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VSDC's Life-Affirming Thanksgiving Celebration

Update: event registration has closed. We are expecting about 270 people!  For general information about the event, see: 

There will be no walk-ins allowed.


Celebrate Thanksgiving Day with 270 people, enjoying a gourmet vegan feast at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda in Bethesda, MD. The VSDC Life-Affirming Thanksgiving is an annual event that brings together vegetarians and non-vegetarians to enjoy compassionate and healthy food in a wonderful social setting. This has been a very successful event for years so we feel confident that you will leave pleased again this year!

Registration and appetizers start at 12 noon and the meal starts just after 1 pm (you must arrive by 1 pm but 12 noon is preferred for socializing / mingling); the event concludes around 4 pm.

An exciting, abundant menu has been finalized as below:

- Butternut Squash Soup*

Salads / Appetizers
- Vegetable Crudités (Raw Vegetables) ) with artichoke hummus, olive tapenade**, roasted red pepper and walnut spread**
- Garden Salad with Pine Nuts, Avocado, and Raspberry Vinaigrette
- Freshly Baked Sourdough, Crusted Olive Bread, and Pumpkin Rolls with Herb-Infused Oil for Dipping 

Hot Buffet
- Wild Mushroom Ravioli with Tomato and Fennel Broth
- Vegan Stuffing and Gravy

- Traditional Cranberry Sauce***
- Savory Tofu-tempeh patties with Mushroom Gravy*
- Spicy Collard Greens with Sun-Dried Tomatoes****
- Sweet Potatoes with Orange Zest and Nuts****
- Green Been Casserole*

- Vegan Pumpkin Pie
- Fresh Seasonal Fruit and Berries

- Spiced Cider**, Iced Tea, Freshly Brewed Coffee, and Teas


* The Real Food Daily Cookbook or by Ann Gentry

** The Vegan Table or The Joy of Vegan Baking by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

*** Eat, Drink & be Vegan by Dreena Burton

**** By Any Greens Necessary by Tracye McQuirter

Our guest speaker will be Dr. Will Tuttle, author of the brilliant book: The World Peace Diet, pianist, former Zen monk, and tireless educator for a peaceful, vegan world. He will sign copies of his extraordinary book. Additional socializing is planned after the meal, and non-profit exhibitors will be invited so you can learn about their great work. Door prizes will enable guests to acquire exciting vegan items and a live musical act may follow lunch. For the first time this year, seating will be assigned by best available in order of registration. We will have special seating sections (e.g., tables marked for Singles, Family, Groups, or special needs) so please include special table requests with your registration and we’ll do our best to honor them.

Reservations are essential; there will be absolutely no walk-in registration. Register early – mail-in and online payment via Paypal are possible.  The price of the event (must be postmarked by November 16th; online payment by Nov 20th) including tax and gratuity, is $55 for VSDC members and $58 for non-members. Children aged 3 -12 are $36, and those under age 3 are free. Highchairs are available upon request. 

When you register, please include the number of attendees in your party (spelling out all names), your email address or phone number for confirmation, and any seating preferences. Online registration closes on Sunday, November 20 and an FAQ page are available at 

All mailed-in reservations MUST be postmarked by Wednesday, November 16.  To register by mail, please send a check made payable to “VSDC” and mailed to:
VSDC TG, PO Box 4921, Washington, DC 20008 (memo line: VSDC Thanksgiving).

**All volunteers roles are filled.  THANK YOU for your generosity in helping.


Please bring vegan, non-perishable food items as donations for the Community of Hope, so we can help them in their mission of improving the quality of life for homeless, low-income, and underserved families and individuals.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    What a truly pleasant way to spend Thanksgiving: delicious food & the chance to meet so many wonderful people. A huge thank you to all the organizers!

    November 27, 2011

  • Eli

    See the video of the event here:

    November 25, 2011

  • Saurabh

    Really enjoyed experiencing Thanksgiving with 270 people and an insightful speaker, very good food, and a nice setting.

    November 25, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Everything was superb except the speaker, Will Tuttle who gave a tired talk on how animals are mistreated (not appropriate for a meal-oriented occasion). Would think that most of the people there knew the content of his pitch. Better to have someone who would speak of matters such as nutritional opportunities and challenges, social issues and opportunitiies and the economics of veganism and alternatives as examples.

    November 25, 2011

  • Cleveland

    very nice. food was great

    November 25, 2011

  • Beth

    loved the food and the speaker

    November 25, 2011

  • Beth

    The VSDC Book Club will discuss Will Tuttle's book -- The World Peace Diet -- Weds. November 30. Details at:

    October 26, 2011

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