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Thanksgiving Potluck

  • Nov 24, 2011 · 3:00 PM
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I've been fortunate during the past 5 years. Since 2006, haven't had to worry about either being alone for Thanksgiving, or facing a visceral sense of disgust and nausea as a result of sitting at a dining table with that poor, dead, tortured, murdered bird with stuffing shoved up her, well, you know what. But since ive moved here, I can't find anything on the web about any restaurants in or around Nashville that work with vegan or vegetarian groups to provide a meatless, murder-less Thanksgiving feast...and that's a real shame.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    It's definitely worth waiting to afford the Excalibur. The round-style dehydrators are nowhere near as versatile or reliable. Hope you enjoy!

    November 25, 2011

  • Karen T.

    Thanks for the recipe connect Kate. I'm now thinking of getting a dehydrater sooner rather than wait for harvest season. I would wait to afford an excalabur (sp). This opens up a whole world of food prep for me. My only past experience with raw foods was with some people who were followers of Ann Wigmore's mostly wheat grass and sprouts diet.

    November 25, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    By the way, for anyone who wanted the recipe for the raw nut loaf, I got it from this blog: http://realfoodtulsa.blogspot.com/2010/11/big-thanksgiving-episode.html

    - and you can see that her turkey shape came out a lot better than mine. :)

    November 25, 2011

  • Karen T.

    I really enjoyed this gathering and all the wonderful dishes and interesting conversations.
    It showed me again how diverse our veg word is. So nice to spend the day without a turkey in my face.

    November 25, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Small attendance, but great people, every one of whom I was so glad to meet! And FANTASTIC food! Really enjoyed it; well worth the drive from Bowling Green!

    November 24, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    i enjoyed this potluck. tried foods ive never had before. listened to interesting conversation related to veganism and animal preservations. informative for a person in transition like me. it would have been nicer maybe if all the people who rsvp'd yes, actually showed up.

    November 24, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    So glad we went! Great group, delish food.

    November 24, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    the more, the merrier kate, we may have some drop ins anyway.

    November 24, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    My partner and I would like to be a last minute addition to your gathering - hope that's OK. We'll be bringing a raw nut loaf and some gluten-free stuffing. And some raw chocolate-cranberry-coconut bites. See you soon!

    November 24, 2011

  • kenny m.

    I'm sorry that I won't make it today. I was hoping to, but as everyone knows I do volunteer work and I will be spending most of the day visiting nursing homes and hospice, as I have done for years. If dinner was later I might be able to make it. But......I'm sure that I will miss a scrumptous feast, and you all as well. Maybe the next time. Love and blessing , and Thanksgiving to everyone!!!

    November 24, 2011

  • Karen T.

    I'll bring some washable cups if the paper ones don't show up. I also plan to bring some fruit tea. Thanksgiving makes me thirsty.

    November 24, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Let me see what I can do about paper cups; I think I have some stock of them here.

    November 23, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    me and karina are hoping someone can put paper cups on their list. ; )

    November 23, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    i also had a question in general to this potluck. as this is my first one i am attending, does everyone bring their own plates, utensils , etc?

    November 20, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    @karentodd, if people would put what theyre bringing in the note section where u rsvp, all will see whats on the list.

    November 20, 2011

  • kenny m.

    Sounds good to me. I'm going to do my best to make it. I promised the folks at Occupy Nashville that I would make something for them and spend a bit of time. They will be missing dinner with their loved ones and holding the fort down. If I make it I will likely bring a salad, a fruit salad, or butternut squash soup, which is REALLY good.

    November 19, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    How does everyone here feel about a vegan mac 'n Daiya side dish with Seitan? It's something I'm pretty good at preparing; hopefully no one else has the same dish in mind. Any other suggestions? I won't have time to visit Whole Foods before Thursday, so hopefully I can find what I need at Kroger on the Bypass here in Bowling Green, KY...

    November 19, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Kenny, that sounds good to me. I'm looking forward to it.

    November 10, 2011

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    November 10, 2011

  • kenny m.

    I just got back from New England where we've been mostly without power. I havn't been online in two weeks. What's the update on Thanksgiving? Just as a suggestion, we don't have to have fake turkeys. That's just pretend dead animals. We could just have good, healthy food, and warm, stimulating, sincere, comradery.....and be...thankful.

    November 9, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Any one here have anything new on Thanksgiving meetup?

    October 24, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    That sounds good. Does everyone like the taste of the Vegan tofurkey loafs at Whole Foods? Those aren't cheap, but I'm pretty sure I can supply enough for everyone. I *did* have a vegan girlfriend who is a wonderful cook, but she went home to Asheville. Perhaps among all of us, we can begin to work up a list, or menu of some variety. Maybe we can take ideas from the Triangle Veg Society's feast. http://www.trianglevegsociety.org/thanksgiving11/index.php
    Their menu isn't available yet...

    October 13, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds good, Karina! I look forward to meeting everyone (who decides to attend). It's not easy from way up here, but I hope there's something I can do to assist...

    October 13, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    That will be awesome; thanks Alex! I hope several people here are up for it; it'll be a VERY lonely holiday otherwise. But I'd rather stay home and enjoy a Tofurkey loaf with my cats Neo and Lilo rather than sit at a table full of people whooping it up over a dead, tortured bird carcass!

    October 13, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Scott, you can count me in if I'm in town for it! still figuring that out..

    October 13, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Kenny, I'm not sure where it will be yet; I would offer to have it here, but I'm an hour away and I'm sure no one wants to drive to Bowling Green for this. Maybe we can have a meetup sometime later this month at Wild Cow and decide then...

    October 10, 2011

  • kenny m.

    Scott. I think that I can make it but won't know until closer. I do a lot of volunteer work and that will impact my day. Also, I'm not much of a holiday type. And on these type holidays, I'm always on the side of the indians. :>) Will the dinner be at Karyns or at the community center?

    October 10, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can get one or more vegan Thanksgiving items from Whole Foods in Nashville; no worries there. I notice I'm still the only one who has RSVP'd to attend this possible meetup. *Please* someone tell me I won't be going to this by myself *ugh!*. Anyone else think they want to participate? Alex? Kenny? Karyn? Lori? Karina? Mark? Anyone? :-O

    October 10, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Love these ideas! I was in the Boston area last year and saw that Whole Foods had taken orders for vegan Thanksgiving dinners, but I think those were just for pick-up. I don't know if that's happening in Nashville this year, but if so maybe people could order their meals and then enjoy them at the store together in the eating area, or maybe the company would be willing to cater/facilitate a gathering?...just another possibility

    October 9, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm looking forward to it, either at the Community center or at Karyn's house. I will be happy to bring something vegan-licious! Karyn, I know neither you nor any of the other members have met me yet, and as such I don't want to make any members here uncomfortable. Perhaps we can set up a dessert or lunch meetup at Wild Cow before Thanksgiving, just to give everyone a chance to get acquainted...thoughts on that?

    October 9, 2011

  • kenny m.

    Karyn, where do you live?

    October 8, 2011

  • Karyn

    Lori, while the dining room table will only sit 6, I would think that we could find someone with card tables/chairs and room will not be a problem. The way the rooms are set up, we could just make one add-on to the dining room table and run it all the way into the living room. I attending a Thanksgiving potluck with the kayaking meetup two years ago and we all fit nicely at one large table...it was great.

    October 8, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    karyn, how many would fill your house?

    October 8, 2011

  • Karyn

    Yes, the offer of my house is still out there. I have to say, it is much cozier than that community center. I would like to know sort of soon if there is interest in having it there so I can plan for it.

    October 8, 2011

  • kenny m.

    I booked the Berry Hill Center. It's easy. And free. Karyn has offered her house too(see above). If that offer still stands, that would be nice too. I think I'll be in town but don't have a plan. I don't like the typical Thanksgiving, but it's nice to be with longtime friends, as I have no family. Also, as with Colombus and other such "Holidays", I'm more on the side of the Indians then the pilgrims!

    October 8, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lori, if you and Karina are on board for this, would you or her be able to call the community center and find out what's needed to reserve it for Thanksgiving day? Once we know that, I can work with you two, as well as other members in this group, to lock down the details of this event.

    October 7, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    someone needs to call the BH Center and see if its available for that day and get it reserved.

    October 7, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    That sounds great! How can I get in touch with you to get involved with details?

    October 7, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    That sounds great, Karina. I wonder if any of their food preparers there are members of this group? They could do real well with having a pre-paid, dedicated Thanksgiving feast right there at the restaurant. I wonder how much per plate would be necessary to make it worth their while? Perhaps that's something you could ask. So, there's that, and then the potluck. I would offer to hold it where I live, but I doubt all you folks would want to drive to Bowling Green if you don't have to!

    October 4, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    It looks really good. Too bad I don't have a family. I'm actually hoping to *avoid* spending my Thanksgiving alone...

    October 2, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would, but I have already pre-ordered my vegan Thanksgiving dinner for my family from MyVeggieChef. You can see their menu here:
    http://www.myveggiechef.com/thanksgivingmenu.htm

    October 2, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Are most of you thinking more in terms of a potluck, or an arrangement with a restaurant like the Wild Cow where members who want to attend pre-pay for the reservation? The latter is what they do in Durham, NC with the Triangle Veg Society's annual feast. The cost for non-members is about $26 per plate, and the feast is held at Cafe Perizaad in Durham. Very well worth it, and I've always made the hour's drive from Greensboro to attend each year. Pot luck works for me, too!

    October 1, 2011

  • mark h.

    my friends and i have been discussing a vegan thanksgiving potluck. b sure to add a location and resend to members as soon as u get all the details together - this would b a gr8 event no matter how u slice it, so long as yr not slicing turkeys lol!

    September 30, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Karyn, Lori, and Karina...thanks for the replies! Although I have something of a disadvantage due to my distance from Nashville and my recent arrival to this groups, I'd really like to contribute in a meaningful way to get this idea rolling. I am free nearly all Sundays, and normally every other Saturday. I would be happy to make the drive to Nashville if I can help with some ideas for this, based on what I've seen them do with the Triangle Vegetarian Society! My phone is[masked]

    September 30, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    as a location idea, if not a restaurant, what about the community center at berry hill. its free to reserve and use as long as its cleaned up after. they say it fits 30.

    September 29, 2011

  • Karyn

    I would be happy to work with you on planning a potluck. My house is big enough to hold a group and I live in aa convenient location.

    September 29, 2011

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