Cruelty-Free Thanksgiving Celebration!!!

Thanksgiving

Enjoy a new tradition of kindness this holiday season! Bring your friends and family to our annual, cruelty-free Thanksgiving day vegan potluck and celebration! This is always one of our biggest events of the year and we look forward to sharing the warmth and joy of the season with the you. Come find out how delicious a compassionate holiday feast can be! If you can lend a hand to help get the party up and running, please let us know. Volunteers needed for setup, decorating and cleanup. Please contact Hope (see below) if you can help out. Rumor has it that there may even be an informal swing dance lesson taught after the dinner to help you burn off some of those extra calories!

Remember, you don't have to be vegan or vegetarian to attend. Just bring a vegan dish to share for the holiday dinner. Vegan simply means no animal products - no meat, dairy, eggs or honey. Please also bring your own plate, cup, fork and spoon to conserve resources and cut down on trash. As a gentle reminder, please don't wear any perfumes or strong smelling deodorants or aftershaves. Some of our members are sensitive to artificial fragrances and have requested this be a "scent-free" event.

For more information please contact Hope at [masked] or[masked] or visit:
http://www.meetup.com/northbay-vegan

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  • Megan C.

    Hey, just a thought for next year: what if people were assigned dishes based on last names? For example, A-F protein; G-L green salad or non-starchy vegetables; M-R dessert; etc. Everything was delicious, but it seemed like we ended up with a zillion rice and/or potato dishes and almost no protein or green veggies. Thanks again for hosting this great event!

    November 24, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Maintaining a Healthy "BALANCE" in daily food choices & all other types of interactions supposed to be a High Priority for Vegans,,, is very simple to have One person Balance the menu, even if the event is called a "potluck",,, for example, each person going to the potluck can post offering to bring 1 of 3 dishes options they would be able to bring, then the person Balancing the menu would reply to Hope B, please bring your Dessert Queen plate number one,,, to Megan C, please bring your Veggie Plate number two,,, and Joan P, can bring 4 quarts of soy eggnog in her recipe option number three,,,

      November 24, 2012

    • Megan C.

      I like Sage's idea a lot...another alternative would be to have a certain number of each category available for people to sign up for, so when each person RSVPs, s/he signs up to bring protein, dessert, veggies, etc. When the slots for one category are all filled up, the people who sign up later will have to choose among the remaining options.

      November 24, 2012

  • sandra c.

    excellent

    November 24, 2012

  • Jeffrey Jon Whitebear D.

    You folks are inspiring, conscious and lovable ! I'm so grateful to have you all as my vegan mentors :-) Deep Blessings into the dark of the year, Whitebear

    1 · November 24, 2012

    • Hope B.

      Sooo awesome to see you Whitebear! Good luck on your vegan journey and if you ever need anything- inspiration, recipes, etc. contact me. [masked] [masked]-1760. :)

      1 · November 24, 2012

  • wendy

    sorry i missed this - darn flu got the better of me; Reading some of the comments - Joan makes a good point - the problem with potlucks, is the first 10 people take a little of EVERYTHING, so there is nothing left for those at the back - Maybe if you had some people make the same dish so there was plenty of it - like 4 green bean casseroles - 4 yam dishes, 4 stuffing dishes 4 potatoe dishes...etc

    November 24, 2012

  • sunny

    never year, pls post if you need a ride or you can offer a ride. I few folks could of carpool.. they were coming from far away and had room in their car

    1 · November 23, 2012

  • Joan P.

    Fabulous dinner, and huge thanks to Hope, Wade, and the Monroe Hall owner! I'd rather not see food assignments. "Pot luck" means just that, and I'm always delighted by the array of flavorful dishes. I do suggest that people take SMALL portions their first time through the line until everyone has had a chance, and maybe put the desserts off limits until a while after the main dishes. Desserts were pretty much gone by the time most of us got to them.

    "please make something interesting/special! (not just rice with veggies!)" -- good idea, Hope.

    3 · November 24, 2012

  • Eileen M. H.

    Wonderful to see everyone!

    November 23, 2012

  • Don R.

    Everything was terrific! This was my first Cruelty-Free Thansgiving and I enjoyed the great food and wonderful company!

    November 23, 2012

  • Megan C.

    Fantastic food and company! Thanks so much!! (Maybe no factory-farm slide show next time?)

    November 22, 2012

  • Karen F

    So great to see everyone and have a "family" reunion.

    November 22, 2012

  • Whitefire F.

    Decided to stat local Petaluma so will not be attending. Vile Not see how to change my decision. Have a lovely time.

    November 21, 2012

  • Trish V.

    Is this an alcohol-free event?

    November 21, 2012

    • Wade

      I'm guessing there might be a few bottles of wine.

      November 21, 2012

    • Hope B.

      yeah, it's pretty much BYOB. You are welcome to bring some if you like.

      November 21, 2012

  • sandra c.

    last year we didn't have much to drink, so I'm bring cider and juice, let me know if anyone wants anything special. no alcohol though

    November 21, 2012

    • Hope B.

      Hey Sandy- Someone is bringing SoyNog and I am bringing apple cider and a pot and am going to heat is on the stove. You can add to mine or have a cold option. Juice would be good to! See you tomorrow!

      November 21, 2012

  • Whitefire F.

    RIDE NEEDED FOR ME TO ATTEND

    Anyone coming from Petaluma or south of, I would like a ride. I am on bus and no buses run on Thanksgiving. Went last year and loved it. As I recall the Local Turkeys were all running a race away from G&G Market that day in support of no Turkey Thanksgivings.

    PS Sorry about the last note I tried to do it on my cell phone and it auto-incorrected it sent it prematurely. Apparently my computer does not believe my fingers and my fingers have not evolved to not hit inappropriate keys which sent it.
    It should have read: "- no buses on ThanksG so I'd need a ride from Lakeville Lucky Mrkt or the bowling alley if I get people to bowl (It's just $7 for 4 people for as much as ya want including shoe rental.) You can reach me at seven oh seven five four eight - nine seven eight eight."

    Whitefire

    November 21, 2012

  • Whitefire F.

    I live in Petaluma and travel by bus -no buses on Thanksg' so I'd need a ride from Lakeville Lucky Mrkt or the bowling alley if I get people to bowl $7 as much as ya want inc. Show rental with me

    November 21, 2012

  • Joan P.

    I'm a lousy and uninspired cook -- can I bring things like several quarts of soy nog and/or an extra generous donation instead of suffering through cooking? (I'm embarrassed to ask, but I'm posting because I bet I'm not the only one in this situation.)

    November 19, 2012

    • Joan P.

      Great! I don't think a cooler is needed for the short amount of time before people drink it, but if you can easily bring one, that's good. OK, I'll be the Soy Nog Queen of the evening, then.

      November 19, 2012

    • Hope B.

      Sounds great! See you Thursday!

      November 19, 2012

  • Larena

    OK, looking around here... isn't tjere a fee or cover charge for this?
    Light and Love to all ~ Me

    November 19, 2012

    • Wade

      It's free Lorraine, but donations are appreciated!

      November 19, 2012

  • Wade

    Wendy, you can invite whomever you like, just please make sure they understand that all the food must be vegan (no meat, dairy, eggs or honey)

    October 29, 2012

    • wendy

      great..thanks

      1 · October 29, 2012

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