VegSarasota Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck!

Sarasota's very own Vegan Thanksgiving Fest is this Saturday! We'd love to have you there to celebrate with us love for all creatures.

The Unitarian Universalist Church on Fruitville has kindly offered to host our Thanksgiving event and they have room for 100 people with tables, chairs, etc. Please note this event is Non-smoking!

Come at 6:30 with your food (the more the merrier) and favorite beverages so we can all begin to eat around 7. Our cooking volunteers are feeling the pressure, so if you can help somebody cook on Saturday, please let Alessandra know.

Raffle! If you can donate something to our fund raising raffle, please let us know what and bring it with you.

To make this event as environmentally friendly as possible, please bring your own serving utensils, plates and silverware. Unless you want to wash 100 plates....

Volunteers & donations needed for setup/decor and cleanup starting at 5pm that day. Help us make this a fun community event for all by pitching in to help setup/cook or cleanup.

When: Saturday November 20th 2010 at 6:30 pm
Cost:
$4 children under 12 years
$8 for each person with a corresponding dish or dessert
$18 per adult without a dish Please read important details!

Few volunteers are planning the cooking of the main dishes including: field roast, grilled tempeh, soy curls, sweet potato casserole, cranberry & orange relish, stuffing, gravy, rice and a green salad, and some non-alcoholic drinks. (menu items may change without notice) *** IMPORTANT: To make this party a success we need you to help us by telling us what you will bring. Please update your RSVP and leave a comment with the name of the dish you plan on bringing so we can coordinate to have a good variety of dishes for all. Select and cook a Vegan Thanksgiving dish for 8 people from the following suggested list:
* Your vegan dish should not contain any animal products (no meat, dairy or eggs). Please remember to bring a sign with name and ingredients for people with allergies.

Vegan Side Dishes:
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Veggies with herbs
Green Beans
Corn Cake
Sweet Corn Salad
Quinoa
Or your own vegan Thanksgiving favorites!
* See recipe ideas below. Nothing requiring refrigeration please. Vegan Dessert Ideas:
Pumpkin Pie
Apple Pie
Cheesecake
Vegan Coconut Whipped Cream
Other favorite vegan Thanksgiving dessert!
* See recipe ideas below. Drinks:
Some non-alcoholic drinks will be provided but feel free to bring your favorite drinks or wine. Note: drinks will not be counted as substitute for a dish.

** Still few volunteers wanted. Let us know if we can count on you for setup and take down!

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Vegan Recipe Ideas:

Vegan Side Dishes:
Cranberry green beans http://vegetarian.about.com/od/greenbeans/r/Cranberry-Green-Beans.htm
Lemony Quinoa with Butternut Squash http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2009/10/lemony-quinoa-with-butternut-squash.html
Vegan Corn Cake http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com/2009/05/sweet-fresh-corn-cake-spoonable-or.html
Harvest-Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms http://www.chefchloe.com/blog.html
Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Toasted Hazelnuts http://www.chefchloe.com/blog.html Vegan Desserts:
Apple Pie http://www.vegfamily.com/vegan-recipes/desserts/vegan-apple-pie.htm
Pumpkin Pie http://veganconnection.com/recipes/pumpkin_pie.htm
Chocolate Pumpkin Pie http://vegetarian.about.com/od/desertrecipes/r/chocpumpkinpie.htm
Chocolate Cheesecake http://www.thebittenword.com/thebittenword/2009/11/thanksgiving-2009-vegan-chocolate-cheesecake.html
Pumpkin Praline Cheesecake http://www.veganchef.com/pmpknpraline.htm More Vegan Sources:
Vegan Yum Yum http://veganyumyum.com
Epicurious http://www.epicurious.com/articlesguides/howtocook/dishes/vegan
Chez Bettay http://www.chezbettay.com/pages/recipes1.html
Chef Chloe http://www.chefchloe.com
Vegan Chef http://www.veganchef.com
Vegetarian Times http://www.vegetariantimes.com *****************************************************

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  • Francis

    Loved t! I took my non -vegan mother (age 87) and both of us had a delightful time. As I know many of the members it was a good 'get together' re-affirming relationships and catching up on news.

    November 22, 2010

  • Raylon

    Not only was it great to see so many friends, old and new, but the amount of delicious food was staggering. It was great to see so many pitch in with all their work to please the pallet. And for helping clean up, I got 3 meals worth of leftovers :)

    November 22, 2010

  • Vincent

    I can't believe how much amazing food there was. Thanksgiven to all!

    November 22, 2010

  • Denise

    Wonderful! Location was beautiful, food was fantastic, and the people were great!

    November 22, 2010

  • Dorothy T.

    This was our first meetup event and we were very pleased with the outcome. There was very good food. The setting was convenient and ample space. People were very friendly and we look forward to more events in the future.

    November 22, 2010

  • Christina and S.

    The outdoor location was great.
    In the future, one dish per couple will probably provide enough food.

    November 21, 2010

  • Joseph p.

    This was a wonderful evening of fun and fellowship.

    November 21, 2010

  • Gabrielle L.

    A wonderful time with a wonderful group of people. My suggestions for the future, to help keep costs down, are to not supply alcoholic beverages (though if people would like to bring them, fine), and to not supply food in addition to the potluck food. What everyone brought was utterly delicious, and way more than enough.

    November 21, 2010

  • mark r.

    Kudos to Don and Allesandra for doing an excellent job making this happen. Also a big thank you to all of the volunteers who pitched in and Vincent for his delicious salad.
    There was an excellent selection of food and more than anyone could eat. I had a great time and am already looking forward to next year's!

    November 21, 2010

  • Nanette

    The food was great, the company was great, the venue was great. Thanks to all who worked to make this such an awesome event! This is one terrific group of people =)

    November 21, 2010

  • Chris

    Great T-giving party with tons of tasty vegan food and drink...

    November 21, 2010

  • Amanda

    Great food & great location!

    November 21, 2010

  • Pam D.

    Thank you everyone who did all the work to make this dinner happen. It was wonderful!!

    November 21, 2010

  • Steve

    Thanks to everyone who made this event a success!

    November 20, 2010

  • Amanda

    I'm going to make coconut rice pudding!

    November 19, 2010

  • Don B.

    Here are some more tasty recipes from VegNews and VegWeb.
    http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/211087/a0aa06e82e/1493001925/0cb8c79c3a/

    November 17, 2010

  • laura m.

    I am bringing the xtra large garden salad (60+ people) with homemade dressings from Carr's Corner Cafe. Michael is bringing homemade bread loaves.

    November 16, 2010

  • Joe R.

    Lisa and I will bring the green salad, and we will also bring a dish called oopa moussaka with potatoes and zucchini among other ingredients it is delicious! I will bring a warmer for my dish.

    November 16, 2010

  • Amanda

    I can come early to set-up. Please message me the details if you need some extra help.

    November 16, 2010

  • Don B.

    We have a place with room for 100 and space for entertainment. Volunteer cooks/setup/cleanup/entertain let us know! This will be GREAT!

    November 15, 2010

  • Joseph p.

    I will bring a vegetarian curry (just like the one we had at the Taste of Asia restaurant) and white rice.

    November 14, 2010

  • Lucy K.

    I'll bring garlic mashed potatoes, pumpkin bread and if you need anything else, let me know

    November 14, 2010

  • Victoria

    I'm going to bring vegetable soup : )

    November 13, 2010

  • Chris

    I am going to bring stuffing and maybe some taters!

    November 13, 2010

  • Pam D.

    I will bring an apple pie

    November 12, 2010

  • Vincent

    I'll bring a sweet potato dish.

    November 12, 2010

  • Ted

    I am back from Brasil and will be here until the end of Jan. , my wife and I are vegetarians in Brasil.. she is Brasilian but has stayed behind because of her work schedule... but here I am... and will be happy to bring a Brasilian veg dish... regards, Ted

    November 7, 2010

  • Joseph p.

    I can participate in the decoration and set up.
    Tell me when to come, where to come, and
    at what time to come

    November 6, 2010

  • Gabrielle L.

    Our family will be there -- the parents and the two kids.

    November 6, 2010

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