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Girls Day In at the TVA Office

By Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator Staff at the Toronto Vegetarian Association are fortunate to work for a great boss, David. He had arranged a fun potluck lunch this week so we could get to know better our relatively new Festival and Events Coordinator, Alyssa de Hoop. However poor David wound up falling sick this week, which meant it was just us girls at the potluck on Wednesday: myself, Alyssa and our stellar veg directory coordinator Andrea. Andrea brought impeccable vegan “crab cakes” from Post Punk Kitchen ( and I brought super creamy “chicken salad” from one of my favourite cookbooks, The Best Veggie Burgers on the Planet and a new recipe for cocoa-avocado truffles I came across in the newspaper. It turns out Alyssa is not only a great addition to the team because of her keen skills in event coordination, marketing and customer service, but she’s also got a way in the kitchen too! Inspired by this recipe she found online, Alyssa surprised us by showing up with two bags full of groceries so she could put together on the spot a 6 layer dip for the nacho… Read More

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Save on Vegetarian Cookbooks at Our Holiday Book & Bake Sale

Don’t wait until the last minute to get your holiday gifts – score some sweet savings at TVA’s annual Holiday Sale and Open House! Come & meet members of the Toronto Vegetarian Association’s Board of Directors, indulge in treats at our vegan bake sale and pick up holiday gifts from our Vegetarian Bookstore. Special note! We’ll also be collecting non-perishable vegetarian food items to donate to a local food bank so please bring along something to donate if you can. Door prize! Everyone who drops by will be entered into a raffle draw for a bag of Earth Balance peanut butter popcorn & a jar of Earth Balance peanut butter. Special Deals! Hot Off The Press Specials: Purchase any of these new hits and you’ll get any book of equal or lesser value at 50% off! Chloe’s Vegan Italy, Miyoko’s Homemade Vegan Pantry, The Lusty Vegans, Super Fresh, Vegan Eats World, Vegan Everyday Give a Gift of Compassion: Get 50% off Gene Baur’s Living the Farm Sanctuary Life, Rich Roll’s Plantpower Way or Plant Pure Nation Cookbook to go along with any gift membership you purchase for a friend or family member Where? TVA Resource Centre (17 Baldwin Street, 2nd floor). We… Read More

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Join Us for the 2015 Annual General Meeting

The Toronto Vegetarian Association’s Annual General Meeting is taking place Sunday, November 22nd at 4:30 pm. This is your chance to hear what the organization has accomplished in the past year, give suggestions for future growth and help set the direction in the years moving forward by electing our 2015-2017 Board of Directors. Light snacks will be served. Please note: The Toronto Vegetarian Association’s Annual General Meeting is a private function open to TVA members only. Non-members who wish to attend will be required to join as members of the TVA and only members in good standing 30 days prior to the election are eligible to vote. When? Sunday, November 22nd from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. (Meet ‘n greet from 4:30 to 5:00, meeting called to order at 5:00 pm). Where? Friends House (60 Lowther Avenue, at St. George and Bloor). Interested in running for the Board of Directors? The TVA Board of Directors determines the strategic direction for the organization. We welcome candidates from all ages and a variety of skills and backgrounds, but have identified a few areas of recruitment for the 2015-2017 term: strategic marketing and communications major event planning and management expertise fundraising experience,… Read More

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Giant Book Sale in Celebration of World Vegetarian Day

Join us to celebrate World Vegetarian Day by stopping by our massive book sale on Saturday, October 3rd. Our bookstore is filled to the brim with the latest brand new vegetarian cookbooks such as Superfresh (yes, from the owners of Fresh Restaurants!), Living the Farm Sanctuary Life by Gene Baur, Vegan with a Vengeance 10th Anniversary Edition, Vegan Everyday by Doug McNish, Chloe’s Italian Kitchen by Chloe Coscarelli and so much more! The ENTIRE bookstore will be 10% off on this special day. In addition to the bookstore-wide 10% discount, the following books will also be 50% off: Caribbean Vegan Georges Laraques Memoirs Ms Cupcakes Sistah Vegan Dr. Barnard’s Plan for Reversing Diabetes Eat Raw, Eat Well The New Enlightened Eating The Lucky Ones Plus, we’ll have a bin of older titles for only $5! If you’re a TVA member, you also get your usual 10% off on top of any special pricing! When? Saturday, October 3rd from 1 to 4 pm   Where? TVA Resource Centre, at 17 Baldwin Street second floor (we regret our location is not wheelchair accessible)… Read More

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Announcing the winners of the 7th Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off

And the winner is… Thanks to everyone who came out to the 7th Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off on Sunday, March 15th! It was a sold out event with approximately 500 attendees and thousands of samples, made possible by more than 50 volunteers, 50 bakers and dozens of generous sponsors. Photos care of Dorea Reeser and Barbi Lazarus Best Charming Cookie – Super S’more Cookie by Maryann Buri Runner Up: Lemony Lip-Smackers Coconutty Cookies by Christina Cruz Best Captivating Cupcake – Wildfire by Alison Watt Sizer Runner Up: Mango Tango Cupcakes by Ali Bisram Best Captivating Cupcakes or Donuts – Winner: Wee Kiwi ‘Splosion Strawberry Cupcakes by Greg Stuart Tied for Runner Up: Smores Doughnut by Makeda, Abijah, & Zionne Jong AND The Nutty Boy Surprise by Jen Lee Best Brilliant Brownie or Bar – Peanut Butter Drizzle Brownies by Barbi Lynn Lazarus Runner Up: Hip Little Squares by Andrea deVries   Best Glorious Gluten Free Sweet – Beet Box by Reuben Jong Runner Up: Mmmacaroons! by Ali Bisram Best Creative Confection – S’moreo Bunnies by melissandanielle Runner Up: World Pieces by Reuben Jong Best Terrific Truffle or Ball – Drip Drop Better-Than-Cake-Pop… Read More

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TVA Featured Business Members – December 2014

  YamChops 705 College St.,,, 416-645-0117 Have you been to YamChops yet? It’s Toronto’s all Vegan “Butcher Shop” featuring house-made vegan foods and meals, as well as a vegan grocery section where you’ll find your favourite vegan products, many from local companies right here in the city. “YamChops is Canada’s first and only vegetarian butcher shop, and we delight in offering plant-based protein alternatives, fresh prepared foods and eat-in or take-out lunch and dinner. We have a full vegan grocery, AuJus organic cold pressed juices, catering, and home delivery. We believe plant-based proteins can be a staple of any kitchen or diet.” Find YamChops on Facebook and Twitter, and order meals for delivery directly from their website. Toronto Veg Card holders save 10% at YamChops!   Know Thy Food 416-993-4531,, Interested in learning the ins and outs of vegan cooking and healthy eating? Know Thy Food offers hands-on vegan, whole foods cooking classes taught by a vegan cook and educator with over 20 years experience. “I love good food… Read More

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Vegetarian Directory Updates – November 2014

New Locations Kupfert & Kim (100 King St. W., First Canadian Place, 416-504-1233,, the financial district’s fully vegan, gluten-free, healthy eatery has a new second location opening in the PATH level of Sunlife Tower at King & University (150 King St. W., 416-260-7777). As of opening day on November 6th, the K&K Food Stand will also offer exciting new menu items. “We’re about to give you even more healthy wheatless & meatless options to balance out those indulgences after work.” Don’t forget that Kupfert & Kim does breakfast, lunch, and dinner (until 7:30), and you can preorder your meals for pick-up, as well as for delivery through Check out all the grand opening details of the K&K Food Stand on Facebook and Twitter. Rawlicious (8 locations in the Toronto area) is opening yet another location! The 9th Ontario location is set to open sometime in November at 496 Brant Street in Burlington. With the rapid growth of Rawlicious across Southern Ontario, more and more people are gaining access to fresh, healthy and raw cuisine, and experiencing how delicious vegan food can be! Follow Rawlicious Burlington on Facebook… Read More

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Vegetarian Directory Updates – October 2014

New Vegan Restaurant Nourished On The Go (16 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa,, 289-923-3622) has been providing delicious, healthy vegan fast food for delivery and take-out in the Durham region since 2012. As of October 25th, Nourished On The Go will open its doors as a dine-in restaurant! Offering delicious soups, stews, salads, sandwiches, and wraps and desserts (with more menu items to come!) Nourished On The Go’s chef and founder, Gabriella Budani, is “dedicated to helping the food movement by opening a fast-food style healthy vegan restaurant chain to help Canadians stay healthy conveniently.” Stay tuned to Facebook and Twitter for more information on opening day, and visit the Nourished On The Go website for more details on Chef Gabriella and her vegan fast food revolution! Delivery and Takeout services will be temporarily suspended until opening day. New Juice Bar Fueled (739 Ossington Ave.,, 647-849-0078) is a brand new espresso and fresh food bar that opened up directly across from Ossington Station in early September. In addition to delicious, aromatic espresso drinks, Fueled serves up fresh juice, smoothies and meal “boxes” choc… Read More

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The Winners of the 2014 Toronto Veg Awards Are…

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Toronto Veg Awards! Toronto Vegetarian Association members nominated their favourite vegetarian and veg-friendly businesses, and then the general public including members, voted to select the winners! We congratulate all the winning businesses and also celebrate the wonderful contributions of ALL vegetarian and veg-friendly businesses in Toronto. Click here to see the full list of nominations that were submitted by TVA members. (Want to become a member so you too can be invited for special activities like this? Click here). Favourite Vegetarian Restaurant in Toronto Fresh Favourite Vegetarian Restaurant Outside of Toronto Lettuce Love Cafe (Burlington)  Favourite Veg-Friendly Restaurant in Toronto Magic Oven Favourite New Vegetarian Restaurant in Toronto YamChops Favourite Vegan Bakery Kelly’s Bake Shoppe (Burlington) Favourite Vegan Dessert Mile High Brownie from Kelly’s Bake Shoppe (Burlington) Favourite Raw Menu Item Pad Thai from Rawlicious Favourite Menu Item Unchicken and Waffles from Hogtown Vegan Favourite Vegan Pizza… Read More

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Vegetarian Directory Updates – September 2014

New Gluten & Dairy-free Bakery Tia’s Bakery (761 Pape Ave., 416-462-9777, originally started in Guelph several years ago, and has now opened a new Toronto location for their gluten and dairy-free bakery. Just steps from Pape subway station north of the Danforth, Tia’s is a family-run business specializing in catering to those with food intolerances and allergies. Orders can also be made egg, nut, and corn free. There is seating as well as a small patio, coffee (with soy milk, soy cream, or coconut milk), and a counter that is full of delicious cakes, cookies, warm, sugared, pumpkin doughnuts, as well as gluten-free breads. Custom cake orders are also available. “Tia has spent years perfecting her recipes, and prides herself in making tasty treats to satisfy any customer.” To top it off, Tia’s also has a Saturday brunch menu, which includes gluten-free Belgian Waffles! Find Tia’s on Facebook, and go to their website for more information. Now Open Rawlicious (718 Belmont Ave. W., Kitchener, 519-603-8281, is now open in Kitchener! The eighth and newest location of the growing raw food restaurant opened its doors… Read More

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