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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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Depression and Food: Dr. Neil Nedley

November 13, 2015

Nutrition is "possibly the most overlooked cause of depression," says Dr. Neil Nedley, who will be speaking at Portland VegFest and the Northwest Health and Nutrition Conference in November. In treating his patients, Dr. Nedley has found that using nutrition principles produces dramatic results in the improvement of major depression, and it has also helped the mental performance of those who are healthy without depression.

Neil Nedley, MD, is a full-time practicing physician in Internal Medicine with emphasis in Mental Health, Preventive Medicine, Cardiology, Gastroenterology, and the difficult-to-diagnose patient.

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Help animals and promote Portland VegFest through leafleting!

November 4, 2015

Leading up to Portland VegFest we will be handing out pro-veg leaflets stuffed with Portland VegFest postcards all around town. Research shows that for every two booklets you pass out, you will spare one farmed animal from a lifetime of misery. This is a great and easy way to get involved and save animals!
Email Chelsea Davis at for more information and to sign up.

Friday, November 6th - Pioneer Square, 7-9am and 4-6pm
Saturday, November 7th - Pioneer Square, 12-2pm
Sunday, November 8th - Pioneer Square, 12-2pm
Monday, November 9th - PCC Sylvania, 10am-2pm
Tuesday, November 10th - PCC Sylvania, 10am-2pm
Thursday, November 12th - PSU, 10am-2pm
Friday, November 13th - Pioneer Square, 7-9am and 4-6pm

Cancer and Nutrition: Dr. Paulette Chandler

October 4, 2015

Nutrition and Cancer: Fight Cancer the Whole Foods Way will be the subject of Dr. Paulette Chandler's featured talk at the Northwest Health and Nutrition Conference at the Oregon Convention Center on November 13. Dr. Chandler will also be speaking at the Portland VegFest Saturday afternoon, November 14.

Paulette Chandler, MD, MPH, is a board-certified internal medicine physician, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Associate Epidemiologist at

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NW VEG Shares Good News

September 2, 2015

NW VEG had an uplifting month of August, with the advent of 3 complimentary magazine options for our members (read on for the details), a fabulous new contributing business member (Mirador), and a second major donation from home sales by Elaine Armstrong Realty. We have many business partners who offer either direct support to NW VEG or discounts to our members! Plus, VegNews is back for our members!

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Volunteer Spotlight: Trina Elam

September 1, 2015

Northwest VEG is lucky to have Trina Elam as a dedicated volunteer. She has been a tremendous asset to our Portland VegFest committee! Thank you Trina!

How long have you been veg and why?
I went vegetarian six years ago, junior year of high school, when I saw a jar of Vegenaise and the idea of a dairyless and eggless mayo just blew my mind. So, I got my mom to go vegetarian with me for two weeks and I just never stopped. Then once I started learning about the cruelty of the dairy and egg industry and health risks of meat and dairy, I gradually stopped eating dairy and went vegan about a year and half-ish later.

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Chanted Morals or Deep-Fried Tofu?

August 30, 2015

By Matt Ball, Senior Manager for Engagement and Outreach at Farm Sanctuary, blogger at, and our upcoming Portland potluck speaker on Sunday September 20.

I received this question regarding Paul Shapiro's Introduction to The Accidental Activist:

"I found a particular passage here and would like your thoughts: 'In many ways, it boils down to this question: Do we want a social club, or do we want a social movement? If we want a social movement, we need to open our arms and have a big tent.'"

This is interesting. I agree with you on inclusivity, certainly.

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Northwest Health and Nutrition Conference: Register Today!

August 30, 2015

Northwest Health and Nutrition Conference

Oregon Convention Center
Friday, November 13, 2015

On November 13, Northwest VEG and Adventist Health will co-host the fifth annual Northwest Health and Nutrition Conference, a professional conference featuring five top speakers exploring the science behind plant-based nutrition. Speakers this year include:
  • Michael Klaper, MD: Putting Nutrition to Work in Autoimmune Disease: Plates over Pills
  • Paulette Chandler, MD: Nutrition and Cancer: Fight Cancer the Whole Foods Way
  • Neil Nedley, MD: Nutrition, Depression, and Mental Performance
  • Matt Ruscigno, RD: Plant-based and Powerful: What We Know About Vegan Athletes
  • Carol DeFrancesco, RD, MA: Motivational Interviewing: Conversations that Lead to Change
Registration is now open. Visit the website for information on our speakers, continuing education credits, and the schedule.

Portland VegFest 2015

August 29, 2015

Join us November 14-15 at the Oregon Convention Center for this year's Portland VegFest! We're excited to bring you our annual low-cost, food-filled, and activity-packed event celebrating plant-based nutrition, fitness, and living! Some highlights include:

  • An expanded hall with even more of your favorite and soon-to-be favorite foods, restaurants, nonprofits, and other businesses
  • Exciting speakers, including Dr. Michael Klaper, Colleen Patrick Goudreau, Matt Ruscigno, and many more
  • Cooking demos from Miyoko Schinner, Michelle Schwegmann, Deb Kay, Mistress Ginger and more
  • Free food samples!
  • A Fashion and Beauty Stage with shows and presentations
  • A Fitness Stage with demos and classes
  • One-on-one Q&A sessions at our Ask the Experts table
  • Kids and Teen Activities including a themed photo booth
Advanced ticket sales are now available, through TicketsWest. Get yours today! Adults are $8 admission/day. Kids 12 & under free. $5 for students & seniors with valid ID. And $6 rates for groups of 10 or more. Use promo code 2015PDXVF to receive $1 off admission.

Recipe of the Month: DIY Box Macaroni and Cheese

August 29, 2015

By Miyoko Schinner, chef and author of The Homemade Vegan Pantry: the Art of Making Your Own Staples, and Artisan Vegan Cheese and speaker at this year's Portland VegFest!

Well-Crafted Macaroni and Cheese
Makes 2 cups, or the equivalent of 5 to 6 store-bought boxes of instant macaroni and cheese

1 cup raw cashews
3/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/4 cup oat flour

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Volunteer at Portland VegFest, Get in FREE!

August 29, 2015

Volunteer at Portland VegFest!
When: Friday, November 13 - Sunday, November 15
Where: Oregon Convention Center
Details: More than 400 volunteers are needed to help make Northwest VEG's 10th Annual Portland VegFest a success. Did you know that volunteering for just one 3-hour shift earns you free admission to BOTH days of Portland VegFest?! Plus, this year volunteers get a commemorative t-shirt, a chance to win great prizes and an opportunity to hangout in our volunteer break room filled with treats and other surprises. There is something for everyone! We still need help with setup, cleanup, the registration table, the NW VEG table (experience required), passing out food samples, working at recycling stations, the children's or teen area (face painters and makeup artists needed), dressing up in a veggie costume, the fitness stage, the kitchen, and more. You can also assist beforehand by signing up to distribute posters and postcards around town to promote Portland VegFest. We need your help to make this year's Portland VegFest the best yet!
Please email Chelsea Davis, Northwest VEG's Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator, for more information at

We are also looking for a few awesome volunteers to table with us at the following upcoming community events:
Food Fight! Grocery and Scapegoat Anniversary Party
Where: Food Fight! Grocery (1217 SE Stark St., Portland)
When: Sunday, September 6
Shifts: 11:30-2:30, 2:15-5:15

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An Evening with Peter Singer

August 29, 2015

On Thursday, September 10 at 7pm, Peter Singer, one of the most well-known contemporary philosophers and an influential public figure, will be in Portland to present, "The Most Good You Can Do: Effectively Aiding Humans and Other Animals." Peter Singer is the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University and his book, Animal Liberation, is credited with starting the modern animal rights movement. His writings on ethics, medicine, health care, charitable giving, effective altruism, public policy, and animal issues have influenced not just countless philosophy students, but also well-known public figures.

The lecture will be at the Stoller Center on Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon (see map) and is FREE and open to the public. No tickets are necessary but seating is limited. Doors open at 5:30pm.
A reception and book signing hosted by Northwest VEG and Pacific University will follow. Northwest VEG is looking for volunteers to help at the reception with passing out vegan food samples. Food handler card holders preferred but not required. For more info, email Chelsea Davis at

Portland Beer and Food Festival

August 29, 2015

The Portland Vegan Beer and Food Festival will be taking place at Zidell Yards, Saturday, September 26 from 1-7pm, and feature 50 of Portland's favorite vegan restaurants, carts, trucks, and vendors. They will also be bringing some of their favorites from this year's LA Vegan Beer and Food Festival.
Buy your ticket today!
Upon entry you will receive your very own Vegan Beer & Food Festival glass and enjoy unlimited pours from 50 breweries featuring 100+ different beers. They sell a non-drinking ticket as well. Also, they always have a few GF beers, and we will have handful of vendors that are GF as well. Food is not included in the ticket.

My Problem with the Paleo Diet

July 30, 2015

Reprinted with permission from Dr. Michael Klaper, 2015 Portland VegFest & Health Conference presenter

By now, most people in North America have heard of the "Paleo" trend in eating, where animal flesh is the base of almost every meal. It's a great story based on an image that our caveman ancestors munched on mastodon meat all day.

Many people who adopt this meat-based eating style initially feel better and lose weight. They do so largely because the Paleo principles proscribe the eating of dairy, oils, and refined carbohydrates that our ancient ancestors never ate - and with that, I am in full agreement! There is also a limit to how much fat our intestines can absorb, so much of the meat fat goes out in greasy stools.

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Volunteer Training: Sunday, August 16 @ 3:30pm

July 29, 2015

Summer is here and that means that Northwest VEG is in need of volunteers to help represent us at a number of great community events such as farmers markets, street fairs, and community conferences. Tabling is a lot of fun and entails simply talking with interested attendees about a plant-based lifestyle, handing out literature, directing attendees to resources and recipes, sharing Northwest VEG offerings (including our classes, potlucks, presentations and more), and generally putting a positive face on a compassionate lifestyle.

Nervous about volunteering for the first time or want a refresher on how to be more effective when it comes to veg outreach? Then join us before our westside Portland potluck for a fun, informal tabling training on Sunday, August 16 at 3:30pm at West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (8470 SW Oleson Rd., Portland). We will discuss how to setup/breakdown the Northwest VEG table and effectively communicate with people who come up to the booth, plus give you some helpful tips for leafleting. Reply to this message or email our Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator, Chelsea Davis, at with any questions or to RSVP!

Peter Singer in Portland!

July 29, 2015

On Thursday, September 10, Peter Singer, one of the most well-known contemporary philosophers and an influential public figure, will be in Portland to present, "The Most Good You Can Do: Effectively Aiding Humans and Other Animals." Peter Singer is the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University and his book, Animal Liberation, is credited with starting the modern animal rights movement. His writings on ethics, medicine, health care, charitable giving, effective altruism, public policy, and animal issues have influenced not just countless philosophy students, but also well-known public figures.

The lecture will be at the Stoller Center on Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon (see map) and is FREE and open to the public. No tickets are necessary.
A reception and book signing hosted by Northwest VEG will follow.

Try Vegan Week and Vegan Prom!

July 29, 2015

Try Vegan Week is a great time to try out veganism and to learn more about why people choose to live and eat vegan through workshops, speakers, dine-outs, and mentoring. The week will also include events geared towards those who are already vegan and just want to learn how to become better advocates and vegan consumers. There is something for everyone, so be sure to invite your friends! Note: the schedule will be available by August 8th. Join their Facebook event page for updates.

The week concludes with a Vegan Prom (Enchantment Under the Sea themed in honor of Back to the Future) which will be full of dancing, raffles, food, and fun! Costumes/themed dress encouraged, but not required. *All Try Vegan Week events are free to attend with the exception of Prom which is Try Vegan PDX's biggest annual fundraiser. Prom tickets will go on sale in early August and will be $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

Recipe of the Month: Zucchini Cobbler

July 28, 2015

By Deb Kay, NW VEG Volunteer & Vegan Fusion Cooking Instructor. Deb has a special discounted cooking class coming up on Sunday, August 23. Click here for more information!

This nutritious dish tastes just like apple cobbler(!) and is perfect for a summer evening, paired with dairy-free vanilla bean ice cream.

8 cups peeled, chopped zucchini
2/3 cup lemon juice

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Julie's Gluten-Free Easy Berry Cobbler

July 3, 2015

By Julie Hasson, cookbook author and speaker at our upcoming Gresham potluck on Sunday, July 12.

This recipe has quickly become my very favorite! It’s so easy to make, makes a large dessert to feed a crowd, and can be customized to whatever fresh or frozen fruit you have on hand.

1 bag of Julie's Original Gluten-Free White Cake Mix
1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons non-dairy milk
1/3 cup olive oil, canola or melted coconut oil
1 teaspoon pure almond extract or 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
5 rounded cups fresh or frozen (not thawed) raspberry, blackberries or blueberries (or sliced peaches or nectarines or a combo) About 1- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, for sprinkling

Mix everything (except for the berries and sugar) together in a large bowl until smooth. Spread into a greased 9 x 13-inch glass baking dish. Evenly sprinkle berries and fruit on top of batter, lightly pressing it in, and sprinkle with sugar. Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for about 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until the top of the cake is firm to the touch and baked through. Depending on your oven, it might take an extra 15 minutes or so. Enjoy!

Variation: You can substitute 1 peach (or more), which has been peeled seeded and sliced, for 1 cup of the berries.
Tip: Strawberries are the only berry that doesn’t work as well for this recipe.

Recipe of the Month: Unbaked Berry Cobbler

June 29, 2015

By Wendy Gabbe Day, NW VEG Board Member & Veg 101 instructor

It's berry season! Enjoy this cool, fruit-sweetened summer treat with any berry you'd like! Check out more recipes at


  • 4 cups berries (fresh or defrosted)
  • 1/2 cup medjool dates (pitted and packed)
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup almonds (or other nuts or shredded coconut)
  • 1/2 cup medjool dates (pitted and packed)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2-4 Tablespoons water

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PlantPure Nation Returns to Portland

June 28, 2015

Following a sell-out preview screening here in Portland, the documentary PlantPure Nation returns to Portland for a 4-day theatrical run in July. Written and Directed by Nelson Campbell, son of famed nutrition expert T Colin Campbell, the 95-minute film looks at the positive health impacts of a whole foods plant-based diet, and examines the political and economic factors that suppress information on the benefits of plant-based nutrition, while making the connections of this idea to larger issues such as medical practice, farming, and food deserts.

The screenings of PlantPure Nation will be at the Clinton Street Theater (2522 SE Clinton St., Portland) at 7 pm on July 13, 14, 15, and 21. Advance tickets are on sale now at

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