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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.


Compassionate Thanksgiving Dinner


Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

Saturday, Nov 18, 2017

The Radisson El Paso Airport



* 6 pm meet and greet, eat at 6:30 pm

* Paid reservations are due Tuesday, Nov 14th.

*To reserve and pay with PayPal or a credit card go to www.vsep.org and click on Events – Pay Online. After you complete the payment, please e-mail the names of those attending to VSoEP@aol.com. We need to have all the names of our guests as well as who the students and children are.

* To pay with a check or money order, please first make your reservations via e-mail

to VSoEP@aol.com, or text/call (915) 877-3030. Please include all the name(s) of those attending as well as indicate the students and children. Then mail your check or money order to VSEP, 6757 Gato Rd., El Paso, TX 79932. Make sure your payment is received before the reservation deadline.

Paid Reservations deadline: Tuesday,  Nov 18th

No refunds but paid reservations are transferable before the reservation deadline and as long as VSEP is notified

(text or call 915-877-3030).


El Paso Best of Veg 2016 – Results

BV Award Winners 2016



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).


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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.



From the Prez

While we enjoyed a wetter than usual late summer, our many of our friends and neighbors in East Texas are suffering from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. We have seen the harrowing images of the destruction and it is difficult to comprehend the losses they are experiencing. In addition, many have been separated from their companion animals. Animal rescue teams from across the country have made the trip to Houston to help. Our own Humane Society of El Paso has started a campaign to help, “El Pasoans Uniting for Hurricane Harvey Animal Rescue.” They are asking people to foster rescued animals, donate funds for the rescue efforts and to tell others how they can help. You can also give to at the Humane Society of the US, they are helping not only companion animals but wildlife that have been impacted as well. There are also many organizations taking donations to help our fellow Texans, please donate today to help.

Extreme weather events, like Hurricane Harvey, are projected to increase as our climate continues to warm. One easy way to help reduce heating trapping greenhouse gases is to adopt a plant-based diet. Many studies have shown that animal agriculture is one of the main contributors to emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane as well as carbon dioxide. In addition, if you joined our Summer Dinner & A Movie – What the Health, you saw the health benefits that can be achieved by switching your diet and how you can reduce animal suffering at the same time. If you didn’t catch the movie, it is available on Netflicks.

We hope you will join us for some of our events this fall. A full listing of events is available on our website, vsep.org. I want to highlight our annual Compassionate Thanksgiving Dinner to be held on November 18th featuring a presentation by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. Colleen is a well-respected author, speaker, cultural commentator, and podcaster on issues related to veganism. Her cookbooks provide wonderful recipes – and her The Joy of Vegan Baking is one of my favorites. Her thought provoking podcasts shouldn’t be missed. I hope you will join us in welcoming her back to El Paso. We are also hosting restaurant hoppers, potlucks and cooking classes this fall, check them out on our calendar of events.

Save the date for our annual holiday potluck on Dec 2nd at the home of our founder, Sukie Sargent and for our booth at the Hal Marcus Gallery’s Happy Hippie Holidaze.

Have a safe and compassionate fall.

Liz Walsh,

VSEP President

P.S. Have some extra time this fall, 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!
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.