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20th Annual Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck!

Please join us in giving thanks without taking a life this Thanksgiving at the 20th Annual Turkey-free Thanksgiving Potluck & Silent Auction. Co-sponsored by the Animal Rights Coalition, EarthSave Twin Cities, and the Alliance for Sustainability, this evening of cruelty-free food, fun, friendship, live music, and kids' activities will be held on Sunday, November 24 from 5:00-7:30pm at Lake Harriet United Methodist Church, 4901 Chowen Ave. S in Minneapolis. You don't need to be vegan or vegetarian to attend. Please bring a vegan main dish, side dish, or dessert to share with others (Note: Vegan means no meat, dairy, eggs, gelatin, honey, or refined sugar). Also bring a serving utensil, a copy of the recipe to set by your dish, your place setting (plate, cup, utensils), and of course, your appetite!

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  • Emily R.

    Does anyone know who made those tiny little cheesecakes that were in those little cups? I have to have that recipe!

    December 16, 2013

    • Emily R.

      Thanks Blaine! If you prefer you can email me at [masked]

      December 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Please post it. More of us want it! :)

      December 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does anyone who made the BBQ Lentil Sloppy Joes?? That was a DEVINE dish and I'd love the recipe for that. Thanks!

    December 16, 2013

    • Emily R.

      That was mine although it was tempeh. Directions are here:
      http://emmynanny.blog...­

      1 · December 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Emily, it was so delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

      December 16, 2013

  • Emily R.

    Looks like we will need a bigger venue with more space for food next year! There also seemed to be more people than food. So fun though!

    1 · December 3, 2013

  • Joe Pound (.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qU-2qW1jNBk
    Here's the walk through video. I'll get some pictures up tomorrow. Lots to look through hard to decide on the best :)

    1 · November 27, 2013

  • Edgar L.

    The little time that I had at yesterdays potluck was nothing less than awesome! I had a real great time meeting those that I had the chance to meet, and sampling some of those tasty dishes. I'm excited for future events and volunteering for te ARC! Thanks a ton, Jeena and co.

    1 · November 25, 2013

    • Jenna C.

      Glad you made it Edgar! It was great to meet you and I look forward to you getting involved with the group. :D

      1 · November 26, 2013

  • Joe Pound (.

    For anyone who's interested I made a recipe video for the bread I brought and will be posting a video from the event later today. I'll also include some of the 200+ photos I took there as well :P

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqdlfTnwUsA

    1 · November 26, 2013

  • Cia

    I didn't enjoy the event and left. Someone took my spoon, a special one I shouldn't have brought I know! but still. Then despite my best efforts the clique loving Minnesotans were not friendly. The location made me sick, as it was cold, moldy, and damp. Without prompting introductions and having some ice breakers, it was just about the food.
    I would like my Art Deco design spoon back. I would also suggest you attempt some form of community building BEFORE the eating. At least some time to share what we were thankful for would have ben appropriate. Is there some way to send a message to the group about the spoon?

    November 24, 2013

    • Amy L.

      I'm so sorry you had that negative experience. We had never been to the Thanksgiving event before either, but thankfully recognized a few people from other ARC meetups. I think smaller venues are easier to make newbies feel welcome. If you ever want to hang out, I would be happy to get together with you, introduce you to a few other vegans, etc. I can't help you with the lost spoon though. What a bummer!

      1 · November 25, 2013

    • Jenna C.

      Hey Sammy- I actually saw your spoon I think! I am going to drop the keys off at the church this week so I'll see if I can find it for you. There were soo many dishes and people there that our awesome volunteers had to keep clearing off the table to make room for new dishes! They washed your spoon and it was in the kitchen. I will hunt around for you!

      3 · November 25, 2013

  • Paula

    Amazing, delicious spread! This was our first year and it was so nice to be able to try so many combinations of vegan dishes! Thank you for organizing and having some delicious silent auction restaurants even though I didn't win!

    1 · November 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good food, good people, good times :)

    1 · November 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks everyone for coming! I had a great time even though I barely left the kitchen. Yes, I was the annoying guy removing empty dishes and trying to keep you out of the kitchen :)

    2 · November 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Jeremy, you're a pro! Thank you so much for working in the kitchen last night and thank you always for your fantastic energy. I'm so glad to know you.

      2 · November 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks to everyone else for doing the other things. I'm always happy to work and chill with you guys.

      1 · November 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a great event! Seemingly endless amounts of amazing food, entertainment, raffle prizes, and great company! The venue was huge actually, but when over 200 people are in one place, it can seem smaller than it is. To me, it was better than a standard church basement. Not any colder, or moldier than any other, huge kitchen, great parking, and easy to find when you enter the building. It is the third event my daughter and I have done with this group, and I have found the community to be warm and welcoming. A simple smile and hello on our part lead to easy conversation all night. I recognized many faces already after only two meetups before this one. It was awesome to feel free to eat the food and not worry if there were animal products in it. It was easy to see the organizers had worked hard to make this happen, and I deeply appreciate it.

    3 · November 25, 2013

    • Jenna C.

      Glad you made it out, Jage! It was wonderful to see so many people there.

      November 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Jage, SO glad you came out with your lovely vegan teenager!
      Also, thank you for your amazing gobble and turkey dance! Next year, you'll win. ;)

      1 · November 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A big thank you to everyone who came out on a cold evening with their amazing dishes, thank you to all of the volunteers and thank you to the Animal Rights Coalition, Earthsave and Alliance for Sustainability for hosting this event each year. with so many people, a bigger space will definitely be needed for next year. Lastly- thank you to all of the competitors who gobbled away in the GobbleOff!

    1 · November 25, 2013

  • Jenna C.

    All the volunteers and people who attended last night were SO great! We couldn't have asked for better support with set-up, take-down, and working tirelessly to make sure everyone had a great time. You guys are amazing!

    I will also say that this year's event was bigger and better than ever, so with 208 people throughout the night and only 150 chairs, we were definitely a little crowded! Next year we will look into a bigger space, but how amazing is it to have that many people in one room for a great cause? Thanks again for attending, making food, volunteering, and supporting us in the silent auction. We had a great time and I hope you did too!

    November 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Jenna, thank you for all of your hard work!

      1 · November 25, 2013

  • Joe Pound (.

    Great turnout!

    November 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yeah we counted 208. Amazing!

      November 25, 2013

  • Connie R.

    We need one of these for every holiday.

    1 · November 24, 2013

    • Jenna C.

      Great to see you Connie! You are one of my favorite people for sure. Thank you for the apple cider vinegar!! So awesome.

      November 25, 2013

  • Katie L.

    Good people, good food, good purpose. The space was a little small, but that's okay!

    1 · November 24, 2013

  • Edgar L.

    I hate to ask this, but is bringing a dish mandatory? I've been exhaustingly busy this week with school, work, and band related crud, and I can't imagine having sufficient time to put something special together. I would really love to meet my cities strong vegan community (which I honestly had no idea existed, until yesterday morning).

    November 23, 2013

    • Edgar L.

      Haha one problem after another, with this guy. I totally forgot to pack my plate and utensils before leaving for work this morning. Shooooot! You wouldn't know if there will be any back-up compostable plates, will ya?

      November 24, 2013

    • Sammy

      There are.

      2 · November 24, 2013

  • Michelle S.

    Is there anyone going from NE Minneapolis or the Roseville area that I might be able to get a ride with?

    November 23, 2013

    • Michelle S.

      Hi, Amy. Thanks so much for the offer. At this moment, I feel like it would be best to stay home and rest. There are times my body feels worse than others, and right now is one of those times. I do hope to get to meet you at another event. Thanks again!

      1 · November 24, 2013

    • Amy L.

      No problem!

      November 24, 2013

  • Chuck13

    In the oven: Herb-Scalloped Yams and Tempe

    2 lbs Yams (3 average-size) scrubbed, slice into 1/8 thick disks
    8 oz tempeh. Sliced and cubed
    3/4 C vegetable broth
    1/2 C unsweetened coconut (or almond/soy/oat)
    1 Tbs olive oil
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    3 Tbs nutritional yeast or flour (he used nutritional yeast)
    1/2 tsp thyme
    1/2 tsp basil
    1/4 tsp rosemary
    1/4 tsp paprika
    1/2 tsp salt
    Several pinches of black pepper

    2 · November 24, 2013

  • Amy L.

    The mac and cheese (vegan) is baking in the oven! We are looking forward to seeing everyone. Don't forget to bring your own plate, utensils, etc!

    1 · November 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have some red lentil & root vegetable soup along with a healthy dose of apple sauce to go with whatever you smother it on. Because apples beat cranberries any day! :)

    1 · November 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      There might be some oranges too. Anyone else bringing fruit? Maybe I'll make a fruit salad if I can prep it there. p.s. If you need to pickup anything, the Linden Hills Coop is at 44th St & France Ave.

      1 · November 24, 2013

  • Emily R.

    Please, everyone, don't forget your recipes! I'll be on the lookout for good recipes for christmas dinner!

    2 · November 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      A Gena Hamshaw recipe! NICE! She's my favorite and the most consistent blog that I read for vegan/raw foods. That was an especially yummy looking post of hers. For others that want similar ideas, Gena's website is www.choosingraw.com

      1 · November 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      P.S. The entree by Isa Chandra Moskowitz looks AMAZING. Can't wait! Already my ideas pale in comparison ;-)

      1 · November 23, 2013

  • Kelly

    A few questions. I'm planning on bringing vegan green bean casserole and I'm curious to see if there will be the capability to reheat my food when I get there, or should I throw it in a crock pot to keep warm? Secondly, would the traditional French fried onions be alright to top it? They are vegan, but fried in palm oil and I know that's a controversial topic for some. Also, how many servings of their dish do people typically bring?

    November 23, 2013

    • Kelly

      And thank you Katie! I think you're right. I'm going to leave them out.

      1 · November 23, 2013

    • Jenna C.

      Haha! I'd love to make a cookbook someday, or at least a compilation :P Sometimes I like to watch the Food Network and veganize all the recipes. But there's tons of great ones out there! I can't wait to see what everyone is making :)

      1 · November 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A bit off topic, but who better to ask? Does anyone know where to buy "Miracle Berries" in the Twin Cities?

    November 23, 2013

    • Jenna C.

      I have NO idea! :) Sorry I can't be more helpful, Jage! Does anyone else know?

      November 23, 2013

    • Sammy

      I have never seen actual miracle berries. I bought the tablets online after seeing them on Dr Oz.

      November 23, 2013

  • Katie L.

    So-im a new vegan. I had no idea refined sugar wasn't vegan. Now I know why, but I need some help finding the right sugars. Many of my vegan recipes call for granulated sugar. If I buy organic sugar, is it sufficient? Today I bought vegan cane sugar, but can it be substituted for granulated?

    November 10, 2013

    • Michelle S.

      Here is a great article that talks about everything above.

      1 · November 23, 2013

    • Michelle S.

      1 · November 23, 2013

  • Katie L.

    I call myself a 'pseudo-vegan' because I've managed to give up all things animal EXCEPT desserts. I'm hoping to try several dishes of all food categories to help diminish my craving for standard desserts. I plan to bring gluten-free vegan cupcakes. They are SO good.

    I also want to bring some kind of main dish, but I may need to think on this a little. I will have to experiment a bit to see what I can come up with. Can't wait!

    2 · November 9, 2013

    • Katie L.

      I recently made gluten free vegan cookies-I wasn't a big fan of the actual cookie itself, but the cookie dough was YUM! Probably not the best way to go about eating dessert, but I actually just made a batch and divided it into 10 equal servings and brought it to work for dessert. SO GOOD :)

      2 · November 16, 2013

    • Paula

      Katie, what did you substitute for flour if you did?

      November 23, 2013

  • Amanda

    Sounds fun, but we won't be in town. Maybe next year!

    November 23, 2013

  • Aimee R.

    Yay!

    November 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't wait! :-)

    1 · November 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      We can't either! :D

      November 21, 2013

  • Laura F.

    are some people bringing "traditional" thanksgiving foods? It will be interesting to see how people decide to veganize them.

    November 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Laura, word on the street is YES! I'm excited to see what is delivered to the table as well. I'm sure it will all be amazing. :)

      November 21, 2013

  • Emily R.

    Do we need to bring drinks?

    1 · November 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      That's a fantastic question, Emily! Yes please bring your own drinks and cups. :)
      thanks for asking!

      November 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just started to go meatless and hope to move to vegan. Am looking forward to meeting everyone and getting some food ideas. I'm not much of a cook so I need some ideas.

    3 · November 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I seriously cannot wait for this :D

    2 · November 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone bringing a teenager? My 14 yo would like to meet vegan friends.

    1 · November 5, 2013

    • Jenna C.

      The event is definitely kid-friendly and there's always a lot of kids/teens/people of all ages!

      November 6, 2013

  • Emily R.

    Will there be outlets available for crockpots?

    1 · November 6, 2013

    • Jenna C.

      There are outlets available! There is a full kitchen to keep things warm and we will be bringing extension cords.

      November 6, 2013

  • Andrea

    This sounds fantastic! :)

    1 · November 5, 2013

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