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Northwest Veg
September/October 2009
Vol. 38
"We all love animals. Why do we call some 'pets' and others 'dinner?'"
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» Food, Fun, Music Highlight VegFest 2009
» Plant-based powerhouses to speak at VegFest
» September Dine-outs at Papa G's and Proper Eats
» Come cook with VegFest chefs
» Great VegFest food will cost just $5 or less
» VegFest to showcase variety of speakers
» Listen up! New sponsors help VegFest thrive
» Veg classes to return in October
» Interview with Integrated Medicine Group's Dr. Richard Heitsch
» Recipe of the month: Raw breakfast smoothie
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Food, Fun, Music Highlight VegFest 2009
Saturday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Oregon Convention Center (Hall A), 777 N.E. MLK Jr. Blvd. Admission: $5 (children 10 and under free.) VegFest

Everyone is welcome at VegFest! Ride the bus or take MAX directly to Portland VegFest's doorstep, Hall A at the Oregon Convention Center on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Bring the whole family, as we have a day of fun planned for you and your children in our Family Area, with face-painting, crafts and games--plus, they'll especially enjoy our Music Stage during interactive and kid-friendly Seth Martin's 12:45 p.m. set.

After a day of nibbling on vegan free food samples, visiting with all our other vegan-savvy exhibitors and vendors, spending one-on-one time with our table of experts, attending cooking demos, interactive classes, and life-changing talks by Dr. John McDougall, Kathy Freston and Rip Esselstyn, save time to sit down to dinner with our participating restaurants and listen to our feature music entertainment by SweetJuice, led by vegan duo Adam and Kris. You'll leave with enough ideas and information to get you off to a healthy start or to recharge your veg batteries! Check out the full day's schedule of classes, cooking demos, experts, featured talks and music at www.portlandvegfest.org.


Plant-based powerhouses to speak at VegFest
Marsha Rakestraw, NW VEG vice president

This year's Portland VegFest features three speakers who rock the world of healthful living: Dr. John McDougall, Kathy Freston, and Rip Esselstyn.

"I'm the luckiest doctor in the world, because my patients get well. Other doctors give people pills; I'm the doctor who takes them off drugs."
-Dr. John McDougall

Our keynote speaker is John McDougall, M.D., a board-certified internist and nutrition expert who is renowned for his residential nutrition program focused on a healthy plant-based diet and lifestyle changes. Dr. McDougall has been speaking for more than three decades about plant-based health and the impact of our food choices on disease.

McDougall has heralded his program as not only a great strategy for maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle, but also as an important tool in the reversal of serious illnesses, such as heart disease and diabetes. McDougall grew up eating the Standard American Diet (SAD). Even a stroke at age 18 and a cholesterol level of 338 mg/dL at age 22 didn't spur him to change his eating habits. It wasn't until he moved to Hawaii to begin practicing medicine that McDougall became cognizant of the connection between diet and health.


Sept. Dine-outs at Papa G's and Proper Eats

VegFest is upon us, ladies and lads! We have two proud sponsors we can honor by attending a monthly dine out, as well as a meet-greet-and-eat! Let's meet for lunch on Sunday, September 13th at Papa G's on SE Division and 23rd. Grant Dixon, owner and chef extraordinaire, has added some outdoor seating. Shoot me an email if you're interested. So let's soak up some sunshine and chow on fresh, delicious, healthy vittles. Also, on Thursday, September 10th, Proper Eats, 8638 N. Lombard, has a jazz night. No need to reserve a spot, just show up if you'd like and thank the guys "properly" for their never ending support of VegFest. Look forward to seeing you either at Papa G's or Proper Eats! Salud! Email monroycathy@hotmail.com or call 503.778.0223

Come cook with VegFest chefs
Steven Storla, Contributing Writer

See how professional veggie chefs prepare some of their finest culinary delights and enjoy scrumptious samples. You can learn a lot by watching a pro put a dish together. Our chefs begin a full day of demos, beginning at 11 am; visit the VegFest website for the day's demo schedule: www.portlandvegfest.org.

Gabrielle Chavez: "Wild green smoothie and banana bread"
Learn how to make a tasty, fast, local, sustainable superfood green smoothie with weeds from a backyard near you. Gabrielle will show how to recognize the wild green edibles around town and country and also discuss growing your own year round green smoothie garden. Gabrielle will also demonstrate and sample a simple dehydrated banana bread with only three whole food ingredients. Gabrielle Chavez is the author of The Raw Food Gourmet: Going Raw for Total Well Being. Gabrielle has been a pioneer in the local raw vegan community. In 2004, she founded the Raw and Living Spirit Retreat held in the Portland area each summer.

Wesley Gordon Hannah: "Vegan lasagna"
Wes Hannah is the chef de cuisine and proprietor of the Blossoming Lotus Pearl and Irvington. Wes has been cooking vegan food for 18 years and has been working as a vegan cook for fifteen. Wes was introduced to veganism and animal rights in Memphis, where he began his culinary education. Wes continued to work with vegan food in Georgia and California before moving to Portland. Check out many of Wes' specialties at Blossoming Lotus: www.blpdx.com.


Great VegFest food will cost just $5 or less

This year's VegFest features both extended hours (10 a.m.-8 p.m.) and an expanded restaurant area to provide attendees with lunch, dinner, and everything in between!

This is your chance to try many different restaurants and cuisines, all in one setting, with a larger variety of offerings than in past years. Individual items will be priced at or under $5 in order to allow attendees to try several different restaurants throughout the day.

The follow restaurants are confirmed or anticipated, with more expected by the time of the event:
  • Blossoming Lotus
  • Proper Eats
  • Papa G's Vegan Organic Deli
  • Sweet Lemon Vegetarian Bistro
  • Vege Thai
  • Curry Leaf
  • Red and Black Cafe
Please visit the VegFest website, www.portlandvegfest.org, for more information. Menus will be available on the website just prior to the event.

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