November 04, 2014 by
Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor
Below is a list of some of the veggie thanksgiving meals that are happening around the United States this year. Enjoy the holiday season!
The Vegetarian Resource Group, Baltimore, Maryland
Please join us at VRG’s 33rd Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Vegan Potluck on Sunday, November 23rd, 2014 at 5:00PM at North Baltimore Mennonite Church, 4615 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21210.
Admission is $4 per adult; children are admitted free. Bring a vegan dish – made without meat, fish, fowl, milk, cheese, eggs, honey, or other animal-derived ingredients – that serves four as a contribution from each member of your party. Also, we encourage everyone to bring their own plate and utensils to reduce waste but will have some disposable ones available.
If you are unable to cook, you may bring a prepared vegan dish for four from a local natural foods store or restaurant. Also, we encourage you to bring a non-perishable vegetarian canned food item to donate to the church, who will distribute it to those in need.
We can always use some extra hands for this event! If you would like to volunteer, please contact Nina at email@example.com.
For more information contact The Vegetarian Resource Group: (410) 366-8343 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary, Poplar Spring, Maryland
Saturday, November 22, 2014; 12 noon to 4 p.m.
Come celebrate Thanksgiving WITH the turkeys – join our friendly turkeys and all their friends in celebrating a cruelty-free Thanksgiving potluck. Please bring a vegan (no meat, dairy, or eggs) dinner or dessert item to serve 8. $10.00 suggested donation to benefit the animals. No charge for children under 16. For information call (301) 428-8128 or contact email@example.com.
Vegetarian Society of Washington DC, Bethesda, Maryland
Vegan Dinner and speaker
Thursday, November 27, 2014, 12-4 pm
Hyatt Regency Bethesda
7400 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
Farm Sanctuary’s Celebration for the Turkeys
Orland, California November 8, 2014
Acton, California (Los Angeles area) November 15, 2014
Watkins Glen, New York November 22, 2014
At Farm Sanctuary, we do Thanksgiving a little differently. At our shelters, the turkeys are the guests of honor! Celebrate with us this November as we treat our rescued turkey residents to a grand feast of stuffed squash, cranberries, and pumpkin pie. After spending the day getting to know the turkeys and other rescued animals that live at our sanctuaries, you will be treated to a gourmet vegan Thanksgiving feast of your own!
During dinner, guests enjoy a lively speaker program with presentations from Farm Sanctuary staff and special guests. This fun, feel-good event is perfect for families, individuals, long-time vegans, and those simply interested in learning a little more about animals. We welcome you to join us in celebrating this unique holiday tradition! For information see: http://www.farmsanctuary.org/events/2014-celebration-for-the-turkeys/
Florida Voices For Animals, Tampa Bay, Florida
Vegetarian Society of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii
Northern Vegans, Negaunee, Michigan
Please join us on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27th at 2pm. The potluck will be held at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Negaunee on 520 US-41 (on the corner of US-41 and Baldwin Ave.).
Please bring a vegan dish to share (Vegan omits all animal products including meat, dairy, eggs, and honey. Anything from the plant kingdom is vegan.). Also please bring a serving utensil for that dish.
Please bring your own table service: plate, utensils, and cup. We really appreciate that. This will help reduce waste and cleaning time and it is the most environmentally-friendly way to go (rather than using disposable items).
Water, tea, and coffee will be provided. Please bring your recipe or ingredient list to help those with food allergies. You can join this event on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1539457322950936/?context=create&source=49
Vegetarian Society of South Jersey Annual Thanksgiving Potluck and Vegan Bake Sale, Burlington, New Jersey
Saturday November 22, 4pm; Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1308 Burlington-Mt Holly Rd (Rte 541), Burlington, NJ 08016
Please bring a non-dessert dish to the potluck. VSSJ members: $3; $8 family; Non-members: $6; $15 family (to cover hall rental). Be green: get $1 off ($3 family) if you bring reusable place settings!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for setup, cleanup, and to bake. To volunteer, RSVP, or for more info, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-848-VEG1 (8341).
Vegan Thanksgiving at Katz JCC, Margate, New Jersey
Triangle Vegetarian Society, Durham, North Carolina
The Triangle Vegetarian Society announced: We are again having our big Thanksgiving extended daytime seating at Cafe Parizade in Durham. For the past decade, we have been hosting the country’s largest vegetarian (in fact, fully vegan) Thanksgiving; in 2013, we had 620 people at Parizade and 184 at Kipos Greek Taverna the Monday before Thanksgiving. We started taking reservations on November 8th, 2013, 20 days before Thanksgiving, and received 611 reservations that first day, with fifty coming in the first minute and a half.
I am delighted to announce that we are again also having a pre-Thanksgiving feast. This time, it will again be the Monday before Thanksgiving (November 24) from 6-9p. The venue will be Irregardless Cafe in Raleigh. When Irregardless was opened in February 1975 by Chef Arthur Gordon, the area’s longest established chef, it was Raleigh’s first vegetarian restaurant. It no longer is all vegetarian, but features a number of tasty vegan dishes on its menu. Before we moved our huge event to Cafe Parizade, we had Thanksgiving at Irregardless in 1997 and 1998.
We expect to sell out both all-vegan events quickly. Please visit trianglevegsociety.org/thanksgiving for full and updated details, including about making reservations. The current plan is to open for reservations, for members (at a discounted price) as well as non-members on Saturday November 8th at noon. Thanks to our awesome webmaster Ken Guttman, you should find it easy to make reservations online, but Brian Donlon can be called 919-914-3504 for assistance. Please do not call the restaurants as they cannot make reservations.
The menu hasn’t been set yet, but is again expected to include some no-added-fat dishes and many soy- and/or gluten- free choices. We aim to again have a bountiful raffle of many exciting products and services. You will be able to purchase raffle tickets when you make your reservations, and we will also sell tickets at the events.
The all-inclusive price is the same this year, $27 for members, $30 for non-members, $8 for children ages 5-10, and no charge for younger children. An important goal of mine with this event is to show off how great fully plant-based food is, and we generally don’t turn people away due to finances. I try hard to keep prices low, but if a job loss or difficult financial situation presents itself, please contact me and we’ll see what can be done so that you can enjoy Thanksgiving with TVS. Northwest Veg, Portland, Oregon (Details to come!)
Join Northwest VEG, other vegans, vegetarians, and veg-curious people as we celebrate community and healthy plant-based food. This 11th annual vegan Thanksgiving potluck will stimulate your palate and give you the opportunity to meet new people. Doors open at 4:30pm; Event begins at 5pm. See: http://nwveg.org/thanksgiving
Vegetarian Society of East Tennessee
Annual Vegetarian Thanksgiving, Sunday, November 23, 6 pm, at the First Seventh-day Adventist Church, Kingston Pike, 3611 Kingston Pike. Bring a dish, bring a friend, renew your membership. Live music by Allen McBride on the hammered dulcimer. $5 members, $6 non-members, $3 child, $15 max per family. Extra $7 to attend without bringing food. Door prizes, books sales, white elephant booth. Volunteers needed! Contact: director Bob Grimac at 865-546-5643 or visit http://www.vs-et.com/