Welcome! veg-fruit

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’s Spring Dinner

featuring a vegan buffet & presentation

“Brillant Chickens, Einstein Squid”

by Rae Sikora


Rae has been a spokesperson for animals, the environment and human rights for over 30 years. She has worked internationally with participants ranging from teachers, students and prisoners to businesses and activists. Rae is co-founder of the Institute for Humane Education and holds degrees in Cultural Anthropology and Environmental Education. She is co-founder/co-director of Plant Peace Daily and co-founder of VegFund. Additionally, Rae was recently inducted into the North American Vegetarian Society’s Hall of Fame.

Her talk will look at the intelligence, desires and caring of our non-human relatives through incredible true stories and images.

Saturday May 28th

6:00 pm  meet and greet, dinner at 6:30 pm

Country Inn & Suites, 900 Sunland Park Drive, El Paso, TX 79922


$22 members

$20 students with ID

$25 non-members

$10 children under 12

* no refunds but tickets are transferable before the reservation deadline and as long as the dinner coordinator is notified.

Reservations are now closed. We hope you will join us for a future event.



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

After a relatively cool spring, temperatures are rapidly warming. April 2016 was the hottest April on record, and the trend will continue into the summer. There is now little doubt that our climate is changing. In the desert southwest, we will experience warmer temperature, and lower but more intense rainfall. What can we as individuals do to help slow climate change? The problem is daunting but there is one easy way to lessen your environmental footprint and reduce your personal carbon footprint – Go vegan!

The ecological footprint of a typical vegan is X times less than a vegetarian, and an astonishing X times less than someone eating the typical western diet. Taking meat, dairy, and other animals products off your plate will not only reduce your carbon footprint but will also save lots of precious freshwater as well.

VSEP has some great activities planned for summer that will help you reduce your footprint while enjoying delicious vegan food and great company!

In June, about 15 members will join Pat and Hal at their off-the-grid cabin in Cloudcroft to enjoy a day hiking, meditating, enjoying the serenity of nature and the cool mountain air, and eating a vegan lunch buffet. Sounds so refreshing! (Reservations are now closed so if you didn’t reserve for this year, put it on your calendar for next summer – like I will.) If you feel like chilling closer to home, join us for a cool cool pool potluck at the home of Jennifer Wright and Bob Paluzi. In July, we feature a restaurant hopper at Pho Tre Bien Bistro and a cooking class hosted by our own Greg Lawson. Hal Marcus and Pat Medici will host a Veggicana vegan Mexican potluck brunch at their home in early August. Round out the summer by joining us for our annual Dinner and Movie in August at La Terraza Mexican Restaurant. See our Calendar of Events for details and reservation information for all of these events.

And remember, summer is the perfect time to visit our local farmers markets for farm fresh fruits and veggies. While you are there be sure to support our local vegan bakers and other vendors.

Have a wonderful, earth friendly summer and hope to see you at one of our events!

Liz Walsh
VSEP President

P.S. Have some extra time this summer – volunteer with VSEP! See our open positions by going to vsep.org and clicking on the VSEP leadership link.



Featured Blogs:

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!

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