Leading with Luna. Luna 61 that is. We have been lax in letting you know
that Tivoli is the new home of Peter and Debra Maisel’s eclectic,
organic vegetarian restaurant. The familiar round red sign that hung
outside of the former location in Red Hook now graces the new
establishment. The new address is now 55 Broadway, but 61 is engraved in
our brains, so we are glad they did not change the name.
The menu feature a variety of vegan dishes, my personal favorite is the
Pad Thai. Although most Thai restaurants will make it without shrimp and
egg, it is nice to know that no animal products are ever considered in
their version. Peter uses a lovely blend of seasonings. The jerk seitan
is a delight as are other dishes featuring tempeh and tofu. The salad
rolls or galaxy rolls are a good start for any meal as are the fresh
salads and a different soup every night. A few dishes have cheese, but
you may ask to have any item served vegan. Debra does desserts – and
does them well. The fruit crisps are especially nice, the kind you would
make at home if you ever got round to it or knew how to do it. So when
you need a dessert for a party or event, call Debra and order ahead.
Luna is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday starting at five and for
Sunday brunch. Phone 845•758•0061 for reservations. Check the internet
for more information and reviews. Luna has received Hudson Valley
Magazine’s Best Veg Restaurant award.
MHVS now has an advisory board, we choose people who are active,
knowledgeable and who have worked with us on various projects. We can
call upon their experience, strength and skills and appreciate all they
have to offer us. Members so far are Milton Mills, M.D, Matt and Mary
Kelly of the Berkshire Vegetarian Network, Jenny Brown of the Woodstock
Animal Sanctuary, Kathy Stevens of the Catskill Animal Sanctuary. Harold
Brown of Farm Sanctuary and Frank and Mary Hoffman.
Summerfest held in Johnstown, Pa., was very well attended by MHVS
members and friends. I enjoyed my seventh year there and was especially
pleased to share a presentation with our friend and advisor Milton
Mills, M.D., who gave several presentations. I provided vegan snacks for
the Diabetes and Exercise physiology talks. Milton is getting booked up
rapidly, speaking in Hawaii, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago this
fall. If you would like more information about his presentations and how
to book him in your area call the MHVS office.
We were very pleased to have the following MHVS members and friends at
Summerfest. Attending for the first time, Jeff Baker, Marvin Lang,
Father and son team of Gib and Michael Hague. Michael was a volunteer at
the food demos as was Arlen Baden. Judi Gilardi attended for her second
year. Attending for the zillionth time, Rae Schlecht and Zinnia Konvisor,
Carole and Arthur, Baral, both of whom are on the board of North
American Vegetarian Society which hosts the conference.
Reagan Bongornio attended with her daughter Jesse. Reagan taught a yoga
class. Susan Christofferson was there with her daughter Zane. Good to
see members bringing young children. Other attendees included, Barb and
Lou Karwowski, Judy Weiner and Gerry Scher, Drs. Carol Kessler and Barry
Mark DDS. (A huge thank you to Carol and Barry who became life members
of MHVS this year). Melanie Carpenter and George Eiseman, George was
also a presenter. Alexandra Santilli, attended and you will see a few
paragraphs down what happened when I visited her later in the summer.
Summerfest will be earlier next year, beginning on Wednesday June 28.
In August we were pleased to have Will Tuttle give a talk and mini piano
concert at the Reformed Church in Rhinebeck. His wife Madeleine
displayed her beautiful animal affirming artwork. Check out
Two good gift book ideas, “The World peace Diet” by Will Tuttle and
‘Where The Blind Horse Sings” by Kathy Stevens. Give one, or both
together. People often say to me “Do you think you can make me a
vegetarian?” or “Are you trying to convert me?” My answer, always, is
that no one can change another person’s mind. What we can do is offer
information presented in a friendly nonjudgmental way. Both of these
books do that very well. Instead of going to the big chains, order from
the respective author’s websites or from MHVS.
visit to Alexandra Santilli this summer resulted in an interest in a soy
milk machine, the SoyaJoy. Alexandra has used her since 2001,gets good
results every time and the machine works fine. I ordered one and was
very pleased with the results. You can make soymilk, and also almond
milk, oat milk or mixtures. The price for the equivalent of a quart box
is ten cents. It takes only 15 minutes. (OK you do have to soak the
beans overnight and when finished cool the milk.) A family could save
$50 or more per month – allowing a nice dinner out at Luna 61 or Garden
Café in Woodstock. Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society has become a
distributor, we will sell the SoyaJoy for $80, you can pick one up at
our office in Rhinebeck or we will be happy to bring yours to an event.
Call the office to learn more.
One more offer. Veg News the outstanding vegetarian lifestyle magazine
offered us a deal we won’t refuse. Check out www.vegnews.com if you
don’t know the magazine. Instead of paying $20 per year you can now get
this outstanding bi-monthly magazine for $7.50. To do so, order and pay
through Mid- Hudson Vegetarian Society. We need 25 subscriptions to
qualify for this offer. You may order for yourself and for gift
subscriptions also. Think of it this way, you can get a subscription for
yourself and two gift subscription for $2.50 more than what one
subscription usually costs. The deadline is November 10; subscription
will begin with the January/February issue. Call 845•876•2626. Veg News
is a good gift for a vegan or a wannabe.
Roberta Schiff, President
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