Welcome to the website of the Vegetarian Society of Richmond, Virginia!  We are here to support you in pursuing a healthy, compassionate, earth-friendly vegetarian lifestyle.  Whether you are a committed vegan or just trying out a few vegetarian dishes, you are welcome here!  See our events page for a list of upcoming events.  We hope to see you soon!

Save the Date!  Richmond Vegetarian Festival is June 21!

Noon to 6:00 p.m.  Azalea Gardens at Bryan Park.  

Rain date July 5.

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Awesome food!  Over 20 food vendors!

100+ vendors -- live music -- inspiring speakers.


Victoria Moran, author of 'Main Street Vegan' and guest (twice) on Oprah.

Gene Bauer, president of Farm Sanctuary and guest of Martha Stewart.

Don't miss this annual event that draws thousands!

See more info on the festival website.

MaMusu's West African Cuisine Opens Southside Location

Chef MaMusu's West African Cuisine is opening in the former Parkside Cafe location at 3514 Forest Hill Ave. in South Richmond.
The South Side spot will serve similar West African fare, with a fusion of Southern and Caribbean flavors. 
The downtown spot is lunch only, but the new location will focus on table service and dinner, plus lunch, Saturday breakfast and Sunday brunch.
There are plans for live jazz on the weekends. The opening will be April 5th.

Meatless Mondays: A Night of Superfoods

Instructor: Chef Jenny Tremblay West

We'll create fantastic meals without the meat! This is all about the "superfoods" for a healthier way of eating- fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds...and yes...even chocolate.

Date: April 14, 2014

Time: 6:30pm

Price: $65

Class Size: 16 

*Call 804.404.5EAT (5328) for more information, or email Christine at chefcw@miseenplaceshockoe.com.

Study Show Diabetes Less Prevalent in Vegetarians

Vegetarians are less likely to have diabetes, compared with nonvegetarians, according to a new study from Taiwan. Among 4,384 Buddhists, the women and men who avoided all meat products were approximately 33 and 50 percent less likely to have diabetes, respectively. The lead author notes that the omnivorous participants consumed a predominantly plant-based diet with little meat and fish, suggesting that even modest animal consumption can increase the risk for diabetes. Other population studies have also found that as animal product intake increases, so does risk for diabetes. In addition, the vegetarian group had higher intakes of fiber, folate, vegetables, and whole grains and lower intakes of saturated fat and cholesterol.

Chiu THT, Huang HY, Chiu YF, et al. Taiwanese vegetarians and omnivores: dietary composition, prevalence of diabetes and IFG. PLOS One. Published online February 11, 2014.

Krazy for Kale

Instructor: Chef Nate Marcus

Innovative and delicious ways to add kale to your diet with a menu of: oven baked kale chips, almond butter and miso soup with kale, grilled kale salad with ricotta, kale pesto pasta and kale smoothie

Date: April 2, 2014

Time: 6:30pm

Price: $65

Class Size: 16 
*Call 804.404.5EAT (5328) for more information, or email Christine at chefcw@miseenplaceshockoe.com.

Fiber Can Reduce Colorectal Cancer Risk

High-fiber diets help reduce your risk of colorectal cancer, according to a review published this month in the Gastroenterology.

Researchers identified 20 studies which analyzed fiber intake and risk of colorectal polyps, precursors to colorectal cancer. Sources of fiber included vegetables, fruits, and grains. Those who consumed the most fiber had a 28 percent lower likelihood of developing colon polyps, compared with those who consumed the least fiber.

Additionally, every 10 grams of dietary fiber cut the likelihood of having a polyp by 9 percent. This review stresses the importance of knowing risk factors for cancer and the best practices for prevention.

Ben Q, Sun Y, Chai R, Qian A, Xu B, Yuan Y. Dietary fiber intake reduces risk of colorectal adenoma: a meta-analysis. Gastroenterology. 2014;146:689-699.