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Meatless Thanksgiving Potluck

  • Nov 22, 2014 · 12:00 PM
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Celebrate the holiday the environmentally friendly way! Kids are welcome. Our Thanksgiving potluck is usually the BEST potluck of the year, and some people go all out to bring their best dish. Get some ideas for what to make at home on Meatless Monday.

From downtown Soquel: if you take Soquel-San Jose Road, it’s about 15-20 minutes’ drive.

From downtown Santa Cruz or Los Gatos: if you take 17, then Summit exit, it’s about 20-25 minutes’ drive.

We can organize carpools from town, such as Santa Cruz or Soquel. Let us know if that interests you.

Here's a link to a map. Click on the picture in the left pane to see the building, which is super-cute! This is a beautiful space, with incredible views of the mountains, for a cozy Thanksgiving!,+Los+Gatos,+ca

Note that this event is limited to 60 attendees. This event is normally full. It's hosted by a French caterer!

A modest donation toward the cost of the room is appreciated.

What To Bring

1. Bring about 8 side-dish-size servings per person of meatless food. Better to err of the side of more than less.

2. Bring a recipe that lists all ingredients so that people with allergies or food restrictions know what they can eat (even better, recipes to hand out). Some common allergens are milk, soy, tree nuts, peanuts (which are legumes, not nuts), wheat, and so on.

3. Something for yourself to drink.

4. Please change your RSVP if you're not coming so we don't stress if you're not there. We will watch for you.

5. Please say what you're bringing so we have a balance of dishes for our meal.

At the end of this event description are some links to recipe collections so you can get some ideas of what to bring. If possible, since there will be people there who don't eat animal products (because of allergies, health, and so on), if you can bring vegan food, that would be appreciated. It's not a judgment about how you eat: it's merely practical so we have enough food for everyone. Plus, eating no animal products on Meatless Monday is even better for the environment than eating vegetarian! Another alternative is to cook part of your dish vegetarian and leave out the animal product in the other half, or have it as an optional add-on (such as blue cheese on a salad).

Vegan food doesn't contain animal products. Some vegans eat honey, and some don't. Also, if a faux cheese doesn't say "vegan" on it, it probably isn't: many contain casein, a milk-derived ingredient. Some dark chocolate contains milk, and some doesn't. Just check out the ingredients and you should be fine. We aren't going to police you about obscure non-vegan ingredients in your food, like what your sugar is filtered with, so no worries. We can all relax and enjoy the holiday food!

Recipe Ideas

Please Show Up If You RSVP
Remember, if you RSVP please be cool and show up. We prepare for and look forward to your attendance. If it looks like there won't be enough participation, we'll cancel the event, and it reduces the likelihood of having potlucks in the future. Remember that you attend this event under your own liability.

About the Church

In case you were wondering, this is not a religious event. Cheryl-Meetup does not belong to this church or religion. This religious group is progressive, inclusive, and humble; if you want to learn more about it, you'll need to look at their website and go to their services, as no one will be there to talk to you about it.

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  • Cheryl-Meetup

    Great food and company! We packed the place with wonderful people.

    November 22, 2014

  • Cheryl-Meetup

    Someone bringing African Peanut Stew, plus veggie tray w/dip.

    November 20, 2014

  • Lisa B.

    Roasted vegetables in olive oil with rosemary, homemade applesauce, and I'll try to make a cranberry sauce tonight.

    1 · November 21, 2014

  • Cheryl-Meetup

    Someone bringing roasted delicata squash stuffed with mushrooms and topped with cashew cheese

    November 16, 2014

    • Cheryl-Meetup

      Another bringing an appetizer made with gluten-free bagels and soy burger.

      November 16, 2014

    • Cheryl-Meetup

      Also fusilli pasta with tempeh tomato sauce, a dessert; baked purple potatoes w "sour cream" and maybe pumpkin dessert

      November 19, 2014

  • Verna

    I will bring a RAW Vegan greens and more greens Salad.

    1 · November 18, 2014

  • Cheryl-Meetup

    I'll bring vegan Sweet Potato Gratin with Maple, Orange, and Tarragon.

    November 16, 2014

    • Cheryl-Meetup

      organic roasted veggie dish with herbes de Provence

      November 17, 2014

    • Cheryl-Meetup

      Also appearing: rice and veggie dish, casserole with quinoa and broccoli, and red curry tofu vegi rice dish

      November 18, 2014

  • Cheryl-Meetup

    There will be a diverse group of people at the event, including meat-eaters, vegetarians, men, women, single, married, and a wide range of ages. Multiple meetup groups are attending.

    November 16, 2014

    • Cheryl-Meetup

      Also gluten-free, vegan, chocolate zucchini brownies.

      November 17, 2014

    • Cheryl-Meetup

      fusilli pasta with tempeh tomato sauce

      November 17, 2014

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