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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.

Try Vegan this January

Checkout the campaign at Veganuary

El Paso Best of Veg 2016 – Results

BV Award Winners 2016



VSEP’s Winter Dinner & Vegan Buffet

with J. Morris Hicks

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Mr. Hicks (Jim) is author of the book Healthy Eating, Healthy World. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Jim is a weekly columnist on the foodchannel.com and a featured weekly blogger on VegSource.com. He will share with us the enormous impact of our food choices on many crucial global issues—from the out of control cost of health care to the ability of our planet to sustain human life.

 Saturday February 25th

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

Location: TBA – watch this spot

Cost is $22 for VSEP members, $25 for non-members, $20 for students and $10 for children under 12. Make check or money orders payable to VSEP & mail to: VSEP, 6757 Gato RD, El Paso, TX 79932 or pay online.

Reservation deadline: Tuesday Feb 21st

No refunds but paid reservations are transferable before the reservation deadline and as long as VSEP is notified (text or call 915-877-3030)


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) 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.



From the Prez

2016 has been a wonderful year for the Vegetarian Society of El Paso – we have increased our membership and exposed hundreds of new people to the benefits of a plant-based diet. I want to personally thank each of you for your commitment to the Vegetarian 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; voted for El Paso’s Best of Veg; tabled at a community event or help 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 my home on December 3th. We will also install Sukie Sargent as Treasurer.  As many of you know Sukie founded the Vegetarian Society of El Paso over 20 years ago and has fulfilled many Board roles. We thank her for her strong and continued support of VSEP!

In January we will have a cooking class by Greg and potluck at the home of the Rasberry’s.  Nour Meditteranean Café will host our restaurant hopper in February.  Our Winter Dinner will also be held in February and features guest speaker Jim Hicks, author of Healthy Eating, Healthy World (stay tuned for the location). You will not want to miss this event. Go to our Calendar of Events for more information on this and all of our upcoming events.

Our January Board Meeting will be held at El Paso’s new Whole Foods Market. We will meet on the second floor and hope to see you there. Your ideas for new activities or ways to improve existing events are always welcome!

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.

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



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.