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Panel to Address Food Marketing, Labeling and Integrity
Join us at the First Congregational Church, 1124 SW Park in downtown Portland on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 7 pm for an extraordinary opportunity to learn about food marketing and labeling. Is all the sustainable, organic food in the grocery store really what it claims to be? Learn how informed consumers can make food choices to benefit their families and the planet.
To benefit its members and the community, Northwest VEG has assembled a panel of experts in Food Certification to demystify the marketing dilemma. Ryan Wist, a food industry insider and Northwest VEG member, will moderate the panel.
Please join us for this rare opportunity to have your questions answered by the people who ensure marketers have to account for their label claims. Panelists include:
Join Northwest VEG for our 4th Annual Compassionate Thanksgiving Celebration, to take place at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Southeast Portland on Sunday, Nov. 19, starting at 4:30 pm. Northwest VEG will supply dessert and drinks, including vegan pies from Sweetpea Baking Company.
Please bring a vegan or vegetarian main dish, salad or dessert, a card listing its ingredients, and plates and utensils for your use. If you come by yourself, figure the amount to serve 4-6; increase the amount four servings for each additional person in your party/family.
Our space is
limited so reservations are required. For more information and to reserve
your spot, contact Jill at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (503) 297-8435. More event details will be provided with your confirmation.
Mark your calendar for the Vegan Holiday Festival at Lincoln High School, 1600 SW Salmon St. in Portland, OR, set for Saturday, Nov. 18, from 11 am to 6 pm. The goal is to strengthen the vegan community — and celebrate and recognize local vegan businesses, organizations and individuals. Anyone is welcome to attend, regardless of where they stand on the food continuum.
The event is timed
to recognize the holiday season and show how vegans can thrive during
this time of year, which is typically focused on using animals for food
and clothing. Robert Cheeke and Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness are presenting
this event, with support from Northwest VEG. Speakers include 4th generation
cattle rancher turned vegan activist Howard Lyman (pictured), Bo Rinaldi
of Blossoming Lotus Cafe, Chef Al Chase of Culinary Awakenings, and Ani
Phyo of Smart Monkey Foods. Exhibitors include Food Fight Grocery, Proper
Eats, Blossoming Lotus and many more. Only $5 for the day! See the November
newsletter for more information, or visit www.veganholidayfestival.com.
Did you miss VegFest last March or would you like to hear the outstanding talks by our featured speakers? Howard Lyman, cattle rancher turned vegan activist and author, discusses "Eating the Earth, A Bite at a Time." Author George Eisman (pictured), RD, discusses "The Health Benefits of a Meatless Diet and Dairy's Connection to Breast and Prostate Cancer," and Bo Rinaldi, writer, activist, and owner of Blossoming Lotus Café discusses "Ancient Food, Super Food, and the Future of Food."
The 1-hour CDs are $5 a piece or all three for $10. Include $2 for mailing and handling. Please make your check to Northwest VEG and send to Linda Sant'Angelo, Treasurer, 24305 NE Elkhorn Road, Brush Prairie, WA 98606.
On September 30 hundreds, possibly thousands, of pedestrians and motorists in downtown Portland saw a large number of spirited walkers carrying signs, several wearing farm animal costumes (Laura Guimond as sheep, pictured) — and numerous dogs along for the fun. Our Walk for Farm Animals, a fundraiser for Farm Sanctuary, had 113 walkers, the second highest in North America, behind New York City.
Our signs read Stop Factory Farming, Farm Animals Have Feelings Too, Say No To Veal, and Go Veg. Spontaneous chants declaring these themes broke out at various times, raising our volume and intriguing passersby. Thanks to Northwest VEG for organizing the walk and Blossoming Lotus Café for providing drinks, cookies, and a superb location for the walk check-in! See photos of the walk at www.nwveg.org.
The $8,600 we raised collectively will go a long way to support Farm Sanctuary's rescue and protection campaigns. Thanks to all the walkers for their efforts to raise money to help this excellent cause! Walkers who raised $100 or more will receive prizes from Farm Sanctuary. In addition, top individual and team fundraisers will receive prizes donated locally by Food Fight Grocery, Kinta Restaurant, Mirador Community Store, Annie Bloom’s Books, artist Jessica Dadds, and photographer Charley Korns. Thanks to all of these generous donors and the volunteers who made the event a success!
According to one respondent to this summer's Veg Favorites Survey, the best interactive blog (and best way to spend a morning on the net) is OrangeClouds115 Vegetables of Mass Destruction on Daily Kos. Catch it every Sunday starting around 4:30 am to usually about noon, although they can be read anytime and comments can be left for couple weeks—usually 100 to 600 comments each week. Diaries are written by a vegan and usually include several seasonal vegan recipes.
Daily Kos blog was What's
For Dinner? It's a collaborative effort by three people who rotate
posting the diary. Everyone is welcome and at least one of the authors
is vegetarian (if not vegan) but all are supportive and have great tips.
It's posted on Saturday afternoons and going into the evening.
Have you ever thought about how great it would be to walk into a restaurant, be handed a thick menu with, oh, let's say, 75 entrees, and be able to choose any one of them? It can happen, at Vegetarian House in Chinatown, site of our September dineout. In the mood for something familiar and comfortable? Choose a vegetable, chow mein or fried rice dish. Looking for something different? There are nine mock fish dishes, six of them spicy. Try tofu hushpuppies, lemon or orange chicken, sweet and sour beef or beef in tangy sauce for memorable textures and flavors. The best way to sample the plethora of dishes is family style with 8-10 people, utilizing the lazy susan in the middle of one of the round tables. The weekday lunch buffet is also an excellent way to try multiple items. Portions are large and sauces are generous. The food is unique, savory, and consistently superior. Frozen faux meats are also available to take home. Vegetarian House, a Northwest VEG business partner, is open daily at 22 NW 4th Ave.
This month we'll meet at Casa Grande Restaurant, 2014 Main St., Vancouver, WA, (360) 694-7031. The extensive vegetarian menu (16 items) includes squash enchiladas and spinach tamales. Please RSVP the number in your party (required) to Ardis at email@example.com or call (503) 224-7380 by Oct. 11. If your plans change after you RSVP, please let Ardis know before Oct. 14.
Dine-outs Depend Largely on Courtesy of Guests
Northwest VEG will partner with Food for Thought vegetarian restaurant to show Earthlings on Nov. 8 at Portland State University. The film is a feature length documentary about humanity's dependence on animals (for pets, food, clothing, entertainment, and scientific research) but also illustrates our disrespect for these so-called "non-human providers." The film is narrated by actor Joaquin Phoenix (Gladiator, Walk the Line) and features music by Moby.
With an in-depth study into pet stores, puppy mills and animals shelters, as well as factory farms, the leather and fur trades, sports and entertainment industries, and finally the medical and scientific profession, Earthlings uses hidden cameras and never before seen footage to chronicle the day-to-day practices of some of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit. Powerful, informative and thought-provoking, Earthlings is arguably the most comprehensive documentary ever produced on the correlation between nature, animals, and human economic interests.
will be shown on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 7 pm at the Multicultural Center,
Smith Center Student Union, on the PSU campus. There is no cost, and light
refreshments will be served. To learn more about the film, visit www.isawearthlings.com.
Holidays can be a hard time for children with diabetes. To make it a bit easier, Jeanne Duvall is organizing a “Sugar-Free Halloween Party” on October 29 so that children with diabetes can have fun without all the temptation of sweets that could cause them harm. Non-diabetic children will also find this great fun. They will have the traditional apple bobbing, face-painting, and prizes for best costumes and best carved jack-o-lanterns. In addition, Leapin’ Louie Lichtenstein will perform cowboy tricks, juggling, acrobatics, and music.
The party will be held Sunday, October 29, from 3 to 6 pm, at the Native American Community Center at Portland State University, at the corner of Southwest Broadway and Jackson. Jeanne is looking for more volunteers and sponsors to help support the party.
In addition, a contest
is being held to come up with a great name for next year’s Sugar
Free Party to make clear that this is about natural fun and not artificial
sweeteners. Blossoming Lotus is donating a $100 gift certificate and a
copy of the Vegan World Fusion Cuisine Cookbook to the person who comes
up with the winning name. For more information or to submit an entry to
the “Name the Party” contest, visit www.emmagene.com/party/index.htm.
After running a café called Vegan Terra near L.A. for several years, Johnny Zukle moved to Portland and got busy. He chose the Rose City because of its lower property costs and veg-friendly atmosphere. The result is the 100% vegan Pirates Tavern, which opened in Northwest Portland last month, offering a limited menu. A grand opening is planned for Nov. 1.
Taste treats include Shaolin Temple, golden nuggets of mock chicken with steamed veggies and brown rice bathed in mildly spicy and sweet house made Sichuan sauce. The Sierra Madre involves marinated and baked tofu with steamed veggies and brown rice, topped with a house-made creamy white sauce. The Mediterranean is composed of house-made falafel, hummus and tabouli with whole wheat pita bread. Diners may also indulge in burgers, fries and soy shakes. Alcoholic beverages include organic beers and wines, as well as cocktails.
An ethical vegan for more than 20 years, Zukle is meticulous to ensure that all the food at Pirates Tavern is vegan and mostly organic. “My mission in life is to help Good flourish and to vanquish all Evil in this Universe and any others that may exist,” said Zukle. “Our first step must be to stop dining on murder victims.”
Although the prices at Pirates are higher than other local veg restaurants, diners may dig a little deeper to enjoy the novelty of “meaty” American favorites, comforted by the familiar combinations of "food groups" and the fact that no animal suffered for their dinner. Children are permitted in the restaurant but not the lounge; however, there is no children’s menu.
located in Portland at 2839 NW St. Helens Rd., is open 11:30 am to 11:30
pm, and till 1:30 am Fri-Sat. Exit 405 on Vaughn St. and go past the Montgomery
Park building. The street will slope to the right. At the stoplight turn
left on Nicolai, which turns into St. Helens Rd. Visit www.piratestavern.com
or call (503) 222-6600.
An article in the New York Times (9/22/06) traced last month’s E-coli outbreak to grain-fed cattle. Turns out this particular form of E. coli only survives in the stomach of grain-fed cattle; cattle that are fed their natural diet of hay, grass, and other foliage don't have this problem. Apparently, this E. coli from the feces of grain-fed cattle can contaminate groundwater and thereby the plants at neighboring farms, where spinach and other crops may grow.
The article by Nina Planck stated that the United States Department of Agriculture recognizes the threat from huge lagoons of feedlot waste and picks up 75 percent of the cost for a confinement cattle farmer to make manure pits watertight, either by lining them with concrete or building them above ground. “But taxpayers are financing a policy that only treats the symptom, not the disease, and at great expense. There remains only one long-term remedy, and it’s still the simplest one: stop feeding grain to cattle.
spinach industry is now the financial victim of an outbreak it probably
did not cause, and meanwhile, thousands of acres of other produce are
still downstream from these lakes of E. coli-ridden cattle manure. So
give the spinach growers a break, and direct your attention to the people
in our agricultural community who just might be able to solve this deadly
problem: the beef and dairy farmers.”
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