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Vegan Dinner at Caravan of Dreams AND Cove Guardian Talk!

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**There is one seating only for this meetup event, at 7:00pm. Please arrive promptly at 7:00pm. You will get your own check, with tax and tip included.**

We are delighted to be going back to one of our group's favorite restaurants, and to be hearing a talk from the heroic Cove Guardians! This past February our group member Kelly Ann traveled to Taiji, Japan to document the cruel slaughter of dolphins there as part of a Cove Guardian crew. With the increasing international attention to this horrific practice, documented and exposed by the Cove Guardians, we're on the way to ending this monstrous slaughter. This was Kelly Ann's first trip with the Cove Guardians. We're honored to have her tell us about it, together with some of her heroic friends. Thank you very much, Kelly Ann, Ethan, and Dayna, for helping to end this terrible killing.

There's a reason why Caravan of Dreams is such a favorite of our group and restaurant reviewers. The food is not only 100% vegan, and 100% organic, but in a world of increasingly processed vegan options, they seem to really care about pushing the frontier in nutritional innovation as well as taste. They have numerous live dishes, and WHOLE ingredients!

According to New York Magazine, "the kitchen has a knack for making simple flavors work in unexpected ways -- so the burrito doesn’t taste like the stir-fry with a whole-wheat tortilla around it. Mexican dishes, like the tempeh burrito, marinated-tofu quesadilla, and the addictive nacho starter are made with vegan sour cream; the lack of dairy grease makes the sweetness and tang of homemade guacamole and salsa pop. Salads are huge, and range from standard greens to sea vegetables to tropical fruits and nuts."

Caravan is widely recognized as one of the most varied, most beautiful, and most delicious of all the vegan restaurants in New York, and it is the personal favorite of many of our members. Why? Again from New York Magazine: "The long, low room has brick walls, pressed-tin ceilings, and ancient wooden floors. Mismatched floor and table lamps cast a rosy, romantic glow over the red brocade-covered tables and banquettes. The menu, vegan interpretations of Italian, Asian, and Mexican dishes, also includes Spanish and Middle Eastern specialties." With such varied and delicious food in such a beautiful space, no wonder our members love it so much!

The New York Times rates Caravan of Dreams a Top Pick on their $25 & Under restaurant list, and writes "Caravan of Dreams is a health-food restaurant with brick walls, colorful hangings, a low ceiling and a jazz pianist. Local organic products prevail on the menu, and what comes out of the kitchen is a colorful array of flavorful preparations. Nachos, made with fresh, organic cron chips, spicy salsa and black beans are wonderful, better than at most Mexican restaurants. And hummus is rich, moist and flavorful, served with warm triangles of flat bread."

See their MENU (http://www.caravanofdreams.net/#/Menu).

So join us for a night of healthy, flavorful food, and great conversation with friendly people. For those of you who have never attended one of our Meetup events, this is an incredibly friendly & welcoming group. It will be easy to find our group: just walk to the back of the restaurant, we will have the entire back room. Everyone gets individual checks, with tax and tip included. Easy!

About the Cove Guardians:

The slaughter of 20,000 dolphins, porpoises, and small whales occurs in Japan each year. Starting on September 1st and usually continuing through March of the next year, fishermen herd whole families of small cetaceans into a shallow bays and mercilessly stab and drown them to death.

This annual slaughter of dolphins was virtually unknown until 2003 when Sea Shepherd globally released covertly-obtained film and photographs of the now infamous bloody “Cove” in a village called Taiji. Starting in 2010 and continuing to this day, Sea Shepherd has a ongoing presence of volunteers standing watch on site at the Cove. They are The Cove Guardians.

With your help, we will continue to pressure Japan to end this cruel and destructive slaughter of dolphins.

Website: http://www.seashepherd.org/cove-guardians

Our Speakers:

Ethan Wolf

Ethan brings more than fifteen years of grassroots animal rights activism experience to Sea Shepherd’s efforts. In addition to his NYC-based fundraising and outreach work as the chapter coordinator for Sea Shepherd's NYC chapter, he has monitored and documented the horrific dolphin drives in Taiji, Japan as a Cove Guardian for Sea Shepherd's Operation Infinite Patience and the harassment of sea lions for Sea Shepherd's Operation Dam Guardian on the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest.

Dayna Rozental

Dayna is a founding member of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s New York City Chapter. Since 2010, she has steered the chapter in its fundraising and outreach efforts. She has also participated in Sea Shepherd's Cove Guardian and Dam Guardian campaigns. As a Cove Guardian, she has documented the dolphin drive hunt in Taiji, Japan. As a Dam Guardian, she has observed the harassment and murder of sea lions on the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest.

Kelly Ann Sharman

Kelly Ann has a long history of social, environmental and animal rights activism. As a newcomer to Sea Shepherd she served as a Cove Guardian for a month this past February.

Kelly Ann and the heroic Cove Guardians in Taiji, Japan

**There is one seating only for this meetup event, at 7:00pm. Please arrive promptly at 7:00pm. You will get your own check, with tax and tip included.**

Train Directions: Take the F Train to 2nd Avenue (exit the station via the 1st Avenue exit), or the 6 Train to Astor Place.

Join us for a delicious dinner at Caravan of Dreams, plus a talk with the heroic Cove Guardians, including our own Kelly Ann.

David