yam chops

Discount Profile: Yam Chops

Care of Sonal Batavia and Izzy Ahrbeck A little Yam Chop came knocking on our door last week. That is, TVA board member Michael Abramson (recently turned local celebrity as Toronto’s very first vegetarian butcher) generously offered to send us lunch from his newly opened restaurant, YamChops. The news alone elicited a few shrieks…maybe even a jump (if you’ve ever visited our office, you can imagine the havoc that ensued). 12 pm on the dot during our weekly staff meeting, a little “Yam Chop” came knocking on our door, with three large paper bags, stamped with the words “Bite off more than you can chew”. And boy were we ready to bite in. (The ‘YamChop’ was actually a lovely woman in a black branded apron, who even agreed to pose for a little photo sesh!). Some of the delights we got to enjoy included: ‘Tuna’ & crackers: I can’t say I’ve ever had tuna-less tuna so when I read the label on the container I was rather intrigued. It’s been a long time since I enjoyed this classic childhood favourite, and I was not disappointed. Who knew smashed chickpeas and spices could be such a great tuna substitute?… Read More


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Perks of the Job

Kathlene enjoying a plate of delicious food 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… Read More


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