Supporting Portland's Vegan, Vegetarian, and Veg-curious Community

Northwest VEG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Portland, OR that works to educate and encourage people to make vegan choices for a healthy, sustainable, and compassionate world.
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Veg 101

Whether you're a veg beginner or well beyond that stage, VEG 101 is the right place for you! This course is a 6-week series on vegetarianism, featuring both a lecture and a cooking demonstration (with samples!) each week. The lectures provide an excellent grounding in topics such as health, nutrition, factory farming, environmental impact, and other related subjects. The cooking demonstrations include grains, legumes, tofu, tempeh, seitan, and more. Past class members have told us that VEG 101 has changed their lives!

Fall 2014 schedule

October 12

Lecture: Introduction to Veg Cooking. David Gabbe.
Cooking demo: Tempeh. David Gabbe.

October 19

Lecture: Chronic Disease Prevention. Ole Ersson, M.D.
Cooking demo: Grains. Deb Kay.

October 26

Lecture: Nutrition. TBA
Cooking demo: Legumes. Wendy Gabbe Day, NW VEG Board Member.

November 2

Lecture: Diet Effects on Environment and Global Warming. Peter Spendelow, Ph.D., Northwest VEG President
Cooking demo: Non-dairy Milk, Cheese, and Yogurt. Jill Russell.

November 9

Lecture: The Lives of Farmed Animals. Marsha Rakestraw, Certified Humane Educator.
Cooking demo: Baking without Eggs. Susan Hanson and Edith Schultz.

November 16

Lecture: Plant-Based Living. Team.
Cooking demo: Tofu and Seitan. Susan Bliss.

Time: Sundays 3:00-5:15pm.
Location: Tabernacle Seventh-day Adventist Church (26 SW Condor Way., Portland)

The fee for the entire series, including the food, is $55 (or $25 for low income/students). Northwest VEG members may register for $45.

For any questions, please contact our registrar, Susan, at or 503-521-1941.

We wish to thank the following companies for their generous donation of product and/or coupons for our students: Amy's Kitchen, Better Bean, Bob's Red Mill, Eden Foods, Emerald Valley, Genesis Juice, Pacific Natural Foods, Pulmuone Wildwood, and Toby's Family Foods.

We also wish to thank the Tabernacle Seventh-day Adventist Church for hosting our classes at their church.

Northwest VEG strives to ensure that our activities are fully accessible. To request a sign language interpreter or other accommodations, please contact us at as early as possible so we may attempt to fulfill your request.