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Jeffersonian Dinner focused on Animal Welfare

Paul Sippil

Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (CDT)

Jeffersonian Dinner focused on Animal Welfare

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Dinner and drinks Sold Out Aug 11, 2018 $45.00 $2.83

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Community Dining, an organization formed in March of 2015, aims to connect people through shared meals that engage us in the means by which we fuel ourselves, stimulate substantive dialogue, and strengthen social bonds. Its main focus is Jeffersonian-themed dinners in the spirit of the gatherings that Thomas Jefferson would have at his home with the goal of bringing people of all different backgrounds and perspectives together to discuss important community issues.  

Here is a description of what a Jeffersonian Dinner entails:

"As you build your table, consider political scientist Robert Putnam’s distinction between bonding and bridging social capital. Bonding is the connectedness between people who are like each other; bridging is connectedness between people across differences (think bowling league). The best groups will have some degree of bonding social capital (some people who know each other and can provide ballast for growing connections as the evening progresses), but should predominantly be people who don’t necessarily have pre-existing relationships (perhaps the point of the evening).”


This dinner will take place at the home of Erica Bishaf (address and contact information to be provided upon signing up), founder of Pet Gotcha Day, an organization that exists to increase pet adoptions and reduce the incidence of euthanasia nationwide through empowering animal welfare organizations with both standard and revolutionary 360-degree video technology that will engage, delight & motivate potential adopters as they watch immersive videos of adoptable pets.

This topic for this dinner will focus on animal welfare.  Here are some questions that guests will discuss:

1.  Does Chicago need to have an ordinance in place for spay and neuter?  What have been the results of these ordinances in other cities?  Does an ordinance address the root of the problem?

2.  Should there be mandatory microchipping for pet owners?

3.  Would harsher penalties for animal cruelty have their intended affect?  By what criteria should animal cruelty be defined?

4.  What is the value of pet adoption programs?  Should we make it easier for people to adopt pets?  How do laws make it harder to adopt?  Or should we keep strict laws in place to promote pet safety?

5.  What’s the difference between animal welfare and animal rights?

6. Under what circumstances is euthanasia in the shelter environment acceptable?



Menu (catered by Kitchfix):


Pan-Seared Falafel


House-made falafel, seared - not fried, and served with tangy, dairy-free tzatziki sauce.


Sides: Quinoa “tabouleh” salad and marinated cucumber, asparagus, and kale with lemon & parsley


Kale and Spinach “Caesar”


Organic spinach and lacinto kale with cucumbers, oven-roasted herbed tomatoes, and almond “parmesan (non-dairy)”


Housemade Vegan Caesar


Sweet potato cornbread (gluten free – ingredients below)

Sweet Potato, Sweet Potato Puree, Coconut Oil, Honey, Coconut Water, Salt & Pepper, Baking Soda, Pastured Eggs, Almond Flour (GF), Coconut Flour (GF)



Almond Flour Crackers from Simple Mills (Certified Gluten-free; free of Grains, Soy, Corn, Dairy & Gums/Emulsifiers)


8 SIMPLE INGREDIENTS: Nut and Seed Flour Blend (Almonds, Sunflower Seeds, Flax Seeds), Tapioca, Cassava, Organic Sunflower Oil, Sea Salt, Organic Onion, Organic Garlic, Rosemary Extract (For Freshness)


Nutrition bars from Simple Squares (tied for the highest rate snack bar!)

Each Square is not only free of gluten, but also free of wheat, dairy, corn, soy and refined sugars


Mixed nuts from No Denial Foods (gluten free)


TeaSquares (vegan, gluten free)



Within Without Granola (gluten free)





Superfood Fudge Brownies


Chocolate chip cookies from Kitchfix


Freshly Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies made with Almond Flour, Chopped Walnuts, Organic Coconut Oil, Pasture-Raised Eggs and a touch of Organic Honey




SOCIAL Sparkling Wine

Virtue Cider







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Private Home in Logan Square

Chicago, IL

Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (CDT)

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Paul Sippil

Community dining

Paul Sippil serves as a community builder, creator, and disrupter connecting people through shared meals as part of Community Dining, a group he started in March of 2015 aiming to stimulate substantive dialogue and strengthen social bonds.  Paul is a former auditor, recovering CPA, and independent registered investment advisor who acts as a crime-fighter by day focusing on uncovering the fraud, corruption, and conflicts of interest in the retirement plan industry.


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