By Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator
Yesterday was one of those days that definitely reminds me how lucky I am to work in an environment surrounded by amazing people, and oftentimes, wonderful food. If this is all in a day’s work, I might not need to plan for retirement after all.
You may have heard of the Toronto Vegetarian Association’s Office Help Team. This group of volunteers comes into the office periodically to help with administrative tasks like mailing letters and preparing materials for outreach events. They’re a dedicated group who often save the day by coming in to help at the very last minute.
To say thank you, we invited them in for lunch on a day when there wasn’t any office work to do. It was a fabulous way to spend the early afternoon, chatting with our volunteers about vacations, the upcoming bake-off, our journeys to vegetarianism, and of course, food.
In addition to having an incredible team of volunteers who keep programs running at the TVA, we are also so fortunate to work within a very generous community of vegetarian businesses, who care just as much about promoting a plant-based diet as they do about their bottom line.
Lovemuffin Bakery and YamChops generously donated delicious food for our volunteer lunch. You may have read about Lovemuffin in the latest issue of eLifelines. They are a vegan delivery and catering service that makes decadent, soft, moist and yet healthy, baked goods, as well as hearty salads for lunch. You can read more about them in their Discount Profile here (that’s right, they give TVA members 10% off!). We enjoyed their Quinoa Punnesca and incredible peanut butter bars which disappeared quickly.
Trying the food from YamChops for the first time was a real treat. YamChops is soon to become Toronto’s first all-vegetarian “butcher and deli shop” (we hope they open soon!). They treated us to pulled “pork” sandwiches made from marinated cabbage in the most wonderful sweet and smokey BBQ sauce with roasted corn, as well as a very refreshing and delicious pomegranate and mango guacamole with both gluten-free crackers and classic corn tortilla chips.
It is so rewarding to be surrounded by such generosity, good company and delicious food. Happy Valentine’s Day from our heart to yours!