The mission of Northwest VEG is to educate and empower people to make vegetarian choices for a healthy, sustainable, and compassionate world.
“The beef industry has contributed to more American deaths than all the wars of this century, all natural disasters, and all automobile accidents combined. If beef is your idea of ‘real food for real people’ you'd better live real close to a real good hospital.”
~Neal Barnard, M.D.
Table of Contents
1. VegFest on March 18 Promises Speakers, Chefs and Free Food
2. VegFest Intends to Promote a Peaceful Diet
3. Join in the Fun and Volunteer In March and April
4. Northwest VEG Potlucks Swell with Good Food and Community
5. “Compassion Anyone?” Express Yourself!
6. Upcoming Events
7. Industrial Fishing Wreaks Havoc on Oceans
8. Northwest VEG Member Profile: Jenna Stephens
9. Recipe of the Month: Artichoke Hummus Wraps
10. Children’s Book Review: Benny Brontosaurus Goes To a Party – But Passes on Cake and Ice Cream
11. Member Discounts & Business Partners
1. VegFest on March 18 Promises Speakers, Chefs and Free Food
VegFest: A Compassionate Living Fair is heating up! Our largest event ever, we’re expecting 600-1000 people to attend on March 18, from 10 am to 6 pm. Plan to be there: First Unitarian Church, SW 12th and Main in Portland. Admission is only $5.
VegFest Community Network!
The Blossoming Lotus Restaurant, as well as its cookbook, “Vegan World Fusion Cuisine”, is an ever-expanding vision of many kindred spirits. Established in 2002 on the island of Kauai, the main restaurant now serves over 400 locals and travelers a day. The vision has extended to a downtown café at Yoga in the Pearl, which now offers events and catering services. In summer 2006, they will launch its new line of live food and packaged products that will carry the Blossoming Lotus logo, as they continue to share their vision of plant-based cuisine throughout the world. The Portland café is located at 925 NW Davis; open seven days a week from 7:30 am to 7:00 pm; for more info: www.blossominglotus.com or (503) 228-0048.
Defense of Animals Northwest
Awakenings Magazine - Portland
Community for Earth
Supporting Silver Donors
to Abolish Animal Testing
Cat Coalition of Oregon
Physicians for Social Responsibility
Animal Legal Defense Fund
10:30 am - to be announced
12:00 pm - Howard Lyman (Life of a Mad Cowboy)
Mad Cowboy Howard is a 4th generation rancher turned vegan advocate. In his latest book, No More Bull!, he targets America's worst enemy: our diet. With an update on mad cow disease, an eye-opening discussion of the link between Alzheimer's and meat consumption, and a raucous dissection of the folly of high-protein diets, No More Bull! makes the case for a plant-based diet, clearly and powerfully. www.madcowboy.com
1:30 pm - Bo Rinaldi (Ancient Food, Super Food, and the Future of Food)
Bo is a modern day visionary devoted to healing and service through natural means. A vegan chef for 45 years, he is the owner of The Blossoming Lotus restaurants and co-author of the best selling cookbook Vegan World Fusion Cuisine. www.blossominglotus.com
3:00 pm - Kendra Kimbirauskas (The Factory Farm Alarm - The Threat of Corporate Animal Agriculture in Oregon)
Kendra grew up on a farm and has spent years working with rural farming families, as they struggle to stay on the farm and retain a quality of life, despite a growing crisis — the industrialization of the American farm and the demise of the rural economy.
4:30 pm - George Eisman (Can Milk Cause Breast & Prostate Cancer?)
George is one of the nation's foremost educators on vegetarian nutrition. He has served as a faculty member in Dietetics and Nutrition at several universities and colleges and created the first accredited program in Vegetarian Studies. He is the author of two books, The Most Noble Diet (1994) and A Basic Course in Vegetarian and Vegan Nutrition (2003). www.vegforlife.com/veg_tour.htm
10:30 am - Pete Prasarttongosoth (Vege Thai)
“Mango, Mango, Mango.” Vegetarian Thai Cooking from the owner/chef of the only vegetarian Thai restaurant in the Portland area. Discover the art of making mango salad, mango stir-fry, and mango dessert.
12:00 pm - Chef Al (Institute of Culinary Awakenings)
"Shake, Wrap & Roll.” Learn how to prepare an organic nutrient-dense Vegan Shake, BBQ Tempeh & Quinoa Wrap and a Coconut-Peanut Veggie Rice Rol, from Chef Al, a vegan chef, teacher, consultant and founder of the Institute of Culinary Awakenings. www.chefal.org
1:30 pm - Stuart Reiter (Blossoming Lotus)
The head chef of Blossoming Lotus café specializes in creative, inexpensive living food delicacies, and is sure to present us with some tasty surprises. www.blossominglotus.com
3:00 pm - David Lee (Field Roast Grain Meats)
“Flesh of the Earth – Making Vegetarian Meat” - Renowned Seattle chef and founder of Field Roast Grain Meats, David Lee shares one of his vegan, low-fat, high protein grain meat recipes. www.fieldroast.com
4:30 pm - Julie Hasson
“Chocolate Nirvana” - Chocolate desserts have never tasted so good. Julie will show you how to make some awesome chocolate desserts that are quick to prepare at home. www.juliehasson.com
Visit the tables of participating natural food companies and the NW VEG sampling tables, stocked with free samples from more than 40 products, featuring the best of tasty, cruelty-free and healthier alternatives to the Standard American Diet (SAD). Check our website for late-breaking additions to the following lists!
Major Exhibitors include: Moosewood, LäraBar, Turtle Mountain, Dave’s Killer Bread, Field Roast Grain Meats, and Sweetpea Baking Company.
Supporting Companies include: Columbia Gorge Organics, Turtle Island, Amy’s Kitchen, NatureBake, King Harvest, Sun Four Baking Co., Toby’s, Livin’ Spoonful, Maranatha, Lightlife, Robert’s American Gourmet, Just Tomatoes, Tofutti, Eden Foods, Peanut Better, Follow Your Heart, WholeSoy, and Pacific Foods.
VegFest Intends to Promote a Peaceful Diet
For most of us, peace is expressed in many avenues of our lives: how we interact with others, what we buy and consume, and what we choose to eat. In an effort to taste a peaceful diet, Northwest VEG will hold its 2nd Annual VegFest: A Compassionate Living Fair on March 18 at the First Unitarian Church, SW 12th Ave. & Main St. in Portland, from 10 am to 6 pm, with a $5 admission. Many national and local sponsors and donors have joined Northwest VEG to make this our biggest event to date.
Peace is on many people’s minds in recent years, and many of us want to promote peace in the world, but often it seems impossible and overwhelming. We might wonder how we can do it and how can we encourage others to be more peaceful. For me, it starts with what I eat since I want a diet that does no harm to any living being. I have chosen a vegan diet (no meat, eggs, or dairy products) because it brings me peace to know that I’m not contributing to the suffering of any animal, most of which are raised in cruel but highly profitable factory farms. I have chosen this diet for health and environmental reasons, too.
VegFest will help people reevaluate the misconception that a veggie diet is like the Standard American Diet without the meat, i.e. a boring, tasteless diet. At VegFest, people can sample delicious and healthy food from more than 20 regional and national natural food companies. Five chefs will demonstrate the preparation of tasty entrees, side dishes, and desserts. In addition, several speakers will share their insights and expertise.
For more information, please visit www.nwveg.org, or contact email@example.com or (503) 224-7380. SEE ACCOMPANYING ARTICLE FOR EVENT DETAILS.
3. Join in the Fun and Volunteer In March and April
If you haven’t already volunteered to help Northwest VEG, please consider doing so. Shifts are 2 ½ hours long, you get free admission, and experience the VegFest. You can help in a variety of ways: set-up, staff the admissions table, the NW VEG table, assist chefs, serve samples, help with supplying food sample tables, assist with children activities, and of course clean-up. In addition, we need volunteers to staff an information table on March 15 and to leaflet in advance of VegFest. You’ll be helping Northwest VEG, the farmed nimals, and the earth as we introduce delicious vegetarian/vegan food to an expected audience of more than 600.
The volunteer needs won’t end with VegFest. There are ongoing opportunities that may be a good fit for you. One approaching event in which we’ll participate is City Repair’s Earth Day Fest: A Celebration of Localization, to take place in Southeast Portland on April 22. Northwest VEG will staff an informational table and needs volunteers!
To inquire about any of these opportunities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Maggie Raczek, Volunteer Coordinator, at (503) 493-2358.
Northwest VEG Potlucks Swell with Good Food and Community
The popularity of Northwest VEG potlucks is inspiring. At the January potluck more than 70 attended! However, with so many people attending potlucks, a location change may be necessary. Since Northwest VEG started in 2003, we have alternated the monthly otluck between the eastside and westside. While this is convenient for those eastsiders and westsiders who prefer not to travel far, it may be more convenient to find one larger, more central location. The board has identified a couple of downtown possibilities to investigate: the First Unitarian Church and First Congregational Church. Both of these places have been very accommodating for Northwest VEG events; First Unitarian is the venue — and a sponsor — for our VegFest on March 18. We also are interested in hearing from members and friends regarding other possibilities. If you have any suggestions for an awesome potluck venue with a kitchen that can accommodate 80 people comfortably, please contact Charley Korns: email@example.com or (503) 288-1503. Or if you have any other thoughts about potlucks, feel free to speak up. For example, would you prefer two (smaller) monthly potlucks different sides of town. Are you able to volunteer to help out at potlucks?
“Compassion Anyone?” Express Yourself!
What would you change about the world?
Stop environmental destruction?
End animal suffering of all kinds?
Speaking about these things is addressing compassionate issues. Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” The Compassionate Communications Development Project (CCDP) is underway, and it’s not too late for you to join us. Northwest VEG member, the ever-compassionate Michael Labhard, is facilitating the meetings and says, “Here in this group we are focused on learning to project to others, by our speech, the person that we want to be, and thereby the changes we want to see.”
It’s a relaxed and friendly group, aimed to be a supportive environment for compassionate people to develop their speaking expression of their views and feelings about compassionate issues. The meetings take place at Sellwood-Moreland Library at 7860 SE 13th, in Portland, every second Wednesday of each month, 6:45-7:45 pm. We’re looking forward to the next meeting on March 8. Everyone is invited to join in!
You may ask why I’m attending the program. It’s because I want to realize my potential for loving my enemy, always believing in my fellow human beings, and keep reminding myself that compassion is a VERB!
If you have any questions, you may contact Michael Labhard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. Upcoming Events
11 (Saturday), 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm: Portland Veg Dine-out
18 (Saturday), 10:00 am - 6:00 pm — Veg Fest: A Compassionate
19 (Sunday), 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm — Northwest VEG Vegetarian Potluck
8 (Saturday), 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm: Portland Veg Dine-out
16 (Sunday), 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm — Northwest VEG Vegetarian Potluck
Industrial Fishing Wreaks Havoc on Oceans
The March/April issue of Mother Jones features a superb cover story called “Last Days of the Ocean.” Among other issues, the article reports on the tragic implications of industrial fishing and brings to light some of the worst culprits harming the ocean and its creatures. Less inspiring is a commentary in the same issue that lists the many available resources to guide fish eaters toward more ecological choices; sadly, the writer concludes, “…the one sure thing is that we should all keep eating seafood.” Thus, Mother Jones falls short of advocating the ethical position to stop eating fish. If you can’t get your hands on the full article or access the story at www.motherjones.com, consider a few of the details:
8. Northwest VEG Member Profile: Jenna Stephens
Name/city/age/occupation: Jenna Stephens, Portland, 32, stay-at-home mama of 2 boys, part-time swim instructor
When did you become vegetarian, and why? When I was a junior in high school I read John Robbins’ book Diet for a New America while researching a debate topic. One raw hamburger later and I’ve never been able to eat meat since! A few months later I went vegan.
Favorite restaurant: Right now I love Yuki Sushi (1337 NE Broadway, Portland) for its great selection of vegan sushi.
Favorite cookbook: Vegan World Fusion Cuisine from the Blossoming Lotus Restaurant - I received this for Christmas and have made nearly every recipe. I’ve loved experimenting with all the living food recipes, too!
Favorite veg-friendly vacation spot: We discovered the veg mecca of Doe Bay last year with some NW VEG friends (on Orcas Island, where camping and hiking are so great). Doe Bay has a great retreat center with a wonderful vegetarian restaurant that overlooks the water.
Who would you most like to share a veg meal with, and why? I would most like to spend a slow, quiet, long dinner with a group of my closest vegan friends because we’re always surrounded by our wonderful young children that keep our conversation to a minimum and rate of eating way too high!
·Fondest veg food memory: Eating big helpings of peanut-ginger sauce with rice, spinach and tofu while kayaking among Alaska’s glaciers.
·The one veg food you couldn’t live without is… smoothies. A new trick I use is to add a leaf or two of kale so that my kids get the extra nutrition (shhhh, don’t tell the kids!!)
·What is your favorite recent veg food find? Super Veggie Tings for my kids. Pickled Mangoes and papadam from my local Indian food store for me.
·What is your favorite grocery store? New Seasons Market because it’s the closest to my house!
What is your favorite guilty pleasure food? Dark chocolate
Recipe of the Month: Artichoke Hummus Wraps
PER Per serving: 358 CAL; 13 G PROT; 10 G TOTAL FAT (2 SAT. FAT); 53 G CARB.; 0 MG CHOL; 475 MG SOD.; 9 G FIBER
Benny the Brontosaurus is the new teenage dinosaur in Dinoville. He and his family also happen to be the biggest dinosaurs in town, even bigger than their neighbors, the Tyrannosaurus Rex family. Benny is affable, strong, smart, and he makes friends quickly. He is also vegan and has a subtle yet charming effect on his new friends, who are drawn into Benny’s herbivore cuisine out of curiosity and Benny’s teaching. When Benny goes to his neighbor Ty’s birthday party, he is faced with the uncomfortable specter of telling Ty’s mom that he won’t eat her cake or ice cream. After Benny gently explains that his mom says that Pterosaurus milk is for baby Pterosauri and Velociraptor eggs make baby Velociraptors, Ty is intrigued by the reasoning and they both wind up enjoying giant nut burgers together at Dino King.
My 2-year-old daughter loves this book and I read it to her at least three times a day when we first got it to review. It’s one of the few books that I willingly read over and over without becoming a little “annoyed” or “fatigued.” Benny Brontosaurus Goes to a Party is written by L. Everett Farnsworth and Ortega, and colorfully illustrated by Sarah Rudy.
Integrated Medicine Group, 163 NE 102nd Ave. Bldg. V, Portland, (503) 257-3327. 15% discount on supplements, all of which are vegan
Kalga Kafé, 4147 SE Division, Portland, (503) 236-4770. Organic international cuisine including Thai and Indian; vegan pizza. Open nightly for dinner. Vegetarian! 10% discount
Mirador Community Store, 2106 SE Division, (503) 253-6558. Open daily, offering kitchen supplies, gifts, books. www.mirador-pdx.com. 5% discount
Natural Awakenings Magazine, (866) 488-5490, Portland@naturalawakeningsmag.com. Local magazine provides insights and information to improve the quality of life physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. 20% discount on advertising
Paradox Palace Café, 3439 SE Belmont St, Portland, (503) 232-7508. Almost entirely vegetarian and very vegan-friendly, emphasis on organic produce. 10% discount.
Sun Lotus Café, 4505 SE Belmont St., Portland, (503) 236-6389. Enjoy soup, sandwiches, and pastries. Closed Sundays. 15% discount of food items
Tao of Tea, 3430 SE Belmont St., Portland, (503) 736-0119; 2112 NW Hoyt St., Portland, Enjoy vegan-friendly, organic, Indian cuisine. www.taooftea.com. Vegetarian! 10% discount
Vege Thai, 3274 SE Hawthorne, Portland, (503) 234-2171. The only vegetarian Thai restaurant in Portland. Vegetarian! 10% Discount
Vita Café, 3024 NE Alberta St, Portland, (503) 335-8233. Modern ethnic meals, vegan comfort food ("chicken" fried steak, "fish" & chips), vegan pancakes. 10% discount.
Businesses that meet our criteria have the opportunity to support Northwest VEG and receive publicity through our newsletter and website. If you would like to know more about the partner program, please contact email@example.com or call (503) 288-1503. You may also visit www.nwveg.org/Membership.html.
Please support our business partners!
Vegetarian House Business partner Vegetarian House offers a wide selection of unique and fresh Chinese style food — exclusively vegetarian. Vegetarian House has become a primary choice of eating for the weekday crowds, with the fresh lunch buffet (weekdays, 11 am to 2:30 pm) and a regular menu with a great variety of flavorful healthy food every day (11 am to 9 pm). All the ingredients are made with meatless plant proteins, natural spices, and vegetable seasonings. Location: 22 NW 4th Ave., Portland, OR 97209. (503) 274-0160. www.vegetarianhouse.com
Integrated Medicine Group, 163 NE 102nd Ave. Bldg. V, Portland, OR 97220, (503) 257-3327, www.integratedmedicinegroup.com. Services include acupuncture, massage, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, and intravenous delivery of nutrients and medications, among other therapies. Integrated Medicine Group offers Northwest VEG members a 15% discount on supplements, all of which are vegan.
Editor: Tammy Russell, firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in writing for the newsletter, please contact Tammy to discuss your ideas.
The Northwest VEG board of directors