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We are a non-profit organization dedicated to improving life on our planet by educating the public about the benefits of adopting a plant-based lifestyle. We promote compassion toward animals, the environment, and humanity by choosing to live cruelty-free. Adopting a plant-based diet makes perfect sense for many reasons. Vegetarians and Vegans enjoy great health, inner peace, and a strong connection with the earth and the environment. We come from all walks of life and all areas of the world. We are all ages, colors, and cultures. Regardless of your reason for your interest in vegetarianism, we invite you to explore our site, contact us, attend our dinners and meet nationally and internationally known vegetarians, get involved and join our society. See for yourself how going vegetarian or vegan truly is the best thing you can do for yourself, the animals, and the earth.


VSEP Winter Vegan Buffet and Presentation

greger-700x620by Dr. Michael Greger

American physician, author, and professional speaker on public health issues. He is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and the Tufts University School of Medicine, host of nutritionfacts.org and 

Author of New York Times Best Seller

How not to Die

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Country Inn & Suites
900 Sunland Park Drive, El Paso, TX 79922
(915) 833-2900
6 pm meet and greet
eat at 6:30 pm


If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, text 877-3030.



Announcing the Best of Veg 2015 Winners


BV 2015 Winners



Call for Recipe Submissions

We are looking to create a collaborative vegan cookbook with recipes from our fabulous VSEP chefs out there. This is an opportunity to share some of your favorite recipes with El Paso. We are asking that if you have a special dish or a trick for cooking a certain vegan item, to share them and we will create a book that will be used as a fundraising opportunity for VSEP.

We are looking for original recipes that members have created. Due to copyright laws we cannot accept recipes that come from other cookbooks or from other sources. If you have created your own recipe or have substantially improved a recipe, we can include it.

We also welcome and encourage any pictures of your culinary adventures! We would love to include any contributions that you may have including substitution ideas, cooking tips, photos, artwork or words of wisdom for fellow vegan or aspiring vegan chefs.

Please submit your recipes, cooking tips, substitution ideas and words wisdom as MS Word files, and your high resolution images and artwork as jpg files. Send submissions to Sumer (sumer8586@gmail.com) or Lisa (bettyfemme@gmail.com) by July 1, 2015.


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Online shopping ?AmazonSmile

VSEP is participating in the Amazon Smile program! If you shop online at Amazon, 0.5% of your eligible Amazon purchases will be donated to VSEP.  All you have to do is visit smile.amazon.com and start shopping!

Need Cooking Inspiration or Vegan Friendly Material?


It’s at your public library!
They have many vegan cookbooks in both print and ebook formats. You can also download free digital copies of Vegetarian Times and other magazines.
Visit your nearest branch or elpasolibrary.org for more information.



Have you been using your Albertsons Community Key Tag?


Every time you shop at Albertsons, you can help raise funds for VSEP! Just present your key tag to the cashier to get scanned, and Albertsons will donate 1% of your purchase totals to VSEP. If you’ve lost or misplaced your key tag, contact Liz Walsh and she’ll get you a replacement. Call her at 915-342-7630 or email liz.walsh.rotifer@gmail.com.


From the Prez

From the Prez,

It is hard to believe another year is coming to a close! I want to personally thank all of you for your commitment to the Vegetarian Society of El Paso, and special thanks to those of you who have attended Board meetings, organized and attended potlucks, restaurant hoppers, vegan bake sales, donated raffle items at our dinners, voted for El Paso’s Best of Veg, and/or tabled at a community event. We couldn’t have had such a successful year without your help. And we will be counting on you in the coming year to help keep VSEP vibrant and to help spread the word about the environmental, spiritual and ethical benefits of a plant-based diet. Your ideas for new activities are always welcome!

We had a wonderful Holiday gathering at the home of Richard and Sukie Sargent on December 5th. It was an evening full of wonderful vegan food and conversation. E also installed our newest Board officers – Congratulations to Pat Medici (secretary), Kathleen Condon (Treasurer), and Hal Marcus (2nd Vice President). And thanks so much to Sukie and Richard!

In January we will have a restaurant hopper at the India Palace. Our Winter Dinner in February will feature guest speaker Dr. Michael Greger, an MD and Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States. Dr. Greger gives a one-of-a-kind performance on the latest in vegan nutrition. You will not want to miss this event. Go to our Calendar of Events for more information on this and all of our upcoming events.

As you contemplate the upcoming holiday season, remember that there are many animal advocacy groups both locally and nationally that would make excellent use of an end of year contribution. If you do choose to shop, you will be delighted to find many internet vendors selling wonderful vegan items from food to clothing to art.

Best wishes for a compassionate and safe holiday season to you and your family. And, again, thanks for all you do on behalf of animals and our planet.

Liz Walsh

VSEP President

P.S. Don’t forget to send in your favorite homemade recipes for our new VSEP cookbook!

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Featured Blogs:

Phillip Wollen is retired Citibank VP from Australia. He is now a philanthropist and animal rights activist.  
At the link below he gives his very compelling speech “Animals Should Be Off The Menu.”  It is at a debate; I’ve looked by not found any of the other speeches.  


Speaker from our May 4, 2013 Quarterly Dinner blogs about El Paso and us (VSEP)! Click Here to read!

A Transatlantic Conversation on Veganism: The Final Frontier with Charlie Moores and Jaime Newlin

El Paso Veg Snob by Lisa Martinez  Find out what’s cooking around El Paso with the city’s best blogger! Read Lisa’s review of the Singapore Cafe here!