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Welcome to NORTHERN CONNECTICUT VEGETARIAN SOCIETY!

We wish to provide support to vegetarians by building a community for them and all those interested in the benefits of vegetarianism. 


Meet fellow Vegetarians near you! Come to a local Veg gathering and discuss living a compassionate and healthy lifestyle. Have a delicious meal, share your favorite Veg recipes, and make new friends!


Our Vegan Plant-Lucks are open to anyone interested in being healthy or in a healthy environment. It is held at Suffield Senior Center, 145 Bridge Street, Suffield, CT. Free parking is available. When you visit NORTHERN CONNECTICUT VEGETARIAN SOCIETY, you're in for a treat. 


For more information, email Harry at [email protected] or call him at (860) 623-8082. Leave your name and phone number if he is not available. To receive emails about upcoming gatherings, email [email protected] with the subject NCVS Email List.


N​OVEMBER 17, 2019 At 4 PM 

At 4 PM, Chef and Author Colin McCullough will begin his presentation. He will share his ideas for your Thanksgiving meal including delicious Vegan side dishes.

Since he became Vegan in 1995, Colin has been finding new ways to make healthy eating convenient and delicious, especially for his 2 boys with healthy appetites.  Colin teaches private and public cooking classes, sharing his experience and recipes with people who want more whole-food, plant-based meals.  He looks forward to answering your questions and easing any of your concerns.


After Colin's presentation, join the Plant-Luck and delight others with your Healthy Vegan Dish with serving utensils, a list of its ingredients, your place setting, and your recipe. Vegan food has no animal ingredients (zero honey, dairy, eggs, meat, and fish). You may bring fresh fruits or vegetable salad or gourmet Vegan delight.


A donation of only $9 is requested for adults. Children are welcome and free.

For more information, email Harry at [email protected] or call him at 

(860) 623-8082.  Leave your name and phone number if he is not available.




LIVING THANKSGIVING ON THANKSGIVING DAY



15th Annual "Living Thanksgiving"

– Everyone is Invited!


Vegan Potluck Thanksgiving Gathering

Thursday, November 28, 2019, 1:00 to 3:00 PM

United Methodist Church of Lenox

6 Holmes Road

Lenox, MA 01240


ONCE AGAIN, THS LEGENDARY EVENT IS ON!!

The Berkshire Vegan Network is holding its 15TH annual Vegan Thanksgiving Gathering.

All seats MUST have a reservation.

Please RSVP to this email [email protected] or call 413-442-3749. The deadline for reservations is Tuesday, November 26th. Please reserve early, as it helps us with planning.


If you must cancel, please notify [email protected] 


DOORS WILL NOT OPEN UNTIL 12:30 PM.

There will be a fee of $7.00 for adults and $4.00 for kids 3-12.


Each person is asked to bring a dish that will serve 8 hungry vegans. Please bring a vegan dish (free of all animal products) (Please, no soups or stews!) Please attach a recipe card with ingredients. Also bring your own place setting and utensils. Hot and cold water will be available for drinks, teas and coffee should anyone want them. 


Please join us for this up-lifting celebration of kindness, compassion and thankfulness, while experiencing the most compassionate, eco-friendly, and most low-carbon way to dine. All proceeds will be donated to Maple Farm Sanctuary towards their Hay Fund.


http://maplefarmsanctuary.org

The Berkshire Vegan Network is a non-profit organization which strives to educate, inspire and empower people to move towards a plant-based diet, promote healthy people within a healthy planet and to take compassionate action for all life on earth. 


PAST EVENTS


NOVEMBER 7, 2019 FROM 6:30 PM TO 8 

Join Plant Partners Dr. Anne Bingham and RN Catherine O'Rourke for Plant-Luck at the Community Health Center, 675 Main Street, Middletown , CT. Enjoy a healthy plant-based meal and a positive community support. Bring a plant-based dish to share. Families are welcome. This is their Third Anniversary.  For more information, see theplantpartners.com/events/


OCTOBER 19-20, 2019 BOSTON VEGETARIAN FOOD FESTIVAL  

Boston Vegetarian Food Festival is a fabulous event. It has free admission, sampling free delicious food, listening to informative speakers, and seeing numerous exhibits at Reggie Lewis Athletic Center, 1350 Tremont Street, Boston, MA. For more information, see

www.bostonveg.org/foodfest.


September 15, 2019 at 4 pm, Northern Connecticut Vegetarians' Plant-Luck featured speakers are Nik Shukla and Aaron Topfer. Nik is a Boston-Based Public Health Nutritionist, Heath Coach, and Educator on Environmental Impact and Ethical Issues. He is Certified in Whole-Foods Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell since 2014. Nik has taken Formal Coursework in Leadership, Nutrition, Epidemiology, Statistics, Social Psychology from Harvard and Johns Hopkins. Nik and Aaron look forward to answering your questions and easing any of your concerns.

After the presentation, you are invited to share the Vegan Plant-Luck. Aaron's Wife Lily who works in Multiple Asian Restaurants will be cooking a Delicious Gourmet Asian Vegan Dish so everyone can try it. For the Plant-Luck, bring a healthy Vegan dish to share with serving utensils, a list of its ingredients, your place setting, and your recipe Vegan food has no animal ingredients (zero honey, dairy, eggs, meat, and fish). You may bring a pound raw unsalted nuts (as walnuts or almonds) or fresh fruits or vegetable salad.  

A donation of only $10 is requested for adults. Children are welcome and free.

For more information, email Harry at [email protected] or call him at

(860) 623-8082. Leave your name and phone number if he is not available.  


April 7, 2019, Northern Connecticut Vegetarians' Potluck featured speaker was Chef Ken Bergeron. His talk is "Resistant Starch, Why It Is Good For You And How To Achieve It." You are most likely already consuming it. Ken promises to have samples for you to taste. He is the author of Professional Vegetarian Cooking with over 200 vegan recipes. Ken Bergeron is Vegan CEC (ACF Certified Executive Chef) and was awarded 2017 Leadership and Professionalism Award, CT Chefs. He was nominated the Favorite U.S Vegan Chef in VegNews Vegetarian Magazine. Ken won the 1st Gold Medals ever awarded with all vegan entries. (no vegetarian winner prior) for savory foods and pastry at Culinary Arts Salons in the U.S. (1991, 1994) and at the "Culinary Olympics" in Frankfurt, Germany in 1992 and 1st Gold for Raw Foods Platter in 2002. He has conducted seminars at Bates, Williams, Connecticut Colleges, UCONN, Syracuse and many other schools and businesses. 

MARCH 10, 2019, Northern Connecticut Vegetarians' featured speaker was Dr. Joanne Kong. She has been praised as one of the most compelling advocates for plant-based nutrition. Dr. Kong talk is "If You've Ever Loved An Animal, Go Vegan!" She has given numerous presentations around the globe including the Veggie Pride Parade in New York City, Oakland VegFest, Green Food Fest in Norway, the 2018 North American Veg Summerfest, a 2-week speaking tour of India this past Summer, and she has upcoming international presentations in Italy and Germany.

NOVEMBER 11, 2018, Linda Byam, CHC, MBA, will talk about eating healthy during the holidays as well as demo and share a couple of her Vegan favorite holiday recipes. She is a Certified Health Coach, Certified Food For Life Instructor, Certified Live Well Facilitator, and Children, Youth and Families At Risk Instructor. By gradually introducing healthy eating habits and lifestyle practices, Linda helps her clients take control of their health.

A donation of only $10 is requested for adults. Children are welcome and free.

For more information, email Harry at [email protected] or call him at (860) 623-8082. Leave your name and phone number if he is not available. To receive emails about upcoming gatherings, email [email protected] with the subject NCVS Email List.

OCTOBER 20-21, 2018 Boston Vegetarian Food Festival with free admission, sampling free delicious food, listening to informative speakers, and seeing numerous exhibits at Reggie Lewis Athletic Center, 1350 Tremont Street, Boston, MA.

OCTOBER 14, 2018 at 4 pm, Shaina Rogstad who is a climate scientist at the Climate Systems Research Center studying how the climate system may respond to future greenhouse gas emissions, shared how humans caused dramatic shifts in the climate system which have cascading effects on our planet and its inhabitants. Her talk will include an overview of the current state of the climate system and break down how agriculture, energy production, and other human activities have created the current situation. Strategies for reducing our greenhouse gas footprints, and ideas for engagement, outreach, and action from an intersectional vegan perspective will be explored.

SEPTEMBER 30, 2018 AT 4PM Catherine O'Rourke, RN, spoke about her career "From ICU Nurse To Plant-Based Educator". Catherine discussed her learning about plant-based nutrition as she helped her patients and family overcome health challenges.

APRIL 15, 2018 AT 4 PM Cathy Katin-Grazzini did a cooking demo featuring no-oil sauté techniques in a lively spring chili, curry, or polenta with sampling for all. Cathy is a plant-based culinary educator, nutritional coach, personal chef and owner of Cathy's Kitchen Prescription LLC in Ridgefield. She is also Food Editor of VegWorld Magazine and Culinary Educator at Matrix Personalized Medicine in New Canaan.

MARCH 18, 2018 Jerry Travers, the Farm Manager of Sweet Birch Organic Farm, explained how nature operates in a pristine environment and how you can rebuild our damaged ecosystems and consequently improve your health by following farming and gardening practices that are similar to the Edenic design.

NOVEMBER 12, 2017 AT 4:00 PM Gary and Lynette are two vegan chefs who delighted attendees' taste buds with foods for the holidays.

OCTOBER 15, 2017 AT 4:00 PM Jeanne Tennis is the key presenter at October's Vegan Potluck. Jeanne is a kitchen alchemist, five- season chef, certified macrobiotic health coach, herbalist and organic gardener specializing in assisting her clients as they transition deeper into a whole foods plant-based diet no matter where they currently stand in terms of daily dietary habits and practices. She will focus her presentation on Seasonal Plant-Based Cooking-Autumn. She'll speak about the five seasons according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, Japanese culture and Macrobiotics and why it is important to change what we eat and how we prepare our foods each season while noting what local and seasonal foods are available in Connecticut. Jeanne will touch on sea vegetables in our diet as an way to get micro-nutrients, minerals and vitamins in our bodies. She will bring some dishes to sample and recipes to share.

SEPTEMBER 24, 2017 AT 4:00 PM Dr. Nora Hanke is the key presenter at September's Vegan Potluck. Nora is a physician licensed in Massachusetts, board certified in pediatric medicine and studying for the inaugural lifestyle medicine certifying examination this fall. She is an instructor in the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine's Food for Life community nutrition outreach program and believes in prescribing and following a low fat, whole foods, plant-based diet for disease prevention and treatment. Dr. Hanke will explain how you can review your own health status and consider whether dietary and other lifestyle adjustments would be helpful based on indicators such as body mass index, waist circumference, blood pressure, and common lab values including blood cholesterol. She will detail specific dietary changes that can help you enjoy your optimal health.

MARCH 26, 2017 Vegan Potluck with Janet Verney, who specializes in "Health" makeovers. Her book ROOTS2WELLNESS shares her journey from the depths of dis-ease to a life of vibrant wellness. Janet is certified by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and has served in various leadership roles in both education and biotechnology. She is an author, speaker, plant-based chef, integrative health coach, and co-founder of foodGEVITY, the exciting online program that is igniting a Women's Health Revolution across the globe. Janet will share her story and how her Pyramid of Health and the Life Transformation Program at Hippocrates Health Institute played a key role in her healing and in optimizing her health.

NOVEMBER 13, 2016 Vegan Potluck with Bonnie Price.

Bonnie demoed Delicious Treats for the Holidays. Bonnie is a Vegan Chef, Licensed Massage Therapist, a Certified Natural Hygiene Coach through Modern Manna Ministries in California, and a Certified Yoga Instructor. She was born and raised Vegan but never had the health side of things down until she was about 20 years old and went to California where Bonnie did a 10-day detox and cleanse and learned the importance of herbal remedies, juice fasting and cleansing the body. She got into raw food and watched what she ate, Bonnie found that she had so much energy that exercising was easy and was able to lose 40 pounds.  

October 16, 2016 At Vegan Potluck with Alex Shopov. Alex spoke on "Veganism And The Laws of Ecology: The Global Impact Of Local Food Choices." Alex is a veteran of 4 Sea Shepherd campaigns. By day, he is a lead software engineer at Lighter, a vegan nutrition startup as well as a plant-powered athlete with the Strong Hearts Vegan Power Racing Team, which recently completed the 200 mile Ragnar Adirondacks relay.

September 18, 2016 AT Vegan Potluck with Vegan Personal Chef Mary Lawrence. She spoke about Cooking Vegan for Nonvegan Family and Friends. She owns Well on Wheels which is Connecticut's premier vegan personal chef service providing fresh whole foods plant-based cuisine prepared in your home kitchen. Mary is the Executive Director of Ahimsa Health & Harmony.

April 17, 2016 Vegan Potluck with Dr. Casey Taft. He is Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and co-owner of the Vegan Publishers. The first title released under the Vegan Publishers banner is an illustrated children’s book called Dave Loves Chickens . Dr. Taft is the author of the Motivational Methods for Vegan Advocacy (which made it to #1 for Animal Rights on Amazon). At Vegfest UK London and other gatherings, he has spoken about how we to motivate others to want to help animal.

March 13, 2016 Vegan Potluck with Mona Sigal, MD. She is a well-known physician in the Boston area where she treats chronic diseases with nutrition-based medicine. While nutrition-based medicine is a holistic approach, it is a major area of new research in healthcare. Working with other MDs, her prescriptions are evidence-based and scientifically confirmed. Her medical intervention is designed for folks who have been failed by today's medication- and procedure-driven healthcare industry.

December 13, 2015 Vegan Potluck with Speaker Tiffany Walker and Zach Groff will inspire you to join the rapidly growing community of Direct Action Everywhere.