The Scranton Beets Meet to Learn and Eat!


Join the Scranton Beets for a free and informative lecture at The Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine at 5:30 this Wed April 18th and then stop down at Thai Rak Thai on Adams Ave for dinner with us. I will make a reservation Tues eve for dinner Wed at 7 p.m. Please RSVP to and if you would like to eat as a group, please bring cash as the restaurant requests one check for groups. Here are the details about the lecture:
According to the @clevelandclinic’s Gail A. Cresci, PhD, diet and medications can harm the good bacteria in your gut, leading to chronic illness. Dr. Cresci will deliver the fifth Preventive Medicine Lecture at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine on Wednesday, April 18 at 5:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. There is still time to register!


Meet Chef James Bolus at the New Cafe!


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Chef James Bolus will share his vision for teaching people to eat organic, local, and sustainably at 10:30 a.m. on Sat, January 27th and then stay for special plant-based lunch options prepared by Chef James! You can read about New Café on their website where I learned that James is a graduate of Art Institute of Philadelphia and previously worked at Zahav Restaurant. That experience coupled with a confident background in French, Lebanese, and Moroccan cuisines crafted with healthful and available local ingredients, fired with a passionate imagination, puts The New Cafe in the forefront of dining excellence.


The Scranton Beets, 2017 in Review!


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The Scranton Beets had a very busy year in 2017 traveling around the area spreading the good news about the health benefits of plant-based nutrition. Here’s a little video which is the product of a couple of sleepless nights and experimenting with some new software. It is definitely not a technical masterpiece, but hope you enjoy seeing our members having fun, making new friends, and enjoying excellent food! Thanks for stopping by!

Taking the Die out of Diet!


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Free lecture  coming up Thursday, October 5th at 5:30 p.m. at the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine followed by dinner with The Scranton Beets at Thai Rak Thai in Scranton. Seating at lecture is first come, first serve  at the lecture and registration link is  below. Please e-mail Jean @ if you would like to be included in the dinner reservations for 7 p.m. at Thai Rak Thai. Hope to see you there! ALL ARE WELCOME!!
“Taking the die out of diet”
Kim Williams, MD
Chief of Cardiology, Rush University Medical Center
Past President of the American College of Cardiology



Eat plants, Get Fit, and Have fun with Ralph!


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Start your morning out right with plant-based personal trainer Ralph Caputo o  Saturday June 24th at 10 a.m. We will meet outdoors next to The Greenhouse at Nay Aug in Scranton on Arthur Ave and will meet inside the greenhouse if it rains. Ralph will share his journey to vegetarianism and then to a whole food plant-based diet and how you can lose weight, get fit, have fun, and even thrive on a plant-based diet. He will also lead us in some simple exercises and share how to get started on a fitness routine! Light refreshments will be served. Suggested minimum donation, $5.00. Our presenter declined any reimbursement for his services, so donations will be given to The Greenhouse Project for use of their facilities and programs and any donations above the amount for the Greenhouse will be donated to Indraloka Animal Sanctuary at Ralph’s request. RSVP to or on our Facebook event.


Plant-based Pizza and Planning Party!


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I hope everyone had a relaxing holiday season with family and friends. I am looking forward to getting together to hear your ideas for events for 2017 to promote plant-based eating and build our community. I have some offers from folks in the community to do some programming but would love your feedback before I make final plans. I will make some pizza shells and we can work in teams to top the pizzas. Let me know if you can bring a salad or treat to share. If you have any special dietary needs, please let me know also. Dishes should be plant-based and oil free. Contact me if you need an easy recipe or have any questions!
Please RSVP to help me to plan for the food. Look forward to hearing your ideas!
Date: Sunday, Jan 15th, 2017
Time: 2-4 p.m.
Place: Jean’s House (contact me for details at
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Go to to learn more about Plant Pure eating, and Plant Pure Nation’s mission to spread the good news about plant-based nutrition and better health!  

The Scranton Beets Meet to Eat!


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Let’s get together for a fun evening to socialize, get to know one another, and enjoy dinner at Thai Rak Thai on Saturday, December 10th at 7:00 p.m. I realize many may have holiday plans, so whoever can come, we will be there. Please let me know by Fri, Dec 9th if you can come and I will make a reservation. You can e-mail me with your reservation at If you decide you can come that day, let me know and I’ll call the restaurant and add you. Thai Rak Thai is BYOB and you can check out the menu online. They have a whole page of veggie options and you can leave the egg out of the vegetarian dishes to make them vegan.

It can be difficult to navigate eating out when you eat a plant-based diet, so we can share tips and tricks with one another. I will also bring a handout with local restaurant reviews compiled with the help of our members. If you have any places you would like to see on the list, let me know! I have also ordered 500 business cards for us that you can leave with your check thanking local establishments for offering plant-based options. I got a great discount at Vistaprint, so if you would like some, they are only 5 cents a piece and I will bring them to dinner. I got the idea from a vegan blogger on Instagram.

Here’s a sneak peak of the cards:

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Why is Nutrition Ignored in Medicine?


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Free program at TCMC Wed November 30th at 5:30 p.m. “Why is Nutrition Ignored in Medicine?” by T. Colin Campbell. This is part of the Preventive Medicine Lecture Series at The Commonwealth Medical College. There will be continuing Education Credit for medical professionals, too! Open to the public and all are welcome.

For decades, Dr. T. Colin Campbell has been at the forefront of nutrition education and research. Dr. Campbell’s expertise and scientific interests encompass relationships between diet and diseases, particularly the causation of cancer. His legacy, the China Project, is one  of the most comprehensive studies of health and nutrition ever conducted. The New York Times has recognized the study as the “Grand Prix of epidemiology.”

For out of towners, Scranton is about two hours away from Philadelphia and NYC.


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Top 10 Vegan Hits with Marty Davey! November 19th at 1:00 p.m.


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The Scranton Beets are so excited to have Marty Davey, AKA La Diva Dietitian, present a program on vegan nutrition for us! There will also be a short cooking demo and a Q & A. Marty is a Registered Dietitian, author, speaker, and vegan cook. She does private consultations, cooking demos at local farmers markets, and has been on the faculty of the Main Street Vegan Academy Faculty.
Victoria Moran, director of Main Street Vegan Academy says,
“Marty Davey is one of the most valuable instructors on the Main Street Vegan Academy faculty. She knows her nutritional stuff, for certain, but even more valuable is that she imparts this information in a way that our students, adults being trained as Vegan Lifestyle Coach/Educators, can understand, remember, and get excited about. Marty is both a knowledgable nutrition professional and an experienced performer — that’s a rare and unbeatable combination.”
She has spent many years working in childhood/teen obesity, eating disorders, toddlers with behavioral and physical challenges to eating, weight gain and growth. She produced a video, Million Dollar Nutrition on a Food Stamp Budget to help WIC families get the biggest nutritional bang for the buck and spent 3 years coordinating a research study focusing on obesity and the family dynamic. She will have some of her books available for purchase, too. I have personally heard Martey speak and can tell you she is dynamic, knowledgable and lots of fun! You can read more about Marty and LaDiva Dietitian at

Suggested donation: $5.00
Address: Clarks Green United Methodist Church
                   119 Glenburn Road
                   Clarks Green, PA 18411

Please RSVP on our facebook page or send an email to 


The Scranton Beets–Year in Review!


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I am feeling very happy and proud to look over the last year of activities and accomplishments of the Scranton Beets as I uploaded pics for Plant Pure Nation for a pod event in November. When we started out, I wasn’t sure I could sustain the group, but with the love, support, and assistance of friends and family, we haven’t missed a month of meeting. It has been a lot of fun and I hope we can continue into the coming year.

Here is a summary of what we did in our first year:

Nov 2015: Our first gathering to meet one another and brainstorm about the vision of the group and ideas for activities

Dec 2015: Lunch at Eden, A Vegan Café and discussion about choosing our first public event

Jan 2016: Potluck at Kathy’s house, hummus making lesson, made our intro vide, and chose a name for our first event

Feb 2016: Potluck at Cathy’s house, made teams and planned the format for our first public event

March 2016: Met to share our posters and handouts for our first event in April and organize volunteers for the food sampling table.

April 2016: The Power of Plant-Based Nutrition! Our first educational event at the Abington Community Library. We had information tables with posters and members to answer questions, a table of tasty treats, a table with plant-based kitchen staples, and a table with books and handouts. We had a great turn out and lots of fun.

May 2016: We joined the NEPA Vegans and friends for a pot luck. It was planned for a local park, but due to weather, we met in the food court of the local mall

June 2016: Balsamic vinegar tasting and refreshments and a local balsamic and olive oil store called Thirteen Olives. The owner is a chef who made us oil free plant-based treats and a drink called a “shrub” made with fruit juice and balsamic vinegar and he demonstrated how to make muhummara, a wonderful red pepper dish. This event was very well received.

July 2016: “Relax, Renew, Restore” We met with a friend who is a nurse and yoga therapist for a yoga session for beginners and then enjoyed a plant-based lunch together that I prepared in advance. Everyone loved the yoga!

August 2016: Edible Plant Hike with Hiking Jane. We walked along a trail in Scranton and our friend Jane Frye who is a nature and hiking enthusiast identified edible and poisonous plants for us and shared her enthusiasm for her new plant-based diet following Dr. Esselstyn’s program to prevent and reverse heart disease.

Sept 2016: A Taste of Mindfulness in the Park. My friend Lisa Rigau, an RN with a masters in nutrition led us on a meditative walk and did a sampling of mindful eating outdoors in the beautiful Lackawanna State Park.

October 2016: Indraloka Animal Sanctuary Tour and pot luck. We had a fantastic tour and visit with the animals led by Indra Lahiri, the passionate founder of the sanctuary. After the tour, we had a pot luck in the barn, made new friends, and did some brief video interviews with some of the members of our group.

Coming up November 2016: Top 10 Vegan Hits with Marty Davey! Marty is an RD, who has been on staff at Main Street Vegan Academy with Victoria Moran and does cooking demos at local farmers markets and often appears as “La Diva Dietitian.” She is funny, smart, and engaging and we can’t wait to have her speak and do a cooking demo for us!

Please let us know what kind of activities you would like to see in 2017, new activities and also if there are any you would like us to repeat!