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.



VSEP’s Spring Dinner

featuring a vegan buffet & presentation

“Brillant Chickens, Einstein Squid”

by Rae Sikora


Rae has been a spokesperson for animals, the environment and human rights for over 30 years. She has worked internationally with participants ranging from teachers, students and prisoners to businesses and activists. Rae is co-founder of the Institute for Humane Education and holds degrees in Cultural Anthropology and Environmental Education. She is co-founder/co-director of Plant Peace Daily and co-founder of VegFund. Additionally, Rae was recently inducted into the North American Vegetarian Society’s Hall of Fame.

Her talk will look at the intelligence, desires and caring of our non-human relatives through incredible true stories and images.

Saturday May 28th

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

Country Inn & Suites, 900 Sunland Park Drive, El Paso, TX 79922


$22 members

$20 students with ID

$25 non-members

$10 children under 12

* no refunds but tickets are transferable before the reservation deadline and as long as the dinner coordinator is notified.

Reservations are required by Tuesday May 24. Go to events pay online now to reserve your space.



Announcing the Best of Veg 2015 Winners


BV 2015 Winners



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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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.



Have you been using your Albertsons Community Key Tag?


Every time you shop at Albertsons, you can help raise funds for VSEP! Just present your key tag to the cashier to get scanned, and Albertsons will donate 1% of your purchase totals to VSEP. If you’ve lost or misplaced your key tag, contact Liz Walsh and she’ll get you a replacement. Call her at 915-342-7630 or email liz.walsh.rotifer@gmail.com.


From the Prez

Welcome to Spring!

We have a challenge on our hands. Our Winter Dinner with Dr. Michael Greger was an outstanding success with nearly 100 attendees and a waiting list of over 30. And the crowd was not disappointed. Dr. Greger provided tons of fascinating nutritional facts in a fun and engaging program highlighting the multitude of benefits of choosing a plant-based diet. The Chef at the Country Inn and Suites wowed us with his vegan lentil-based Sheppard’s pie, hot cauliflower wings, and other delicious sides. The raffle prizes were wonderful (thanks to all that donated) , we had many lucky winners and sold a record number of tickets. Importantly we gained a record 17 new members that were all recipients of a membership scholarship thanks to the generosity of our Board members Patricia Medici and Hal Marcus. The evening set a precedent that will be hard to beat! So is VSEP up to the challenge? With your help, the answer could be a resounding “yes!”

Do you have ideas for celebrating the Great American Meat-out in March, Earth Day in April, or how to reach out to youth or other groups, or for updating our webpage? Our May meeting is just around the corner; do you have an idea how to build on the buzz of the Dr. Michael Greger dinner?

If so, we would love to have you join us at our board meetings. We have many openings for leadership opportunities and welcome your ideas and suggestions. Our Board meetings are being alternated between Eloise on Monday’s (meatless money discount for all veggie items) and Singapore Café on Wednesdays (10% discount to VSEP members) this quarter. See the calendar of events or the board meetings schedule for more details on these meetings and all of our upcoming events. You won’t want to miss out on Jennifer’s class on how to make vegan spring rolls, another potluck at the beautiful home of Maria Teresa or the fulfillment of helping serve the homeless a hearty and healthy vegan meal.

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

Liz Walsh

VSEP President


P.S. Don’t forget to send in your favorite homemade recipes for our new VSEP cookbook!

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Featured Blogs:

Phillip Wollen is retired Citibank VP from Australia. He is now a philanthropist and animal rights activist.  
At the link below he gives his very compelling speech “Animals Should Be Off The Menu.”


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

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!