VRG-NEWS: The Vegetarian Resource Group Newsletter
Volume 16, Issue 11
October 2012

CONTENTS

  1. P.F. CHANG'S VEGETARIAN-LABELED DISHES: OYSTER SAUCE IS ALL-VEGETABLE; NO HONEY, EGG OR DAIRY PRESENT
  2. SHOP AT THEVEGETARIANSITE AND SUPPORT THE VRG
  3. VEGAN RESTAURANTS AROUND THE U.S./CANADA
  4. IMPLEMENTING VEGAN OPTIONS ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES
  5. VEGAN THANKSGIVING TIPS AND RECIPES
  6. REHABILITATION CENTERS WILLINGLY ACCOMMODATE VEGANS/VEGETARIANS
  7. GLYCEROL AND MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDE UPDATES: MOSTLY VEGETABLE-DERIVED
  8. POLYOLS (SUGAR ALCOHOLS): SUGAR SUBSTITUTES MOSTLY CORN-DERIVED EXCEPT LACTITOL
  9. YARD HOUSE RESTAURANTS OFFER GARDEIN(TM
  10. VEGAN BRUNCH RECIPES!
  11. STARTING A VEGAN FOOD MANUFACTURING COMPANY: USING A CO-PACKER
  12. TASTY BITE SEEKING BRAND AMBASSADOR/DEMO COORDINATOR IN DC & CHICAGO
  13. THE VRG'S ANNUAL PRE-THANKSGIVING VEGAN POTLUCK IN BALTIMORE
  14. VRG APPROVED FOR 2012 CALIFORNIA STATE EMPLOYEES' CHARITABLE CAMPAIGN
  15. MICROBIAL RENNETS AND FERMENTATION PRODUCED CHYMOSIN (FPC): HOW VEGETARIAN ARE THEY?
  16. MORE NEWS
  17. About The Vegetarian Resource Group
  18. About VRG-NEWS

1) P.F. CHANG'S VEGETARIAN-LABELED DISHES: OYSTER SAUCE IS ALL-VEGETABLE; NO HONEY, EGG OR DAIRY PRESENT

By Jeanne Yacoubou, MS
VRG Research Director

A staff member at the VRG spotted a July 2012 post written by a vegan who said that at P.F. Chang's, "...all the dishes are cooked in oyster sauce [and so are not vegetarian or vegan.]" Since this information was contradictory to what we reported in 2008 about the P.F. Chang's vegetarian-labeled menu items, [ http://www.vrg.org/journal/vj2008issue4/whos_veggie_friendly.htm ] we contacted the chain to see if there had been an ingredient change.

To read the rest of this article, visit our blog:
http://www.vrg.org/blog/2012/09/07/p-f-chang%e2%80%99s-vegetarian-labeled-dishes-oyster-sauce-is-all-vegetable-no-honey-egg-or-dairy-present/ ]


2) SHOP AT THEVEGETARIANSITE AND SUPPORT THE VRG

For the month of October, TheVegetarianSite [ http://thevegetariansite.com ] will donate a portion of your purchase to The VRG. TheVegetarianSite offers non-leather shoes and clothing, cruelty free personal care products, books, videos, food, and more. We thank them, and we'd like to thank you for supporting The Vegetarian Resource Group!


3) VEGAN RESTAURANTS AROUND THE U.S./CANADA

These vegan reataurants were recently added to our online restaurant guide: [ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2012/10/02/vegan-restaurants-around-the-u-s-and-canada/ ]


4) IMPLEMENTING VEGAN OPTIONS ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES

By Shelby Jackson, VRG Intern

When I was a freshman at Dartmouth, only one dining hall had somewhat consistent vegan options; the others had salad and occasional veggie chili. The one small dining hall that proved to be the most vegan-friendly had inconvenient hours, was closed on weekends, and was mainly a lunchtime destination. College students' schedules are often ridiculously busy and socializing at meal times becomes just as important as the actual food. This is especially true when you are in the process of making friends at a new school. My first year, I was restricted to one dining location where nobody wanted to eat. On Fridays I had to stock up on premade meals only offered one weekday at the one vegan-friendly dining hall, and this meant I had to eat those meals alone in my room lest I felt awkward bringing them into other dining halls. Though I could eat a salad at dinner and be accompanied by friends, it was just not feasible to do everyday. At that time I was dedicated to running, and required plenty of whole grains to keep me feeling satisfied.

To read the rest of the article, visit our blog:
http://www.vrg.org/blog/2012/09/11/implementing-vegan-options-on-college-campuses/ ]


5) VEGAN THANKSGIVING TIPS AND RECIPES

Looking for ideas for the upcoming holiday? Check out our Vegan Thanksgiving page for recipe and suggestions for veggie ways to celebrate!

http://www.vrg.org/recipes/vegan_thanksgiving.php ]


6) REHABILITATION CENTERS WILLINGLY ACCOMMODATE VEGANS/VEGETARIANS

By Christine Kasum Sexton, MPH

Wendy Rice is a dietitian who works for Advanced Health Care, which operates short-stay rehabilitation centers in six states. She recently shared with me a little bit about how their facilities accommodate their vegetarian and vegan clients.

To read the rest of the article, visit our blog:
http://www.vrg.org/blog/2012/09/13/rehabilitation-centers-willingly-accommodate-vegansvegetarians/ ]


7) GLYCEROL AND MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDE UPDATES: MOSTLY VEGETABLE-DERIVED

By Jeanne Yacoubou, MS
VRG Research Director

Glycerol, (also known as glycerin or glycerine), is a common ingredient or common starting material of other ingredients found in many foods and personal care products. When fat molecules, such as triglycerides, are broken down in a chemical reaction, glycerol is formed. Animal fats (e.g., beef tallow) or vegetable oils are the common starting materials for glycerin formation.

The VRG wanted to determine how much of the commercial production of glycerol today is from animal fats....

To read the rest of the article, visit our blog:
http://www.vrg.org/blog/2012/09/24/glycerol-and-mono-and-diglyceride-updates-mostly-vegetable-derived/ ]


8) POLYOLS (SUGAR ALCOHOLS): SUGAR SUBSTITUTES MOSTLY CORN-DERIVED EXCEPT LACTITOL

By Jeanne Yacoubou, MS
VRG Research Director

An online reader asked us if maltitol was a vegan ingredient....

To read the rest of the article, visit our blog: [ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2012/10/08/polyols-sugar-alcohols-sugar-substitutes-mostly-corn-derived-except-lactitol/ ]


9) YARD HOUSE RESTAURANTS OFFER GARDEIN(TM) MENU OPTIONS

By Jeanne Yacoubou, MS
VRG Research Director

Since January 2011, Yard House restaurants have offered gardein(tm), an all-vegetable, high-protein food developed by Garden Protein International, as an option in twenty-five menu items available at all of its locations in over a dozen states....

To read the rest of the article, visit our blog:
http://www.vrg.org/blog/2012/10/10/yard-house-restaurants-offer-gardein%e2%84%a2-menu-options/ ]


10) VEGAN BRUNCH RECIPES!

By Aileen McGraw, VRG intern

Breakfast and lunch: the two ingredients behind brunch, a well-loved culinary hybrid. This sturdy, satisfying meal makes the morning wait worthwhile. A fusion of comfort food and morning and afternoon staples, brunch brings opportunity to mix flavors and classic dishes. Make comfort food compassionate with a vegan brunch - it's definitely do-able! With resources found via VRG and well-honed creativity, a cruelty-free brunch tastes as delicious as ever.

To read the rest of the article, visit our blog:
http://www.vrg.org/blog/2012/10/12/vegan-brunch-recipes/ ]


11) STARTING A VEGAN FOOD MANUFACTURING COMPANY: USING A CO-PACKER

By Ed Coffin, RD

Many vegans have the dream of starting their own food manufacturing company and offering their products in retail outlets. While there are a myriad of challenges that need to be overcome, from idea to sales, the major starting point is always figuring out exactly how you'll produce your product. After completing some initial due diligence, most start-up food manufacturers finally decide that using a co-packer is the best solution for them to get things going.

To read the rest of the article, visit our blog:
http://www.vrg.org/blog/2012/10/15/starting-a-vegan-food-manufacturing-company-using-a-co-packer/ ]


12) TASTY BITE SEEKING BRAND AMBASSADOR/DEMO COORDINATOR IN DC & CHICAGO

http://www.vrg.org/blog/2012/10/17/tasty-bite-seeking-brand-ambassadordemo-coordinator-in-dc-chicago/ ]


13) THE VRG's ANNUAL PRE-THANKSGIVING VEGAN POTLUCK IN BALTIMORE

Mark your calendars now for The VRG's 31st Annual Vegetarian Pre-Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner on Sunday November 18, 2012 at 5:00 P.M. The dinner will be held at North Baltimore Mennonite Church in Roland Park, 4615 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21210.

For more information, visit:
http://www.vrg.org/blog/2012/08/14/vrgs-annual-vegan-pre-thanksgiving-potluck-1118/ ]


14) VRG APPROVED FOR 2012 CALIFORNIA STATE EMPLOYEES' CHARITABLE CAMPAIGN

We've been approved again this year to participate in the California State Employees' Charitable Campaign! If you are a California state employee, please contribute to vegetarian education and outreach by selecting The Vegetarian Resource Group for payroll deduction. Thank you for your support. Others can donate directly at [ http://www.vrg.org/donate ].


15) MICROBIAL RENNETS AND FERMENTATION PRODUCED CHYMOSIN (FPC): HOW VEGETARIAN ARE THEY?

By Jeanne Yacoubou, MS
VRG Research Director

Introduction

In 2007, The VRG learned from an employee at Danisco, a major enzyme manufacturer, that fermentation produced chymosin (FPC) responsible for curdling milk used in making cheese, originated from a calf gene. (Chymosin is the primary enzyme in rennet responsible for curdling.) He told us: "Ultimately, maybe twenty-five years ago, the gene used to make microbial chymosin is from calf rennet. It has been genetically modified so it is a GMO product [strictly speaking]." In 2007, The VRG was told by several cheese companies and enzyme makers that approximately 70% of all cheese in the United States was produced with FPC.

To read the rest of the article, visit our blog:
http://www.vrg.org/blog/2012/08/21/microbial-rennets-and-fermentation-produced-chymosin-fpc-how-vegetarian-are-they/ ]


16) MORE NEWS

Should We Switch To Only Publishing The Vegetarian Journal Online?
http://www.vrg.org/blog/2012/08/29/should-we-switch-to-only-publishing-the-vegetarian-journal-online/ ]

How To Donate Your Vehicle To Vrg
http://www.vrg.org/blog/2012/09/14/how-to-donate-your-vehicle-to-vrg/ ]

Smashburger's Black Bean Burger Is Not Vegan
http://www.vrg.org/blog/2012/09/21/smashburgers-black-bean-burger-is-not-vegan/ ]

Marla Rose: Becoming Empowered By Being Bold
http://www.vrg.org/blog/2012/08/27/marla-rose-becoming-empowered-by-being-bold/ ]

Vegetarian Seasoned Seitan Gyros And Sausage By Taft Foodmasters
http://www.vrg.org/blog/2012/09/18/vegetarian-seasoned-seitan-gyros-and-sausage-by-taft-foodmasters/ ]

Report From Natural Products Expo East 2012
http://www.vrg.org/blog/2012/10/04/report-from-natural-products-expo-east-2012/ ]

VRG will have a Booth at the Carol J. Adams event in Baltimore on 11/1
https://www.facebook.com/events/437010883016917/?fref=ts ]

Get Discounts On Prescriptions, Vision, Hearing, And Dental Services
http://www.vrg.org/vrgnews/2012aug.php#s1 ]


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