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.


Hal Marcus & Patricia Medici

Off the Grid and on the Grill

Vegan Lunch & Hike

Sat. June 10 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Ruidoso New Mexico – 200 acre nature retreat. See Calendar of Events for more details.

$20 – Limited to the first 15 VSoEP members registered.

Deadline to register:  Pay by May 25 – Your payment is your reservation


To reserve and pay with PayPal or a credit card go to www.vsep.org and click on events – pay on line.  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.  You will get a response from VSoEP@aol.com and that will confirm your reservation.  If you don’t receive a confirmation, your reservation is not complete.  Check with us at VSoEP@aol.com or (915) 877-3030.

To pay with a check or money order, please first make your reservations via e-mail toVSoEP@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 and you give us an e-mail or telephone number to confirm we have received your check or money order.  Your reservation is not complete until you receive a confirmation.

Paid Reservations deadline:  May 25, 2017

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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Veg News Items

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

Spring is just around the corner and a perfect time to contemplate the beauty of our planet. Did you know that one of the biggest causes of loss of biodiversity is habitat conversion from natural forests, deserts, swamps, and mangroves to agricultural land used to grow food for humans but also enormous numbers of livestock, public lands grazing, housing developments, shrimp farms, and other human uses. According to the World Wildlife Fund unsustainable agricultural and aquaculture practices present the greatest immediate threat to species and ecosystems around the world. You can do you part to save a bit of the Earth’s bounty for other creatures by adopting a plant-based diet. Celebrate being a vegan this year during the Great American Meat-Out in March and on Earth Day in April! You will not only be doing the right thing for all the species we share this planet with but you will also be improving your health and spiritual well being.

Join VSEP for a vegan bake sale at Farmers Market downtown on March 18th to celebrate the Great American Meat-out. Let me know if you would like to bring baked goods to sell, help man our booth or just stop by and enjoy some delicious vegan desserts. We will try to a have a few gluten-free vegan options as well. Check out the website (vsep.org) to see our plans for Earth Day, they are still evolving. JL Fields will be our guest speaker at our Spring Dinner in May author of The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook: Over 100 Plant-Sourced Recipes Plus Practical Tips for the Healthiest, Most Compassionate You and several other cooking books JL is also the culinary director of the Colorado Springs Vegan Cooking Academy. Join us to learn about delicious ways easily go vegan.

Thanks to all of you for helping VSEP a successful organization – we can’t do it without you! Please join us at our monthly board meetings, volunteer, host a potluck or attend one of our events. New ideas are always welcome.

Here’s to a peaceful, compassionate, earth- and heart-healthy spring!

Liz Walsh, 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.