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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


Join VSEP today and receive these member benefits: Subscription to VegNews, Discount prices for our quarterly dinners, and discounts at local vegan friendly restaurants.



VSEP’s Winter Dinner


Healing Our World: A Deeper Look at Food

Will Tuttle

Will is an author, educator, former Zen monk and inspirational speaker who has presented widely throughout North America, Europe, and the Pacific. He is the author of the acclaimed best-seller The World Peace Diet, which has been published in 16 languages. Will is also the co-founder of the non-profit Circle of Compassion and the Worldwide Prayer Circle for Animals.

Saturday February 15th, 6:00 pm

The Embassy Suites

        6100 Gateway Blvd East, El Paso, TX

  • Cost: $22 members, $22 students with ID, $24 non-members, $10 children under 12.
  • Menu: Veggie Alfredo (veggies in a non-dairy sauce over zucchini noodles), Garlic bread (toasted), Salad  (Gluten free dressings), Vegetable side dish, Dessert, iced tea, coffee & water
  • Paid reservations are due Tuesday, Feb 11th.

Reservations are now open.


El Paso Best of Veg 2019 – Voting is open until Jan 12 – so vote today!

For the past 7 years VSEP and EP VegSnob have held a Best of Veg – El Paso contest among our local eateries. Vote now for all your favorite vegan dishes at your favorite eateries!


VSEP has a new YouTube channel!

Did you miss a recent event? VSEP now has a YouTube channel were we will post videos of our invited quarterly dinner speakers. We are in the process of refining our recordings but if you want to check out the talk by Thomas Tadlock or Clifton Roberts, please subscribe to our new EP Veg Society channel at this link.


From the Prez

In this season of reflection, I want to personally thank each of you for your commitment to the Veg Society of El Paso, and special thanks to those of you who have organized and attended potlucks, restaurant hoppers, quarterly dinners, donated raffle items at our dinners, tabled at a community event, fed the homeless, or help to bring new members to our society. We couldn’t have had such a successful year without your help!

To close the year, we will have our annual Holiday gathering at the home of our founder, Sukie Sargent. Sukie and her husband Richard will host a potluck on December 7th. We will also have a booth at this year’s Happy Hippie Holidaze at the Hal Marcus Gallery, stop by to say hi, and see some beautiful art and hear some great music. This event is always a great time!

In January, the Piedmont Café will host our restaurant hopper. The Piedmont opened this fall and nearly everything on their menu can be “veganized.” They will prepare a special selection for our event. Our Winter Dinner will be held on February 15th and features Will Tuttle as the guest speaker. Will is the author of the book The World Peace Diet, Buddhism and Veganism, Circles of Compassion and several authors. Will has spoken to VSEP on several past occasions and I am sure we will all be inspire and learn more about spiritual aspects of going vegan. 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 deserving 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 online vendors selling wonderful vegan items from food to clothing as well as a wide variety of books.

Make your New Year’s resolution to help someone close to you become aware of all of the benefits of a vegan diet and how easy it has become to lead a fulfilling life without harming animals and lessening their environmental impact. Or resolve to increase your involvement in VSEP. We really need your help in running our organization. We have plenty of volunteer leadership position available. Some require only a few hours per month while others are more involved. We can help you find an opportunity that fits your schedule and skills. Please contact any of our Board members or come to a Board meeting to learn more about how you can help .

Best wishes for a compassionate 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. Have some extra time this winter, volunteer with VSEP! See our open positions by going to vsep.org and clicking on the VSEP leadership link.


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


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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.


Featured Blogs/Post:


Roman and Adriana Wilcox believe that every human has the right to good, clean, hearty food. Their belief and the classic Bob Marley song “One Love” helped create One Grub Community. The One Grub Community call themselves El Paso’s first meatless merchants, selling planted-based vegan food and strive to provide peace, love and grub. They’re a part of a small vegan community that’s growing in El Paso. “Food is a right, not a luxury. Access to healthy food is a human right and (Roman) shows…

Shared from https://www.theprospectordaily.com/2017/11/27/one-grub-strives-to-to-provide-peace-love-and-grub/

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.

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