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"Cause for Paws"; "Benefit for Bobbie"



Fielding O'Neill gives a lot of his time to cats and dogs. The Goochland resident spends many long hours as a veterinarian at the Tuckahoe Veterinary Hospital. He also knows how to doctor food in the kitchen, and once a year he uses his culinary skills to cook for members and supporters of For the Love of Animals in Goochland, or FLAG. They feast on his creations during their annual fund-raiser, Cause for Paws, which takes place Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 5-10 p.m. at the Red Oak Cafe in Goochland.

O'Neill is a native of Louisiana who specializes in Cajun/Creole cooking. This year, you'll be able to taste crawfish etouffee, jambalaya, chicken andouille sausage and other authentic New Orleans dishes.

"We get him to come up with some of his old family recipes of Cajun-Creole dishes," says Red Oak co-owner Paul Cruser. People should come to the fund-raiser, he says, because "it's a chance to be part of supporting a great cause for the animals and also to ... try something a little out of the ordinary." Call for information and reservations, 784-2330.

Another benefit event, "Benefit for Bobbie," will raise money for a paralyzed member of Christ Lutheran Church. This silent and live auction will include hors d'oeuvres, dessert and beverage, and begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Virginia Historical Society, 428 N. Boulevard. $25 per person. Call 360-5513.

We also have an event that will benefit only those involved. The Vegetarian Society of Richmond is throwing a mostly vegan dinner at the Thai Diner Too at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. The word vegan scares many people. But vegan food is often better and better for you than what most people consider vegetarian, which tends overdo the cheese, butter and other hard-to-digest dairy products when replacing meat. Reserve seats by Nov. 6. 344-4356.

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