Dining with Friends (of Animals, that is!)

  • January 29, 2014 · 6:30 PM
  • Cafe Blossom

Friends of Animals is the AR organization of my choice when it comes to staying on message - never any wavering between welfare and abolitionism with this group.  FoA is walking the walk consistently.  They're having the easiest fundraiser imaginable.  We eat out and the restaurant donates 15% of our check to Friends of Animals.  How cool is that?  It's high time we've done a dining around VegOutting in and of itself.  Win win!


Everything Friends of Animals can be found here:  http://friendsofanimals.org/

(get acquainted with them)


Edita Birnkrant, their New York Director, works tirelessly lobbying on the city and state government levels, advocating for the end of horse drawn carriages in NYC, the end of rounding up geese for purposes of extermination, bringing a lawsuit against the Port Authority of NY/NJ for assassinating snowy owls at JFK airport, stopping the abuse of alligators at the NY Boat Show, and even confronting Leonardo DiCaprio at the premier of The Wolf of Wall Street for his exploitation of chimpanzees.  That's just the past few weeks for FoA's Edita!  She's the face of NYC animal advocacy.


My pal, Lee Hall, was until recently their voice of all things legal.  She's written the animal rights philosophy book of our time for me, On Their Own Terms - Bringing Animal Rights Philosophy Down to Earth.


Buy this book! http://www.amazon.com/Their-Own-Terms-Lee-Hall/dp/0976915936

Check out her website, too:  http://veganplace.wordpress.com/


Our Plan:

We will meet at 6:30pm at Cafe Blossom, 466 Columbus Avenue between 82nd/83rd Streets.


All things Cafe Blossom (including their delicious menu!) are here:  http://www.blossomnyc.com/cafeblossom.php


Accessibility:

Entrance and restroom are wheelchair accessible.

Closest accessible subway station is 72nd St/Bway 1, 2 & 3 trains.  Check trip planner for best bus options on the 29th.  http://new.mta.info/


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  • Rick G.

    I understand the importance of this event but I have been called into a meeting and have to cancel last minute. My apologies.

    January 29, 2014

    • Jim

      Rick, life happens. Thank you for the message. I hope to see you soon! - Jim

      January 30, 2014

  • Brian T.

    Jim, can you let us know what ended up being our total donation to FOA? (I'm also curious if it's before or after tax and/or gratuity and/or tip)

    January 30, 2014

    • Jim

      I don't know what our total ended up to be. That said, 15% of the total food/drink bill was donated. This would not have included server's tip or NYS tax.

      January 30, 2014

  • Jim

    Had a wonderful time seeing old friends and making new ones. Welcome Nadia and Cecil! There was great conversation the food was terrific. So good! I can understand why Friends of Animals partnered with Cafe Blossom.

    January 30, 2014

  • Heather H.

    Really fun!

    1 · January 30, 2014

  • Brian T.

    Nice group, great food! Thanks, Jim.

    1 · January 29, 2014

  • Jim

    Looking forward to seeing everyone this evening. Thanks for braving the cold for the animals (and really good food!).

    January 29, 2014

  • Kaaron

    Confirming on Monday that I intend to attend on Wednesday.

    January 27, 2014

  • Bimol

    Sorry to miss you guys! Been a long time since blossom. Enjoy!

    1 · January 24, 2014

  • Nadia

    Glad to finally eat here!

    1 · January 14, 2014

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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