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Northwest Veg
Vol. 86
Activism is the rent I pay for living on this planet.
--Alice Walker

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» NW VEG Events
» Portland VegFest 2013: Great food, Inspiration, and Fish-Loving Pirates!
» Health Conference 2013 Registration up 40%!
» Compassionate Thanksgiving
» MVP on the Westside in 2014!
» Wanna Save Lots of Animals? Then Leaflet!
» Book Review: The Global Vegan Family Cookbook
» Recipe of the Month: Hoppin' John Soup
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NW VEG Events

Native Foods Native Foods Benefit for Northwest VEG!
When: Tuesday, October 8 @ 11am-10pm with hosted meetups @ 12pm, 5pm & 7pm.
Where: Native Foods Café located in Bridgeport Village (7237 SW Bridgeport Rd., Tigard)
Details: Native Foods will be donating a portion of their proceeds on October 8 to NW VEG and we will be using those funds to help with our education and outreach work to help people transition to a plant-based diet. Native Foods will even throw in a FREE Dessert with the purchase of an entree, side and drink! This will be an all day event, with hosted meetups at Lunch (12pm), Happy Hour (5pm), and Dinner (7pm). Click here for more info and to RSVP.

TrapFree Oregon Westside Portland Potluck & TrapFree Oregon Presentation
When: Sunday, October 20 @ 5-8pm
Where: West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (8470 SW Oleson Rd., Portland)
Details: Join NW VEG for some great food and socializing at our regular Westside potluck. Following the potluck, we will hear about TrapFree Oregon's campaign to ban trapping of mammals for fur in Oregon. TrapFree Oregon is attempting to gather 130,000 signatures to put an initiative on the Oregon ballot in November 2014. Click here for more info.

Vancouver Potluck & Holocaust Survivor Alter Wiener
When: Thursday, October 24 @ 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Oak/Elm Room at the Marshall Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin, Vancouver, WA 98663 [see map].
Details: Following our monthly potluck, Holocaust survivor Alter Wiener will share his incredible story. Mr. Wiener was born in October of 1926 in Chrzanów, Poland and lived a quiet and traditional life with his family in Chrzanów until at a young age he was deported from his home by Nazi officers in the middle of the night. Mr. Wiener was then enslaved for three years in five different forced labor and concentration camps. When liberated, Mr. Weiner weighed eighty pounds and was burdened with many health issues. He is the only survivor of his immediate family and lost almost his entire extended family in the Holocaust as well. He credits his adoption of a vegan/vegetarian diet for bringing him back to health. Click here for more info.

Portland VegFest 2013: Great food, Inspiration, and Fish-Loving Pirates!

Portland VegFest 2013 attracted 6,500+ people from across the U.S. and Canada, savoring hundreds of vegan food samples, from gourmet chocolates to exotic forbidden rice, plus Indian, Thai, Italian, Mexican, fusion, and more cuisines. We were inspired by professional chef demos, renowned doctors and educators, plus had the chance to start our day with yoga and tai chi! Our children were engaged by food-oriented crafts and activities, and we all got to dress up as fish-loving pirates at the Northwest VEG interactive photo booth. And wasn't the shopping fantastic? From the newest tasty delights to the largest collection of veg cookbooks available, Portland VegFest had something for everyone! What were some of your favorite finds and memories from Portland VegFest 2013? We'd love to hear from you! We'd love to hear from! Visit us on Facebook and Instagram to join the discussion. Please share pictures that you personally took at this amazing community event and remember to use #pdxvegfest and #nwveg.

If you missed seeing a talk by one of our amazing speakers or chefs check out the presentation webpage of the Northwest VEG website. New videos are being added everyday!

Portland VegFest would not be what it is without 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 a plant-based lifestyle. Thank you to all that were involved in making this the best Portland VegFest yet!

Health Conference 2013 Registration up 40%!

On September 20, 2013, nearly 300 health care professionals, students, and others with a strong interest in nutrition, attended the 4th Annual Enhancing Health with Plant-Based Nutrition Health Conference making it by far our most successful conference to date. One attendee came all the way from Bangladesh just to attend. This evidence-based educational event was co-sponsored by Northwest VEG and Adventist Medical Center and made possible through generous food donations and months of dedication from our hard working volunteers. For more information on the conference presentations, see the articles on Brenda Davis,RD., Dr. Hans Diehl, Dr. Mark Kinjo, Susan Levin, RD, and Dr. John McDougall by Teresa Bergen from the Examiner.

Be sure to check out our Facebook page for pictures and recipes from the health conference!

Compassionate Thanksgiving

Save the date: Sunday, November 24

Join Northwest VEG and other vegans and veg-curious people as we celebrate community and delicious plant-based food. Our 10th annual vegan Compassionate Thanksgiving potluck will stimulate your palate and give you the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and meet new people. There will be live music, games and a special corner just for kids!

Stay tuned for details on the location. We have outgrown our old spot and are currently on the lookout for an affordable place that can hold 350+. If you have a good connection or suggestion please contact us at

Interested in volunteering to help with set-up, decorations, the kiddo corner, clean-up, and more? Please email Chelsea Davis at to sign up.

MVP on the Westside in 2014!

We are excited to announce that the next session of MVP, beginning Tuesday, January 14, 2014, will be held at LifeQual Center located in Beaverton just off of highway 26. Registration is now open for this action-packed eight-week program that will provide you with in-depth information on a healthy, environmentally-sustainable plant-based diet. Presentations will cover plant-based nutrition, the link between diet and chronic disease prevention, the environmental impacts of the foods we grow and eat, the lives of farm animals, animal rights/welfare philosophies as well as arm you with the tools you need to answer the tough questions about plant-based diets. See for details and to register.

Wanna Save Lots of Animals? Then Leaflet!

By Nettie Schwager, Contributing Writer

Want to save lots of animals? Many more than you already save by being vegan? Consider leafleting!

Leafleting is an extremely effective way to help animals. In 1 hour you can save more animals than you will save with your personal actions for the rest of your life!

As vegans, we are not only saving lives but sparing animals from indescribable suffering. However, many of us are moved to try to help animals as much as we can. So what else can we do and more importantly how can we be effective?

Book Review: The Global Vegan Family Cookbook

By Cindy Koczy, NW VEG Board Member

The Global Vegan Family Cookbook, written by Chef Brian P. McCarthy and published by Lantern, is the exciting new international follow-up to The Vegan Family Cookbook, a cookbook that has been a staple in vegan kitchens across the country since its publication in 2005.

Brian has been a professional cook since 1982. He and his wife had already dropped red meat, dairy, and eggs because of health reasons until, in 1995, they decided to adopt a vegan diet. “That was 18 years ago, and at the time we did not even know there was a name for the diet,” Brian said. And so his kitchen became the test kitchen for what would turn into hundreds of delicious vegan recipes, and his family would be the willing taste testers!

Recipe of the Month: Hoppin' John Soup

By Chef Brian McCarthy, author of The Global Vegan Family Cookbook

As the weather cools down it offers a perfect atmosphere for a hot bowl of soup. Why not try this veganized version of Hoppin' John Soup? This southern staple features black-eyed peas which are a traditional good luck ingredient in New Year's Day meals. Yum!

Yield: 6 servings

1 small onion, small dice
1 small red bell pepper, small dice
4 stalks celery, small dice
3 Tbs. vegetable oil
14 oz. vegan breakfast-style sausage
1 cup dry black-eyed peas
4 cups vegetable broth
1 tomato, small dice
2 Tbs. uncooked brown rice
Salt to taste (about 1/2 tsp.)
Pepper to taste (about 1/4 tsp.)

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