From the Prez

From the Prez

Recently I visited Granada, Spain. Can you believe 3 vegan restaurants and a vegan tapas tour sponsored by my scientific conference? It was wonderful to see all of the options now available to vegans in Spain. I clearly remember a waiter in Santiago almost throwing iceberg lettuce at me when I asked for a salad without egg or tuna. Times are changing! The food was excellent at several of the restaurants I visited. Several of my scientific colleagues were going to one of the vegan restaurants, Paprika, not because they were vegan but because they heard it was one of the best restaurants in Granada. I also visited a very nice vegetarian/vegan restaurant that was only a 10-minute walk from the conference center (great vegan apple strudel!). All of the restaurants were full of vibrant people enjoying a wonderful meal. It really does seem like the tide is changing toward more people changing to a healthier and more compassionate diet. My hope is renewed!

Here in El Paso, VSEP is also on the move and we need you and your energy to help us provide more outreach events. We are often asked to participate in health fairs at schools and hospitals but we don’t have the volunteers to attend all of the events. So if you would like to help educate our community about the many benefits of a plant-based diet, please let us know. El Paso needs us! If you have time, we have the literature, children’s games, and all you need to set up a education table. Contact me or one of the other Board members if you would like to volunteer.

This coming Spring our quarterly dinner features a presentation by David Robinson Simon, author of Meatonomics: How the Rigged Economics of Meat and Dairy Make You Consume Too Much, and How to Eat Better, Live Longer, and Spend Smarter. Our dinners provide the opportunity to learn while enjoying the company of like- minded people and a great vegan buffet. We also have our usual selection of restaurant hoppers, potlucks, and a cooking class. For Earth Day, we will participate once again in the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale. For details on all of these events, see our Calendar of Events. You are also welcome to attend our monthly Board meetings where we plan future events.

We are still collecting recipes for our VSEP cookbook so please send your favorites to Lisa Martinez or Sumer Christensen. We have enjoyed the most delicious dishes at our potlucks, now is the time to share! The cookbook will be used as a fundraising/outreach product for VSEP. Hal Marcus has graciously donated the cover design and Lizzie Ochoa will help with other artwork. If you would like to contribute a recipe or art, please see details in the Calendar of Events.

Finally we would like to thank Charlotte Rogash for her years of work as our webmaster. She has been working behind the scenes keeping our webpage fresh and up-to-date. We really appreciate her work, kindness and cheerfulness. We are looking for a new webmaster so please contact me if you are interested. Training will be provided.

Thanks again to all of you for being part of VSEP,