Vegetarian-Vegan Society To Meet Wednesday

Doreen Rudnicki

WESTFIELD — The Chautauqua County Vegetarian-Vegan Society will meet Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 6 p.m. at the Westfield YWCA, 58 S. Portage St., Westfield.

The speaker will be Doreen Rudnicki of Westfield on the topic “Organics — A Slightly Different Perspective.”

Rudnicki and her husband had an NOFA-NY certified Concord grape vineyard for about 15 years. They now have a quarter acre of grapes, one acre of kiwi berries and Rudnicki grows lavender and flowers for sale. They also have blackberries, apples, pears, jostaberries and vegetables which they mostly can and freeze for their own consumption. They continue to use organic methods and are always trying to be more sustainable. Besides growing food, Rudnicki has a background in both molecular biology research and physical therapy.

The menu for the evening will be pot luck. Those attending are invited, but not required, to bring a nutritious dish to share which will serve eight to 10 people. All food should be vegan, with no meat, eggs or dairy products, and, if possible, be organic and locally grown. Those attending should also bring their own table service.

The cost of the dinner is $6 per person, or $2 per person for those bringing a dish to share, with reduced rates for children. For more information or to make a reservation, call Gail Erb at 753-7761.

All meetings are open to the public, especially to those who are interested in learning more about healthy eating and living. It is not necessary to be vegan or vegetarian to attend the meeting. The Vegetarian Society is an information and support group for individuals seeking to explore healthy eating through vegetarian or vegan lifestyles. The group meets monthly for a vegan dinner. For more information, find us on Facebook at Chautauqua-Vegetarian-Society.