Dinner at Whole Foods Market (Lake Grove)

-posted by Jennifer G.-

Note the 6:30 start time! For this month's meetup, everyone is invited to come a half-hour earlier than usual. Hiyaw Gebreyohannes, the chef and founder of Taste of Ethiopia, will be our guest speaker, and he'll be bringing us a free food sampling. The regular "social" portion of the meetup will start at 7 as usual.

The Whole Foods store in Lake Grove has an eating area with lots of chairs and tables, and the food bar is vegan-friendly (vegan items are clearly labeled, ingredients are listed).  You pay by the weight of your food. My total usually comes to $10-11.

As with all VLI meetups, please follow VLI's policy that "at VLI meetups, the food is always vegan, and everyone is treated with kindness." (In other words, we expect everyone to bring only vegan fare to the table. Even if you or your guests don't think of yourselves as "vegan.")

We'll be hanging out in the far end of the eating area, near the children's play area, at least until 8:30 (the store closes at 10, so many of us take off by 9 to go shopping). Be aware that as it gets later in the evening, the food bar may run out of the more popular items.

NOTE: Whole Foods offers durable bowls, but not durable utensils. So I encourage you to bring your own utensils to avoid needing to take their plastic ones. I bring my own water bottle, too.

Hope to see you there!

Please update your RSVP status by 12 pm Monday, because seating is limited, and I'll be printing nametags for everyone who says they're coming, and we need a headcount for the tasting, too.  If you need to reach me, call or text[masked]-5108.

About Hiyaw: (from tasteofethiopia.com) "My earliest food memories are forever linked to the contents of my childhood lunchbox, my mom's aromatic home-cooked Ethiopian dishes. These lunchbox memories inspired my dream to bring the wonderful flavors of Ethiopian culture to be enjoyed by everyone."

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  • Jennifer G.

    What a way to celebrate my birthday! I was with wonderful people, and got to enjoy Beyond-Meat-chicken cacciatore, Ethiopian yatakilt, and (vegan of course) carrot cake! Thanks, everyone. Until next time, be well. Big hugs. xoxo

    April 16, 2013

    • Dana

      Happy belated birthday to you!!! :)

      1 · April 16, 2013

  • Gloria H.

    Wonderful. The food tastings were awesome. Thanks to Jennifer for being so organized, having name tags with pictures for everyone. Enjoyed the program, and met so many lovely people. Let's do it again Jennifer!

    April 16, 2013

    • Jennifer G.

      Aw, you're sweet, Gloria. The name tags are a few simple clicks of the mouse—easy! But I'm so glad to know you had a good time.

      April 16, 2013

  • Ted B.

    Great as always. Loved the changeup this time. Awesome Ethiopian food - which I've never had, delicious vegan carrot cake, and great company. Happy birthday Jennifer, and thanks for being such a fantastic organizer.

    April 16, 2013

    • Jennifer G.

      Thanks, Ted! :) It was a little chaotic, but everyone was a great sport about it.

      April 16, 2013

  • Michelle S.

    sorry i couldnt make it, I had friends that were in that marathon :(

    April 16, 2013

    • Jennifer G.

      Michelle, my heart goes out to you & yours.

      April 16, 2013

  • Chuck G. (aka Prof. G.

    Sorry everyone -- have to drop out tonight as much I wanted to sample the Ethiopian food -- but last minute details with the Infernal Revenue Service -- ugh -- the Ides Of April are upon us.

    1 · April 15, 2013

    • Jennifer G.

      We missed you, Chuck, but thanks for the message. Good luck with tonight's deadline!

      April 15, 2013

    • Chuck G. (aka Prof. G.

      Thanks Jennifer -- when we completed the task, late, went to a crummy restaurant in Massapequa -- inundated with heart-clogging food (which I mostly avoided) and insurmountable vulgarity -- missed you guys.

      April 16, 2013

  • judith j.

    Exceptional , great food , great people, loved the speaker. Taste of Ethiopia was a great opportunity to have fun with vegan cooking. Our speaker was generous with his information and cooking tips. Can't wait for his book "veganopia" lol and Trisha is a keeper.

    1 · April 16, 2013

  • Mackenzie

    i am afraid to say i am dropping out as well :( please update about the ethiopian food though please! i am very interested! hope to see you all next month and hope today's horrid events did not affect anyone's loved ones <3

    April 15, 2013

    • Eddie S.

      Today's events simply strengthened my personal commitment to non violence. Reducing violence in ones own life is the only thing that can help make sense out if all the senseless violence in the world. It transforms you from being helpless to helpful. Everyone can reduce violence in their own life.

      1 · April 16, 2013

    • Eddie S.

      And Mackenzie I think we met at the veggie pride parade - I was looking forward to seeing you again - oh well next time : )

      April 16, 2013

  • Hilly

    Excellent event, Jennifer! Loved the Ethiopian food tasting!

    1 · April 16, 2013

  • Geir F.

    Happy Birthday Jennifer! Another great meetup and Christina that came with me enjoyed it so! She loves coming here :)

    1 · April 15, 2013

  • Jase

    Happy B'day Jennifer!

    2 · April 15, 2013

    • Jennifer G.

      Thank you, Jase! :)

      1 · April 15, 2013

    • Ivy

      Happy Birthday, Jennifer! I enjoyed your birthday cake very much. Lol. ;)

      2 · April 15, 2013

  • Ivy

    Loved this meetup and tasting all the delicious Ethiopian entrees! So excited that Whole Foods will be carrying these! :)

    1 · April 15, 2013

  • Roy E.

    Jennifer, didn't know till the last minute but I will be there.

    1 · April 15, 2013

  • Ivy

    Hey, Jennifer. Just me tonight. Not "+2." See you later! :)

    April 15, 2013

    • Jennifer G.

      Ok, I changed it for you. See you there!

      April 15, 2013

  • Jaret

    Busy this night but have a great time!

    April 15, 2013

  • Heidi M

    Excited to meet more people :)

    1 · April 10, 2013

    • Heidi M

      Oh nice let me know if you wanna carpool :)

      April 12, 2013

    • Michelle S.

      ok. I might be coming straight from work. If not def yes :) looking forward to meeting

      April 13, 2013

  • Michelle S.

    Can't wait to meet everyone:)

    1 · April 10, 2013

  • Ivy

    Taste of Ethiopia???? Woah! Stop the presses! Ethiopian food is one of my absolute faves, and there's no where to get it on Long Island! I'm in! :)

    1 · April 8, 2013

  • Hilly

    I love Ethiopian food -- AND the earlier start time. Excellent! Can't wait. See you there! Thanks, Jennifer!

    1 · March 28, 2013

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