Vegetarian-Vegan Society to meet Wednesday

WESTFIELD — The Chautauqua County Vegetarian-Vegan Society will meet on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the YWCA, 58 South Portage St., Westfield. This month’s speaker will be Gail Erb, coordinator of the Vegetarian Society. Erb will speak on John Robbins’ book “Healthy at 100: The Scientifically Proven Secrets of the World’s Healthiest and Longest-Lived Peoples.”

Robbins is a bestselling author, social activist and humanitarian who has written about the links among nutrition, environmentalism, and animal rights. The only son of the founder of the Baskin-Robbins ice cream empire, Robbins was groomed to follow in his father’s footsteps. But he walked away from Baskin-Robbins and the immense wealth it represented to choose a simpler lifestyle.

He became vegan and authored the book “Diet for a New America,” showing the connections between diet, physical health, animal cruelty and environmentalism.

He is the founder of EarthSave, an organization which promotes healthy, environmentally sound food choices.

The menu for the evening will be pot luck. Those attending are invited (but not required) to bring a nutritious dish to share which will serve eight to 10 people. All food should be vegan (no meat, eggs, dairy products or cheese), and, when possible, organic and locally grown. Those attending should also bring their own table service.

The cost of the dinner is $6 per person, or $2 per person for those who bring a dish to share, with reduced rates for children. For more information or to make a reservation, call Gail Erb at 753-7761 or Anne Watkins at 782-4334, or email

All meetings are open to the public, especially to those who are interested in learning more about healthy eating and living. It is not necessary to be vegan or vegetarian to attend the meeting.

The Vegetarian Society is an information and support group for individuals seeking to explore healthy eating through vegetarian or vegan lifestyles. The group meets monthly for a vegan dinner.

For more information, see Facebook at Chautauqua-Vegetarian-Society.