Northwest Veg
Vol. 59
"People think about being vegan, but dismiss it because they think it's going to be really hard, but it's so easy!"
--Portia de Rossi

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» NW VEG Events and Bites
» VegFest Update - Sponsors Rollin' In
» Interview with Dr. Johanna Lampe, VegFest Presenter
» Race for the Animals Wrap-up
» 5 Great Reasons to Volunteer at VegFest AND a Challenge
» The Persuasive Power of Documentary Films
» NW VEG's vegan extraordinaires come out on top at this year's VegQuest
» Recipe of the Month: Tempeh Veggie Tacos
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NW VEG Events and Bites

4th of July Potluck Picnic
Come join in the fun at NW VEG's annual 4th of July potluck picnic and celebrate the spirit of independence with delicious plant-based food. We'll meet at 1pm, July 4, at Raleigh Park, 3500 SW 78th Ave., between Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy and Canyon Rd. The picnic will last until 5pm. Look for the NW VEG banner on the hill.

Please bring a plant-based main dish, salad, or dessert (we'll supply the drinks); figure the amount to serve 6 generously. Bring lawn or table games. We have reserved a number of picnic tables, but you may want to bring lawn chairs or blankets. A swimming pool at the park is available for a few dollars per person. If it looks like rain, we'll meet at West Hills UU Fellowship, 8470 SW Oleson Rd. Check our website for updates.

Vegan Family Potluck Picnic, July 9, Noon
Join in the fun at this family potluck picnic! The Vegan Family MeetUp group will have a picnic at the table cluster labeled "A" by the playground at Gabriel Park (SW Vermont & SW 45th Ave). Please bring a vegan dish to share and your own reusable plates, utensils, cups, etc. $4 per family donation to offset rental costs. Please email Ptolemy ( with questions or to RSVP.

NW VEG Book Club, July 15, 7-9pm
Join the Book Club in reading Will Tuttle's World Peace Diet, probably the best summary of all the reasons to go vegan ever written. This book is a must read for anyone on the fence about their food choices, and not quite sold on the reasons to go veg. Club will meet at the Kailash Ecovillage, 4311 SE 37th Ave. Please click here for more book club info.

Portland Eastside Potluck and Talk, July 17
Join NW VEG for our monthly potluck event from 5:00 to 8:00pm. At 6:30pm, join us for a presentation on Livestock and the Environment with George Wuerthner, photographer, author, and tour guide, with degrees in botany, wildlife biology, and range science, who writes and speaks frequently on environmental issues facing the West. The event will be held at the Friends Meeting Hall (4312 SE Stark St.). Come for the talk, the potluck, or both! A donation of $25 per person is suggested to help cover the cost of the room rental. Please click here for more info.

Monthly Vancouver, WA Potluck, July 21, 6:30pm
Join us for our monthly Vancouver potluck. At 7:30pm guest presenter, Charley Korns, will discuss "The Power of Documentary Film." Excerpts of Our Daily Bread will be screened, along with Mercy for Animals' short, powerful new film Farm to Fridge.The potluck will be at the Clark Public Utilities Service Center, 1200 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA 98663. Very quick to reach from Portland. See map. Please click here for more potluck info.

Vegan Iron Chef, July 10, 5:00-7:30pm
Portland's 2nd Vegan Iron Chef Competition! The event features three of the top vegan chefs from the Portland area who will prepare dishes inspired by a secret ingredient for a live audience, vegan celebrity hosts, and a judging panel. Renowned cookbook author Isa Chandra Moskowitz and local zinester and artist Nicole J. Georges will serve as hosts, with esteemed judges from Portland's vegan community. Advance tickets are sold out, but check their web site to see if they will have a limited number of tickets at the door.

VegFest Update - Sponsors Rollin' In

Be sure to mark your calendars! VegFest is fast approaching (September 17 & 18) and this is going to be our biggest show yet! Stay up-to-date with all the latest event info:

We're off to a strong planning start with long-time sponsor Integrated Medicine Group returning as our top level sponsor! We can't thank IMG enough for their continued support. Please check out their wonderful vegan medical practice in NE Portland.

Other top level sponsors include: VegNews Magazine, the premier magazine that focuses on veg lifestyles; TriMet, making our region a better place to live ("Go eco-friendly. Take TriMet."); and KBOO community radio, Portland's listener-supported community radio station.

Our current Gold Sponsors are Bob's Red Mill, the wonderful whole-grain company, and Dave's Killer Bread, creator of oh-so-delicious organic breads.

Interview with Dr. Johanna Lampe, VegFest Presenter

Dr. Johanna Lampe researches cancer prevention and treatment, especially the role of diet and plant foods in altering our susceptibility to cancer. She took time from her hectic schedule to answer a few questions before her talk at VegFest.

Q: You research how plant foods can alter our risk of contracting cancer. Can you describe your work to us? What is the hypothesis you're working to prove/disprove?

A: My research group is interested in how various components of plant foods may affect cancer susceptibility. Much of our focus has been on how these components affect processes important to cancer, such as inflammation and carcinogen metabolism. We often follow up on observations from epidemiologic studies where diet has been associated with lower risk of cancer.

Q: How has your research been received?

Race for the Animals Wrap-up

More than 250 runners and walkers participated in NW VEG's 2nd annual 5K/10K Race for the Animals on June 25 in Forest Park. "It was a chilly morning," said Race Director, Wendy Gabbe Day, "but the energy and excitement heated things up. It was wonderful to see people of all ages and abilities head out on the trail together."

A huge thanks to our race supporters: Fit Right Northwest, Dave's Killer Bread, Back to Eden Bakery, Organically Grown Company, Larabar, Artisana, Justin's Nut Butter, Petunia's Pies & Pastries, and Portland Roasting Company.

5 Great Reasons to Volunteer at VegFest AND a Challenge

  • Free admission BOTH days at VegFest for just 3 hours of fun volunteering
  • The satisfaction of knowing that you helped make Portland VegFest a reality
  • The opportunity to share a skill or talent face painting, kitchen experience, strong arms, etc.
  • A chance to meet new people and enjoy a new (or repeat!) experience
  • A great way to spend time with a friend
VegFest Volunteer Challenge: Between now and September, find one friend, family member, or acquaintance to join you in volunteering. What a great way to introduce non-veg friends to a world of delicious possibilities! I can't guarantee placing friends together in the same volunteer assignment, but chances are your shift times can be matched so that you can enjoy VegFest together before and/or after you volunteer.

Anne Goldfeld, Volunteer Coordinator, looks forward to hearing from you!

The Persuasive Power of Documentary Films

A few years ago I started a master's program through the Institute for Humane Education in partnership with Cambridge College. This summer I'll earn my M.Ed. with an emphasis in humane education. My Individual Learning Project (ILP), comparable to a thesis, focused on the persuasive power of documentary films relevant to humane education. Structured as a guide for novice documentary filmmakers, my ILP examined filmmaking as a catalyst for change--personal and societal.

Movies of all kinds grew in popularity from 1980, when they earned less than $3 billion at the U.S. box office, to 2010, when they earned more than $10 billion. It is the dramatic movies that comprise most of the movie revenues. Audiences mainly are drawn to films based on their interest in particular actors, directors, and one or more of these genres: action, suspense, romance, comedy, adventure, horror, science fiction, or Western. But documentaries will always have their place and are well worth pursuing, albeit without car chases, exploding helicopters, or the latest special effects.

NW VEG's vegan extraordinaires come out on top at this year's VegQuest

NW VEG's own Eric Day, Wendy Gabbe Day, Chelsea Davis and Eric Stalker raced by foot and bus for 5 hours and 20 minutes to come in on top at this year's VegQuest. The vegan scavenger hunt put on by hosted 15 teams made up of 42 vegans in a wild urban vegan adventure on Saturday, May 21. Teams raced to solve clues and compete in exciting mental and physical challenges while discovering the city in a fresh way! Three teams, including the fastest team on bicycles, the fastest team on foot and bus, and the team who hit the most stops walked away with prize bags chock full of awesome vegan goodies!

Recipe of the Month: Tempeh Veggie Tacos

This taco filling is very low fat as no oil is added! Serve on corn tortillas with Spanish Brown Rice, and top with chopped tomatoes, avocados, and salsa.
  • 8 oz tempeh (finely chopped)
  • 1 cup onion (chopped)
  • 1 cup mushrooms (chopped)
  • 4-5 garlic cloves (chopped)
  • cup water
  • 1 teaspoon each: chili powder and cumin
  • teaspoon each: paprika and salt
  • 2-3 cups veggies (chopped) (i.e. zucchini, bell pepper, carrot, etc.)
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice (optional)

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