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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


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.
  • Paid reservations are due Tuesday, Feb 11th.

Reservations are now open.


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

More than ever we need compassion – compassion toward our fellow humans and our fellow creatures. Living a vegan lifestyle encompasses this philosophy. By choosing a vegan diet, vegan clothing, and other vegan products we are consciously re-affirming our commitment to creating a world were we do not live at the unnecessary cost of others.

Join us for our annual Compassionate Thanksgiving Dinner on November 2 when our guest speaker will be Rae Sikora. Rae has been a full-time spokesperson for other species and the environment for over 40 years. She is co-founder of Plant Peace Daily, VegFund, Santa Fe Vegan, and the Institute for Humane Education.

This fall in addition to our Compassionate Thanksgiving Dinner we are also hosting a restaurant hopper at the Green Ingredient Express, a potluck at Hal and Pat’s home, and a food give away at UTEP in honor of World Vegetarian month (October) and World Vegan Day (Nov 1). We would like to table at more events but we need your help to make this happen. If you are interested, please contact us.

We are also trying to expand our connections with other community groups with similar interests. For instance, we hope to partner more with UTEP’s Golden Age Program to provide vegan cooking lessons, with the El Paso Independent School District in teaching teachers about plant-based diets, and to continue to work with the Culinary Institute at El Paso Community College. If you know of an organization or have an idea on how we could collaborate more effectively, please join us at one of our board meetings. They are held on the 2nd to the last Mondays of the month, and as always, all are welcome to attend.

Save the date for our annual holiday potluck in early December at the home of Sukie and Richard Sargent. Also look for our booth at the Hal Marcus Gallery’s Happy Hippie Holidaze in mid-December.

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.

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.


El Paso Best of Veg 2018

For the past 6 years VSEP and EP VegSnob have held a Best of Veg – El Paso contest among our local eateries. See our newsletter for this year’s winners. Thanks to all of you who voted!


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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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.


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.