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Rochester Area Vegan Society

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Our 25th year!

We are now the Rochester Area Vegan Society!

In Celebration of our 25th anniversary, we have changed our name from the Rochester Area Vegetarian Society to the Rochester Area Vegan Society!

Since its founding in the fall of 1989, all of RAVS’s events, projects, publications, and recommendations—as well as all the food served at its meetings—have been completely vegan. It has just taken 25 years for its name to catch up. RAVS has always intended to convey that the reasons not to eat meat, poultry and fish—concern for human health, for the lives of animals, and for the sustainability of the planet—argue just as strongly not to eat eggs, milk, cheese, or any other animal products. For all of these years, the group has kept its name in the belief that it is more welcoming to those who have not made the decision to be vegan. But in point of fact, RAVS welcomes everyone—meat eaters, vegetarians, and vegans alike—to contact us, to join the group, and to attend any of its events. By changing its name, RAVS makes the unequivocal statement that its goal is to promote a vegan diet and way of life, and its mission is to bring that message to everyone.


Our regular monthly meetings are on the third Sunday of the month at the Brighton Town Park Lodge, 777 Westfall Rd. Rochester, NY.

The dates and locations occasionally change so always check our newsletter or the calendar below.

Our next meeting is February 15, 2015:

Speaker: Michael Greger, MD (via Skype)
We will be showing Dr. Michael Greger’s latest nutrition update video. After the video, Dr. Greger will join us via Skype for a Q&A session. 5:30 PM Vegan Potluck Dinner, 7:00 PM Program, Brighton Town Park Lodge, 777 Westfall Road

Click here for information about Dr. Greger.

RAVS Rules for Share-A-Dish Meals:
All dishes must be completely vegan. They may not contain any meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products, or honey. Gelatin is a meat by-product. Please watch out for hidden dairy products, such as whey and casein or caseinate. Please prepare a 4×6 card with the name of the dish and all ingredients. Prepare enough to serve eight people. Please bring your own serving dishes and utensils, as well as your own dishes to eat from.

The guest fee is $3.00, which can be applied towards your membership if you join the same night.


Learn about the history of the dietary recommendations and why what most people think about nutrition is wrong. Learn how to thrive on a whole-food plant-based diet. For more information, visit our Education page.

Our 6-week plant-based nutrition course started Tuesday, January 20, 2015!

It is being held in the Unity Hospital Education Center. Over 50 people are attending. Online enrollment is now closed. Late enrollment is still possible. Call (585) 234-8750 or email rochesterveg.org.

Founded in 1989, RAVS is a non-profit, non-sectarian educational organization dedicated to promoting human and animal health and happiness, as well as to promoting the health of the planet, through the adoption of a vegan diet and lifestyle.

We bring to the community:

  • Educational resources for informing the public about the advantages of a vegan life-style.
  • Nutritional information, including recipes, that will support and facilitate the adoption and healthful enjoyment of a vegan diet.
  • Insight into the impact of animal-centered diets on human health, on the integrity of our environment, on world hunger, and on cruelty needlessly inflicted on billions of living, feeling, creatures every year.
  • An opportunity for interested not-yet-vegans to learn at first-hand about the delights of good vegan cooking and to get to know and interact with experienced vegans.
  • An opportunity for enriched understanding, mutual support, and shared fellowship for practicing vegans. We provide opportunities for community outreach and community service in the interest of good health, environmental protection, and compassionate living.

What RAVS does:

  • RAVS meets once a month, usually on the third Sunday. Most meetings offer a SHARE-A-DISH DINNER of completely vegan foods, and we regularly present stimulating and informative programs. Our programs have featured distinguished nutrition experts, health-care professionals, panels of creative vegan cooks, discussion forums on ethical issues, book reviews, and films.
  • RAVS publishes a quarterly newsletter, The Vegan Advocate, with updates on our activities, recipes, discounts, articles on nutrition, health and the environment, as well as on issues of compassion and respect for living creatures. We report on restaurant dining in our area, and on sources of vegan food.
  • RAVS welcomes everyone to membership, whether or not they have adopted a vegan lifestyle. Attending our meetings does not require  you to be a member. We encourage all who are interested to share in our group’s activities, and to support the objectives and philosophy of the Society.

Become a member!

RAVS membership is open to all members of the community.

It is not necessary to be vegetarian or vegan to come to our meetings or join our society.

Join RAVS!

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Future Events:

Dr. Barnett’s government testimony:

On Tuesday, January 14, 2014, Ted D. Barnett, MD, co-coordinator of RAVS, testified at the meeting of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee in Washington, D.C.
To view the testimony click here: DGAC Video

Dr. Barnett was the 5th speaker and can be seen at 20:20 minutes into the video. If you have the time, watch the whole video, it’s fascinating!
The following have been featured speakers at prior RAVS events: Dr. Michael Greger was #4; Amie Hamlin was #13; Milton Mills, MD was #34 (except he got there late and is at the end).

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