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VRG-NEWS: The Vegetarian Resource Group Newsletter
Editor: Davida Gypsy Breier
Volume 5, Issue 8
August 2001


  1. Notes from the Editor
  2. VRG Vegan Dinner in St. Louis, October 22, 2001
  3. Housing Needed For Vegetarian Exchange Student
  4. Recipe of the Month: Watermelon Lemonade
  5. September / October 2001 Vegetarian Journal Preview
  6. College-level Online Course on Vegetarianism Available
  7. Upcoming Vegetarian Events and Conferences
  8. Job Openings and Opportunities at VRG
    About the Vegetarian Resource Group
    About VRG-News


VRG books will be shown at the 2001 Frankfurt Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany October 10th-15th, 2001. Simply Vegan (http://www.vrg.org/catalog/simplyvegan.htm) and Vegan and Vegetarian FAQ (http://www.vrg.org/catalog/simplyvegan.htm) will be displayed for foreign publishers and agents. If you will be attending, and would like to see these books, the booth number is Hall 8.0, Stand K-901.

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.

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


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***.


Pacific Intercultural Exchange is looking for a host family for a vegetarian student from Germany. Elena, who was born in Russia, speaks German, Russian, English, and French. She is athletic and enjoys playing the piano. She needs a host family for the academic year. Host families are not paid, but may be able to claim a $50 per month charitable contribution on their income tax. Students have health insurance and spending money. For more information contact Donna Bailey at (800) 637-0217. To learn more about the Pacific Intercultural Exchange contact:

402 W. Broadway, Suite 1910
San Diego, CA 92101
(888) PIE-USA1

Also, VRG periodically needs housing for interns in the Baltimore area. Interns have ranged from young adults to college students to international journalists. If you are able to help provide housing, please contact the VRG at vrg@vrg.org or call (410) 366-8343.

4) RECIPE OF THE MONTH : Watermelon Lemonade

This recipe appears in Vegan Meals for One or Two http://www.vrg.org/catalog/oneortwo.htm, by Chef Nancy Berkoff.

Watermelon Lemonade
(makes 4 servings)

This drink is pink and pretty!

6 cups cubed and seeded watermelon
1/4 cup fresh or thawed frozen raspberries
1 cup water
1/2 cup vegan dry sweetener
1/2 cup fresh or frozen lemon juice

Place watermelon, raspberries, and water in a blender canister. Cover and blend until very smooth. Add sweetener and lemon juice; blend only until mixed. Pour into a nonreactive container and refrigerate until ready to drink. Stir before pouring.

Total calories per serving: 181
Total Fat as % of Daily Value: 2%
Fat: 1 gram
Protein: 2 grams
Carbohydrates: 45 grams
Iron: 1 mg
Calcium: 22 mg
Dietary Fiber: 2 grams
Sodium: 5 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 feature articles include:


Nutrition Hotline: Concerns about mad cow disease, and vegetarian calcium sources
Note from the Coordinators
Letters to the Editors
Veggie Bits
Scientific Update
Notes from the Scientific Department
Product Reviews: Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Products for Kids
Vegan Cooking Tips - From Chef Nancy Berkoff: How to prepare pilafs; quick meal ideas for a grab-and-go breakfast
Book Reviews
Vegetarian Action: Are Those Brains Vegan? Interview with Horror Actress Linnea Quigley By Davida Gypsy Breier

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!

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



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



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




P/T, but possibly could be combined with another position for a full time job. Help to keep computer software/hardware/network up to date and running smoothly. Familiarity with networking and software/hardware support experience helpful. Must be a problem solver and enjoy troubleshooting computer issues. Send resume and cover letter to VRG, Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203; vrg@vrg.org.



P/T in Baltimore 10-20 hours per week. Help with mailings, answering inquiries, and more. Send resume and cover letter to VRG, Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203; vrg@vrg.org.



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.



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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