DC Meat Free Week

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‘Chef Palma’s Westend Green Tomato Salad’
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First, there was meat week. And after I announced it, former WLDC author Jasmine astutely pointed out that every week is meat week, really. Which is a point I totally agree on – it is absolutely easier to eat meat in this city than it is NOT to eat meat. Enter: DC Meat Free Week. DC Vegan has put together a delicious sounding week of vegan menus, starting February 6 and running through the 12th and I have to say, it looks mighty tasty.

With some of my favorite restaurants like The Source and Restaurant Nora, on the list of participating places, this isn’t something to scoff at. DC Vegan also reports, “Two of the restaurants are debuting new vegan menus, and one is offering discounted rates off their regular prices. Gene Baur, Farm Sanctuary President and Co-founder, will be attending dinner one night. And two of the events are fundraisers, including one with all profits donated to Haitian relief.”

I’m sold – eating ethically is important. I can’t wait to see some of of our cities finest restaurants step up to the challenge.

Katie moved to DC in 2007, and has since embarked upon a love affair with the city. She’s an education reform advocate and communications professional during the day; at night and on the weekends, she’s an owner here at We Love DC. Katie has high goals to eat herself through the entire city, with only her running shoes to save her from herself. For up-to-the-minute news and reviews (among other musings), follow her on Twitter!

11 thoughts on “DC Meat Free Week

  1. Absolutely, Tom, I totally agree. I was writing a blanket statement about my views on eating, not saying Vegetarian or Vegan are the only ways to eat ethically.

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  3. @Tom & @Katie, how it is ethical to end the life of a red-blooded being (that likely lived a miserable existence) to satisfy your taste buds? Isn’t “humane” meat then an oxymoron? Ethical meat is nothing more than clever marketing by agribusiness. Just saying…

  4. actually, killing animals to eat them isn’t really ethical, regardless of how they lived up until that point. oh great, you had an awesome life, i’m going to end it even though there are a number of things I could eat instead. I’m not at all saying you shouldn’t eat meat, because I wouldn’t listen to anyone saying I should, but don’t kid yourself that you’re ethical.

  5. humane means “characerized by mercy, kindness or compassion.” those words don’t really fit with killing sentient beings, especially when you have so many non-bloody options. it’s amazing how many Americans blanch at the thought of slaughtering cats or dogs, or even horses, but think nothing of killing a pig or a chicken or a cow. What’s the difference? Tradition. Well, despite its popularity, tradition has never been a very good excuse for hurting others.

  6. Plants are living things too. I don’t think it’s ethical to kill them either– So I’m not eating at all.

  7. I’m a seventh level vegan.

    I don’t eat anything that casts a shadow.

    Meat-Free Week sounds delicious, but half the fun of being an omnivore is that you can choose whether to eat meat or not on any given day.

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