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Vol. 72
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» Portland VegFest '12 rocks the Oregon Convention Center!
» Veg 101 Beginning This Weekend! Signup Today!
» October NW VEG Events
» October Community Bites
» Volunteer Spotlight: Lauren Thommason
» Ask the RD: Alison Ozgur
» Business Spotlight: Loving Hut
» Welcome to our newest NW VEG Business Supporter!
» Recipe of the Month: Walnut Meat Tacos with Curtido
» Check out our Business Supporters
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Portland VegFest '12 rocks the Oregon Convention Center!

On September 22 and 23 more than 6,300 people from the Pacific Northwest and well beyond flooded through the Portland VegFest doors and devoured hundreds of food samples, shopped with our veg-savvy exhibitors, attended cooking demos from celebrity chefs like The Jazzy Vegetarian's Laura Theodore, and listened to inspiring talks from Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Mark Messina, Ruth Heidrich, Ph.D., and so much more!

We are so thankful for our generous sponsors, 120+ amazing exhibitors and product donors, more than 400 dedicated volunteers, and the thousands of you who discovered and celebrated the wonderful benefits of plant-based food. We couldn't do it without you! Be sure to mark your calendars for Portland VegFest 2013 on September 21 & 22!

Did you become a veggie-eating zombie at our Flesh is For Zombies photo booth? Check out these pictures and many more on our Facebook page. And please be sure to share pictures that you personally took of this amazing community event.

We would also like to take a moment to once again thank all the Portland VegFest 2012 sponsors - KBOO RADIO, THE OREGONIAN,and DAVE’S KILLER BREAD; as well as Book Publishing Co., Daiya, Field Roast Grain Meat Co., Gardein, Toby’s Family Foods/Genesis Juice, Kelso Photography, Mary’s Gone Crackers, Pacific Natural Foods, ReDirect Guide, Sweet Lemon Vegan Bistro, Tasty Bite and Taza Chocolate. If you are interested in sponsoring Portland VegFest 2013, please contact

Veg 101 Beginning This Weekend! Signup Today!

"It changed my life!" These are the words we hear, time and time again, from people who have completed VEG 101. This 6-week course is one of a kind in that it offers lectures from experts; cooking demos with delicious samples; and a friendly, casual, and supportive atmosphere in which to learn. The lectures provide an excellent grounding in topics such as health, nutrition, factory farming, environmental impact, and related subjects. The cooking demonstrations include grains, legumes, tofu, tempeh, seitan, and more. To register, please visit and click on the "registration open" button. The cost is just $55 or $25 for students/low income. Classes will be held on Sundays starting Oct. 7 in Beaverton. Click here for more information. Special opportunity: Northwest VEG members can receive a $10 discount off their registration fee. Become a member today!

October NW VEG Events

Portland Vegan Potluck and Presentation (Westside)
When: Sunday, October 14th @ 5:00pm (potluck) and 6:30pm (presentation)
Where: West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (8470 SW Oleson Rd., Portland)
Details: Join us for a delicious potluck followed by an informative presentation by Andy Fisher, a federal food policy advocate. Andy Fisher was the co-founder and former executive director of the Community Food Security Coalition. For over 17 years Andy worked with the CFSC to spearhead the development of a national food and farming movement centered on connecting farmers and consumers and improving access to healthy foods in low-income communities. Andy is a leading expert in the field of food security and has co-authored numerous articles and studies on the topic. He has been a Food and Society Policy Fellow with Kellogg Foundation and holds graduate degrees from UCLA in Environmental Policy and Latin American Studies. Andy currently serves on the Board of Directors for Portland Farmers Market, is a contributing writer for Civil Eats and is in the process of writing a book on anti-hunger. Come to the potluck at 5:00pm, the presentation at 6:30pm, or both!

Vancouver Vegan Potluck and Cooking Demo
When: Thursday, October 25th @ 6:30pm (potluck) and 7:30pm (cooking demo)
Where: Clark Public Utilities Service Center (1200 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA)
Details: Join Heather Solano, owner and chef of La Vida Veggie, a plant-based family catering company specializing in affordable, organic meals for families, as she demonstrates how to make delicious Latin-inspired walnut meat tacos with fresh guacamole, pico de gallo and fried black beans. Heather Solano is a local mom who knows the importance of feeding a hungry family on a budget without compromising healthy eating. La Vida Veggie specializes in (but is not limited to) Latin cuisine, including tamales, pupusas, enchiladas, tacos and more! Meals are offered twice each week and are ready for pickup or delivery fresh to your door. For more information email Heather at and be sure to like La Vida Veggie on Facebook. Come to the Potluck at 6:30, the demo at 7:30, or both!

For the Potlucks: Please bring a plant-based (no animal products, including honey) main dish, salad, or dessert; a card listing its ingredients; and plates and utensils for your use. Need plant-based ideas? Click here. 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. For more information email

October Happy Hour/Dineout
When: Sunday October 21 @ 2:00pm
Where: Sweet Hereafter (3326 SE Belmont, Portland)
Details: This month we will be merging our happy hour and dineout at the Sweet Hereafter, an entirely vegan bar and restaurant! Check out their yummy menu here. We are looking forward to indulging in their buffalo sub and raw cheesecake ourselves. Please rsvp on our Meetup group. Prior to this happy hour, feel free to join us as TVPDX presents Portland Nursery Apple Tasting! Please rsvp for this separate event here.

October Community Bites

FREE Humane Education Training at Lewis and Clark
When: Saturday, October 6th @ 10:00am-4:00pm
Where: Lewis and Clark Law School
Details: This FREE Humane Education Training will have a special emphasis on issues connected to companion, farmed and wild animals, such as puppy mills, dog fighting, overpopulation, factory farms, global warming, habitat destruction and pollution. Participants will be provided with teaching skills, lesson plans and follow up guidance on implementing humane education into Portland schools. Attorneys, law students, paralegals, members of Bar associations, educators, and concerned citizens are welcome. To register, contact Meena at or Dani at

Screening Fundraiser at Red & Black Cafe: Beyond Closed Doors
When: Saturday, October 20th @ 7:00-9:00pm
Where: Red & Black Cafe located (400 SE 12th Ave., Portland, OR.)
Details: PAWA (Portland Animal Welfare Advocates) will be hosting a fundraising event to support the Red & Black Cafe. Come and watch the animal welfare film, Beyond Closed Doors, and bring a guest who you want to introduce to the VEG lifestyle. PAWA will graciously be providing some vegan refreshments. Suggested donation amount to attend: $10. All donations at the door will go to the Red & Black Cafe. For more information click here.

Volunteer Spotlight: Lauren Thommason

How long have you been veg and why?
I have been a very committed and compassionate vegetarian for almost three years, though I wish I had been for longer, knowing all that I know now. I tried being vegan for a while last year, and for some reason it faded as I was traveling. I am trying to get back in touch with it, and VegFest has helped move that process along faster! I choose vegan most of the time, though. What changed everything for me was when I picked up a Mercy for Animals pamphlet from The Chicago Diner, where I had eaten for the first time with a vegetarian friend of mine who was visiting me in Chicago. I read it that following week on a road trip along Highway 1 from Los Angeles to San Francisco. As I was reading the terrifying truths and viewing the horrible images of factory farming, I was passing farm after farm

Ask the RD: Alison Ozgur

Alison is a Registered Dietitian specializing in health and fitness nutrition. She has nearly twelve years of experience helping clients reach their nutrition and weight loss goals. Alison is now working for the T. Colin Campbell Foundation as an instructor for the Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition Course through eCornell and is the co-author of “Go Beyond Good: The Trail to a Lifetime of Health and Vitality!” which focuses on plant-based nutrition and fitness. Do you have a question for Alison? Email us at

Q. A friend at work failed an iron test when attempting to give blood. The attendant told her she needed to eat meat. What would you say to her about that?
A. Your friend should first check with her healthcare provider to make sure there isn't an underlying medical condition for her low iron storage. Secondly, your friend does NOT need to eat meat for iron! Fortunately there is no shortage of iron in

Business Spotlight: Loving Hut

By Trista Cornelius, Contributing Writer

If you have friends who marvel at your plant-based diet and croon, “I could never give up meat,” Loving Hut International Vegan Restaurant & Café is the restaurant to take them to. In downtown Portland on Jefferson and 13th, Loving Hut offers a calm, welcoming space to try any of the 100% vegan dishes which showcase the restaurant’s faux meat specialties. For example, when the Spicy Cha Cha dish arrived at our table, it looked so much like shrimp I had to ask twice what it was made of before I could eat it. “Yams, sweet yams,” I was told. This and the “beef” in another dish could easily fool,

Welcome to our newest NW VEG Business Supporter!

SortaSausage, based in Silverton, Oregon, manufactures the HempBurger, VeggiMeals crumble, and Breakfast SortaSausage. These products are Vegan, Non-GMO and Gluten-Free and packed with nutritional value. They are a great source of protein, Omega 3’s and whole grain goodness, and available at natural food stores from Bellingham to Eugene. The great taste will surprise and delight you. At the recent Portland VegFest 2012, long time Vegans said “that HempBurger is the best veggie burger I’ve ever tasted!” Check out the story behind SortaSausage, along with nutrition details and buying info here.
Please visit all of Northwest VEG’s Business Supporters at!

Recipe of the Month: Walnut Meat Tacos with Curtido

By: Heather Solano, owner and chef of La Vida Veggie, a plant-based family catering company specializing in affordable, organic meals for families. Join her at our October 25th Vancouver potluck as she as she demonstrates how to make these delicious Latin-inspired walnut meat tacos with pickled oregano cabbage (recipes below) along with fresh guacamole, pico de gallo and fried black beans.

Walnut Meat:
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts soaked for 6 hours
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder

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