Monthly Archives: August 2011


 Sunday, September 18 2011, 2pm-7pm
We have been in South Jersey for 25 YEARS and we are ready to CELEBRATE!!

EVERYONE ATTENDING receives a swag bag with lots of goodies to take home. For a sneak peek of some of the items that will be included click here:

WE HAVE LOTS OF FOOD for you to eat so come hungry 😮

When you first arrive you will experience our International Gourmet Appetizer Reception sponsored by Whole Foods Market in Marlton, NJ , Blackbird Pizzeria and others. Get a preview of some of the delicious food: and it’s VEGAN !!

Then there’s DINNER – at around 4:30pm you will have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious meal Catered by Miss Rachel’s Pantry. For more details:

During the event:

ALL OF THIS FOR ONLY $40 ($35 for ACTIVE paid VSSJ members)

 REGISTER NOW! PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED BY SEPT 9TH – SO HURRY!!(after the 9th call for availability 1-877-999-8775) Limited seating

Sunday, September 18, 2011, 2pm-7pm
Collingswood Community Center
30 Collings Ave, Collingswood, NJ 08108
(convenient access to Patco train station)

For more info:, 877-999-8775.

VENDOR SPACES available. Contact Janet 856-596-3269

VSSJ's 25th ANNIVERSARY Sept 18, 2011

Vegan Hors d’ouevres Menu

Whole Foods Market in Marlton, NJ has become a sponsor for our Anniversary Celebration. They will be showcasing some of their new vegan hors d’ouevres that can be ordered on their party trays now and for the holidays.  They are generously donating:
Vegan dumplings w/dipping sauce  
Marinated Seitan Kabobs (mini kabobs – seitan & grilled bell peppers on a toothpick)
Vegan General Tso’s Chicken – 1 piece on a toothpick – similar to the kabobs above
Moshe’s Burrito Bites (assorted flavors: grilled vegetable & quinoa, black bean, lentils & spinach)
Tomato poppers (cherry tomatoes filled with tabouleh)
Grilled Sesame Tofu 
Vegan Cheese & Harvest Whole Wheat Crackers
Make sure you register today
They will also be providing the vegan ice cream to top our apple crisp.
International Gourmet Appetizer Reception

More Great Entertainment for our 25th Celebration


Master Guitarist Reid Alburger will be entertaining us with some soothing music during dinner. A past member for years of VSSJ, Reid has come back to join us for our 25th Anniversary Celebration! In the past, Reid has played for VSSJ during our Thanksgiving potlucks and he was fantastic!!

Reid has been performing professionally since 1970.  He is a student of and endorsed by Chord-Melody Jazz Master Ted Greene, and holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Classical Guitar Performance. As a sought after guitarist, he has TV, radio and recording studio experience. To read more about Reid, click here:

If you haven’t registered yet – time is a ticking. Click here to register

If you want to know all about the festivities click here


Matt & Nat handbag for our Auction

This beautiful bag is cruelty-free, using no animal products with 100% recycled bottle lining. The Clyde features a sliding strap closure at front. Back has zippered slit pocket. The interior has a PDA, cell phone and zip pocket. Includes a detachable / adjustable shoulder strap.
Auction & door prize items (preview some of the great items)

Blackbird Vegan Pizza

As part of the International Gourmet Appetizer Reception at our 25th Anniversary and Food Festival you will have the chance to sample Blackbird’s delicious Vegan pizza. Yes, it will be Vegan – who thought Vegan could taste this good!! Have you registered yet? click here to register

Thank you Blackbird!!  To see their entire menu visit

Blackbird offers 10% discount to VSSJ members – just show your membership card.


International Gourmet Appetizer Reception


Buffet Dinner catered by Rachel’s Pantry includes:
Italian Wheat Balls in Tomato Gravy, Lentil Rice “Meat” Loaf with mushroom gravy,
Hearts of Palm “Crab Cakes” with sauce, Smashed Creamy Potatoes (all Gluten Free)
and Garlicky Steamed Broccoli. Our event committee had a sampling of the menu and it was delicious!!

Dessert is Homemade Apple Cobbler
topped with “Ice Cream” and Cupcakes.

Hot and Cold Beverages

Catered dinner

Personal Care Samples

You will be receiving some personal care samples from Dr Bronner’s in your swag bags at our 25th anniversary celebration

to register



Swag Bags (view some of the free items you will receive)

Flourless Bread

Manna Organics is donating their delicious and healthy sprouted breads for you to sample as part of our International Gourmet Appetizer Reception at our 25th anniversary celebration. Manna organics has perfected their recipes to produce great tasting flourless breads. They are also including a coupon for your giveaway (swag) bag.


Food, International Gourmet Appetizer Reception, Swag Bags (view some of the free items you will receive)

Buttery Spreads


As part of our International Gourmet Appetizer Reception you will be able to sample several varieties of Earth Balance’s buttery spreads. their delicious soy milk and other surprises. Plus a coupon for your giveaway (swag) bag  😮

About Earth Balance®:Based in Boulder, Colo., Earth Balance® produces a line of delicious buttery spreads, shortenings, nut butters, soymilk, coconut spread and alternative mayonnaise. All Earth Balance® products are plant-based, vegan, made without artificial ingredients or hydrogenated oils, free of gluten, lactose and eggs, offering a delicious alternative for health conscious individuals and those with food sensitivities. Earth Balance products are a tasty complement to cooking, recipes and enjoyed on their own. Earth Balance strongly supports the Non-GMO Project and sustainable agriculture practices, and all Earth Balance products are made without genetically modified ingredients.  Earth Balance promotes a plant-based diet and earth-friendly lifestyle through the online social community Made Just Right™. Earth Balance is a division of Smart Balance Inc. (NasdaqGM: SMBL). For more information, visit and

Food, International Gourmet Appetizer Reception, Swag Bags (view some of the free items you will receive)

Cook Books





The Vegetarian Resource Group donated these great cookbooks for our event. Plus all attendees will receive a copy of their Vegetarian Journal in their swag bags. 



Auction & door prize items (preview some of the great items), Swag Bags (view some of the free items you will receive)

Quick peek at Nature’s Gate

Here’s a quick peek at some of the items that Nature’s Gate has donated to our 25th celebration before they get put together into a beautiful basket for your bidding – or will it be one of the door prizes??  to register

Plus everyone will receive 2 samples in their swag bags :o)

Auction & door prize items (preview some of the great items), Swag Bags (view some of the free items you will receive)

New addition to our Auction and Giveaway bags

Eden Foods has made a generous donation to our 25th anniversary. A basket of goodies for our auction and samples of their organic pasta for our giveaway (swag) bags. We will have some other surprises for the swag bags and I will continue to keep you informed as the donations come in.

Eden Foods is a principled, 43 year independent natural food company offering 250+ authentic, organic, traditional, kosher, pure foods. Eden brand is never adulterated with irradiation, preservatives, toxic additives, food colorings, refined sugars, or genetically engineered ingredients. The best food, the best service.




Auction & door prize items (preview some of the great items), Swag Bags (view some of the free items you will receive)

Meatless Monday Workshop: Sprouting 101

VSSJ has teamed up with Wholefoods Market in Marlton to offer fun and informative events for Meatless Mondays. Our next event is Monday August 15th at 7:00pm Discover the nutritional benefits of sprouting and learn this easy kitchen gardening technique that anyone can do. Sampling will be provided! Sign up at the Customer Service booth at Wholefoods, call 856.797.1115 or email: