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Meatless Mondays at Wholefoods

The Vegetarian Society of South Jersey has teamed up with Wholefoods Market in Marlton, NJ for meatless Mondays. On Monday June 27th participants got to sample meat alternatives for the 4th of July -compliments of Wholefoods. Janet Erickson, President of VSSJ presented an informative talk on the benefits of a vegetarian diet (other than health). Participants received lots of great handouts to read at home and a lot to think about concerning their food choices. Below is info on upcoming workshops.

Call wholefoods to register 856-797-1115…

July 11th ” Whole Grains” presented by the Vegetarian Society
of South Jersey! Learn about all the whole grain options out there and how easy they are to prepare. Do you know which ancient grain is a complete protein? Find out the answer and much more. Enter our contest to see how many grains you can identify and win a Whole Foods Market gift bag! Great recipes and a cooking demonstration will be provided by our own Chef Erin! Cooking Class: Whole Grains for a Healthy Diet

July 18th  “Vegetarian Diet 101”
Attend this workshop courtesy of the Vegetarian Society of South Jersey to learn more about the health benefits of a meat-free diet. Receive a free Vegetarian Starter Kit and Whole Foods Market goodie bag. Tasty samples and recipes will be provided!

July 25th VSSJ & Chef Erin will be creating quick & easy vegetarian meals. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll also learn options for eating healthy throughout the hot summer days.


25th Anniversary Keynote Speaker

Michael Greger, MD, Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture, Humane Society of the United States. Physician, author, and internationally-recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. In an engaging interactive quiz show format, he will offer practical advice on how best to feed ourselves and our family.

Seating is limited.  Register here.
$35 for members, $40 for non-members.


VSSJ’s 25th Anniversary Celebration

and Gourmet International Food Tasting
Sunday, September 18, 2pm-7pm

Collingswood Community Center
30 Collings Ave, Collingswood, NJ 08108
(convenient access to Patco train station)

Please join us for the festivities that include:

Delicious samplings of Vegan Food, Speakers, Cooking Demonstration, Live Music, Silent Auction, Vendors, 50/50, Giveaways, Book Sale, Mingling, and More!

Seating is limited.  Register here.
$35 for members, $40 for non-members.

Volunteer, advertise in our Event Program or become a Sponsor.
For more info:, 877-999-8775.

To view the speakers that will be presenting click here

VSSJ's 25th ANNIVERSARY Sept 18, 2011

25th Anniversary Cooking Demo

Cherron Perry-Thomas, Co-founder of Dandelion Bunch, an education and outreach group promoting plant-based diets.  Speaker, advocate, and educator on food preparation. Cherron will be discussing the importance of incorporating raw food into your diet and demonstrating several delicious recipes.

Seating is limited.  Register here.


Pecan Pie Truffles

Below is the recipe for one of the donated items for our Vegan Bake sale held at our Spring potluck on Saturday April 16th. This recipe is adapted from the “VegNews Cookie Cookbook”. You can substitute orange juice for the bourbon.

2 1/2 cups pecans, toasted and finely chopped
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 cup bourbon
1 teaspoon vanilla
7 ounces dark chocolate
1. In a medium bowl, stir together pecans, graham
cracker crumbs, brown sugar, and salt until well
combined. Add maple syrup, bourbon, and vanilla,
stirring thoroughly. Use your hands to make sure the
mixture becomes fully incorporated.
2. Form mixture into walnut-sized balls, then place on a
cookie sheet and freeze for 2 hours.
3. In the top of a double boiler or in a medium stainless steel
bowl set over a pot of gently simmering water, melt
chocolate. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Dip the frozen balls into the melted chocolate, then
place onto prepared baking sheet. Let sit for 15 minutes
or until firm.

You can purchase this book and any other items from Amazon and support VSSJ. All you need to do is go to Amazon from our website and VSSJ will receive a % of your total order. This is a great way to support our organization at no cost to you. Just click here.

For information on our next vegan bake sale click here.

Dessert Recipes, POTLUCKS

25th Anniversary Speaker

Nick Cooney, Director, Humane League of Philadelphia.  Author, Change of Heart: What Psychology Can Teach Us About Spreading Social

Seating is limited.  Register here.
$35 for members, $40 for non-members.

Nick will be donating his new book to our event – Change of Heart: What Psychology Can Teach Us About Spreading Social Change 

Auction & door prize items (preview some of the great items), Speakers

Spring Potluck

Hopefully you were one of the lucky ones to attend our spring potluck on Saturday, April 16th. If not, you missed a great event! Despite the torrential downpour 28 members and friends celebrated Earth Day with a nice variety of great tasting vegetarian/vegan food, a recycle swap party & a vegan bake sale. Baked goods were donated by the officers of VSSJ and were sold out in the first 15 minutes! (see photo) Proceeds were donated to EarthSave. For more info on EarthSave click here.

GREAT NEWS!!! Next month on Saturday May 21st we are having another great event! Our theme is Here comes summer “ice cream” social potluck & bake sale. Proceeds from the bake sale will be benefiting the cow sanctuary. Besides bringing a dish to share for the dinner part of the evening you can help raise funds by bringing some of your favorite desserts to add to the bake sale and/or bring some extra change to purchase some tasty treats. Just remember to bring along the recipe or a list of the ingredients. For details click here.

If you have been wanting to play a more active role in our organization but don’t have time to regularly commit – I have the perfect opportunity for you! Right now we are looking for helping hands at our potlucks. We need help setting up and then with clean up. E-mail Janet and let her know what upcoming potlucks that you are able to assist with.
For the dates of future potlucks please click here.


Dr Oz and Vegan Cupcakes!!


Wednesday, March 30th Dr Oz’s special guests were chef Art Smith and Elmo. Art with Elmo close by demonstrated his Healthy Hummingbird Cupcakes. The ingredients are listed below. For the recipe click here. Make sure you watch the clip of the demo- Elmo’s really cute! 


1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour, or spelt flour
1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 tspn ground cinnamon
1/2 tspn baking powder
1/4 tspn salt
1 ripe banana, mashed
1/2 cup crushed pineapple, with juice
2/3 cup organic granulated cane sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
1/3 cup apple sauce
1 tspn vanilla extract
1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped

1 container tofu cream cheese (or non-dairy cream cheese)
1/2 cup soy margarine
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp lemon juice

Dessert Recipes

Holiday Cookie Swap

  In December Linda hosted a woman’s holiday cookie swap. Everyone had a great time and     left with lots of delicious vegan cookies to share with family and friends. The recipe that I shared with everyone was from the following site. Low Fat Peanut Butter Cookies….YUUMMM!!

Dessert Recipes, POTLUCKS


CousCous_logoMoroccan Cuisine & Hookah Lounge

Route 70 East, 145 Barclay Farms Shopping Center
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
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Offers 10% discount to VSSJ members.
For membership information, click here.

* Receive discount with VSSJ membership, Camden County, Cherry Hill, DINING GUIDE, New Jersey, Restaurants with some veg options

Norma’s Mediterranean Restaurant



Route 70 East
145 Barclay Farms Shopping Center
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
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Middle Eastern.  Norma’s serves a variety of vegetarian and vegan items.

Hours:  M-Th 11am-9pm; F-Sa 11am-10pm; Su 5pm-9pm

Offers 10% discount to VSSJ members.
For membership information, click here.

* Receive discount with VSSJ membership, Camden County, Cherry Hill, DINING GUIDE, New Jersey, Restaurants with some veg options

Healthy Garden Natural Food Cafe

HealthyGarden_logo73 East Main Street
Moorestown, NJ 08057
856-234-2522, Fax: 856-234-2577
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Many vegetarian and vegan options, some organic. Fresh vegetable & fruit juices that you can add a shot of wheat grass juice, ginseng or other nutrient enhancing options to.

Hours:  Su-Th 8am-9pm; F-Sa 8am-10pm

Offers 10% discount to VSSJ members.
For membership information, click here.

* Receive discount with VSSJ membership, Burlington County, DINING GUIDE, Moorestown, New Jersey, Restaurants with some veg options

Wildflower Earthly Vegan Fare

Wildflower_logoVillage on High, 501 N. High St
Millville, NJ 08332
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Fresh, local, whole-grain, and organic ingredients.  Soups, sandwiches, sushi, salads, wraps, baked goods, and desserts.  Sunday brunch, catering, special orders, wholesale.

Hours:   M – Th 11am-6pm, F & Sa 11am-9pm, Su 11am-5pm

Offers VSSJ members free tea or coffee (hot or iced) when you bring in your own reusable cup.

For membership information, click here.


* Receive discount with VSSJ membership, Cumberland County, DINING GUIDE, Millville, New Jersey, Vegan Restaurants

Blackbird Pizzeria

507 S 6th St
Philadelphia PA 19147

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Hours: Monday-Saturday 11am-10pm, Sunday 11am-9pm

vegan pizza, sandwiches, salads

Offers 10% discount to VSSJ members.
For membership information, click here.

* Receive discount with VSSJ membership, DINING GUIDE, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Vegan Restaurants

Wildflower (Vegan eatery) opens in Millville, NJ

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NJ – Vegan eatery opens in Millville

Written by JOEL LANDAU

MILLVILLE — When Eric Nyman first met Melissa Maly two years ago, he told her of his love for vegan food and his desire to one day open a vegan-only café.

Nyman wasn’t just angling for a date. He was serious — about the girl and the food.

That initial encounter at the first-ever Arts, Music & Antiques Festival in September 2008 spawned a new business in the Glasstown Arts District — and possibly the only vegan restaurant in South Jersey.

Nyman and Maly opened Wildflower — a café at the Village on High last month. The restaurant offers an assortment of sandwiches, soups, wraps, sushi and desserts that are not made with any ingredients that come from an animal — including meat, eggs or milk.

Maly, a Millville native, became a vegan as a teenager and worked for various vegan food and catering companies in California before returning to her hometown more than a year ago. Maly operated a vegan lunch truck in Cherry Hill last summer and did some small catering to prepare for her first restaurant.

“It’s been a dream of mine for the past decade,” she said.

Freya Dinshah, editor of the American Vegan Society’s magazine based in Malaga, said she believes Wildflower is the only vegan-only restaurant in South Jersey. The only other vegan place she remembered in the area was The Frog Pond in Rosenhayn, which closed more than 20 years ago.

“Restaurants tend to come and go,” she said, but added she thinks Wildflower has potential staying power. “The public conception of the vegan idea is growing and people want to try it. If it’s available, they will select it over other things.”

Wildflower uses nondairy substitutes for ingredients, such as cream or butter and tofu instead of meat. The menu changes weekly, but sandwich options include a tofu BLT or ribs with a tofu substitute for the meat. There also are a variety of salads and soups.

The café offers a full, baked good selection, including cakes, cupcakes, cheesecakes, muffins, parfaits, energy bars, scones and cookies.

“I try to take normal, tried-and-true recipes and ‘vegan-ize’ them,” Maly said.

The food has a healthy benefit, Nyman said. The items are free of cholesterol, hydrogenated oils and saturated fats, he said. It’s also high in fiber because it’s made with whole grains, he said.

The café will cater to health nuts and “taste nuts” who won’t be able to tell the difference, he added.

“There are plenty of vegan-minded people in the area. They have been coming out of the woodwork since we opened,” he said. “Not many places around here are veggie friendly. It’s nice to have a place where you can go and order anything on the menu. This area needs this food here.”

The couple — who are engaged and have a 9-month-old son, Osiris — both started as vegetarians and then eventually decided to become vegans.

“It didn’t make sense to not eat meat but wear the leather and drink the milk,” Maly said. “But it was hard. There wasn’t much around here. Before I went to college, I didn’t know any other vegans.”

The owners admit the concept of their business is new to the area, but they are hoping to win people over.

“A lot of people just kind of come by and give a weird look,” Nyman said. “One guy walked up to me and said, ‘What are you guys?’ I told him and he said, ‘Oh, you’re food. I thought you were pottery or something.'”

Wildflower, located at the Village on High at 501 N. High St. in Millville, is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The café will take special orders and also does catering for parties.
For more information visit or call (856) 265-7955.
American Vegan Society’s website is www

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