Supporting Portland's Vegan, Vegetarian, and Veg-curious Community

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Northwest VEG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Portland, OR that works to educate and encourage people to make vegan choices for a healthy, sustainable, and compassionate world.
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Please note that all events are open to everyone! Special accommodations needed? Click here. Submit listings relevant to the mission of Northwest VEG to info@nwveg.org.

NW VEG Vancouver Potluck and New Tofurky Product Tasting

January 29 (6:30 PM)

Join us for a community potluck followed by a special presentation from Seth Tibbott, Founder of Tofurky, and Head Tofurky R&D Chef, Greg Rekas! Seth and Greg will share with us the process of how new vegan products come to market and treat us to a special tasting of 6 new Tofurky products. Attendees will be asked to give sensory evaluations and marketability feedback on these 6 new Tofurky products and all tasters will receive a FREE VIP coupon for a Tofurky product!

Join us for a delicious potluck at 6:30 followed by the special Tofurky product testing at 7:30, or both! The potluck and demo will be in the Oak and Elm Rooms at the Marshall Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin, Vancouver, WA 98663 [see map]. This is just over the I-5 Bridge - very quick to reach from Portland.
For the potluck, please bring a plant-based (no animal products, including honey) main dish, salad, or dessert; a card listing its ingredients; and plates and utensils for your use. Need plant-based ideas? Click here. If you come alone, figure the amount to serve 4-6; increase the amount 4 servings for each additional person in your party/family. Northwest VEG potlucks are alcohol-free events. For more information email info@nwveg.org. A donation of $2-5 is suggested to help cover the cost of the room rental.

Veggie Grill FUNdraiser for Northwest VEG

January 31 (10:30 AM - 9:00 PM)

Join us for a delicious meal and a great cause... Northwest VEG! The Downtown Portland Veggie Grill (508 SW Taylor St., Portland) will graciously be donating 50% of your food & beverage purchases all day Saturday, January 31, to Northwest VEG! Just remember to mention that you are there to support Northwest VEG. (For Northwest VEG to get the 50% donation, you MUST mention the fundraiser when you pay.)

We will be doing meetups throughout the day so we hope to see you for lunch at 12pm, dinner at 6pm or both! If you can't make it to a meetup, you can still come any time between 10:30am and 9pm and mention the fundraiser for Northwest VEG to get the 50% donation!

Please share this event on your Facebook wall and invite your friends and family to also dine at the Downtown Portland Veggie Grill on January 31st. It's a great restaurant for exposing people to delicious vegan food!

PAWA Bake Sale & Social to Benefit PAWS and FOZE

February 7 (11:00 AM - 2:00 PM)

Please help raise money for two wonderful organizations, PAWS and FOZE, by participating in a PAWA (Portland Animal Welfare Advocates) Valentinze Bake Sale & Social at Madison House located at 4620 SE Madison St., Portland. There are going to be tons of delicious vegan treats plus incredible RAFFLE PRIZES from vegan businesses! All proceeds go directly to the care and maintenance of Prince at PAWS (Portland Animal Welfare Team) and to supporting the FOZE (Free the Oregon Zoo Elephants) cause! If you are interested in working on the bake sale or making a donation please contact Timothy Surprenant at independent13@mac.com or call him at 503-501-0314. Fore more info, check out their Facebook event page.

Humane Lobby Day in Salem

February 12 (9:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

Meeting with your state legislators can seem scary -- but don't stress, HSUS has got you covered! Join HSUS Oregon State Director Scott Beckstead and other animal advocates at this year's Oregon Humane Lobby Day at the United First Methodist Church (600 State St., in Salem). You'll be provided with tips for citizen lobbying and an overview of pending animal legislation. Then, you'll get to meet directly with your elected officials to discuss legislation that could significantly impact the lives of animals.

A RSVP is required so register today! This is a huge opportunity to make a difference for animals in YOUR home state, and Northwest VEG hopes to see you there. Contact Oregon State Director, Scott Beckstead, if you have additional questions.

NW VEG Vancouver Potluck and Raw Cleansing Talk

February 26 (6:30 PM)

Join Kathy Peterman, RN, as she shares her journey in fasting, detoxifying, juicing and trying out various ways to lose weight. It's a journey that got her to now do three times a year raw cleansing as a way to enhance her health and focus on caring for her body, mind and spirit. Kathy became interested in vegetarianism and nutrition back in the mid 70's when she read Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappe. She learned from a variety of raw foodists including Penni Shelton, Dara Dubinet, Dan McDonald, Frank Ferrante, David Wolfe, and Natalia KW. She has applied these learnings to her three times a year raw cleansing. Her cleanses are not about limitation, but rather, they are about super charging your nutrition with abundant live raw foods. Come learn more about her journey and how it might be helpful to you.

Join us for a delicious potluck at 6:30 followed by a raw cleansing talk by Kathy Peterman at 7:30, or both! The potluck and demo will be in the Oak/Elm Room at the Marshall Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin, Vancouver, WA 98663 [see map]. This is just over the I-5 Bridge - very quick to reach from Portland.
For the potluck, please bring a plant-based (no animal products, including honey) main dish, salad, or dessert; a card listing its ingredients; and plates and utensils for your use. Need plant-based ideas? Click here. If you come alone, figure the amount to serve 4-6; increase the amount 4 servings for each additional person in your party/family. Northwest VEG potlucks are alcohol-free events. For more information email info@nwveg.org. A donation of $2-5 is suggested to help cover the cost of the room rental.

Tofurky VEG Film Series

January 22 - March 12 (7:00 PM)

Join The Tofurky Company for their first ever VEG Film Series at Andrew's Skylight Theater (109 Oak St., Hood River, OR)!
January 22: Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret examines the relationship between the production of meat and global warming. Proceeds will go to the Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute in Hood River.
February 5: Ghosts in Our Machine follows award winning animal photographer Jo-Anne McArthur as she navigates the landscape of how humans interact with or choose to ignore the animals in our lives in this beautifully done, thought provoking but non graphic film from Canadian director Liz Marshall. Gene Baur, President of the Farm Sanctuary, will be giving a short talk and host a Q&A following the film. Proceeds will go to Green Acres Farm Sanctuary.
March 12: Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. Proceeds will go to Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
Tickets may be purchased online for $5.00 or for $8.00 at the door. Free vegan pizza and fun veg door prizes included!

NW VEG Eastside Potluck with Jess Sconé

March 15 (5:00 PM)

Native New Yorker turned longtime Portlander Jess Sconé joins Northwest VEG in January for a demo on modern pickle & (vegan!) cheese plating. Jess is an award-winning blogger, writer, event maker and obsessive home cook who will share her tips on making your own easy, seasonal refrigerator pickles, cocktail/mocktail pairings, and share a recipe or two from her latest vegan cheese adventures. You may also recognize Jess as the co-founder of both Portland's Vegan Iron Chef organization and Vida Vegan Con, returning this May returns this May for its third vegan media + lifestyle conference to Austin, TX.

This event will be at the Friends Meeting Hall, 4312 SE Stark St., Portland, OR. Come to the potluck at 5:00, the presentation at 6:30, or both!
Please bring a plant-based (no animal products, including honey) main dish, salad, or dessert; a card listing its ingredients; and plates and utensils for your use. Need plant-based ideas? Click here. If you come alone, figure the amount to serve 4-6 generously; increase the amount 4 servings for each additional person in your party/family. Northwest VEG potlucks are alcohol-free events, and we start eating at about 5:15. For more information email info@nwveg.org. A donation of $2-5 per person is suggested to help cover the cost of the room rental.

2-Day Vegan Fusion Workshop

March 21 - 22

Whether you are an experienced cook, looking to get a job in the vegan restaurant industry, or simply interested in deepening your knowledge of vegan, vegetarian and raw foods, you can learn from a pro on how to prepare healthy world-class vegan cuisine at Deb Kay's 2-Day Workshop on March 21&22, 2015.

Deb will also be holding a 1 day hands on cooking class on Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 12:30pm-4pm at Youth & Family Link located at 907 Douglas St., Longview, WA. Space is limited and you must preregister with Deb Kay at 360-431-4182 or kaydebbie25@yahoo.com. The cost is just $50 per person. Northwest VEG members get 10% off registration fees! Click here for information on how to become a Northwest VEG member. For more information on Vegan Fusion classes and registration details click here.

NW VEG Master VEG Program Starts Next Month!

February 18 - April 8 (5:45 PM - 8:45 AM)

The next session of the Master VEG Program, beginning Wednesday, February 18, 2015, will be held at the Pearl District Whole Foods Market (1210 NW Couch St., Portland). Registration is now open for this action-packed eight-week program that will provide you with in-depth information on a healthy, environmentally-sustainable plant-based diet. Presentations will cover plant-based nutrition, the link between diet and chronic disease prevention, the environmental impacts of the foods we grow and eat, the lives of farm animals, animal rights/welfare philosophies as well as arm you with the tools you need to answer the tough questions about plant-based diets.

A key component of the program is the service-oriented project, where attendees are expected to contribute at least 16 volunteer hours to Northwest VEG or another nonprofit organization that concerns itself with one or more of the issues discussed during the course. See nwveg.org/mvp for details and to register.

Dr. Ramona Ilea (pictured right) is an assistant professor of philosophy at Pacific University, Oregon. She teaches a semester-long "Animal Ethics" class, as well as classes on biomedical ethics, environmental ethics, and theoretical ethics. Read more about the MVP presenters.