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One Thousand Madison Area Vegans/Vegetarians

July 10, 2012

Notice to Madison area restaurants!

There are 1000 people in Madison who LOVE to dine on delicious and healthful vegan meals!

We just received a notice from Dave, the organizer of the Madison Area Vegetarian Meetup Group, announcing that the 1000th person has joined the group! This is truly exciting news.

Started in late 2007, the Group has steadily gained members and has expanded to much more than eating at restaurants or holding potlucks. As of this posting there have been 130 meetups. Besides dinners, lunches, and breakfasts at popular local restaurants, there have been meetups which include bowling, overnight camping, picnicking, board games, vegan dessert baking classes, pumpkin picking, apple picking, hiking, sushi class, sledding, and mini-golf.

The very first meetup in October of 2007 consisted of eleven attendees for a lunch buffet. Compare that to a recent dinner at Jamerica restaurant on Willy Street where there were so many attendees that it had to be split into two nights, which is not uncommon these days.

Alliance for Animals loves this group! Dave has done so much to encourage beautiful, nutritious, and delicious vegan choices. The meetups are fun and also family friendly. If you haven’t joined yet, do it today at Madison Area Vegetarian Meetup Group.

Although this is a vegetarian group, all meals are vegan. Dave explains it this way:

“This group has members who are vegetarian, vegan, and just interested. Everyone is welcome. I think it’s important for our events to have a menu that not only has something for everyone, but where everyone can eat everything.”

In 2008 Dave Friedman received AFA’s Heart of Madison Award, in honor of all he has done to organize a wide variety of dining experiences that are all vegan friendly.

If you would like to receive weekly e-newsletters from AFA’s Simply Vegan program, which features recipes, links, news, and all kinds of information on veganism visit our Simply Vegan website and scroll down to the sign up box on the left.

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