E-Bits, edited by Charley Korns, may be viewed on the web at www.nwveg.org/E-bits_1008.htm. If you are interested in writing for future E-Bits editions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The next deadline is November 20, 2008.
Northwest VEG is in the midst of planning our 5th annual Compassionate Thanksgiving Potluck at 5 pm on the 4th Sunday of November, just before Thanksgiving. We're excited about our new venue for the event; the Seventh Day Adventist church in Beaverton offers a lovely setting for our holiday celebration. Northwest VEG will provide beverages and desserts, and Proper Eats Café will supplement our potluck items with a special sampling of two vegan entrées.
Please bring especially generous potluck dishes to share: a vegan main dish, side dish, salad or bread, a card listing its ingredients in dark ink and clear print, and plates and utensils for your use. If you come by yourself, figure the amount to serve 8-10; increase the amount by 4 servings for each additional person in your party/family.
Due to limited seating and the cost of our extra holiday food, pre-registration with payment of $5 per person is required. We have sold out early the last several years, so please register early! To register, send in the form and payment to Janet at email@example.com. More details will be emailed with your confirmation notice. You may access the form here.
time to sign up to walk and help raise funds and awareness about Farm
Sanctuary’s vital rescue, education and advocacy efforts for farm
animals in need. On Saturday, October 25, beginning at 10 am, the Walk
for Farm Animals will involve dozens, possibly scores of farm animal fans,
walking together through downtown Portland. Signs and a leader banner
are provided. The Walk will start and end at the vegan café, Blossoming
Lotus, in Portland’s Pearl District, 925 NW Davis Street. A $15
pre-registration fee entitles you to a Walk T-shirt. Registration on the
day of the walk is $20. If you sign up in advance, you can easily create
a web page for fundraising, sending the link to your friends and family.
If you are interested
in volunteering, please contact Wendy Gabbe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
October Potluck is Sure to Be a Sweet One
Join Northwest VEG for our monthly Portland potluck event on Sunday, Oct. 19. starting at 5 pm. The potluck will be at the West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 8470 SW Oleson Road, in Portland. 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 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 about 5:15. For more information call (503) 224-7380 or email email@example.com. If you can volunteer to help at the potluck, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (503) 224-7380. A donation of $2-5 per person is suggested to help cover the cost of the room rental.
the meal, at about 6:30 pm, join us for a dessert demo with Chelsea Lincoln,
a Northwest VEG member and vegan baker from Bob's Red Mill, presenting
an overview of vegan baking. Learn how to make luscious desserts without
eggs or dairy; samples will be served!
Interested in veg topics? Northwest VEG is seeking volunteer writers to contribute to E-bits (bimonthly electronic newsletter) and the NW VEG Thymes (bimonthly electronic and hard copy newsletter). E-bits can take articles of up to about 300 words, while the Thymes can consider longer pieces. Topics can include interviews with vegan entrepreneurs and activists; reviews of books, films, websites, festivals, and restaurants; reports on speaker and chef events; your personal dietary journey; previews of upcoming events; poetry; and other possibilities.
The annual Walk for Farm Animals, a benefit for Farm Sanctuary, is just one of many opportunities to make a difference for farm animals. Observed on (or around) October 2 (in honor of Gandhi’s birthday), World Farm Animals Day is dedicated to exposing, mourning, and memorializing the needless suffering and annual slaughter of the more than 55 billion cows, pigs, turkeys, chickens, and other sentient land animals in the world’s factory farms and slaughterhouses (approximately 10 billion in the U.S.). October is an excellent time to speak out against the atrocities and brutalization of animals raised for meat, eggs, and dairy. If you would like to help, consider:
For more information
about World Farm Animals Day, visit www.wfad.org.
Tammy Russell, M.S., a Registered Dietitian, writes a nutrition column in the NW VEG Thymes, which is published around the first of every odd-numbered month. Tammy welcomes questions about nutritional concerns related to a vegetarian or vegan diet. She will select one question to address in each issue. You may email her at email@example.com.
Have you been to Paradox
Café lately? The vegan-friendly joint just grew! A few
weeks ago an expansion was completed, creating seating for an additional
25 people or so. They also have added a few new menu items, including
Island Curried Tempeh Tacos, a vegan Caesar Salad, a Bruschetta Pesto
Burger (available vegan), and Coconut Spiced Vegetables. As always, the
breakfast is served all day; got to love the vegan corn cakes! Check out
Paradox at 3439 SE Belmont, open Mon-Wed, 8 am – 9 pm; Thurs-Sat,
8 am - 9:30 pm; and Sun, 8 am – 3 pm. Visit www.paradoxorganiccafe.com.
Farewell to Veganopolis. The downtown cafeteria-style restaurant closed in September after 3½ years in business, following a couple of years of operating Chef to Go, a food cart on SW Yamhill. The owners, George and David, said they were delighted with the support of their faithful customer base. This month they will return to Chicago, where they will continue to pursue entrepreneurial adventures in vegan food service. The website will remain, and recipes will be posted anew starting in November: www.veganopolis.com.
Taqueria Los Gorditos is still searching for a location to plant their Vegan taco truck. Meanwhile, enjoy their vegan-friendly location at SE 50th Ave. & Division Street, open Mon-Sat, 11 am – 8 pm.
It was a good summer for biking in Portland, spurred in large part by the spike in gas prices. I rode more than any previous summer and on Sept. 6 took part in an OrganicAthlete-organized ride called Tour d’Organics. This was a fully supported ride open to all abilities with 35-, 65-, and 100-mile options. I chose the shortest distance, which felt wise considering I have never ridden my 14-year-old hybrid bike for more than 25 miles in a given day. My friend Jessica, who encouraged me to register for the ride, and I kept a steady pace as we headed north to cross the Columbia River, at times being passed by (but rarely passing) some of the other 100 bicyclists who took part. I had never thought about biking to Vancouver, but the safe sidewalks on the Interstate Bridge made it less than treacherous.
The course took us to our first rest stop at the Vancouver Farmers Market, staffed by event volunteers including Casey McDonald, one of the main organizers – and Jessica’s husband. We snacked on organic fruit, nuts and energy bars. (OrganicAthlete provides only vegan items at events.) We kept going along the west side of the city into rural Clark County. Tour d’Organics, which also takes place in other locations nationally, makes a point of including organic farms along tour routes. The second rest stop was just that: Storytree Farm, a locally owned and family operated CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm in the Pleasant Highlands neighborhood of Vancouver (pictured). Again, a variety of tasty snacks were laid out to energize us. We enjoyed the stop, nestled among fig and apple trees, along with rows of miscellaneous vegetables and flowers.
The ride continued back toward downtown Vancouver where we made our way to the bridge, doing our best to follow the route marked by bright arrows on the pavement attached by volunteers in advance of the ride. Leaving the Interstate Bridge after returning to Oregon, we lost our way and biked about a mile past marinas and boat shops before we found the correct route to Delta Park, where the third rest stop awaited us. After eating some fruit and another Clif Bar, Jessica and I climbed on our bikes for the final stretch, cruising along N. Denver Ave. in North Portland, down Interstate and eventually returning to the Natural Capital Center in Portland’s Pearl District. Because the ride participants started at different times and rode different lengths at various speeds, we joined only a dozen others in indulging in a Blossoming Lotus buffet of salad, wraps, and soft serve. Riders who took the longer routes also enjoyed a spread of food provided by Papa G’s Vegan Organic Deli.
Overall it was a great
experience and excellent workout. All the organizers and volunteers were
friendly, and the food was more than ample. Both Jessica and I were new
to the organized ride concept and were both glad to have participated.
To learn more about rides and other activities of OrganicAthlete visit
The Northwest VEG Book Club will meet on Oct. 29 at 6 pm at Borders café downtown to discuss The Good, Good Pig by Sy Montgomery. This book tells the story of Christopher Hogwood, a sick piglet Montgomery nurtured back to health and how he came to impact Montgomery and her community. “Unexpectedly, Christopher provided this peripatetic traveler with something she had sought all her life: an anchor (eventually weighing 750 pounds) to family and home. The Good, Good Pig celebrates Christopher Hogwood in all his glory, from his inauspicious infancy to hog heaven in rural New Hampshire, where his boundless zest for life and his large, loving heart made him absolute monarch over a (mostly) peaceable kingdom.”
According to the book’s
website, “Sy reveals what she and others learned from this generous
soul who just so happened to be a pig–lessons about self-acceptance,
the meaning of family, the value of community, and the pleasures of the
sweet green Earth. The Good, Good Pig provides proof that with
love, almost anything is possible.” Borders is located at 708 SW
3rd Ave., between Yamhill and Morrison. Read more at www.goodgoodpig.com.
For more information about book club, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cookbook author Sarah
Kramer will be at Herbivore on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 6:30 pm to share recipes
from her new book, Vegan A Go-Go!, A Cookbook & Survival Manual
for Vegans on the Road. The new book combines old favorites and delicious
new recipes for vegans on the road. The recipes focus on easy to make
foods with widely available ingredients, perfect for those trips when
you don’t know what you’re going to find to eat. Sarah, who
lives in Victoria, B.C., previously authored La Dolce Vegan and,
with Tanya Barnard, co-authored How It All Vegan and The
Garden of Vegan. Herbivore is located in Portland at 1211 SE Stark,
(corner of 12th and Stark).
On Saturday, October
11, from 11 am to 4 pm, the 2nd Annual Healthy Living Fair will address
chemicals that impact our health and well-being, as well as healthy alternatives
and opportunities. Sponsored by Rachel’s Friends Breast Cancer Coalition,
the event will feature keynote speaker Nena Baker, author of The Body
Toxic. You can also enjoy free chair massages, free lead testing
of young children, organic food samples, door prizes and more. The event
will take place at the First United Methodist Church, 1838 SW Jefferson,
Portland; a $10 donation is requested for admission. For more information
or call (503) 869-7225. Rachel's Friends is a nonprofit volunteer organization
focused on the prevention of cancer. Learn more about The Body Toxic
The top minds in animal law from around the world meet Oct. 17-19 to explore cutting-edge issues in the field of animal law and educate today and tomorrow’s lawyers about the legal challenges and opportunities in this growing area of specialization. Although the conference is almost sold out, volunteers are still needed. Help is needed in set up, registration, helping with parking, setting up refreshments, and to be panel moderators. In exchange, all volunteers could attend the conference free. If you are interested, please email email@example.com or call (415) 419-4210. See www.animallawconference.com to learn more.
The Alton L Collins Retreat Center is offering a 3-day vegetarian kitchen ministry workshop led by executive chef Guillermo Reyes and Gretchen Doering October 20-23, 2008.* According to Doering, the Center’s Food & Faith Program Coordinator, “The training will address basic vegetarian menu planning, as well as touching upon other special diets, with advice on healthy menu planning and using local garden produce.” The training will also help participants “develop a way to offer food ministry as a part of an overall program that nurtures faith and spirituality.”
The Retreat Center
serves religiously affiliated groups, schools and educational bodies,
families, service organizations and other nonprofit groups who enrich
life in the world. In addition to offering healthy food that honors the
earth and the future of our children, the Center aims to foster within
participants the skills and confidence to minister through food. Evening
conversation will include discussions of where our food comes from and
the wider ramifications of our food choices—responding to important
questions of our time. Chef Guillermo will cover special diets as well
as the basics, including how to stock your pantry.
*NOTE: This event is vegetarian, not vegan.