Rochester Area Vegan Society

Healthy People, Healthy Planet…

Healthy People, Healthy Planet...

Compassion, it's what's for dinner...

Want to go vegan? We can help...

No previous experience necessary...

Help mend our world...

Live in Harmony with Your Values...

Reverence for Life...

Our 29th year!

The Rochester Area Vegan Society
P.O. Box 20185
Rochester, NY 14602

Scroll to bottom to leave us a message…

Welcome to!

RAVS Bus Campaign

The above banner is from our recent Rochester City Bus Campaign!

Click here to learn how to go vegan!

A Plant-Based Diet:
Eating For Happiness and Health

Rochester Lifestyle Medicine’s
6-week,12-CME plant-based nutrition course will be given again at

Monroe County Medical Society on successive Mondays starting March 5, 2018

6:15 to 8:30 pm

Click here for more information and to register.

We are now the Rochester Area Vegan Society!

In Celebration of our 25th anniversary, we 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 just took 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.

Upcoming Monthly Meetings:

Other Events:


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 online calendar.
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 4x6 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. If you are interested in learning more about membership, click here.


“A Plant-Based Diet: Eating for Happiness and Health.” Given by Ted D. Barnett, MD; includes food samples and recipes. Six weeks, 2 hours a week. Eligible for continuing education credit for health professionals through U of R. For more information visit our Events page or click here. The course will begin again on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 in the Twig Auditorium at Rochester General Hospital. CHIP (Complete Health Improvement Program). Started in Loma Linda, CA (one of the world’s “Blue Zones”), this is new to the Rochester area and is directed by RAVS’s own Ted D. Barnett, MD. The year-long CHIP Revolution program starts with eighteen video-based classes taken over nine to eighteen weeks. Each two hour session includes small-group and facilitator-led discussions. Over the course of the year, there are 6 personal sessions with a medical provider. Blood is drawn 6 times during the year to assess lab changes. There will be monthly ClubCHIP sessions for the remainder of the year. For more information and to register click here. UR Program for Nutrition in Medicine. Offers 8-week, twice-weekly Lifestyle Intensive program taught by Thomas Campbell, MD and Erin Campbell, MD, MPH, which includes medical monitoring, catered meals and cooking classes. May be eligible in future for reimbursement under health insurance. Other programs include individual consultations; full-service Immersion Program; and Lunch with Docs seminar open to general public for modest fee. “UR Nutrition in Medicine.” “Seeds of Change” Lowfat vegan cooking class; Unity Diabetes Center. Call (585) 368-4560 or click here. Oil-Free Vegan Group: Bi-monthly (every two months) meeting of Rochester Area Vegan Society. Oil-free (Esselstyn-style) vegan potluck followed by informational program with Q & A and discussion. Details on our Events page.

Upcoming Monthly Meetings:

Other Events:


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.






“A Plant-Based Diet: Eating for Happiness and Health”



Our 6-week plant-based nutrition course began again on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 Where: Highland Hospital, 1000 South Avenue, Rochester, NY When: 6 Wednesdays from February 22 to April 29, 2017. 12 hours of credit is again available for doctors and other health care professionals. This is the 12th time we have given the course and over 560 people have already attended! Registration is now closed. Check back in the fall.







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


A Vegan Diet:

What is it, and Why? If you are not a vegetarian or a member of the Rochester Area Vegan Society (RAVS), this column is for you. Here are some of the basics. A vegetarian is someone who eats no animal flesh: no meat, poultry or fish. A vegan is a vegetarian who goes further and eats no animal products at all: no eggs, cheese, milk, or honey. RAVS recommends a vegan diet as the optimal diet. What are the reasons to go vegan? It comes down to these: for your health, for the animals, and for the planet. Every day there are new findings that a plant-based diet is best for health. The standard American diet (SAD), which revolves around meat and animal products, results in poor health for people, suffering for animals, waste of resources, and devastation for the environment. But changing your diet can be hard, and people who want to change often need help. If you want to move in this direction, RAVS can help you. We are here to provide information and support. You do not need to be a vegetarian or vegan to give us a call, to attend our meetings, or to join our group. You do not need to be a member, either, to attend our meetings; guests are always welcome, and you don’t need to reserve beforehand. You only need to follow our “vegan rule” for our share-a-dish meetings (see box on this page), and there is a $3 guest fee for non-members. Come to a meeting, you will find us helpful and welcoming.

We provide:

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 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.

Our activities:

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. We also sponsor educational programs and participate in many outreach programs. 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.

RAVS is supported by members’ dues and donations.

We accept no advertising or commercial support.

Would you like to receive our meeting notices and quarterly newsletter, or send us a message?

11 + 9 =

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!

Rochester Area Vegan Society

Healthy People, Healthy Planet…