I attended a luncheon at the home of articulate,
educated Hudson Valley residents recently. As I walked in,
the hostess said, "There is veal in the pasta, but I got
you some ziti with cheese. I will heat it up now."
Helping myself to salad while avoiding the chunks of
cheese in it, I replied, "Donít heat it up, I do not eat cheese."
"Why not?" she asked.
"I am a vegan," I answered. "We donít eat animal
products." Her reply was, "Cheese is animal?"
I smiled and said in what I hope was my kindest, gentlest
voice, "Think about it."
What I really wanted to say was "You mean you are still
eating veal, I gave up veal 20 years before I gave up
other meat, donít you KNOW about the cruelty ó
and just where DO you think cheese comes from?"
We have a lot of work yet to do. Remember, speak softly
but firmly, educate gently and teach by example,
not by lecturing.
We have been busy at MHVS. In
April, we had an open house at our new
headquarters in Rhinebeck, attended by both members
and some local people. In May, 25
members and friends gathered at Cafť Gabriel in
Kingston for a dinner prepared just for us.
Two cooking classes were held in April and May, one on
basics of healthy eating and the second on
lighter cooking for summer. Both were ably
taught by our consulting chef Lauren Klatsky, with
assistance from yours truly. (Thank you, Gail Reeke, for your
lovely note of appreciation.)
Please check the listing of upcoming events and mark your
calendar. Also please RSVP for events you wish to attend. If we do
not have your e-mail address, please send it. We use e-mail for
last minute notifications. We always try to keep
the notices short, and we do not give out the
addresses to any other organization. Send it to
me at Robbie@mhvs.org
, or call me at 845-876-2626.