 Vegetarian Journal Online
  6. College-level Online Course on Vegetarianism Available
  7. Upcoming Vegetarian Events and Conferences
  8. Job Openings and Opportunities at VRG
  9. Audio Tapes Available on Vegetarianism and Religion
    About the Vegetarian Resource Group
    About VRG-News


There have been a few changes in the VRG office in the last month. Sarah Blum has returned to start her second year of college and Harriette Wimms has joined the staff as our new Administrative Assistant. Harriet is working on her PhD in Clinical and Community Social Psychology at The University of Maryland Baltimore Campus.

Also, this will be my last issue as editor of VRG-News. I will be leaving VRG in October and John L. Cunningham will be taking over my position. John has come to The Vegetarian Resource Group via musicianship, civil engineering, and computer consulting. He started down the vegetarian path three years ago and has found the journey to be exciting, fulfilling, and immensely enjoyable. Please welcome John and Harriette.


During The American Dietetic Association Annual Meeting, VRG will hold a dinner in St. Louis, Missouri at the Mandarin House at Union Station. The dinner is open to dietitians, VRG members, and the general public.

The menu for the Chinese Vegan Banquet will include:

Vegetarian Deluxe Soup (vegetable, tofu, green bean noodle)
Fresh Spring Rolls (rice sheet wrapper, non-fried)
Pan Fried Bean Curd Cake
Green Beans with Szechwan Sauce
Stir-Fried Rice Noodles with Vegetables (Napa, spinach, etc.)
Three Greens (Chinese broccoli, zucchini, and snow peas)
Hot Bean Curd in a Special Sauce (a favorite of their vegetarian guests)
Steamed Rice
Mixed Fruit Dessert

The cost is $18 before September 15, 2001; $20 after September 15th until October 15. Children under 10 years are half-price. Price includes tax and tip. Payment must be made in advance. Refunds will only be made if we have a replacement for your seat. Call (410) 366-8343 between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday to Friday; fax (410) 366-8804; e-mail vrg@vrg.org; or send to VRG, PO Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203.

Please send in your payment and reservations by ***October 15, 2001***.


VRG was recently selected to join Give for Change's list of non-profit organizations receiving philanthropic support. Give for Change allows you to make online donations to a variety of progressive organizations. VRG is listed under the "Rights & Welfare Of Animals" section. Give for Change is affiliated with Working Assets, a company that supports a variety of organizations through their long- distance phone and credit card services. As part of the "Tax Rebate Matching Grant" program, Give for Change will match any donations of exactly $300 or $600 from now until November 1, 2001. For more information on this program go to: http://www.giveforchange.com

For more information about Working Assets go to: http://www.workingforchange.com/ And go to http://www.giveforchange.com/cgi-bin/GiveForChange.storefront for more details about Give For Change.

Thanks to all who have already sent donations!

Please remember The Vegetarian Resource Group in matching gifts at work, United Way, and federal employee (CFC) campaigns.

4) RECIPE OF THE MONTH : Roasted Garlic and Basil Spread

This recipe appears in Vegan Meals for One or Two, by Chef Nancy Berkoff.

Roasted Garlic and Basil Spread
(Makes approximately 1 cup or 16 servings)

Try this garlic spread which can be used on salads. It can be mixed with some tofu or soy mayonnaise to thin it out and used as a marinade or used as a spread for sandwiches or a dip. There's some elbow grease involved, but it's worth it!

2 whole heads of garlic
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 cup fresh basil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Rub unpeeled whole garlic heads with oil and wrap in foil. Bake at 375 degrees until garlic is very tender (easily pierced with a knife), approximately 30 minutes. Allow garlic to cool.

When cool, squeeze garlic pulp from heads into a small bowl. Using a potato masher or a strong fork and a bowl, mash the basil with the salt until it is a paste. Slowly add garlic and lemon and continue to mash until a combined paste is formed. Refrigerate spread until ready to use.

Total calories per serving: 18
Total Fat as % of Daily Value: 1%
Fat: 1 gram
Protein: 1 gram
Carbohydrates: 3 grams
Iron: 1 mg
Calcium: 20 mg
Dietary Fiber: 1 grams
Sodium: 147 mg

There are 100 recipes in Vegan Meals for One or Two (216 pages). You can order a copy of Vegan Meals for One or Two on our website at http://www.vrg.org/catalog/order.htm or call (410) 366-8343 to order over the phone with a Visa or MasterCard M-F 9am - 5pm EST. The price includes media mail 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 September / October 2001 Vegetarian Journal articles online include:

To read these article go to: http://www.vrg.org/journal/vj2001sep/


Coconut Cooking: Milk and meat? Yes, when we talk about coconuts. By Nancy Berkoff
Eating Vegan on Campus Sara Chatfield, MPH, RD, discusses dorm food and quick meals for the starving student in your life


Nutrition Hotline: Concerns about mad cow disease, and vegetarian calcium sources
Letters to the Editors
Veggie Bits
Scientific Update
Notes from the Scientific Department
Vegan Cooking Tips - From Chef Nancy Berkoff: How to prepare pilafs; quick meal ideas for a grab-and-go breakfast
Book Reviews

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, 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


VRG now offers a 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. You can follow a traditional school calendar and begin in the fall or start right now! For more information online go to http://www.vrg.org/berkoff/introduction.htm or call (410) 366-8343.



From August 3-5th, 2001, VeganSpeak is hosting a weekend of speakers, dining, and camping in Port Sanilac, Michigan. Rynn Berry, author of Famous Vegetarians and Their Favorite Recipes, The New Vegetarians, and Food For The Gods, is the guest speaker. Visit http://www.veganspeak.com for more information and registration information!



The 17th Annual Vegetarian Food Fair will take place September 7, 8 and 9, 2001 at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The Annual Vegetarian Food Fair, organized by the Toronto Vegetarian Association, is a three-day event designed to increase the public's awareness of the benefits of vegetarianism. The main objectives of the event are: to allow individuals the opportunity to sample and learn to prepare a variety of meatless meals; and to provide information on all aspects of vegetarianism.

Now in its seventeenth year, the Annual Vegetarian Food Fair had been held at Harbourfront Centre since 1987. York Quay Centre provides an ideal venue for the festivities, accommodating exhibits and guest speakers within the building, as well as more exhibits, food concessions, cooking demonstrations and musical entertainment outdoors under tents. Each year, over 12,000 people from across Ontario, Canada, the United States and beyond travel to Toronto to join the festivities, making the gathering one of the largest, if not the largest, annual vegetarian event of its kind in North America!

Featured guest speakers for 2001 will include Thomas J. Barnard, M.D. (Essex County Medical Society); Brenda Davis, R.N. (American Dietetic Association, co-author of Becoming Vegetarian and Becoming Vegan); and Elizabeth May (Sierra Club of Canada).

For more information contact:
Annual Vegetarian Food Fair
c/o Toronto Vegetarian Association
1101-2011 Yonge Street
P.O. Box 2307
Toronto, Ontario, CANADA M4P 1E4
(416) 544-8891 (mailbox #1)
E-mail: foodfair@veg.ca



The Hampton Roads VegFest 2001 is scheduled for Saturday September 8th, 2001 at Town Point Park from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Speakers include Erik Marcus (Author of Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating), Dr. Neal Barnard (PCRM), and Robin Robertson (cookbook author). There will be activities for children, food demonstrations, exhibits for non-profit companies and businesses that promote popular vegan items, socially responsible messages, and alternative products, and live music by local and regional musicians. Volunteers are needed!

VRG Circulation Manager Tamara Gabai and a volunteer will be attending the VegFest, so please stop by the booth!

For more information contact
Dawn Adams
(757) 343-5287



The Association of the Bar of the City of New York's Committee on Legal Issues Pertaining to Animals will present its 7th Annual Conference on Animals and the Law on Saturday September 29, 2001 (9:30 am to 5:30 pm) at the House of the Association, 42 West 44th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues), New York, NY 10036.

The fee for attendance at the program will be $30 ($25 for students and members of ABCNY). Lunch is not included. For further information, call 212 382-6653, or, to receive registration information by mail, send your postal address to marisul@prodigy.net.

For more information contact:
Animal Defense League-New York City
PO Box 20878
New York, NY 10009



Animal Place Sanctuary is holding a Veggie Cook-off benefit event Sunday September, 30th, 2001. The Cook-off will be held at the Sacramento Grand Ballroom (629 J. Street, Sacramento, CA 95814) from 12-3pm. Kitty O'Neal, from KFBK radio station, will be hosting the event. The tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. There is no fee to enter a dish, and you'll receive a copy of the Veggie Cook-off cookbook. All recipes must be vegan and a recipe must be furnished in advance to be included in the cookbook.

If you have any questions regarding the Veggie Cook-Off or the Animal Place Sanctuary , please contact the event coordinator, Kim Gardner at (916) 488-3991, fax at (916) 488-8019, or e-mail arcc2@jps.net.



The 16th Annual International Compassionate Living Festival will take place the weekend of October 5-7th, 2001. It will be held at Four Points Hotel Raleigh Crabtree, 4501 Creedmoor Road (70 West) Raleigh, North Carolina 27612

Speakers include Tom Regan, Katherine Grier ("Pets in America"), Jenny Stein and James Laveck ("Peaceable Kingdom"), Robert Cohen, Ray and Jean Swingle Greek ("First Do No Harm"), Steve Hindi ("Is the Movement Dying?"), and John Coetzee ("Disgrace: A Reading").

For more information on the event go to: http://www.cultureandanimals.org/iclf2001.htm
For registration details go to: http://www.cultureandanimals.org/registration.htm
Or contact:
The Culture and Animals Foundation
3509 Eden Croft Drive, Raleigh, NC 27612
(919) 782-3739; Fax: 919-782-6464
E-mail: njregan@nc.rr.com.



The Sixth Annual Boston Vegetarian Food Festival will take place Saturday, October 13, 2001 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. It will be held at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center 1350 Tremont Street (at New Dudley) Boston, MA

Stroll the aisles and graze on free samples of delicious natural, vegetarian foods from exhibitors from across the country and locally. Learn about new products, talk to food manufacturers, and enjoy "Show Special" discount shopping. Admission is FREE.

This event is organized by the Boston Vegetarian Society
For more information contact:
(617) 424-8846
E-mail: BVS@ivu.org



The Gateway to Compassion Animal Rights Symposium will be held Saturday, October 13, 2001 at Sheraton Westport Plaza Towers (900 West Port Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63146; (314)434-5010; Fax: (314) 434-0140)

Topics of discussion include diet and health, factory farming, fur, trapping, captive animals in circuses, zoos, and canned hunts, and exotic animal auctions. Speakers include Ingrid Newkirk (PETA), Dr. Neal Barnard (PCRM), Bradley Miller (Humane Farming Association), Dr. Elliot Katz (In Defense of Animals), Richard Farinato (Humane Society of the U.S.), and Camilla Fox (Animal Protection Institute).

Contact St. Louis Animal Rights Team at
PO Box 28501
St. Louis, MO 63146
(314) 851-0928
E-mail: stlouisanimalrightsteam@visto.com



EarthSave Chicago is hosting its second annual Conference for Conscious Living at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, on Saturday, October 20, 2001. They will be featuring speakers, including John Robbins, Howard Lyman, Stanley and Rhoda Sapon, Robert Cohen, and James LaVeck and Jenny Stein, who will be screening their award-winning documentary, The Witness.

They will be offering a vegan lunch, tables of information from local animal advocacy, environmental and vegetarian organizations and the opportunity to meet others with similar interests.

For more information, please contact EarthSave Chicago at 773-525-4032 or visit their website at http://chicago.earthsave.org.



The Fourth Annual International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition is being held April 8-11, 2002 at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California.

Major conference topics include:
Vegetarian diets and longevity/mortality
Vegetarian diets: current issues
Vegetarian diets and bone health
High soy consumption: good, bad, and indifferent?
Vegetarian diets for all: a solution to the environmental crisis?

For more information contact:
Office of Extended Programs
Loma Linda University
School of Public Health
Loma Linda, CA 92350
(909) 558-7230
E-mail: icvn@sph.llu.edu




Responsibilities depend on background, college major, and interest of applicant. Tasks may include research, writing, and/or community outreach. Internships are helpful for students working towards journalism, English, and nutrition degrees. Business majors can obtain experience related to the business aspects of a nonprofit. Activists can learn new skills and gain a broader knowledge, as well as share their expertise. Positions open throughout the year for all ages. Internships are unpaid. Send resume and cover letter to VRG, Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203; vrg@vrg.org.



AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY OUTREACH COORDINATOR - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is looking for an outreach coordinator for its Norfolk, Virginia, headquarters to help promote animal rights issues and vegetarianism in the African American Community. The candidate must have good contacts within and an understanding of African American culture. The candidate must also have a thorough knowledge of animal rights issues, be out-going, and have the ability to communicate with a variety of people. Some travel is required. Competitive salary and benefits.

Send cover letter and résumé to PETA, Attn: Human Resources, 501 Front Street, Norfolk, VA 23510; or fax to 757-628-0789. Please visit the PETA Web site at http://www.peta-online.org for further employment information.

HISPANIC COMMUNITY OUTREACH COORDINATOR - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is looking for an outreach coordinator for its Norfolk, Virginia, headquarters to help promote animal rights issues and vegetarianism in the Hispanic Community. The candidate must be fluent in both English and Spanish and have knowledge of Hispanic Culture. The candidate must also have a thorough knowledge of animal rights issues, be outgoing, and have the ability to communicate with a variety of people.Some travel is required. Competitive salary and benefits.

Send cover letter and résumé to PETA, Attn: Human Resources, 501 Front Street, Norfolk, VA 23510; or fax to 757-628-0789. Please visit the PETA Web site at http://www.peta-online.org for further employment information.


Professor Richard Schwartz and PETA have created an audio tape that addresses Judaism and its relationship with vegetarianism. There is an introduction by Rabbi David Rosen former Chief Rabbi of Ireland, an Israeli educator and activist. Rabbi Rosen discusses his approach to vegetarianism, in response to questions from Nina Natelson, founder and director of CHAI (Concern for Helping Animals in Israel). Professor Schwartz also responds to questions from Joel Goldberg, Ph.D.

The tape is $5.00 and there are discounts available for quantity orders.

To order contact PETA's Customer Service Department toll-free at 1-800-483-4366; or you can order it from their online catalog http://www.PETACatalog.com. PETA will also be putting audio files online www.peta-online.org) for people to download. PETA encourages people to copy the cassette and to use it in any way that will promote vegetarianism.

PETA has also produced a cassette that considers vegetarianism from a Christian perspective. With an analysis of the cruelty, environmental degradation, and health problems associated with meat production and consumption, Fr. John Dear, S.J., author of 15 books on Christianity, makes the case that Christians should be vegetarians. Further information is available from the sources noted above.


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 "July / August 2001 Vegetarian Journal Preview" 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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