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VRG-NEWS: The Vegetarian Resource Group Newsletter
Editor: Davida Gypsy Breier
Volume 3, Issue 5
May 1999


  1. Notes from the Editor
  2. Events and Festivals
  3. Spring 1999 Foodservice Update Online
  4. Maryland Vegetarian Dining Guide Online
  5. May/June 1999 Vegetarian Journal Online
  6. Vegan Product of the Month: Non-Leather Bowling Shoes
  7. Job Openings: Circulation Manager and
    Research/Web Site Maintenance/Computer Support
  8. Recipe of the Month: Spinach Pie
  9. About the Vegetarian Resource Group
  10. About VRG-NEWS


There are many people who volunteer their time and skills to VRG in very diverse capacities. We have people who help distribute VRG materials at fairs and conventions, people who come into the VRG office to help with the daily tasks, experts with whom we regularly consult, and many more. In January's VRG News, I asked for volunteers. The response was astounding, and I thought I would update everyone on what those volunteers have been working.

I should first mention three "tele-volunteers" who have been a tremendous asset to VRG for a long time. Stephanie Schueler not only converts VRG News for the VRG website every month, she also proofreads it, converts "Foodservice Update" for the website, and proofreads articles. Jeanie Freeman converts "Vegetarian Journal" articles for the website every two months. Bobbi Pasternak, RNC, is responsible for distributing VRG News to over 5,500 subscribers. Their assistance is greatly appreciated.

The volunteers from all over the world responded to the request in VRG News and have been helping via e-mail and regular mail. Volunteers have been working on the following projects:

Proofreading: Margaret Wolf, Deborah Davidson, Katherine Drouin Keith, Steve Maloney, Vikram Goel, Amy Stausebach, Amy Bottrell, Susan Mercy, Kathy Murphy, Jeff de Almo, Sheri Runtsch, Simone Pfuhl, Tammy Russell, Jessica Parsons, and Jennifer Femia.

Providing information about new restaurants and restaurant closures: Monika C. Pattantyus, Amy Stausebach, Jeff de Almo, Dell Lunceford, Sarah Ellis, Sheri Runtsch, Tammy Russell, Dave Stanowski, and Steve Maloney.

Writing new additions for the restaurant guide: Susan Weinstein, Laura Olsen, Dell Lunceford, and Sheri Runtsch.

Website maintenance assistance: Amy Bottrell and Dave Steibel (he updated the Non-Leather Guide and put the MD Dining Guide online!).

Created new questions for our online vegetarian game: Sarah Ellis and Tammy Russell.

Translated requests in Spanish: David Baum



Bowers Spring Food Fest

The Bowers Spring Food Fest will be held on Saturday, May 29th from 9am until 5pm at Bill Delong Memorial Park in Bowers, PA (near Allentown/Reading). There will be vendors offering soy-based foods, herbs, peppers, Middle Eastern cuisine, pottery, hot sauces, and more. Also attending will be several animal rights organizations. For more information e-mail John or Denise at bowersfest@aol.com or call (610) 944-2011

Printers Row Book Fair

Printers Row Book Fair will be held Saturday, June 5 and Sunday, June 6, 1999. It will be located on South Dearborn & Polk between Plymouth and Federal, in downtown Chicago. VRG volunteers staffing our booth will be Jim Dunn, Darlene Hokr, Gina Murillo, and Maggie Dunn. This is a great opportunity to look over a selection of books relating to vegetarianism.

Vegetarian Summerfest '99

Vegetarian Summerfest '99, the 25th annual conference presented by the North American Vegetarian Society (NAVS), is being held July 7-11, 1999 at The Conference Center at Pitt-Johnstown in Johnstown, PA. For more information visit the NAVS website at http://www.cyberveg.org/navs/. You can also e-mail them at navs@telenet.net or phone (518) 568-7970.

Sowing Seeds: A National Humane Education Workshop

This workshop is being held August 21-22 in Surry, Maine. It is designed to help enhance teaching abilities concerning humane issues. All meals are vegan, and attendance is limited to 40. Zoe Weil and Rae Sikora, co-founders of Center for Compassionate Living, will be leading the workshop. For more information contact CCL at (207) 667-2011 or e-mail ccl@acadia.net. You can also visit the website at: http://www.compassionateliving.org/seeds.htm


The Spring 1999 Foodservice Update is now online at: http://www.vrg.org/fsupdate/fsu992/index.htm

Articles include:

Foodservice Hotline
Veggie Dishes Prepared by Cutting-Edge Chefs
Vegan Quantity Recipes: Barbecued Lentils


The VRG Maryland Dining Guide is now online!

Whether you're a Baltimore native or traveler just passing through the state, the guide will help you find some great vegetarian spots at which to eat. The guide is organized into Baltimore neighborhoods and towns all around the state. To read about Maryland's vegetarian, and vegetarian friendly restaurants, please visit the travel section of the VRG website at http://www.vrg.org/travel/mddining.htm.


The May / June 1999 Vegetarian Journal contains articles on:

Adventures in Tempeland, by Seth Tibbott
Nutrition Hotline: Blood Type and
Vegetarianism Flavorful Salad Dressings, by Mary Clifford.

You can read these articles online at http://www.vrg.org/journal/vj99may/.

Also in the issue: Mexican Foods - Beyond Tacos and Fajitas, by Habeeb Salloum; What's in...? (non-vegetarian household items and their alternatives), by Davida Gypsy Breier and Darlene Veverka; Factory Farm Waste, by Mark Rifkin; Melt in Your Mouth Vegan Desserts, by Debra Daniels Zeller; Product Reviews: Guide to Salad Dressings; Notes from the Scientific Department, and more.

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 chose to join by mail, subscriptions should be directed to: The Vegetarian Resource Group PO Box 1463 Dept 2 Baltimore, MD 21203 Phone: (410) 366-8343 Fax: (410) 366-8804 E-mail: vrg@vrg.org

6) VEGAN PRODUCT OF THE MONTH: Non-Leather Bowling Shoes

We have been asked about non-leather bowling shoes on several occasions. We were unable to find a manufacturer, but one of our members did. She e-mailed us with the company's website and a copy of their e-mail to her. The company is Dexter USA. They have mostly leather shoes, but do make non-leather shoes as well. Their website is at http://www.dextershoe.com. The "Liza" style bowling shoe is entirely man-made.


CIRCULATION MANAGER  Nonprofit seeks Jack or Jill of all trades knowledgeable in vegetarianism to process memberships/subscriptions, answer phone, coordinate with computer and mailing house, deal with media, and more. Must be comfortable with detail work, computers, flexibility, planning, and improving systems. Includes health and dental insurance. Please send resume and cover letter to Cir. Mgr., Vegetarian Resource Group, Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203.


RESEARCH/WEB SITE MAINTENANCE/COMPUTER SUPPORT  Jack or Jill of all trades with good science background, writing skills, computer experience, and knowledge of vegetarian issues. About one-fourth of the job is to help keep computer software/hardware/network up to date and running smoothly. The other three-fourths of the job is to author and edit books, research and write articles, maintain and develop web site, respond to inquiries, answer e-mails, deal with media questions, and more. Familiarity with Windows NT, networking, HTML, and software/hardware support experience helpful. Must be a problem solver and enjoy troubleshooting computer issues. Full health and dental insurance. Send resume, writing sample, and cover letter to The Vegetarian Resource Group, Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203.


This is a staff favorite from MEATLESS MEALS FOR WORKING PEOPLE.

Spinach Pie
(serves 8)

10 ounce box frozen spinach
1 1/2 cups onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 Tbs oil
3 cups crumbled tofu (soft or silken tofu is best)
1 Tb lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
1 pre-made pie crust

Cook spinach according to package directions. Saute onion and garlic in oil in a large pot over medium heat for 3 minutes. Add spinach, tofu, lemon juice, and seasoning. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Meanwhile, continue cooking spinach/tofu mixture for 5 minutes. Mix well. Pour into pie crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes until crust is brown.

Total calories per serving: 180
Fat: 11 grams
Protein: 7 grams
Iron: 2 mg
Calcium: 87

There are 100 quick and easy recipes featured in the book. There is also information on convenience foods, fast food restaurant information, and party ideas. If you are interested in learning more quick and easy recipes, you can order a copy of MEATLESS MEALS FOR WORKING PEOPLE on our website at http://www.vrg.org/catalog/meatless.htm.


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 May/June 1999 Vegetarian Journal preview above.)

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


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.

If you are a new subscriber, you might enjoy reading past issues of VRG-News online at http://www.vrg.org/vrgnews/index.htm.

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Contents of VRG-News are copyright 1999 by The Vegetarian Resource Group. The newsletter may be freely distributed in electronic or print form provided its contents are not altered and credit is given to The Vegetarian Resource Group, P.O. Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203.

If you have any suggestions, ideas, or corrections to VRG-News, direct them to davida@vrg.org. Thanks!

This newsletter was converted to HTML by Stephanie Schueler.

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