Northwest Veg
Vol. 60
"Even in the worm that crawls in the earth there glows a divine spark."
--Isaac Bashevis

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» NW VEG Events and Bites
» VegFest Update and Volunteers Needed!
» 2nd Annual Professional Health Conference
» Dr. Barnard Presents at VegFest and Health Conference
» Forks Over Knives DVD Available 8/30
» Vegan Iron Chef Recap
» NW VEG Volunteer Spotlight
» Raw Strawberry Pie
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NW VEG Events and Bites

Try Vegan Week - July 30-August 6
A week-long whole host of educational and fun events, capped off with Vegan Prom on August 6. Click here to view their full schedule of events.

Dine-out at Loving Hut
Join NW VEG at the Loving Hut restaurant on Sunday, August 14 at 1pm. We only have space for about 25 people, so be sure to reserve yours by contacting Keith or Steff at 503-282-9727 or Loving Hut just opened in May at 1239 SW Jefferson. Click here to read more.

Portland Potluck (Westside) & Chef Demo
Join NW VEG for our monthly Portland potluck on Sunday, August 21 at 5pm. The potluck will be followed by a special chef demonstration. More details will be available soon. The potluck and presentation will be at the West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 8470 SW Oleson Rd., Portland. Click here to read more.

Vancouver Picnic Potluck
Join NW VEG for a fun informal potluck on Thursday, August 25 at 6:30pm to celebrate the end of summer. We'll be meeting and eating in the picnic bench areas of the Marshall Community Park (next to the Marshall Center), 1009 E. McLoughlin, Vancouver, WA 98663 [see map]. This is just over the I-5 Bridge. We'll have bocce ball and other games. Click here to read more.

VegFest Update and Volunteers Needed!

VegFest is right around the corner! Mark your calendars for September 17 & 18 at the Oregon Convention Center. We'll have more free food samples than ever for you to devour. Bring your friends and family and an empty belly! We'll have an impressive line-up of speakers including Dr. Neal Barnard and Wayne Pacelle, as well as captivating chef demos including local stars Julie Hasson (Native Bowl food cart) and Aaron Adams (Portobello). Check out all of our latest event info:

And we'd like to welcome our new Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator, Ashley Downs! We're very grateful for all of Anne Goldfield's hard work - she has been a pleasure to work with.

We'll need more than 300 volunteers to make VegFest happen! We couldn't do it without you! Here are some ways you can be involved:

2nd Annual Professional Health Conference

Northwest VEG and Adventist Health have again teamed up to co-sponsor a conference where health care professionals (MDs, NDs, DOs, RNs, RDs, etc.) can learn about caring for patients via plant-based nutrition. Five highly-regarded presenters -- Neal Barnard, MD, Johanna W. Lampe, PhD, Amy Lanou, PhD, Marnie Loomis, ND, and Jack Norris, RD -- will discuss the latest clinical research on preventing and treating cancer, overcoming nutrient deficiencies, reversing diabetes, overcoming food addiction, achieving bone vitality, and motivating patients to change.

This conference, entitled Enhancing Health with Plant-Based Nutrition, will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, September 16 at Adventist Medical Center located at 10123 SE Market Street in Portland.

Dr. Barnard Presents at VegFest and Health Conference

Dr. Neal Barnard is probably most well-known for founding the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a nonprofit group advocating for preventative medicine and high ethical standards in medical research. However, he may soon be better known as the doctor who resurrected Americans' health and vitality.

On September 5, just a few days before Dr. Barnard's keynote address at the Professional Health Conference and VegFest, his free online 21-day Vegan Kickstart program begins. By simply submitting your email address, Dr. Barnard's team will supply you with recipes and meal suggestions for each day in addition to providing healthy living tips from celebrities like Kris Carr (Crazy, Sexy Life), weekly motivational webcasts from Dr. Barnard, an interactive map to help you find vegan restaurants, online discussion with other participants, and daily health messages.

Forks Over Knives DVD Available 8/30

The phenomenal documentary Forks Over Knives will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on August 30. And there will be a featured showing at Portland VegFest on September 17. 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 animal-based and processed foods. Order a copy through the following links and a portion of the proceeds will go to NW VEG. Order on DVD. Order on Blu-Ray.

Vegan Iron Chef Recap

On July 10, Vegan Iron Chef held its second competition, at Refuge PDX, in front of another capacity crowd, showing the world just how exciting vegan cuisine can be.

Chefs Piper Dixon (Kitchen Dances), Morgan Grundstein-Helvey (Dovetail Bakery), and Jeff Ridabock (Homegrown Smoker) wowed judges Julie Hasson (Native Bowl), Aaron Adams (Portobello Vegan Trattoria), Grant Butler (The Oregonian), and John Janulis (The Bye and Bye) with their use of the secret ingredient: ginger. The chefs masterfully exploited the bounty of fresh, local produce, playing the ginger off everything from garlic scapes to cherries.

At the end of the day, hosts Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Nicole J. Georges presented the Golden Whisk to Piper Dixon, whom we hope will return next year to defend his crown.

NW VEG Volunteer Spotlight

Catherine Anthony is a wonderful volunteer and supporter of NW VEG. We are so grateful for all that you do, Catherine!

1. How long have you been veg and why?
For 13+ years vegetarian and roughly 1 year vegan. It's funny how I came to be a vegetarian it actually came by accident. I used to eat awful foods and was a smoker. I had no idea about the healthy lifestyle even though I was an active runner. A group of us decided to give up a vice for a month to show our commitment/faith, and I decided to try to give up 2 things at the same time (I thought it would help distract the focus). I gave up meat and smoking, and I actually succeeded. I was astonished by how my overall health has improved, and I happily continued with my newfound lifestyle. It was after I took the Master Vegetarian Program last year that I took it further to include a deeper compassion for all living things and became a vegan.

Raw Strawberry Pie

This fruit-filled pie is the perfect summer treat. Feel free to use any seasonal berries or fruit you enjoy.

Pie Filling:
  • 2 cups strawberries (fresh or defrosted)
  • 1/2 cup medjool dates (pitted and packed)
  • 3-4 cups chopped fruit (cherries, peaches, nectarines, etc.)
  1. After making the crust, wipe out the food processor and add the strawberries and dates. Process until smooth.
  2. Place the chopped fruit in a mixing bowl, and add the strawberry and date mixture. Mix until combined.
  3. Spoon the fruit filling directly into the crust. This will be loose the first day (still yummy!) but will firm up nicely in the refrigerator overnight.
Raw Pie Crust:

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