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VRG-NEWS: The Vegetarian Resource Group Newsletter
Volume 2, Issue 3
March 1998


  1. Tufts University Awards www.vrg.org Top Honors
  2. Associated Press Article on VRG
  3. March / April 1998 Vegetarian Journal Online
  4. Fax Machine Needed
  5. Local Events: Maryland and North Carolina
  6. Intern Opportunities
  7. Recipe of the Month: Leprechaun's Spice Cake
  8. About The Vegetarian Resource Group
  9. About VRG-NEWS


1) The Tufts University Nutrition Navigator awarded www.vrg.org the highest possible rating, "Among The Best!" The Tufts University Nutrition Navigator is "the first online rating guide that evaluates nutrition web sites based on accuracy, depth, and usefulness of information." The criteria for review were developed by a prestigious advisory board of U.S. and Canadian nutrition experts. Tufts University is very well respected for its nutrition programs. While web sites do not have their own "Oscars," this is as close as they come.

The award is especially noteworthy because www.vrg.org equaled or beat many well known and heavily financed web sites, yet we created it on a shoestring with volunteers using the same accurate and nutritionally sound articles found in the Vegetarian Journal. On the Tufts site, The Vegetarian Resource Group is listed as a top resource for health professionals, just above The American Cancer Society, The American Diabetes Association, and The American Dietetic Association. Thanks goes to our online volunteers, including Jeanie Freeman, Stephanie Schueler, Bobbi Pasternak, Robert Lewis, and Brad Scott, plus Dar Veverka who answers the bulletin board questions and numerous emails, and of course everyone who contributes articles to the Vegetarian Journal.

Tufts gave www.vrg.org a score of 24 out of a possible 25, including a 7 out of 7 for Depth of Information and a 5 out of 5 for User Experience. They wrote "This is a substantive, well-organized, and balanced site which appears able to promote and explain vegetarianism without appearing strident or overly political. Easy to read and navigate, it provides news, recipes, nutrition information, links, and ideas for those interested in becoming or remaining vegetarians." You can read Tufts complete review of www.vrg.org at http://navigator.tufts.edu/profess/vegetari.html.

We are very proud of this award which recognizes the accuracy and comprehensiveness of the materials VRG produces online.


2) Dale Hopper, a writer for the Associated Press interviewed Debra Wasserman, co-director of The Vegetarian Resource Group. The resulting article appeared in newspapers throughout the country in February and continues to appear in newspapers during March. Dale wrote about both Debra and VRG, highlighting accomplishments which included her "half-dozen cookbooks," helping "the National Meals on Wheels Foundation put together a vegetarian meal option," and "working with six regional supermarket chains to produce materials on vegetarianism." The story also reports that VRG books have now sold over 250,000 copies. The article presented both VRG and vegetarianism in a very positive light.


3) The March/April 1998 issue of the Vegetarian Journal is now online at http://www.vrg.org/journal/vj98mar/, including

a) Cobblers, Crisps, and Crunches
b) VRG's Memorial Gift Program
c) Supermarket Survey
d) Camps Offering Vegetarian and/or Vegan Meals in the United States--2011 Update
e) 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 still searching for a fax machine in good condition to replace our existing fax machine, which is about ready to call it quits! Please email us at vrg@vrg.org if you know of one that can be donated to VRG. Of course we'll also accept a monetary donation sizable enough to cover the cost of buying a new one. Thanks.


5) Celebrate Earth Day with The Vegetarian Resource Group and Mr. Chan's on Saturday April 25, 1998 at 5:30 p.m. Signup deadline is April 15, 1998.

Join VRG members and staff at Mr. Chan's Szechuan Restaurant, located at 1010 Reisterstown Road in Pikesville, MD. Be prepared for a feast of vegan delights, featuring Veggie Eggrolls and Dumplings, Veggie Hot and Sour Soup, Veggie Wonton Soup, Veggie Sushi, Pickled Cabbage, Seitan and Portobello Mushrooms, Vegetarian Sampler, Kung Pao Tofu (with peanuts), Tempeh and Kale, Pan Grilled Yuba, and Brown Rice. Tea and water will be provided (menu subject to change).


$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.


The Vegetarian Resource Group is sponsoring a luncheon at the House of Chinese Gourmet in Charlotte, North Carolina-Sunday, April 19th, 1998. See the February issue of VRG-NEWS at http://www.vrg.org/vrgnews/98feb.htm for details, or email vrg@vrg.org.


6) An internship with The VRG is a great way to gain some hands-on experience with a bustling non-profit group. We're looking for motivated high school and college students, retiree's (and others!) with an interest in nutrition, business, journalism, publishing, or Spanish. College students can often earn college credit, and we may be able to provide housing if needed. Please send a resume and a cover letter explaining your interests to The Vegetarian Resource Group, PO Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203.


7) Here's a St. Patrick's Day treat from Enette Larson, MS, RD. This recipe appears in her article, "A Bit O' Irish Cookin' -- Vegetarian Style," found in VRG's "Vegan Handbook." For more information about this book (and others published by the VRG), visit http://www.vrg.org/catalog/.

Leprechauns' Spice Cake
Makes 1 cake--24 slices

A delicious rich treat that's high in carbohydrate.

2 cups brown sugar
1 cup hot water (2 cups if Guiness is not used)
1 cup warm Guiness
2 tablespoons soft soy margarine
15 ounces raisins
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder

Bring sugar, water, Guiness, margarine, raisins, salt, and spices to boil in a heavy saucepan; simmer for 5 minutes. Allow to cool. Sift dry ingredients together. Mix into cooled mixture. Bake in a lined (with 2 layers of wax paper) large loaf tin at 350 degrees for 1-1/2 hours.

Total calories per serving: 168; Total fat as % of daily value: 2%; Fat: 1 gm; Protein: 3 gm; Carbohydrates: 39 gm; Calcium: 39 mg; Iron: 1 mg; Sodium: 186 mg; Dietary fiber: 3 gm.


8) 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


9) 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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