Our primary activity is offering a Gourmet Vegetarian Dinner every Monday night in Palo Alto, at the First Baptist Church, 305 North California Avenue at Bryant, 1/4 mile East of Alma. This is a full vegan dinner which includes soup, grain, beans or bean products, vegetables, dessert, and beverage, prepared by expert natural foods Chef Gary Alinder, our Chef since our inception in 1987. Dinner price is $15, reservations requested by Monday, 9:30 AM, If you can't dine with us, you can order a takeout!
All are welcome at our Dinners, vegetarian or not. The Dinners are particularly helpful for those who want to eat healthy, but may not know how to get started. Many who attend may have the same health concerns you have.
Seating is communal, all are friendly, and newcomers are welcome. Attendance ranges from 60 to 100, with a full spectrum of ages spanning newborns to grandparents, including quite a few interesting singles. Many long-term friendships have started at a Monday Dinner, and are renewed every week!
When a noteworthy speaker or other event is available, we feature an After-Dinner Lecture or Event. Lectures are usually on macrobiotic or other health related topics, by a variety of speakers including macrobiotic counselors, medical doctors, cooking teachers, and people who have dealt successfully with serious diseases using macrobiotic or similar approaches. Other events have included performances by folk singers and vegetarian Chinese acrobats. We have a pass-the-hat policy for our events; we suggest a donation of $5-10.
Dinner Menus are published in advance and accompany the Newsletter. The Newsletter lists and describes After-Dinner Events, cooking classes, take-out meals, macrobiotic and related conferences, services, restaurants, and markets. The Dinner Menus and Newsletter are published every two months, six times per year.