From the Prez

From the Prez,

In the fall, it seems that the special days all center on food – especially Thanksgiving. Why only give thanks one day a year? This fall we can give our thanks by choosing a diet that is compassionate and lightens our footprint on Earth.

Why not invite your non-vegetarian friends and family to our September dinner? We will have a vegan Mexican buffet at La Terraza restaurant along with a presentation by our own vegan physician, Dr. Jim Gibson. Jim will give a presentation followed by a Q & A so bring your dietary- and health-related questions. This is a great opportunity to educate yourself and guests on all of the health benefits of a plant-based diet.

World Vegetarian Month is held each October. VSEP will host a Restaurant Hopper at Dragonfly Wine and Sushi Bistro. The chef will prepare a special vegan menu for us – you don’t want to miss this special treat! – Another opportunity to enjoy great food, friends, and a wonderful meal that does no harm to animals.

November brings our signature Compassionate Thanksgiving Dinner. This year we will hold our dinner at the beautiful Summit Ballroom and Conference Center and have a “traditional” vegan Thanksgiving meal including seitan en croute, garlic mashed potatoes, with pumpkin pie for dessert. We will also have a vegan bake sale at the event so you can stock up on goodies for the office parties, friends dropping by, or just to enjoy yourself!

And be sure to save the dates:

– December 5th. We will have a holiday potluck hosted by our founder Sukie Sargent and her husband Richard.

– December 12th. Happy Hippie Holidaze Arts and Crafts Fair and open house at Hal Marcus Gallery. We will have an educational booth and sale vegan gourmet granola and other treats.

And speaking of giving thanks, – thanks to all of you! We rely on you, our members, to help keep VSEP vibrant by planning, organizing and participating in all of our events. If you have an idea you would like to share for increasing our impact, please come and share your vision at our monthly Board meetings.

Here’s to having a wonderful, compassionate and thankful fall!

Hope to see you soon,

Liz Walsh

VSEP President