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Summer Job Posting: 2018 Veg Food Fest Assistant

POSITION OVERVIEW – The Veg Food Fest Assistant will assist with the planning, production and delivery of Toronto Vegetarian Association’s 34th Annual 2018 Veg Food Fest. This festival is the largest of its kind in North America with over 40,000 attendees over a three day period supported by hundreds of volunteers, over 150 vendors and several local and international presenters.  The mission of the TVA is to “inspire people to choose a greener, healthier and more compassionate diet through plant-based eating” and this event is an important part of the furtherance of the mission. S/he will be the front line person for all festival inquiries, and will carry out follow-up communications with festival vendors and other stakeholders to support the Veg Food Fest. S/he will work closely with the Toronto Vegetarian Association team to achieve the goals of the 2018 Veg Food Fest. Opportunities to participate creatively in programming or marketing the festival will be explored with the Festival & Events Coordinator. An enthusiastic, proactive self-starter will thrive in this position. This role calls for excellent organizational skills and the ability to multitask, strong communication skills, and proficiency working with computers. QUALIFICATIONS… Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Garlic Chives

Care of Amy Symington at ameliaeats.com  As the Spring weather approaches so does our excitement for fresh produce. Spring herbs like garlic chives are not only a nice fresh and flavourful treat after a long, cold, root vegetable-laden winter, but they are also beneficial to us health wise. Garlic chives are abundant in folate, riboflavin, calcium, potassium, iron, and the antioxidant rich vitamins A and C. Aside from being nutrient dense, they are also a good source of dietary fibre, helping to regulate blood sugar levels, maintain a healthy body weight, and keep chronic diseases at bay. It is the perfect time of year to clear out the proverbial old cobwebs and that goes for our eating habits as well. Introduce more flavourful plant-based ingredients into your regular diet in lieu of added fat, salt, and sugar, and you will be certain to put a little more spring into your step this Spring. Chive and macadamia nut pesto Makes 6 servings (2 tsp/serving) Preparation Time: 10 minutes Ingredients: 1 bunch chives (approximately 30g) ½ cup macadamia nuts 2 tbsp nutritional yeast… Read More


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Veg Guide – Easter Specials 2018

Easter is just over a week away! If you’re in need of some vegan goodies for Easter weekend, you’ve come to the right place. Whether it’s a sweet treat, a savoury addition to Easter dinner, or candies for the Easter egg hunt, you’ll find what you’re looking for from our awesome Veg Guide businesses!     Special Easter Baked Goods & Prepared Foods   Alter Foods 758 Bathurst St. (Inside Alternative Thinking), 647-932-8311, www.alter8.com Alter Foods has ‘Spring Equinox Cake Pops’ for Easter! “They are raw, vegan, organic & gluten free cake pops and come in two flavours: -Raspberry Rose -Peach Jasmine Moist, fruity, floral treats to kick start us into the spring and Easter holidays!” They are only $5/pop!   Better Cookies.ca 416-477-1401, giftorders@bettercookies.ca, www.bettercookies.ca Better Cookies.ca, Canada’s vegan cookie delivery service, has created a few vegan Easter gifts this year with some special hand made sugar cookies. “Each of these cookie gifts includes a hand crafted sugar cookie. We deliver the gift boxes of gourmet cookies all across Canada. The Easter Bunny is going to be hopping… Read More


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Contract Posting – Veg Guide Coordinator

Position Type: One year contract with deliverables focused on Summer 2018 Compensation: $11,700 spread over 12-months paid according to deliverables Application Deadline: Wednesday February 28th, 2018 Founded in 1945, the Toronto Vegetarian Association (TVA) located at 17 Baldwin Street, Toronto, is the largest vegetarian/vegan organization in Canada. We are a registered charity; our mission is to inspire people to choose a healthier, greener, more compassionate lifestyle through plant-based eating. Our Veg Guide is a free publication that advertises over 100 veg-friendly restaurants, stores, cooking classes, and other businesses in the GTA. The Veg Guide is updated annually and distributed citywide. We also offer online listings on our website, veg.ca, as well as through our mobile app, which are both available throughout the year. CONTRACT SUMMARY The Veg Guide Coordinator will lead the planning and production of the 2018-2019 Veg Guide. S/he will be required to communicate with customers, stakeholders and the general public about the program. S/he will work under the direction of TVA’s Executive Director, or designate, to contact prospective advertisers, coordinate ad sales, and collect copy from advertisers. A custom contact management database is used to coordinate/monitor mailings, follow-ups, and ad bookings. S/he will write communications for TVA newsletters and… Read More


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Veg Guide – Valentine’s Day Specials 2018

Nothing says love like delicious vegan food! Whether you’re looking to take that special someone out to dinner, or surprise them with delicious sweet treats or the perfect gift, you’ve come to the right place. Here you’ll find some great options for your sweetheart from our favourite Veg Guide businesses. Note: Visit individual websites or call business for complete details on specials, and to ensure availability. Also be sure to check out www.veg.ca/directory for complete listings of vegan and veg-friendly restaurants, bakeries, food stores, and more near you.   Valentine’s Day Dinner Specials   Awai 2277 Bloor St. W., 647-643-3132, www.awai.ca Now taking reservations for Valentine’s Day! Seatings at 5:30pm and 8:00pm. 6 courses, prix fixe of $100. Pictured, Dusk til Dawn: Bourbon, Amaro & house brewed Kombucha with Rose Ice and a touch of ginger and citrus. Also available in a non alcohol version.   Lettuce Love Cafe 399 John St, Burlington, 905-637-2700, www.lettucelovecafe.com “Join us on the 14th with your loved one for a feast of oven roasted marinated tofu on a bed of creamy cauliflower garlic mash topped with our fresh… Read More


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Veg Guide Updates – February 2018

New Vegan Restaurants   Rosalinda (133 Richmond St. W., 416-368-8382, www.instagram.com/rosalindarestaurant/) is a huge vegan Mexican restaurant coming to the Financial District this spring! The 136-seat Mexican joint is the project of Max Rimaldi, Jamie Cook and Grant van Gameren — a trio of Toronto restaurateurs known for the massively successful Pizzeria Libretto and Enoteca Sociale, as well as Bar Isabel, Bar Raval and Tennessee Tavern. Rosalinda’s entirely plant-based menu will focus on Mexican and Baja flavours and will feature dishes like jackfruit pibil, Tijuana-style broccoli, spicy carrots in mole, and Japanese eggplant marinated in salsa macha. “The Toronto dining scene has evolved so much since we first started talking about this concept,” said Cook in the press release. “We’re excited to be opening Rosalinda at a time when people are more open than ever to incorporating meatless dining into their lives.” Follow Rosalinda on Instagram to stay up to date on the grand opening!   Planted (225 John St. S., Unit 1, Hamilton, 289-389-6676, www.plantedin.ca) is a… Read More


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2017 Veg Guide Holiday Specials

The Holiday season is upon us! You’ve probably already started the search for Holiday dinner ideas, baked goods and treats to bring to parties, and the perfect gift ideas… well these holiday specials from your favourite Veg Guide businesses should make your search a lot easier! *Note: Please contact companies for details, and to confirm availability of Holiday items and dinner reservations. Holiday Dinner Specials & Events   Cosmic Treats 207 Augusta Ave, 647-352-2207, www.cosmictreats.ca Cosmic Treats holiday events: • Gingerbrunch! December 10th and December 16th, 9:30 AM A delicious and fun morning of brunch followed by decorating gingerbread people and sugar cookies. Children are welcome! Order tickets online at http://cosmictreats.ca/shop • Cosmic New Year’s Eve! Stay tuned to our website for ticket information and details about our special set menu.   Doug McNish’s Public Kitchen 561 Marlee Ave, 647-341-1736, www.dougmcnish.com As always, Doug has a Holiday Dinner special available for pre-order! Details: Pick-up times include: Friday, December 22nd from 11-6pm, Saturday, December 23rd from 10-5pm, Sunday, December 24th from 10-3pm. Order by contacting the Public… Read More


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Winners of the 2017 Toronto Veg Awards

The winners of the 2017 Toronto Veg Awards were announced over the weekend of the 33rd Veg Food Fest: September 8th to 10th at the Harbourfront Centre. Congratulations to all of the winners! Please note: The nominations were selected by Toronto Vegetarian Association’s members, and then voted on by the general public. The Toronto Vegetarian Association did not select winners or influence the voting process, and does not endorse particular businesses. We love ALL the great vegetarian and veg-friendly businesses Toronto is so fortunate to have. Favourite Veg Restaurant, City of Toronto: Fresh Favourite Veg Restaurant, GTA Outside City of Toronto: Lettuce Love Cafe, Burlington Favourite Veg Restaurant Outside Toronto, Ontario only: Rise Above, St Catharines Favourite Veg-Friendly Restaurant, City of Toronto: Freshii Favourite Vegan Pizza:  Apiecalypse Now Pizza & Snack Bar Favourite Vegan Brunch Place: Fresh Favourite Vegan Bakery: Kelly’s Bake Shoppe, Burlington Favourite Fresh Juice Bar or Brand: Fresh Favourite Vegan Caterer: YamChops Favourite Vegan Meal Delivery: Green Zebra Kitchen, Toronto Favourite Veg-Friendly Food Truck/Cart: Rescue Dogs Favourite Store with Best Selection of Veg Groceries: Goodness Me!, Mississauga, Burlington, Hamilton, Guelph, Waterloo, Waterdown, Brantford, and… Read More


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Holiday Coleslaw with Orange Vinaigrette

Care of Amy Symington of ameliaeats.com Makes 5 servings, serving size: 1 cup (250ml) Ingredients Salad: 1 medium Bartlett pear, julienned 1 medium golden (or red) beet, julienned ½ small green cabbage, thinly sliced, approximately 3 cups ½ red onion, thinly sliced Dressing: 1 medium orange zested and juiced, approximately ¼ cup juice and 1 tbsp zest 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp djion mustard 1 tsp maple syrup ¼ tsp salt Garnish: ½ cup toasted hazelnuts, chopped 1/3 cup unsweetened cranberries 3 tbsp chopped parsley Directions In a large salad bowl, add all of the salad ingredients. In a small bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients. Pour over salad and toss. Top with hazelnuts, cranberries, and parsley. Read More


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Candidates for the 2017-2018 Board of Directors

On Sunday, December 3rd, members will meet for the Toronto Vegetarian Association’s 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM). At the AGM, members will review our work over the past 12 months, discuss progress made on our 2014-18 strategic plan, and ratify the 2018 board of directors. If you’re a member, please join us starting at 4:00 pm at Friends House located at 60 Lowther Ave. You can also join as a new member at the door and attend. Catering will be provided by YamChops and Sweets from the Earth. Although there will be no election, the membership will be required to ratify the slate of six board members who are either returning after serving a one-year term, or joining as a new board member. It is important that we have enough people present for quorum to do, plus it is a great opportunity to come out and meet your fellow TVA members! Serving until 2018 –Ariane Bobiash, Kevin Downing, Fraser Gibson, Peter McQueen, Annette Wiegand 2017-18 Candidates Thomas Appleyard Thomas Appleyard knows the important role that the Toronto Vegetarian Association can play in supporting people moving towards healthier, greener and more compassionate living. Over 25 years ago, Thomas became vegetarian. He remembers well… Read More


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