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


  1. Notes from the Editor
  2. New Guide to Fast Food Available!
  3. Book News
  4. New Vegetarian and Vegan Products
  5. New On the Web
  6. Recipe of the Month: Yummy French Toast
  7. May / June 2001 Vegetarian Journal Online
  8. Mother's Day Gift Packages
  9. Upcoming Vegetarian Events and Conferences
  10. Job Opening at VRG: Computer Support
  11. About the Vegetarian Resource Group
  12. About VRG-News


The Vegetarian Resource Group has been busy with food service outreach lately. The American Culinary Federation has approved our online course, Introduction to Vegetarian Nutrition and Food Service (http://www.vrg.org/berkoff/introduction.htm), for continuing education for chefs. The class is taught by Chef Nancy Berkoff, VRG's food service advisor. Chef Berkoff also attended The International Association of Culinary Professionals annual conference last month. She conducted a presentation on how to incorporate more fruits and veggies into menus.

Jessica Dadds, VRG's administrative assistant, designed a colorful, new "I Love Animals and Broccoli" placemat for kids. If you would like a copy please send 4 first class stamps. We will be producing laminated versions in the future. The 11"x17" placemats will be sent folded, but if you need one sent rolled, please contact us for additional information about shipping and handling charges. (If you would like a large quantity, please inquire.) We would love to see these in use in restaurants, so please consider taking samples to restaurants in your area.

From May 19th to 22nd, 2001 we will be exhibiting at The National Restaurant Association annual exhibition. Thanks to a generous donation we were able to attend for the first time last year. The response was so overwhelmingly positive that we decided to return this year. We are able to do a tremendous amount of outreach with an audience of 100,000 of food service professionals. The event will be held at McCormick Place, in Chicago, Illinois. Please visit us at booth 233. For further details view The National Restaurant Association website http://www.restaurant.org/show/index.html.

The total cost of attending a show such as this is approximately $6,000. For more information about how to help please go to http://www.vrg.org/donation/nra.htm. For more information on donating to VRG and to access our secure donation page, please visit http://www.vrg.org/donation/donation.htm.

Additional ways to support VRG include patronizing TheVegetarianSite.com in May. TheVegetarianSite will be donating 10% of EVERY purchase for the month of May to The Vegetarian Resource Group. Go to http://www.thevegetariansite.com and start exploring their all-vegetarian catalog of clothes, shoes, personal care items, and books.


If you don't use meat, what can you eat while on the road? The Vegetarian Resource Group has answered this question with a 32-page Guide to Vegan and Vegetarian Options in Fast Food and Quick Service Chains. There are 80 chains listed, and we note which options are vegetarian, and which have animal products in unsuspecting places. The Guide to Fast Food is available for $4. To learn more about the guide and read a sample listing go to http://www.vrg.org/catalog/ff.htm. Order now at http://www.vrg.org/catalog/order.htm. If you would like to order over the phone with a Visa or MasterCard, call us at (410) 366-8343 M-F 9 am to 5 pm EST. You can also mail a check to The Vegetarian Resource Group, PO Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203. Please e-mail us at vrg@vrg.org if you have any questions. The cost of shipping for international orders varies, so please contact us at vrg@vrg.org if you are outside the US.


VRG will be attending two book shows in Chicago this June, Book Expo America and Printer's Row Book Fair.

Book Expo America will be held at McCormick Place May 30th to June 3rd, 2001. BEA is a huge exposition for booksellers, retailers, and other book industry professionals. VRG will be debuting two new books there, Vegan & Vegetarian FAQ, by Davida Gypsy Breier and Reed Mangels, PhD, RD and Vegan Meals for One or Two, by Chef Nancy Berkoff, RD. (We will have more details about these books in the next issue of VRG-News, so stay tuned!) Debra Wasserman will be holding a booksigning for the new edition of Meatless Meals for Working People, and Davida will be doing a signing for Vegan & Vegetarian FAQ. If you will be attending please stop by the VRG booth (#2707) or come to the signings. For more details about BEA go to http://www.bookexpoamerica.com/.

The 17th annual Printers Row Book Fair will take place June 2nd and 3rd, 2001. This outdoor event takes place at South Dearborn Street between Congress Parkway and Polk Street in Downtown Chicago. There will be five tented blocks brimming with new, used, and antiquarian books for sale by more than 170 booksellers. There are also author readings and free literary programs scheduled. VRG will have a booth coordinated by volunteer Lisa Martin. For more details go to http://www.printersrowbookfair.org/index.html.



I'm not much of a soda drinker, but when I tried Loco Soda for the first time last fall at the Natural Products Expo I was hooked. I've been enjoying their lime and chili concoction since then, and now they've added blackberry, mango, raspberry, and watermelon to their repertoire of flavors. The mango had a slightly sweeter flavor than the lime, but still had the "bite" of the original. I found the blackberry to be a tad sweet and lacking the gusto of the other two. I haven't had a chance to try the raspberry and watermelon yet. Unlike most sodas, Loco Soda utilizes fresh juices and all natural ingredients, and contains no additives, preservatives, or caffeine. For more information view http://www.locosoda.com or contact 180 West Broadway, Suite 301, New York, NY 10013; (866) LOCO-SODA; getloco@locosoda.com.


Sun Flour Baking Co. offers 13 different varieties of vegan cookies and 9 varieties of wheat-free/gluten- free vegan cookies. Vegan flavors include chocolate chip, peanut butter, lemon coconut, mocha java, German chocolate, and cinnamon twist. The wheat-free/gluten-free cookies include all of those flavors, plus banana nut and raspberry truffle. The cookies are kosher and gmo-free. To learn more about the company and to order online visit http://www.sunflourbaking.com or contact Sun Flour Baking Company, 2464 Marconi Ave., Sacramento, CA 95821; (916) 448-4150; (888) 610-3708; mail@sunflourbaking.com.


If you are looking for a variety of vegan products to order by mail, VegEssentials is a good place to start. They've recently replaced their paper catalog for a full catalog on their web. For everything from shoes to chocolates to personal care products try http://www.VeganEssentials.com.


This recipe appears in Conveniently Vegan, by Debra Wasserman.

Serves four - 2 slices per person

A delicious batter makes this French toast irresistible!

16-ounce can fruit (peaches or pears), keep juice
1/2 cup soy or rice milk
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
8 slices whole grain bread

Blend fruit, soy or rice milk, and cinnamon together in a blender until smooth. Soak slices of bread in mixture and fry 5 minutes on each side in lightly oiled frying pan over medium heat. Serve warm.

Total calories per serving: 241
Fat: 6 gram
Protein: 7 grams
Carbohydrates: 43 grams
Iron: 2 mg
Calcium: 59 mg
Sodium: 315 mg

There are over 150 recipes in Conveniently Vegan (208 pages), as well as product listings and mail order sources. Recipes include Spinach Lasagna, Sweet Fava Beans, and Bread Pudding. The book is just $15 (including shipping). To read more about Conveniently Vegan visit the VRG website at http://www.vrg.org/catalog/convvegan.htm.

You can order a copy of Conveniently Vegan 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 prices include 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 May / June 2001 Vegetarian Journal articles online include:

To read these articles go to: http://www.vrg.org/journal/vj2001may/



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, 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 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


Looking for something special for Mother's Day this year? How about one of our new Mother's Day gift packages? These special offers are primarily available to our web visitors. Packages include "The New Mother," "The Working Mother," "Just For Fun," and "The Traveling Mother." These package deals come with FREE shipping via Fed Ex Ground/Priority Mail and FREE gift wrapping.

To read more about the packages offered go to http://www.vrg.org/catalog/mother.htm.


Midwest VegFest

On Saturday, May 12, 2001 join the Vegetarian Club of the Ozarks at Christ Church Unity, in Springfield, Missouri.

Keith Akers and Jim Mason are confirmed speakers and workshops include "Activism 101: How to Effectively Advocate for the Animals," "Spreading the Vegan/Vegetarian Message in Small Town USA," and "Quick, Easy and Tasty Soy Dishes."

Cost is $10.00 and a vegan lunch will be provided if registered by May 1st. Children under 12 are free. There are a limited number of openings for speakers, exhibitors and volunteers. If you would like to participate contact Chip at vegman@hotmail.com; 417-739-5718.

For registration information go to: http://www.pcis.net/peace2/vegfest


Vegetarian Summerfest 2001

The 27th Annual conference of the North American Vegetarian Society is being held July 11-15, 2001 in Johnstown, PA. The location for this event is the conference center at Pitt-Johnstown on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh.

VRG nutrition advisor Suzanne Havala, MS, RD will be attending. Other speakers include Keith Akers, Carol J. Adams, Neal Barnard, Ken Bergeron, T. Colin Campbell, PhD, Anna Charlton, Robert Cohen, Fran Costigan, Brenda Davis, RD, Gary Francione, JD, Ruth Heidrich, PhD, Erik Marcus, John McDougall, MD, Joanne Stepaniak, MSEd, and many more. For more details about Summerfest visit: http://www.navs-online.org/fest01/

PO Box 72-S1, Dolgeville, NY 13329
(518) 568-7970


Animal Rights 2001 June 30th to July 5th, in Washington, D.C.

This four-day program will feature speakers representing various views of our movement. There will be plenary sessions, workshops, campaign reports, and 'rap' sessions. Other functions will include exhibits, videos, newcomer orientation, regional meetings, employment clearinghouse, group workouts, social receptions, DC dinner/tour, and lobbying.

Please visit the VRG table if you are attending. For more information go to the Animal Rights 2001 website at: http://www.animalrights2000.org/

The Farm Animal Reform Movement
PO Box 30654 Bethesda, MD 20824
(301) 530-2011



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.


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 2001 Vegetarian Journal Online" 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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