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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.

Announcing the Best of Veg 2016

Vote today for your favorite vegan restaurants and foods in El Paso!

Best Veg EP 2016



VSEP’s Compassionate Thanksgiving

with Liz Specht, Ph.D.


Join us for our annual Compassionate Thanksgiving Dinner on November 5 with guest speaker Dr. Liz Specht. Liz is a senior scientist with the Good Food Institute, a nonprofit whose mission is to harness the power of food technology to create a more sustainable, healthy, and humane food supply. Liz has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical and Biomolecular engineering from Johns Hopkins University, a doctorate in Biological Sciences from the University of California, San Diego, and postdoctoral research experience at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Liz will share with us how technology has become an enabler of compassion, and how having access to delicious and easy alternatives reduces the psychological barriers for people to consider changing their dietary patterns. Liz will discuss the fascinating innovation that’s currently happening in plant-based and clean food technology to create new alternatives to animal products.

Saturday November 5th

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

Country Inn and Suites, 900 Sunland Park Dr, El Paso, TX 79922

Cost is $22 for VSEP members, $25 for non-members, $20 for students and $10 for children under 12. Make check or money orders payable to VSEP & mail to: VSEP, 6757 Gato RD, El Paso, TX 79932 or pay online.

Paid Reservations are required by Tuesday Nov 1st.

To reserve your space & pay online with a credit card or PayPal, click on Events Pay Online.

Please make sure to include the name(s) of your guests on the “Instructions to the Seller” space.

If paying by check or Money Order:

First: email vsoep@aol.com OR text or call 915-877-3030. To reserve your space(s). Please include the name(s) of those attending.

Then: Make check or money orders payable to VSEP & mail to:

VSEP, 6757 Gato Road El Paso, TX 79932. Check or Money Order must be received on or before the Nov 1st deadline.

No refunds but paid reservations are transferable before the reservation deadline and as long as VSEP is notified (text or call 915-877-3030)


VSEP-July2016Hosts Greg Lawson & Tom Linney with guest Hal Marcus in the KTEP studio.
Listen to  Greg, Tom, and Liz talking about the health, ethical and compassionate benefits of eating a plant-based diet.  
 Tune in to KTEP 88.5 for ACT Radio 
(Animal Concerns of Texas) on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month

or, later, go to the archives at KTEP and click on the listen button



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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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.



From the Prez

After another record setting summer of hot temperatures, Americans still refuse to make the link between their dietary choices and climate change. A recent report by Rabobank shows that in 2015, Americans increased their meat consumption at the fastest rate in past 40 years. According to the Rabobank report (https://research.rabobank.com/far/en/sectors/animal-protein/chicken- cows-and- pigs-oh-my.html), the average American in 2015 ate around 193 pounds of beef, chicken, or pork. And Rabobank predicts that by 2018, meat consumption will reach around 200 pounds of meat per year per American. All at a huge cost to the environment, farmed animals, and our nation’s health. VSEP is working to find new ways to get the message out to El Pasoans on how they can lessen their environmental footprint.

If you have ideas on how to reach more non-member or other ways to make our events more successful, we would love to hear from you! Join us at one of our Board meetings (see Calendar of Events for dates). All are welcome to attend. If you would like to learn more about the latest thinking on how meat alternatives might help, come to our annual Compassionate Thanksgiving Dinner, and don’t forget to bring along family and friends. We will feature a talk by Dr. Liz Specth, a senior scientist with the Good Food Institute, a nonprofit whose mission is to harness the power  of food technology to create a more sustainable, healthy, and humane food supply. She will talk about the in plant- based and clean food technology to create new alternatives to animal products.

This year we hope to have the biggest and best raffle yet. If you have an item you would like to donate, please contact Hal Marcus (halmarcus123@gmail.com). In the past, members have donated a variety of items such as artwork, beauty products, massages, seeds and plants, gift certificates and lots of other wonderful gifts.

Check out the calendar of events to see a full listing of our fall events. And save the date for our annual Holiday Potluck!

As always we could really use your help, volunteer opportunities abound. We receive many requests from the community for health fairs, school visits, farmers markets, etc. We currently have to decline a number of these events due to lack of manpower. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us at vegsocietyep@gmail.com.

Hope to see you soon,


VSEP President





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!
Read about the environmental impacts of meat in the Washington Post.

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.