VRG-NEWS: The Vegetarian Resource Group Newsletter
Volume 21, Issue 1

January 2017

By Shani Stewart

CONTENTS

  1. VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP RESEARCH AND NEWS
  2. VRG BOOTHS AND EVENTS
  3. A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE VRG VOLUNTEERS
  4. COLLEGE COMMUNICATIONS INTERNSHIP AT THE VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP
  5. DOUBLE YOUR DONATION FOR VEGAN EDUCATION
  6. GIVING ASSISTANT
  7. VEGAN MENSWEAR
  8. VEGAN MEALS DELIVERED TO YOUR HOME
  9. BECOME A MONTHLY OR QUARTERLY DONOR FOR VRG
  10. ABOUT THE VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP
  11. ABOUT VRG NEWS

1) VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP RESEARCH AND NEWS

  • EATING VEGAN AS A TEEN RUNNER
  • VEGAN OPTIONS AT CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN
  • SOURCES FOR NONLEATHER SHOES AND BELTS
  • VEGAN OPTIONS AT RUBY TUESDAY
  • VEGAN FRIENDLY WINE
  • IS COCONUT OIL GOOD FOR YOU?
  • VEGAN FROSTINGS FOR YOUR CAKES
  • IS IMITATION OR PU LEATHER VEGAN?
  • MORE VEGAN FOODS AVAILABLE IN FOODSERVICE SIZE
  • AND MORE
FLYING TO GERMANY ON UNITED AIRLINES
http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/11/21/flying-to-germany-on-united-airlines/ ]
LAUGHING PLANET CAFE IN RENO, NEVADA
http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/11/22/laughing-planet-cafe-in-reno-nevada/ ]
SUPPORT THE VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP BECOME A MONTHLY OR QUARTERLY DONOR
http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/11/23/support-the-vegetarian-resource-group-become-a-monthly-or-quarterly-donor-4/ ]
RESTAURANT CHAIN POLL
http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/11/23/restaurant-chain-poll/ ]
EATING VEGAN AS A TEEN RUNNER
http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/11/25/eating-vegan-as-a-teen-runner/ ]
VEGAN OPTIONS AT THE CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN
http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/11/28/california-pizza-kitchen/ ]
SEDONA HEALTH AND NUTRITION CONFERENCE
http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/11/30/sedona-health-and-nutrition-conference/ ]
YOU CAN HELP FOOD SERVICE ADVISORS ADD MORE VEGAN OPTIONS
http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/11/30/you-can-help-food-service-advisors-add-more-vegan-options/ ]
VEGAN MEALS DELIVERED TO YOUR HOME
http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/12/01/vegan-meals-delivered-to-your-home/ ]
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR VEGAN SOURCES FOR NON LEATHER SHOES, WALLETS, PURSES, BELTS, AND MUCH MORE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON?
http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/12/01/are-you-looking-for-vegan-sources-for-non-leather-shoes-wallets-purses-belts-and-much-more-this-holiday-season/ ]
VEGAN OPTIONS AT RUBY TUESDAY
http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/12/02/vegan-options-at-ruby-tuesday/ ]
VEGAN FRIENDLY WINE
http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/12/05/vegan-friendly-wine/ ]
CHEWY CARAMEL COCOMELS
http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/12/06/chewy-caramel-cocomels/ ]
DO VEGAN ALTERNATIVES EXIST FOR ENZYMES USED IN RESEARCH LABS?
http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/12/07/do-vegan-alternatives-exist-for-enzymes-used-in-research-labs/ ]
MY INTERNSHIP AT THE VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP
http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/12/08/consider-giving-a-vegan-cookbook-from-the-vegetarian-resource-group-book-catalog-this-holiday-season/ ]
WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH VEGAN LEATHER?
http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/12/09/whats-the-deal-with-vegan-leather/ ]
CHARITABLE DONATIONS FROM YOUR IRA COULD SAVE YOUR TAXES
http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/12/12/charitable-donations-from-your-ira-could-save-taxes-2/ ]
CHEF JOHN SHEILDS OF GERTUDE'S RESTAURANT IN BALTIMORE, MARYLAND SHARES SOME RECIPES
http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/12/12/chef-john-shields-of-gertudes-restaurant-in-baltimore-maryland-shares-some-recipes/ ]
IS COCONUT OIL GOOD FOR YOU?
http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/12/13/is-coconut-oil-good-for-you/ ]
RECALL EARTH BALANCE VEGAN MAC
http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/12/14/recall-earth-balance-vegan-mac/ ]
SCOTT NASH FOUNDER AND CEO OF MOMS ORGANIC MARKET RETAIL CHAIN
http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/12/14/scott-nash-founder-and-ceo-of-moms-organic-market-retail-chain/ ]
FILLINGS FROSTINGS AND OTHER DECORATIVE DELIGHTS FOR YOUR VEGAN CAKES
http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/12/15/fillings-frostings-and-other-decorative-delights-for-your-vegan-cakes/ ]
NEW RESTAURANTS HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THE VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP'S ONLINE GUIDE TO VEGAN/VEGETARIAN RESTAURANTS IN THE USA AND CANADA
http://www.vrg.org/blog/2016/12/15/new-restaurants-have-been-added-to-the-vegetarian-resource-groups-online-guide-to-veganvegetarian-restaurants-in-the-usa-and-canada-6/ ]

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2) VRG BOOTHS AND EVENTS

Upcoming Events:

Leg Up Farmers Market
Saturday, February 4th 2017 from 10AM-2PM
Located at 4880 N. Sherman St
Mount Wolf, PA 17347
http://www.legupfarmersmarket.com ]
The Maryland Dietetics in Health Care Communities Conference
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 7:15AM-3:10PM
Located at The Gathering Place
6120 Day Long Lane
Clarksville, MD 21029
Loyola University Health Fair
Tuesday, April 4th 2017 from 11AM-2PM
Located at Loyola University
4501 N Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21210
New England VegFest
Sunday April 30, 2017 from 11AM-5PM
Located at DCU Center
50 Foster St
Worcester, MA
https://newenglandvegfest.com/ ]
Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo
October 21-24, 2017
Located at the McCormick West Building
2301 S King Dr, Chicago, IL 60616
http://www.eatrightfnce.org/FNCE/n ]

To volunteer at VRG booths, please contact Brigette at vrg@vrg.org

To support Vegetarian Resource Group outreach, donate at [ http://www.vrg.org/donate ]

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3) A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE VRG VOLUNTEERS

Thank you to the following VRG Volunteers, for all of your hard work with The Vegetarian Resource Group's activities such as HTML work, restaurant guide entries, doing blog postings, staffing booths etc.:

  • Natalie Allen
  • Matt Baker RN
  • Whitney Blomquist
  • Casey Brown
  • Holly Brown
  • Cathy Conway, MS, RD
  • Zeke Frost
  • Whitney Gray
  • Savannah Lawrence
  • Reed Mangels
  • Laura McGuiness
  • David Milner
  • Angie Riccio
  • Eveian Salmon
  • Elsa Spencer
  • Shani Stewart
  • Blake Tagget
  • Nicole Turner

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4) COLLEGE COMMUNICATIONS INTERNSHIP AT THE VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP

By Savannah Lawrence

In fall 2016, I interned with The Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG) while receiving credit from my college, Stevenson University, which is located just outside of Baltimore. As a Business Communication major, I was able to apply the skills and knowledge I've gained throughout my college years while at VRG.

Writing for the Vegetarian Journal and VRG's blog allowed me to practice my written communication skills. This was especially important to me because I hope to pursue a writing career after college. Because I wrote for the journal and blog, I have wonderful writing samples to include in my portfolio and to direct future employers to when they're deciding whether or not to hire me. Being published in a credible magazine goes a long way in the writing field, and it makes a huge difference in the job market for a new college graduate.

Beyond written communication, I also practiced my verbal, interpersonal, and intercultural communication skills when interacting with other interns, VRG employees, and VRG members. While the commonality of veganism and vegetarianism brings all interns, employees, and members together, we all come from different cultures and socio-economic backgrounds. I enjoyed asking Alicia, an intern from Germany, about her educational and social experiences back home. I gained new perspectives from Charles and Debra about major issues in the vegan community. I learned about the lives of other local vegans and vegetarians at the VRG Pre-Thanksgiving Potluck. I met Marv, a Maryland man who's conserved his 20+ acres of land from future development, and learned about the importance of preserving land for future generations as well as the hunting laws in Maryland. I read scholarship applications and responded to applicants, learning more about what young people are doing to promote meat-free lifestyles. I was immersed in the culture that veganism produces from all different angles and perspectives; this allowed me to broaden my thinking as both a writer and individual.

I've also enjoyed the opportunity to incorporate my passions while writing for VRG. Staff encouraged me to write about topics pertinent to my life. For example, when Charles learned I was a distance runner, he assigned me the task of writing an article on vegan snacks for runners. After talking with Debra about living with my meat-eating fiancĂ©, she assigned me an article entitled “Feeding Your Non-Vegan Significant Other.” When Charles and Debra heard me rave about my idol Scott Jurek, a record-setting vegan ultra-runner, they encouraged me to contact him for a feature in the Journal and let me review his memoir. Not all supervisors care about engaging their interns in the work, but VRG staff do. Allowing me to weave all of my passions into my writing made this an internship and experience that was enjoyable and interesting.

If you're looking for an internship that will engage you and challenge you to become a better communicator, look no further than The Vegetarian Resource Group. They will make you feel at home, taking an interest in your life beyond VRG's office. You'll also gain valuable work samples and skills. I feel confident applying to post-graduate jobs because of the work I've produced at VRG, and I wouldn't be as prepared for the job market had it not been for the internship.

For more information about VRG internships, see [ http://www.vrg.org/student/index.php ]

To support The Vegetarian Resource Group projects and internships, donate at [ https://www.givedirect.org/donate/?cid=1565 ]

Or join VRG and receive Vegetarian Journal at [ http://www.vrg.org/member/2013sv.php ]

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5) DOUBLE YOUR DONATION FOR VEGAN EDUCATION

In honor of our 35th anniversary, a Vegetarian Resource Group supporter has pledged $15,000 to match donations towards outreach. So every donation you make towards ours programs will be doubled. If you would like to donate towards a veg world, please mail to

VRG
P.O. Box 1463
Baltimore, MD 21203
call (410) 366-8343, or go to
http://www.vrg.org/donate ]
Write "matching donations" on the notes. Thank you for your ongoing support.

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6) GIVING ASSISTANT

Shop, find coupons, and get cash back while donating to The Vegetarian Resource Group.

Go to: [ https://givingassistant.org/np#vegetarian-resource-group ]

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7) VEGAN MENSWEAR

Hi Vegetarian Resource Group + Vegetarian Journal,

I wanted to reach out because I recently launched a 100% vegan menswear brand and wanted to see if there are opportunities to be recognized in your future newsletter.

Here's a link to my store and Facebook page:

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8) VEGAN MEALS DELIVERED TO YOUR HOME

For information on awesome VEGAN MEALS delivered to your front door, go to:

http://trifectanutrition.com/vrg ]

Use coupon code TRYVEGAN for a 20% discount on your first order.

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9) BECOME A MONTHLY OR QUARTERLY DONOR FOR VRG

The Vegetarian Resource Group greatly appreciates the support given by our monthly and quarterly donors. You can join our monthly giving group with a minimum gift of just $10 a month by going to

http://www.vrg.org/donate ]

You will be part of a network of givers who support our outreach efforts on an ongoing basis. These donations allow us to continue vegan education in a wide variety of venues including schools, doctor and dietitian offices, libraries, various professional conferences, animal rights events, health fairs, environmental festivals, and much more. Thank you for your support!

Go to: [ http://www.vrg.org/donate ]

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10) ABOUT THE VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP

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

http://www.vrg.org/journal/ ] )

To sign up for the The Vegetarian Resource Group national email newsletter, please visit:

http://www.vrg.org/vrgnews/ ]

We are also on Facebook and Twitter

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 or to volunteer: brigette@vrg.org
Website: [ http://www.vrg.org/ ]

To donate: [ https://www.givedirectcharity.org/donate/?cid=1565 ]

Copyright The Vegetarian Resource Group 2017 The contents of this newsletter, and our other publications, including Vegetarian Journal, are not intended to provide personal medical advice. Medical advice should be obtained from a qualified health professional. We often depend on product and ingredient information from company statements. It is impossible to be 100% sure about a statement, info can change, people have different views, and mistakes can be made. Please use your own best judgment about whether a product is suitable for you. To be sure, do further research or confirmation on your own.

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11) ABOUT VRG NEWS

VRG-NEWS is the e-mail newsletter of The Vegetarian Resource Group. This is an announcement list so subscriber messages are not accepted by the list. If you have a technical question about the list, please contact us at vrg@vrg.org. If you have any suggestions, ideas, or corrections to VRG-NEWS, please direct them to vrg@vrg.org. Thanks. If you are a new subscriber, you might enjoy reading past issues of VRG-NEWS online at

http://www.vrg.org/vrgnews/ ]

Please support our outreach and assistance to others Join VRG:

http://www.vrg.org/journal/subscribe.htm ]

Donate: [ https://www.givedirectcharity.org/donate/?cid=1565 ]

Free email news: [ http://www.vrg.org/vrgnews/index.htm#subscribe ]

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The Vegetarian Resource Group / Vegetarian Journal
P.O. Box 1463
Baltimore MD 21203 US
(410) 366-8343

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http://www.vrg.org/vrgnews/ ]

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The Vegetarian Resource Group
P.O. Box 1463
Baltimore, MD 21203
Phone: (410) 366-8343
FAX: (410) 366-8804
E-mail: vrg@vrg.org or to volunteer: brigette@vrg.org