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Veg Out: 450: The Starch Solution

On today’s podcast, our volunteers speak with Judy Newman, coordinator of the Toronto Starch Solution Social Group. You can find a number of social groups and veg meet-ups through the TVA. The Starch Solution Group meets on a monthly basis to share delicious food, ideas, recipes, support, and get to know one another as we improve our health and our lives following the guidelines in Dr John McDougall’s book, The Starch Solution. Listen now to Veg Out!… Read More


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June 2019 Social Group Events

East End Veggie Social Group Join in for a fun night of bowling on Wednesday, June 5th at 7 pm. Click here for more details on Facebook and to RSVP. Vegan Baking Group It’s a vegan cinnabon bar! Bring a batch of cinnamon buns, and a couple of your favourite toppings or icing, and enjoy icing, topping, and eating your creative concoctions in a park on a summer day! This event is happening Saturday, June 15th from 12 to 3 pm at Christie Pits Park. Click here for more details and to RSVP or email baking@veg.ca if you have questions or want to RSVP. Toronto Veg Fitness There are two chances to meet up in June with fellow plant-based athletes! On Wednesday, June 5th, Copper Branch at Bathurst and Dundas will be giving the group 10% off at a dinner from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Click here for details and to RSVP. On Tuesday, June 18th, enjoy a group workout in the park at Riverdale Park from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. For more details and to RSVP check out the Facebook event or email fitness@veg.ca Vegetarians of High Park On Friday, June… Read More


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Discount Profile: Copper Branch Thornhill and Brooklin Locations

Copper Branch seems to be taking over the world! Originally from Montreal (with several locations there), they started with one location in downtown Toronto and are now invading all the suburbs throughout the GTA so you can get your plant-based fix wherever you are! I had tried their burgers before at various veg fests but when I went for my first sit down meal at their Thornhill location, my jaw dropped. My mom and I started by splitting the spicy buffalo wings. They had a delicious, slightly crispy skin and the aioli to dip them in was so creamy and flavourful. Even the little side of purple coleslaw was a refreshing, crunchy treat (spiced with sriracha! Yes please!). It was too difficult to choose just one entree so we also split two bowls: The General Copper and the Aztec. Both blew our minds when they arrived at the table. The portions were so generous, and the bowls were so colourful with so many different components. In addition to their famous ooey, gooey general tao chicken (made from shitake mushrooms), the General Copper had a bright purple coleslaw, fresh and bright green broccoli, and cubes of creamy avocado. The Aztec was… Read More


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Summer Jobs Postings: Food Fest Assistant & Community Outreach and Office Assistant

The Toronto Vegetarian Association is hiring for two summer positions. Important note: These positions are funded by Canada Summer Jobs and are therefore only open to those who are between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment; and are Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Veg Food Fest Assistant: Logistics and Vendor Management The Veg Food Fest Assistant will be responsible for assisting and reporting to the Festival and Events Coordinator during the overall curation of the 35th annual Veg Food Fest. The Veg Food Fest Assistant will be the point of contact for vendors.  They will be responsible for clearly communicating information to vendors, answering vendor questions, and managing vendor logistics. Under the guidance and alongside the Festival and Events Coordinator, the Veg Food Fest Assistant will be responsible for the delivery and execution of the vendor logistics management plan for the 35th annual Veg Food Fest. The successful candidate must be available for a start date of Monday, June 10th, 2019, and available from September 6th to 8th, 2019. This… Read More


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Members’ Tour of Farmhouse Garden Animal Home May 19th — sold out!

We’re happy to announce the upcoming Members’ trip to Farmhouse Garden Animal Home!   This event is now sold out, but look for another bus trip for members in late summer / early fall!    Spend the day with the animals of Farmhouse Garden, where you’ll have the opportunity to take in a guided tour of the grounds, hear the story of how this Sanctuary came to be, and even have the opportunity to feed the animal residents! Bring your own lunch and a water bottle, as well as a pair of boots–it’s going to be muddy at this working farm! After the tour, we will stop at Copper Branch in Brooklin for your choice of three meals, with kombucha and dessert samples donated by Copper Branch. We will return you to Wilson Station around 5pm after a full day of compassion and community. The cost for this event is $60.00 and that covers everything; the bus, supper at Copper Branch, as well as a donation to Farmhouse Garden. TVA staff will be along on the tour to take care of all the details. You must be a member of the TVA to join this event,… Read More


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Treat your Mom to something awesome from our Veg Guide!

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching (May 12th this year!) and I know you’re all busy trying to plan a great day for all the Moms out there. Well, we’re here to help! Here’s a list of great special menus, treats, and more to help Mom have a great day!   Alternity   From May 1st until Mother’s Day, Alternity is honouring Mothers by offering them a much needed cacao and coffee break for just $6. This includes our Americano made with Organic fair trade coffee beans and our signature Cacao dipped Peanut Butter Oat bar.     Away   Take Mom for brunch at Away Kitchen on Queen! Away is launching a new Sunday Brunch, featuring poutine with cashew hollandaise, brunch pizza, and waffles! Starting May 5, the week before Mother’s Day.     Better Cookies   Send a personalized gift to mom on Mother’s Day online with BetterCookies.ca. We have gift baskets, gift boxes, cookie bouquets and cookie jars to make her day extra sweet. Each gourmet cookie we make is hand shaped, baked fresh and made with care. We even add extra chocolate chips on top of every chocolate… Read More


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Breaking news! Join or support the TVA and have your donation amount matched!

  You asked, we listened. You want more events, more member perks, and more engagement with the veg community. Well, we are excited to announce that the TVA will be offering new ways to engage with fellow members throughout the year, starting next month with a members’ only bus trip to Wishing Well Sanctuary.   But that’s not all! We want to host a number of events for members this year: more cooking classes, more lectures, and more sanctuary tours, but we can only do this with your help.   Thanks to the support of an anonymous donor, every new member who joins the TVA this month will have the amount of their gift matched, along with any donations that come from existing members like you! Bringing new members into the TVA has never had more impact and you can be part of this growth by directly purchasing a gift membership (or two, or three!), or convincing a friend to sign up. Don’t forget, each new membership, including lapsed members who renew, will have the total value of their membership donation matched by our anonymous donor, so even if you feel that one membership isn’t a lot,… Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Parsley and Mushroom Cauliflower Risotto

Care of Andrea Howe of Glowing on Greens Parsley is often an underrated ingredient used as simple garnish for added colour. However, it is worth much more credit due to it being packed full of vitamins, minerals, and with many health benefits. Parsley contains special antioxidants that fight free radical damage which can lead to the development of cancers and inflammation. This can benefit those with arthritis, chronic inflammation, or injured muscles. Parsley is also an excellent source of vitamin C which is key in fighting disease and cancers. As well, its high potassium content leads it to be a natural diuretic helping relief from bloating, edema, or water retention. Parsley can be incorporated into a variety of dishes like tabbouleh, smoothies or juices, risotto, and more! Check out this savoury mushroom cauliflower risotto recipe with fresh parsley. Ingredients (makes 2 servings):  1 cup vegetable broth  1 tbsp olive oil  1 tbsp vegan butter  1lb white mushrooms, sliced  1/2 white onion, diced  4 cloves garlic, minced  1/2 head of cauliflower  1/4 tsp red pepper flakes  1/2 tsp dried thyme  1/2… Read More


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