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VRG-NEWS: The Vegetarian Resource Group Newsletter
Volume 2, Issue 2
February 1998


  1. Guide to Leather Alternatives
  2. VRG Press Releases online
  3. March / April 1998 Vegetarian Journal Preview
  4. Full-Time Administrative Assistant/Research Job Opportunity
  5. Local Events: Maryland & North Carolina
  6. VRG-NEWS Hits over 2000 subscribers
  7. Plan now for The Great American Meatout
  8. Food service job opportunity
  9. Back issues of VRG-NEWS are online
  10. Recipe of the Month: Romanian White Bean Dip
  11. About The Vegetarian Resource Group
  12. About VRG-NEWS


1) Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Leather Alternatives is now online at http://www.vrg.org/nutshell/leather.htm. The guide has been updated to reflect new companies, new products, and the removal of items that no longer can be purchased. The article also includes email and web addresses.


2) 3 new press releases are now available online. The press release for our Vegetarian Nutrition for Teenagers Brochure in Spanish (Guía Alimenticia Vegetariana para los Jóvenes) is available at http://www.vrg.org/press/98janteenspanish.htm.

The Vegetarian Resource Group recently surveyed a number of major supermarket chains to see if they carry certain vegetarian foods and organic produce. Twelve chains answered, representing 1,800 stores. VRG did a similar survey two years ago. The press release for this survey is online at http://www.vrg.org/press/98febsurvey.htm.

The press release for Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Fast Food is available at http://www.vrg.org/press/98febfastfood.htm. We surveyed over one hundred fast food, casual theme dining, and family-style restaurant chains as well as several quick service food chains. Over seventy chains responded with intent to show that their establishments can be vegetarian and vegan-friendly. You can read a summary of the results at http://www.vrg.org/fastfoodinfo.htm or you can order the complete guide at http://www.vrg.org/catalog/.


3) The March/April 1998 issue of the Vegetarian Journal contains:

a) Cobblers, Crisps, and Crunches
b) The future of Community Supported Agriculture
c) Make Your Own Vegan Pizza
d) Guide to Camps and Private Schools
e) London's Vegetarian Secrets
f) Product Review: Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Kid-Friendly Foods
g) Plus all the regular columns: Nutrition Hotline, Veggie Bits, Letters to the Editor, Vegetarian Action, Notes from the Scientific Department, and more!

If you are not currently a subscriber to the Vegetarian Journal, why not subscribe today? You can find subscription information online at http://www.vrg.org/journal/subscribe.htm. Join for $30 or more, and receive a FREE copy of the Vegan Handbook, a $19.95 value! (U.S. addresses only) (see http://www.vrg.org/catalog/veganhandbook.htm).


4) The Vegetarian Resource Group is looking to fill a full-time job at our office in Baltimore, MD. The candidate should be a Jack or Jill of all trades with a good science background and knowledge of vegetarian and vegan issues. Knowledge of html and technology is a plus.

If you know someone who is interested, please ask her or him to send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to: Administrative Assistant / Research Job, The Vegetarian Resource Group, PO Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203.


5) On Sunday, March 1 at 11 a.m., The Vegetarian Resource Group teams up for brunch with Joy of Living -- Vegetarian Cuisine, located at 7185 Columbia Gateway Drive in Columbia, Maryland. Enjoy a completely vegan meal of scrambled tofu, veggie links, grits, whole wheat biscuits, roasted potatoes with parsley rice, fruit, granola, whole wheat bread, preserves, herbal tea, soy milk, and juice. All this for only $12 per adult! (includes tax and tip, menu subject to change). Children 12 and under are $6 each. The signup deadline is February 20, 1998. Contact the VRG office at (410) 366-8343 or via email at vrg@vrg.org to learn more or sign up by credit card. Checks can be mailed to VRG Brunch, PO Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203.

Celebrate Earth Day with The Vegetarian Resource Group and Mr. Chan's on Saturday April 25, 1998 at 5:30 p.m. Look for details of the completely vegan menu in the March VRG-NEWS. Signup deadline is April 15, 1998. Email vrg@vrg.org for more details.

The Vegetarian Resource Group is sponsoring a luncheon at the House of Chinese Gourmet in Charlotte, North Carolina-Sunday, April 19th, 1998

Sunday, April 19, 1998, 12 Noon- Join VRG co-directors Charles Stahler and Debra Wasserman and VRG nutrition advisor Suzanne Havala, M.S., R.D., for a vegan luncheon of Hot, Sweet, and Sour Cabbage, Minced Vegetables Served with Lettuce, Crispy Spring Rolls, Tofu with Black Pepper Sauce, Fried Tofu Served with a Variety of sauces, Green Beans Szechuan Style, Broccoli in Garlic Sauce, Sautéed Mixed Vegetables in Sauce, Braised Mushrooms in Brown Sauce, Stir-fried Chinese Rice Noodles with Shredded Vegetables, and Steamed Rice. Chinese Hot Tea, Iced Tea, and Water will be provided. Dessert includes Fresh Orange Slices and Fried Bananas with Syrup. The price below includes tax and tip. The gathering will be held at House of Chinese Gourmet, 5622 East Independence Blvd., Charlotte, NC.

$14.00 per adult x ___ # of people = $_______

$7.00 per child under age 12 x ___ # of people = $_______

TOTAL = $_______
(Includes tax and tip)



CITY: _______________________ STATE: __________ ZIP:_______

TELEPHONE: ______________________

Please send your payment to The Vegetarian Resource Group, PO Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203. Make all checks out to The Vegetarian Resource Group. Refunds (minus $2 processing fee) for cancellation only if your seat can be given to someone else. If you have any questions or want to charge your reservations with a MasterCard or Visa, call The Vegetarian Resource Group at (410) 366-8343 between 9AM EST and 5PM EST, weekdays. You can also fax this form along with a MasterCard or VISA credit card number and expiration date to (410) 366-8804 anytime.


6) Thanks to everyone who has subscribed to this email newsletter, VRG-NEWS, we now have over 2,000 subscribers. We have grown by over 1,000 subscribers since September of 1997!


7) The annual Great American Meatout will be held Friday, March 20, the first day of spring. If you plan to table at an event in your area, you can request materials from the VRG. For more information, e-mail vrg@vrg.org or call 410-366-8343.


8) The Vegetarian Resource Group is looking for a person who is very knowledgeable about vegetarianism and food service for a part-time job at our office in Baltimore, MD. The candidate must have good writing and outreach skills. This professional will write articles, give media interviews, and advise others about cooking vegetarian food in an institutional setting.

If you know someone who is interested, please ask her or him to send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to: Food Service Job, The Vegetarian Resource Group, PO Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203.


9) Did you recently signup for VRG-NEWS and you want to see previous issues? All issues of VRG-NEWS are online at http://www.vrg.org/vrgnews/, all the way back to our first issue in December 1996.


10) This recipe for a quick, tasty dip comes from "The Lowfat Jewish Vegetarian Cookbook" by Debra Wasserman. Visit http://www.vrg.org/catalog/ljvc.htm to learn more about the book or to order it.

Romanian White Bean Dip
(Serves 8)

Jews from Romania often cook with white beans. Here white beans are used to prepare a delicious dip.

4 cups pre-cooked white beans, drained (two 19-ounce cans)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 teaspoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon fresh parsley, finely chopped

Place all ingredients except parsley in a food processor bowl. Blend until creamy. Garnish with finely chopped parsley. Chill before serving on bread or with raw vegetables.

Total calories per serving: 117; Fat: 2 gm; Total Fat as % of Daily Value: 3%; Protein: 7 gm; Iron: 1.9 mg; Carbohydrate: 19 gm; Calcium: 62 mg; Dietary Fiber: 3 gm.


11) 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. 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. Membership in the VRG costs $20/year in the US, $30/year in Canada and Mexico, or $42/year for the rest of the world. Accepted forms of payment, all in US funds, are Visa, Mastercard, checks drawn on US banks, and postal 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. Membership requests should be directed to:

The Vegetarian Resource Group
PO Box 1463
Baltimore, MD 21203
Phone: (410) 366-8343
Fax: (410) 366-8804
E-mail: vrg@vrg.org

Or you can subscribe online at http://www.vrg.org/journal/subscribe.htm


12) VRG-NEWS is distributed as a volunteer service of Vegetarians Online, the forum for vegetarians on America Online. Vegetarians Online offers message boards, live chats, downloadable files, informational content, quick links to vegetarian websites and USENET newsgroups, and an interactive store which features products from The VRG. AOL members can use keyword VEGAN to visit Vegetarians Online. For more information, please contact Vegetarians Online host Bobbi Pasternak at bobbi@vrg.org.

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