Past Meetup

VSDC Co-Hosts Talk with Bill "SGT Vegan" Muir + Lunch @ Pianta / New Deal Cafe

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The New Deal Cafe

113 Centerway · Greenbelt, MD

How to find us

Come to the back section of the cafe

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The Veg Society of DC ( is pleased to organize a talk by Bill "SGT Vegan" Muir ( with lunch at the new, all-vegan Pianta at the New Deal Cafe ( in Greenbelt MD.

SGT Vegan will give a talk based on his new book, ‘Vegan Strong’, a guide on how to navigate all the life changes that go with being vegan with resources for the vegan lifestyle. The book also includes fun and thought-provoking interviews with vegans about their stories, so readers will never feel alone on their vegan journey.

This event will be held at Pianta at the New Deal Cafe, in Greenbelt MD, which serves an accessible, plant-based, Italian-American menu that nurtures the environment, animals, and our health. They also have desserts from Vegan Treats. Pianta at the New Deal Cafe is managed by our wonderful friends at DC Vegan Catering ( so come out and show them your support.
(Free parking is available in the lot just outside and around the shopping center - please read and follow all parking signs. The location is metro accessible with bus connections.)

Please plan to have lunch at Pianta since they are kindly providing the space without additional charge. It is a 'pay on your own' event directly to the restaurant and they accept major credit cards. Please keep your RSVP current.

Arrive at 1130 am to get seated and order food. The event will start at noon and finish around 130 pm. Attendees can mingle more after the talk has concluded.

After 9/11, SGT Vegan left a cushy job teaching English in Japan to join the Army. Despite being afraid of heights, he became a paratrooper with the 173rd Airborne Brigade, and served in Afghanistan as a Combat Medic. A vegan since 1992, SGT Vegan adhered to his plant-fueled diet throughout his rigorous training and deployment. Since being Honorably Discharged from the Armed Services, SGT Vegan has earned a Certificate in Vegan Culinary Arts from Atlantic Union College and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from Drexel University. SGT Vegan now works as a Registered Nurse with our nation’s heroes at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center.

Vegan Strong: The Ultimate Field Manual for a Kick-Ass Plant-Fueled Life
For more information, please visit
Follow SGT Vegan on Instagram @sgt_vegan
Vegan Strong is available on Amazon at

VSDC ( is a clear and consistent voice for improving the lives of all beings through education on the benefits of a vegan diet & lifestyle. Sharing food is the bond that brings families together; so is it with our large and growing family. From simply “breaking bread” to experiencing delicious and nutritious vegan foods from around the world, we make your journey easier, enjoyable & meaningful.

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