Past Veg-Outs:

​    May Veg-Out: Dinner at Like My Thai
Saturday, May 6, from 4 - 6​

Let's head over to Like My Thai for some great vegan food for May's veg-out! Please message The Erie Vegan and Vegetarian Society to let us know if you can make it so the restaurant can plan accordingly. Everyone can just order off the menu! It's always so welcoming and fun there! Would love to see you!!!​

April Veg-Out:  Speaker: Laurel Honey

Probiotics and prebiotics are changing the entire direction of our understanding of how to keep this human machine running smoothly. When we realize that there are more microbes than cells in our body, it puts into perspective their importance. The balance between the good and bad is totally dependent on our lifestyle choices. Diet being the primary directive, it's important to know what to feed the good guys. (And what not to eat to feed the bad boys). They are amazingly linked to our propensity to gain weight, catch a cold, suffer depression, be susceptible to auto immune disorders, you name it. Microbes rule! So we need to cooperate with these mini minions to enjoy the best quality of life. Health is the greatest wealth because with it comes a contentment and peace of mind that permeates every aspect of living, making us better people.

We welcome everyone to purchase a vegan dinner from the cafe or bring along your own favorite vegan creation!

March Veg-Out:  Vegan Roundtable

Who wants to Veg-out???
This month we'll have a Vegan Roundtable discussion!!
Come share your story on Sunday, March 5 from 4 - 6, about why you chose to make a change to the vegan or vegetarian lifestyle. What obstacles did you experience, if any? What are some tips and techniques that helped you make the transition? 
We welcome everyone to purchase dinner from the cafe or bring along your own favorite vegan creation!

February Veg-Out:  Mad Mex

We're switching things up for the February Veg-Out! Let's meet at Mad Mex, Sunday, February 5 from 4 - 6 for some great eats and social time! Lots of vegan options available from the menu!

​​​January 2017 Veg-Out: "Food Choices"

We'll begin 2017 by viewing "Food Choices."  Join us to watch this film and take part in a post film screening discussion.  

This ground-breaking documentary explores the impact that food choices have on people’s health, the health of our planet and on the lives of other living species. And also discusses several misconceptions about food and diet, offering a unique new perspective on these issues. Featuring interviews with 28 world-renowned experts, including Dr. T Colin Campbell, Joe Cross, Dr. John McDougall, Capitan Paul Watson, Dr. Pam Popper, Dr. Michael Greger, Rich Roll, Dr. Richard Oppenlander, Dr. Toni Bark and several others. This film will certainly change the way you look at the food on your plate.

December Veg-Out:  Vegan Baking

​​Heather McIntosh, a baker at the Whole Foods Co-op, will be speaking about vegan baking just in time for the holidays!

What to wear: An ugly holiday sweater is recommended!

Dinner will be available for purchase through the Whole Foods Co-op Café or you may also bring your own meal, if you prefer.

Holiday Baked Goods Exchange: If you would like to participate, bring 3 dozen of your favorite vegan holiday cookie or baked good. One dozen will be used to sample and share. The other two dozen will be divided to exchange. Please include a list of ingredients (and the recipe if you would like) with your
treat. Please provide your own packaging for any goodies you will be taking home from the exchange. 

If you need help finding a recipe, just let us know!

November Veg-Out: Happy Thanks-Living!

The Erie Vegan and Vegetarian Society will host a Thanks-Living Celebration dinner with all of you! This is a time to enjoy friends and family, celebrate life, and be thankful for all beings! 

For recipes ideas message us or visit our website at!!

We really look forward to giving thanks for all great things this past year and look forward to another wonderful year!

Facebook Event for our November Veg-Out.

​​October Veg-Out: ​Canning and Preserving

When we veg-out on Friday, October 7, Wendy Elliott of Earth and Vine Farm will share with everyone what they need to know to get started in canning and preserving fresh foods. She will be talking about the tradition of canning and preserving, deciding what to can and preserve, the various methods of canning and preserving as well as the best method for a variety of food types. 

Facebook Event for our October Veg-Out.

​​September Veg-Out: ​Keith Allison

​For September, The Erie Vegan and Vegetarian Society is pleased to welcome Keith Allison to discuss Teaching Compassion in the Classroom.

Humane education is a powerful tool in creating a compassionate world.  Learn how the Ethical Choices Program inspires and empowers teens to critically examine the effects of their food choices and encourages them to make choices that align with their own values, for the benefit of their health, the environment, and the other inhabitants on Earth, human and nonhuman alike.

More information about Ethical Choices Program can be found at their website:

Facebook Event for our September Veg-Out.

August Veg-Out: Basic Kitchen Knife Skills


In this interactive basic knife skills class, Matt McMillan of Cutco will focus on the chef knife as one of the most versatile tools. The rock chop, tap chop, and cross chop are all separate and effective techniques for a variety of foods. Join The Erie Vegan and Vegetarian Society in the Whole Foods Co-op community room on Friday, August 5, 2016, from 6 – 8 to learn more!

We welcome everyone to our *FREE* monthly Veg-Outs! You are welcome to order a vegan meal from the Co-op café or bring your own vegan dinner.

July Veg-Out: Finding Balance

​The Erie Vegan and Vegetarian Society invites you to find balance with Quantum Balance Erie on Friday, July 1, from 6 – 8 p.m. 

Lois Thompson will teach a short set of qigong. Qigong (chee- gong) is translated from the Chinese to mean "energy cultivation" or "working with the life energy.” It is an ancient Chinese system of postures, breathing techniques, and meditations (intentions) used to bring balance, health, and vitality to everyday life. Lois has used qigong to assist her in overcoming a long-term autoimmune disorder and also cultivate the energy she uses in her practice as an energy healer.

Julia Thompson is a 24-year-old Empowerment Guide on a mission in life to inspire others to be the best that they say can be, moment by moment, through self reflection, self growth, and self LOVE. Her journey to healthy living started three years earlier and 80 pounds heavier. She now lives a clean food and products-based lifestyle, is a lover of movement, self care, and authenticity. Julia is a Reiki Practitioner and Professional Dreamer. In addition to providing several life inspiring services, she teaches classes on the spirituality of stones, women's empowerment, and more.

More information can be found at their website:

Facebook Event for our July Veg-Out.

June Veg-Out: Free Screening of 
Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home

​For our June Veg-Out, we are hosting a FREE screening of the award-winning documentary, Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home.

A riveting story of transformation and healing, this documentary explores the awakening conscience of several people who grew up in traditional farming culture and who have now come to question the basic assumptions of their way of life.

Presented through a woven tapestry of memories, music, and breathtaking accounts of life-altering moments, the film provides insight into the farmers' sometimes amazing connections with the animals under their care, while also making clear the complex web of social, psychological and economic forces that have led them to their present dilemma.

With strikingly honest interviews and rare footage demonstrating the emotional lives and intense family bonds of animals most often viewed as living commodities, this groundbreaking documentary shatters stereotypical notions of farmers, farm life, and perhaps most surprisingly, farm animals themselves.

More information about the film can be found at

Facebook Event Page for our June Veg-Out.

May Veg-Out: Free showing of Forks Over Knives Documentary

Do you want to do something about your current health status? Do you want to avoid medication, diabetes, obesity?

Two out of every three of us are overweight. Cases of diabetes are exploding, especially amongst our younger population. About half of us are taking at least one prescription drug. Major medical operations have become routine, helping to drive health care costs to astronomical levels. Heart disease, cancer and stroke are the country’s three leading causes of death, even though billions are spent each year to “battle” these very conditions. Millions suffer from a host of other degenerative diseases.

Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed.

Facebook Event Page for our May Veg-Out.

April Veg-Out: Recycling 101 and Beyond

Spring is here and in April we turn the spotlight on our Mother Earth and focus on ways we can Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!  Join us to learn ways you can make a positive impact on our environment. Every one of us has the power to make positive change and our individual choices and actions do matter!​

​Erie County Sustainability Coordinator Brittany Prischak currently coordinates the Erie County Recycling Program, which tracks the annual recycling stats for Erie County, and works to ensure the availability of local opportunities for residents to recycle not only their traditional single stream items, but those hard to dispose of materials.

The Recycling Program sponsors monthly Hazardous Waste and Electronics disposal events to get rid of TVs, appliance, and other electronics, hazardous chemicals, old paint, batteries, lights bulbs and more. They also sponsor recycling drop-off sites, for those areas where curbside recycling collection is not feasible. 
Brittany will present Recycling 101, an overview and explanation of single-stream recycling, as well as information on current performance and insight into the future of Erie County’s recycling program! 

Click here for a flyer of the April event!


March Veg-Out: “Spring Fever”

Spring is just around the corner and it’s already time to think about planting our gardens. Don’t know where to start? Not sure what you should plant? Fear not – we have two experienced plant professionals coming to the Co-Op to help answer your questions and guide you in the right direction. 

Penn State Master Gardener Ellen DiPlacido completed 50 hours of horticultural training and 50 hours of community service before receiving the title of Master Gardner.  

Ellen will be speaking on Companion Planting. One of the most well-known examples of companion planting is the "Three Sisters" in which corn, beans, and squash are planted together in a mound. Native Americans developed this method to provide food for a balanced diet from a single piece of land. Each of the crops helps the others in some way - the corn stalks provide a structure for the climbing beans, the beans do not compete with the corn for nutrients (legumes can supply their own nitrogen), and squash provides a dense ground cover that blocks out many weeds which otherwise would compete with the corn and beans. Learn what you can plant in your garden to get the most out of every square foot!

Les Frost from Stan's Garden Center will also be on hand to provide helpful tips and advice on how to start your own organic garden this spring. Both first time and experienced gardeners will gain valuable information from Les’ “Organic Gardening 101” talk. Stan’s offers a selection of vegetables and herbs ranging from Arugula to Zucchini, as well as a large variety of heirloom tomatoes. From soil to plants and everything in between, Stan’s helpful Garden Center staff has a level of expertise that you won’t find anywhere else!

Facebook Event Page for our March Veg-Out

Click here for a PDF flyer of the March Veg-Out


​February Veg-Out: Heart Health

To celebrate heart health month and National Wear Red Day®, on Friday, February 5, we are pleased to welcome UPMC’s Dean Ornish Heart Disease Reversal Program director, Jennifer Eberlein, RN, BSN, and nutrition educator Renee Slabic, RD, LDN. Their presentation will include, the lifestyle prescription of Ornish’s research, and four elements of the program: Stress management, group support, nutrition, and fitness.  Don’t miss your chance to wear red and veg-out!

Jennifer Eberlein, BSN – Program Director & Nurse Case Manager
Jennifer earned her BSN from Mercyhurst University and worked 2.5 years at Saint Vincent Hospital on a medical-surgical floor.  In December of 2014, Jennifer joined the Ornish Reversal Program team as the Nurse Case Manager to pursue her goal of working in healthcare with a specific desire to work in prevention.  Jennifer enjoys educating and working hands on with people to make positive lifestyle changes, therefore improving quality and longevity of their lives.  In July 2015, Jennifer took on the additional role of Program Director.

Renee F. Slabic, RD, LDN – Nutrition Educator 
Renee is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian who brings over 20 years of experience to the Ornish Program.   She earned her BS in Nutrition at Youngstown State University. Her education continued by taking graduate courses at Case Western Reserve University while completing an Internship at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.  Renee has held a variety of positions including Clinical Dietitian at St. Vincent Hospital and Perseus House. She has worked conducting educational lectures for pharmaceutical companies, Lighten Up! Erie, and Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield Health PLACE.  Renee spends one week each summer at YMCA Camp Fitch helping children with diabetes. Renee was part of the original team that brought the Ornish Reversal Program to Erie in 2003; however she pursued other career options for several years while raising her 3 children.  She is extremely excited to be rejoining the Ornish Reversal team as the Nutrition Educator. 

Click Here for a PDF Flyer of the February Veg-Out


January Vegout: No Vegout - Enjoy New Years Day with your family and friends!  See you in February! 


December 2015 Veg-Out: A Very Vegan Holiday Event

What to wear: An ugly holiday sweater is recommended!

Dinner will be available for purchase through the Whole Foods Co-op Café – please order your meal from the café as you arrive. Tell them you are here for our event. You may also bring your own meal if you prefer.

Holiday Baked Goods Exchange: If you would like to participate, bring about two dozen of your favorite vegan holiday cookie or baked good to sample and share. Please include a list of ingredients (and the recipe if you would like) with your treat. Please provide your own packaging for any goodies you will be taking home from the exchange. If you need help finding a recipe, just let us know! 

Special Speaker: Heather McIntosh, a baker at the Whole Foods Co-op, will be speaking to us about vegan baking just in time for the holidays!

We will be collecting food donations for the Compassionate Actions Project (CAP). CAP is a non-profit 501c3 organization offering eligible people free whole foods and personal care items. For every plant-based canned good you donate, you will receive a raffle ticket for a door prize! Please visit for a list of accepted food donations.

Click here for a PDF Flyer of the December Veg-Out


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The Erie Vegan and Vegetarian Society

Monthly Veg-Outs

Once a month we like to "Veg Out"!!

We welcome all to join us, the veg-curious, vegetarians and vegans! 

We meet at various places and have various foods!

We try to find new places in our area that offer great vegetarian and vegan food options for the whole family!

Whether we pick a restaurant to dine at or we all gather in one place, bring our own meal and just veg out!!

Please join us for our next adventure!

August Veg-Out: Dinner at Casablanca Grill

​​  Thursday, August 17, from 6 - 8

We welcome you to join us at Casablanca Grill for a Vegan Buffet  Veg-Out!

The buffet will provide:

Appetizer: Hummus and Falafel             Salad: Cabbage Salad            Soup: Lentil Soup   

Drink: Freshly brewed Syrian Tea

Entrees: 3 Syrian dishes made special for this event all available on the buffet:

Okra; cooked slowly with fresh garlic and Italian cilantro

Fresh String Beans; cooked slowly with fine chopped onions 

Fava Beans; cooked with garlic and cilantro served with Rice and Pita Bread

The Buffet meal is $24 per person  (does not include gratuity)

We would like to secure your seats, please click the donate button on our website and pay the amount that will secure the number of seats you will need!​ (Please include the event name, your name and # of guests in the notes)

​Hope to see you there!!!