News from the Toronto Vegetarian Association

Veg Out 439: Controversial Plant-Based Burgers

On today’s episode of Veg Out, Sweta, Lisa, and Steve talk about the recent news of Impossible Burger and Nestle’s new plant-based burger. There has been a lot of news and it’s been a hot topic in the vegan world. For the articles/products mentioned: The Impossible Burger Faces Second FDA Hurdle – The Star Nestle’s New Plant-Based Burger – Bloomberg Clean Milk Upcoming Events: TVA Joint Fundraiser with Toronto Vegetarian Food Bank at Away For more upcoming events at the TVA, visit our Events Calendar! Listen Now: Veg Out 439 – Plant-Based Burger Controversies FINAL (Image from Impossible Foods)… Read More


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January 2019 Social Group Events

TVA Reads On January 16th, join the TVA Reads to discuss Happily Ever Esther. Make sure to read the book before the potluck so you’re ready to discuss it! RSVP is required to tvareads@veg.ca. You can also search for the group on Facebook to learn more. Dinner Social Group On Thursday, January 17th at 7:00 pm, join this group to try a new veg-friendly discovery, Khau Gully. It is located at 1991 Yonge Street. RSVP to tvadinner@veg.ca by January 15th.  … Read More


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The Tipping Point is Here

Care of Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator I’m starting to feel like a broken record, but I just can’t stop sharing my excitement about all the signs that we’ve reached a tipping point with the popularity and awareness of vegan food in Toronto. Earlier this year, popular local Italian chain Il Fornello launched their huge, plant-based menu complete with arancini balls and agnolotti in “butter” sauce, and not long ago we learned that famous local chef David Lee decided to close his popular omnivorous restaurant Nota Bene to replace it with a second location of the vegan restaurant Planta. But make sure you are sitting down because you won’t believe the news I’m about to share with you. You may have already heard from us that the Toronto Vegetarian Association won Best Food Activist Group in this year’s Now Readers’ Choice Awards. We are so humbled, grateful, and excited about this incredible achievement! (Thanks so much if you voted for us!). But we weren’t the only vegan establishment that went home with an award this year. Check out this list of plant-based businesses that won in a dozen categories! And again, we’re not just talking about winning in a vegan category. These businesses won best… Read More


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December 2018 Social Group Events

TVA Reads On December 12th, join the TVA Reads for a vegan potluck and discussion of the book A Street Cat Named Bob, by James Bowen. Make sure to read the book before the potluck so you’re ready to discuss it! On January 16th they’ll meet again to discuss Happily Ever Esther. Save the date! RSVP is required to tvareads@veg.ca. You can also search for the group on Facebook to learn more. Veggies of Hamilton-Burlington On Saturday, December 15th at 5:30 pm, join this group to try the new Southeast vegetarian restaurant Little Asia. It is located at 24 King Street East, in Dundas. RSVP to hamiltonburlington@veg.ca by Friday, December 14th.  Vegetarians of High Park Check out the all-vegan restaurant The Goods at 279 Roncesvalles, on Friday, December 21st from 6 to 8 pm. RSVP required by Tuesday, December 18th to highpark@veg.ca. Learn more about the group at highparkveg.wordpress.com. Read More


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Veg Out 436: The history of vegan punk in Toronto

On today’s episode we are joined by Shawn Chirrey, the co-author of the recent book Tomorrow is Too Late – Toronto Hardcore Punk in the 1980s. We also welcome Shawn MacDonald and Al Ridley to join in on the discussion about veganism, punk, animal rights, and how they all overlapped in 1980s Toronto. Photo by: Derek Emerson   Listen now to Veg Out!   Shawn MacDonald owns Disgraceland, which is an all vegan bar and restaurant specializing in comfort food. TVA members get a discount when they show their veg card. He was also a punk promoter in the ’80s/’90s and manager, tour manager and roadie for several bands (Problem Children, MDC, and Guilt Parade) and was a DJ in the ’90s and ’00s (and still DJs!). Al Ridely owned Sadie’s (Toronto’s favourite veg dinner) for nearly a decade and was a punk promoter and publisher of a fanzine (both called Favorite Stooge). Shawn Chirrey did radio shows on CKLN, CHRY & CFRU and did a fanzine and record label called Still Thinking and worked as cook/baker at several Toronto and Guelph veg… Read More


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Food and Recipe of the Month: Tomatoes

Care of Andrea Howe, of glowingongreens.com  Tomato Tamato! These vegetables (or fruit to be correct) are nutrition powerhouses. They can be found in different varieties from small cherry tomatoes, to large hot house tomatoes, as well as many different colours. Tomatoes are known for their lycopene content which is what gives them their bright red colour. Lycopene is an antioxidant that protects the body from harmful free radicals, which can prevent heart disease, many cancers, as well as accelerated aging. An interesting concept with lycopene is that the amount of it in processed tomato products is often much higher than in fresh tomatoes. So pizza may be a healthy option after all! However, it is still recommended to consume fresh tomatoes more often, to get the other benefits such as fibre and vitamin C which is destroyed with heat. Eating tomatoes raw or cooked has amazing health benefits. Adding them to sandwiches, salads, salsas, or soups will increase your fibre, vitamin C, and antioxidant intake. Try this easy homemade tomato sauce recipe to have over vegetables, pasta, or on pizza! Tomato Basil Sauce Ingredients: – 1 head of garlic, roasted – 2 tbsp olive oil –… Read More


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