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Vegetarian Dining Club Pages

The Vegetarian Dining Club was founded in the summer of 1908 by Jeremiah Price and Matthias von Besiex. It was the first of its kind in Washington, DC, and possibly the first east of the Mississippi. Mr. Price and Mr. von Besiex had both converted to a vegetarian lifestyle after their induction into Zen Buddhism in 1892 by Master Jing Shi. Mr. Price and Mr. Shi had met years earlier when both had been employed on the C&O canal system, Mr. Price as an engineer, and Mr. Shi as a grading surveyor. Mr. Price and Mr. von Besiex met shortly thereafter through a literary agent who had suggested they collaborate on a book. Outside of the small Chinese and Indian communities in Washington, DC, vegetarianism was almost unheard of. Mr. Price and Mr. von Besiex realized the need for a dining club through which like-minded vegetarians could meet, gather, and discover what dining options were available. On June 5th, 1908 the first event was held at Bao Ran Noodle Shop in DC's China Town.

We have revived their legacy, and try to live up to their early guiding principles, which include:

  • Our group leads by quiet example; we let each person walk their own path in their own time. We are open to ALL people, vegetarians, vegans, pescatarians, fruitarians, nutarians, and even omnivores. We don't try to convert anyone or get on a soap box. We do ask that omnivores and pescatarians dine vegetarian at our events; otherwise it puts some people off their meals. Our group is wonderfully inclusive and welcoming, and we like it this way; it makes for a great and supportive community.
  • Do not join and use our events to promote yourself, your business, or your cause... no matter how related you think it is to our topic! Our dinners are NOT for networking. We are enjoying each other's company, nothing less, nothing more.

So, join us in our ongoing exploration of DC area vegetarian & vegan dining. Every week or two we'll travel to a different vegetarian & vegan restaurant and enjoy great food and great company. All are welcome.


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Page title Most recent update Last edited by
The Great Vegetarian Cabal of Twenty-Ten January 11, 2010 5:57 PM Quinxy
Rules May 12, 2012 12:24 AM Quinxy
About Vegetarian Dining Club October 10, 2015 10:54 PM Quinxy

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