Northwest VEG E-Bits — June 2005

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Membership Meeting and Panel on Spirituality and Vegetarianism to Follow June 19 Potluck

The next Northwest VEG monthly potluck will be held at 5:00 pm on Sunday, June 19, at the West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 8470 SW Oleson Rd., Portland. Please bring a vegan (no animal-derived ingredients) or vegetarian (no meat or seafood) main dish, salad or dessert, a card listing the ingredients, and plates and utensils for your use. If you come alone, figure the amount to serve 4-6; increase the amount 4 servings for each additional person in your party/family. Leave a message at (503) 224-7380 to be contacted for more information.

After the meal a meeting will be called to deliberate on and conclude voting on two items of business: changes to the bylaws and the election of three board members. The gathering will conclude with a two-person panel discussing spirituality and vegetarianism. The panel will consist of Jacqueline Mandell, a Tibetan Buddhist, and Ezra Ereckson, a Muslim Sufi.

In accordance with Northwest VEG bylaws, section 4.4, an annual membership meeting is to be held at least once per year. June is the preferred month because it concludes our fiscal year and allows the final tally on the election of directors. The current board of directors has accepted the nomination of three directors for a 2-year term that starts July 1, 2005. The three include: Linda Sant'Angelo, a current director whose term expires but she has accepted to be a nominee for another term; Maggie Raczek, a current director whose term expires but she has accepted to be a nominee for another term; and Peter Spendelow, a current director who was appointed by the board and has accepted to be a nominee for a 2-year term.



Meatless July 4 Picnic to Feature Potluck and Lawn Games

A Northwest VEG picnic will celebrate the spirit of independence without any meat — only delicious, cruelty-free food. We'll meet at Raleigh Park, SW 78th Avenue between the Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway (bus 54) and Canyon Road (bus 58). Bring your favorite vegan (no eggs, dairy products or other animal-derived ingredients) or vegetarian (no meat, fish) dish, enough to share for 4 people for every member in your party — and we'll supply drinks and desserts. Please bring a card listing the ingredients of your dish and plates and utensils for your use. Get ready for croquet and bocce ball. Bring other lawn games! We have reserved a number of picnic tables, but you may want to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Don't forget your tennis racquet and balls. A swimming pool at the park is available. Fees for swimming range from $1.50 to $4.00. In the event of inclement weather, the potluck will be held at West Hills Unitarian Fellowship, 8470 SW Oleson Rd., Portland. To confirm whether it has been changed to the fellowship, please check (503) 224-7380 after 9 am on July 4 for any update.


July 4th Meatless Picnic and Farmers' Market Promotions Need Your Volunteer Help

Northwest VEG is in need of volunteers for the Meatless 4th of July event on Monday, July 4th, at Raleigh Park. We need people to help set up and clean up. The event runs from 1-5pm.

We are also looking for people willing to table at various farmers' markets this summer around Portland. If you have some extra time, please consider volunteering. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Maggie Raczek at (503) 493-2358 or


Northwest VEG T-Shirts are Available

Just in time for summer, Northwest VEG organic cotton T-shirts are available for purchase at our monthly potlucks. They come in traditional T-style, women's scoop neck and long-sleeve. The long sleeve shirts are $20, and others are $15. The front of the shirts feature the Northwest VEG logo; the backs show the website and "Rockin' in the Beet World." Find them for sale at upcoming potlucks and the July 4th Meatless Picnic. Spread the veg message!


Next Veg Dine-out Goes Mexican

Each month, Northwest VEG members and friends dine at a restaurant that offers tasty veg options. Join us for dinner at 6:00 pm on June 11 at Iron Horse Mexican Restaurant, whose menu includes several veg options. Located at 6034 SE Milwaukie Ave., in Portland. Please RSVP the number in your party (required) to dine-out coordinator Ardis at by June 8. If you have any changes in the number in your party or need to cancel, let Ardis know before the day of the dine-out. Please arrive on time and ask for the Northwest VEG party. Contact the restaurant at (503) 232-1826 if you have concerns about accommodations for children or disabilities.


Blossoming Great Food and Great Books
by Nicole Bowmer, E-bits editor

Stuart Reiter, the chef at Blossoming Lotus, is always steaming, sautéing, and tossing up some great food. For those of you who missed his culinary magic at the Compassionate Living Fair, you can try it for yourself at Blossoming Lotus which is located in the Yoga in the Pearl studio at 925 NW Davis. And thanks to Blossoming Lotus’s Vegan World Fusion Cuisine cookbook, you can even share the magic with others. Filled with quotes on anything from non-violence by Thomas Edison to living deliberately by Henry David Thoreau, plus photos from India to Guatemala and back again, what you end up with is a philosophical photo tour of the world and a cookbook all wrapped in one. Enjoy!

Stuart Reiter is the head chef at Blossoming Lotus, a vegan café in Portland's Pearl District. Stuart was one of the chefs who demonstrated dishes at the Compassionate Living Fair in March.

Use Your Northwest VEG Discount to Dine for Less!

Calendula Cafe, a vegan, organic restaurant on SE Hawthorne, has just added lunch (Tues. - Fri.) to its repertoire. Northwest VEG members receive a 10% discount. New additions to its lunch offerings include pizza by the slice, a living foods Calendula Burger, and much more.

To see a list of all the restaurants where members can save money, click on Enjoy!





Discounts Offered to Northwest VEG Members for Vegan Culinary Arts Program

Chef Al Chase of the Institute for Culinary Awakening is offering a 20-day vegan culinary arts program July 5-29 in Portland. He also does custom programs in organic plant-based cuisine. Discounts to Northwest VEG members! For more information visit or call (541) 686-8443.

Chef Al Chase will lead a vegan culinary course in July. He presented some of his secrets at the Compassionate Living Fair in March.

Save the Dates: Sept. 27 & 29!

Sept. 27, (Tuesday), 7:00 pm — Howard Lyman Visits Portland to Screen Mad Cowboy, The Documentary
Howard Lyman, fourth generation cattle rancher and author of Mad Cowboy: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won't Eat Meat, will show his new documentary film and speak at the First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park Ave., Portland. Donations at the door will be requested, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds. For more about Howard Lyman, check out

Sept. 29 (Thursday), evening time and location to be announced — Erik Marcus speaks on Meat Market: Animal, Ethics, and Money
Erik Marcus, author of Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating and Meat Market: Animals, Ethics and Money, will discuss the advantages of vegetarian eating and show how easy it is to make the switch. To learn more about Erik, visit

E-Bits is edited by Nicole Bowmer,