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VSDC Thanksgiving Celebration

The VSDC Life-Affirming Thanksgiving is an annual event that brings together vegetarians and non-vegetarians to enjoy compassionate and healthy food and a wonderful social setting.

NOTE: Registration closed at noon on Monday, November 19th.  Sorry but we are unable to take any more registrations for the event (and no-walk up registrations are possible).

Celebrate Thanksgiving Day with hundreds of people enjoying a gourmet vegan feast at the annual Vegetarian Society of DC (VSDC) Life-Affirming Thanksgiving Celebration.

This annual event brings together vegetarians and non-vegetarians to enjoy compassionate and healthy food in a wonderful social setting. The programming includes exciting door prizes, a surprise, exhibitors, and a live musical act following lunch. Everyone will leave with vegan chocolates from Rose City Chocolates. We will also have a silent auction, 50/50 cash drawing, and a raffle - someone will walk away with a Vita-Mix, others will leave with gift certificates, while still others will be enjoying the Bamboo cutting board, Tofurky Lunch Box filled with goodies, a one-night free stay from Hyatt, just to name a few things.

This has been a very successful event for years so we feel confident that you will leave pleased again this year!

Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Milton Mills, a practicing physician and the Associate Director of Preventative Medicine with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Dr. Mills will speak about the health benefits of a plant-based diet. He is an accomplished speaker, television commentator, and author. Dr. Mills is a graduate of the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Our exciting, abundant buffet menu is:

- Coconut Butternut Squash Soup [1]

Salads / Appetizers
Vegetable Crudités (Raw Vegetables) with Artichoke Hummus, Moroccan Carrot Dip [2]

Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Spread [12]

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

Red and Black Rice Stuffing with Red Lentils, Almonds, and Cranberries [3]
Vegan Country “Meat” Loaf with Golden Gravy [4]
Sage-and-Pumpkin Seed Encrusted Seitan with Roasted Garlic-Pumpkin Sauce [5]
Spicy Collard Greens with Sun-Dried Tomatoes [6]
Green Bean Casserole [7]
Mashed Potatoes with Groovy Onion Gravy [8]
Traditional Cranberry Sauce [9]

Vegan Pumpkin Pie [10]

Spiced Cider [12], Iced Tea, Freshly Brewed Coffee, and Teas


Registration and other information on the VSDC Thanksgiving page (

(Registration closed on November 19th.  Reservations were essential; there will be absolutely no walk-in registrations.)

Please note that RSVPing on this Meetup page does not get you into the event. Nor does it guarantee you a place at the proverbial (and literal) table. This is simply a way to alert people of the event.

--The Washington Humane Society has been the DC area’s leading voice of compassion for pets and wildlife since 1870. VSDC will accept donations from the Washington Humane Society's wish list at our Thanksgiving event.

--Community of Hope provides our underserved neighbors with the building blocks they need to create meaningful lives and better futures. Please bring vegan, non-perishable food items as donations, so we can help them in their mission of improving the quality of life for homeless, low-income, and underserved families and individuals.

Thursday, November 22, 2012, 12:00 p.m.—4:00 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency, Bethesda, MD.  You must arrive by 1 pm.

[1] “Vegan Holiday Kitchen” by Nava Atlas from Well’s Vegetarian Thanksgiving 2011 Series at
[2] “America’s Test Kitchen” from Well’s Vegetarian Thanksgiving 2010 Series at
[3] “Recipes for Health” from Well’s Vegetarian Thanksgiving Series 2011 at
[4] “Chloe’s Kitchen” by Chloe Coscarelli from Well’s Vegetarian Thanksgiving Series 2011 at
[6] "By Any Greens Necessary" by Tracye McQuirter
[7] Post Punk Kitchen by Isa Chandra
[8] “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vegan Living” by Beverly Lynn Bennett from
[9] “Eat, Drink, & Be Vegan” by Dreena Burton
[10] “The Joy of Vegan Baking” by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
[12] “The Vegan Table” by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

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  • Marya

    thank you, Peggy and Ruth.

    December 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    If you Google mushroom ravioli you'll find several recipes there to get you started or adjust. Ruth Schimel

    December 13, 2012

  • Peggy

    The mushroom ravioli was the Hyatt's own recipe. I asked them and followed up, but did not receive any response. The lack of response leads me think that the Hyatt does not want to share the recipe.

    December 13, 2012

  • Kara H.

    I ditto wanting the ravioli recipe! If I had more room in my stomach after the first plate it would have been full of ravioli.

    December 4, 2012

  • Marya

    i'd love the recipe for the wild mushroom ravioli. My 7 yr old loves it! The link for it does not go to a specific recipe.

    Can someone email me the recipe?

    December 3, 2012

  • Saurabh

    a truly wonderful event. Thanks to all for coming and making it a warm and celebratory experience. immense THANKS to Peggy & Luke for coordinating, and to a number of others contributing to make it our record-breaking success!

    November 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    And big thanks to you, Luke, and the other leaders who made it flow so well and with with fine spirit. Since I did not see a place to leave the evaluation, which includes specific suggestions, I'll be mailing it. Was the increase in participants a marketing matter and/or hopefully an indication of the growth of interest?

    November 23, 2012

    • David

      So what was the total number of attendees?

      November 23, 2012

  • Rob H.

    The event was well organized, fun and interesting. I enjoyed visiting with the group. The program was good, as was the food.

    November 23, 2012

  • Mary

    It was great, as usual! Thank you to VSDC for all of your hard work!

    November 22, 2012

  • Marya


    November 22, 2012

  • Cavan

    Much in the way of parking? I'm not so sure how well the Metro will be running tomorrow. And as the crow flies, it isn't that far for me.

    November 22, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Metro is running holiday hours, no single tracking, no track work at all the whole weekend.

      November 22, 2012

    • Antoinette S.

      And parking in a metro lot is free today

      November 22, 2012

  • Mark S.

    Sounds like a wonderful celebration! Wish I could be there, but I can't travel for another week or two.

    Luke: did you note that I donated two autographed copies of my book for the Dinner's raffle?

    November 17, 2012

    • VSDC

      We will have great prizes, a lucky draw, silent auction, and more. See the Thanksgiving webpage for all the thoughtful sponsors:

      November 21, 2012

    • Mark S.

      Nice webpage, but my donation (modest that it is) isn't mentioned. Whatever!

      November 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to go if there are any cancellations or if anyone would like to trade their ticket. I couldn't make advance plans due to my Work Travel.

    November 20, 2012

    • Susan

      Surya, I am sick and may sell my ticket. Are you still interested?

      November 21, 2012

    • VSDC

      If you are doing this, the person on record should let the organizers know asap with full names of who is not attending and who is in their place. Email [masked] by 9 pm this eve.

      November 21, 2012

  • Anne B.

    Does this event typically sell out? I'm interested but unsure of my plans, so I'd like to wait before registering.

    August 28, 2012

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