Pre-Veg Fest Dinner at Garden Café with Dr. Melanie Joy

Please join us the evening before Central Florida Veg Fest for a dinner at Garden Café and a meet-n-greet/informal Q&A with Dr. Melanie Joy. Dr. Joy is the author of Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism. She is also the founder of the Carnism Awareness and Action Network (CAAN). The dinner is a fundraiser benefiting CAAN, a charitable organization dedicated to raising awareness of and transforming carnism.

Cost is $25 in advance (we must receive payment by October 23) or $35 at the door. Paypal to [masked], or send checks to Vegetarians of Central Florida, 12472 Lake Underhill Road #227, Orlando FL 32828. (All proceeds over the $14 meal/tax/tip price go to CAAN.) Email [masked] with any questions.

Price includes 8 vegan dishes: Eggplant with Basil, Pepper Steak, Rice Vermicelli Singapore, Stir-fried Veggies. Sweet-n-Sour Chicken, Veggie Fried Rice, Combination Lo Mein, and Pork Canton-Style.

We hope you will read the book if you haven’t already, come meet Dr. Joy, then go hear her presentation at Veg Fest!

***It's important that you keep your RSVP updated so we can give the restaurant an accurate count on Oct 23. Thank you!***

About the Author/Speaker:

Melanie Joy, Ph.D. Ed.M. is a Harvard-educated psychologist and professor of psychology and sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Dr. Joy has  written articles on psychology, animal protection, and social justice, as well as the acclaimed Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism, and Strategic Action for Animals. Though much of Dr. Joy’s writing focuses on animal protection, she is also a longtime human rights advocate. Dr. Joy has been active in a number of social justice movements, and she teaches courses which focus on systems of privilege and oppression, feminist psychology, domestic violence, and psychological trauma.


About the book Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows:

In her groundbreaking book, Melanie Joy explores the invisible system that shapes our perception of the meat we eat, so that we love some animals and eat others without knowing why. She calls this system carnism. Carnism is the belief system, or ideology, that allows us to selectively choose which animals become our meat, and it is sustained by complex psychological and social mechanisms.Like other “isms” (racism, sexism, etc.), carnism is most harmful when it is unrecognized and unacknowledged. Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows names and explains this phenomenon and offers it up for examination. Unlike the many books that explain why we shouldn’t eat meat, Joy’s book explains why we do eat meat – and thus how we can make more informed choices as citizens and consumers.

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  • Darren

    I enjoyed the evening. Great food. Very stimulating conversation. :o)

    October 26, 2012

  • Cynthia A.

    Great Meetup-Dr. Joy is brilliant! Hearing her and speaking with her made for a terrific night-a wonderful precursor to VegFest. The food was abundant and delicious too. The company was excellent too, a very interesting group of people.

    October 26, 2012

  • kathy

    There is no mention of any talk by the author. Is she going to do any type of presentation? If not, is the seating such that all attendees can hear any discussion/questions/answers?

    October 20, 2012

    • Jessi

      Hi Kathy, Dr. Joy's presentation is the next day at Veg Fest. I thought maybe she could just answer some questions for the whole group, then go around to each table to chat. (There are 10 seats per table.) Have you read the book? If not, you're more than welcome to come still - it's good food and a good cause! Browsing her website ( this week will help get you "up to speed". Thanks!

      October 20, 2012

  • Cynthia A.

    Plus 1 guest

    October 5, 2012

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