Triangle Vegetarian Society

2011 Calendar

Saturday, January 1, 2011 - 2:00 pm

New Year's Day Hike (non-TVS event)

The Eno River New Year's Day Hike is as traditional to the Triangle's first day of the year as black-eyed peas and resolutions. Each year on January 1st the Eno River Association sponsors a fun-filled afternoon of guided hikes, refreshments and merriment. This year they will offer two hike options, a longer 4-5 mile hike as well as a shorter, approximately 2 mile route. There will be something for everyone, so come one, come all and enjoy New Year's Day at the Eno!

Our get-together is being organized by Sangeeta Godbole; please contact her if you will be attending.

Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 7:00 pm

The Witness film at Internationalist Books (this is a non-TVS event organized by Triangle Vegan Action)

Internationalist Books & Community Center

405 W Franklin Street, Chapel Hill


We are showing The Witness at Internationalist Books in Chapel Hill. Watch the trailer here: How does a construction contractor from a tough Brooklyn neighborhood become an impassioned animal advocate? In the award-winning documentary THE WITNESS, Eddie Lama explains how he feared and avoided animals for most of his life, until the love of a kitten opened his heart, inspiring him to rescue abandoned animals and bring his message of compassion to the streets of New York. With humor and sincerity, Eddie tells the story of his remarkable change in consciousness. THE WITNESS has been an official selection in 32 film festivals where it has received eight awards for Best Documentary and two for Best of Festival. It has been broadcast on the independent film showcases of several regional PBS stations, as well as LinkTV, FreeSpeech TV, and United Kingdom's Community Channel. Thus far, the film has been translated into 11 languages, including Russian and Chinese. This is an excellent film to convince non-vegans to go vegan. Please invite your family, friends, and others to join us!

Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 1:00 pm

Potluck brunch (Potluck FAQ)


RSVP required to or 919-793-4585

Monday, January 24, 2011 - 6:30-10:30 pm

Winter Dance Party to benefit Coalition to Unchain Dogs and The Goathouse Cat Refuge (this is a non-TVS event hosted by TVS member Lucy Moore)

The Broad Street Cafe

1116 Broad Street, Durham, NC 27705


Featuring: DJ Michael spinning dance tunes! Door prizes! Heavy hors d´oeuvres (exclusively vegetarian and vegan)! Cash bar!
$12/person prepaid or $15/person at the door
For more information about this event, please see the flyer (8 MB).

Saturday, February 5, 2011 - 7:00 pm

Potluck and Discussion of Dr. Fuhrman & Plant-Strong Diets (Potluck FAQ)

Durham Friends Meetinghouse

404 Alexander Avenue, Durham (see a map and directions)

After we eat we will hear a discussion of Dr. Fuhrman & plant-strong diets. Jodi O'Neill of the Triangle Nutritarians and Stephanie Hodges, who leads the Triangle Eat to Live/Nutritarians (both meetup groups - consider joining them), will share information about these diets and Dr. Fuhrman's work.

Potluck items for this event should be vegan, with no added oils and no salt. Whole plants foods items (versus processed foods) with some nuts or seeds are best. Feel free to come with some fruit or a raw salad if you don't want to prepare something else, but if you are up for it, you can try bringing a recipe for the potluck such as from Dr. Furhman's webpage or his blog.

We hope that we can start eating by 7:15 or 7:30, and start the program by 8:15 to end by 9. We are planning on podcasting the talks so, if you cannot attend, the audio should be available in the coming few weeks on our podcast page.

Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 7:00 pm

Vegan Beer Dinner (non-TVS event)

Tir Na nOg Irish Pub, Raleigh

On February 24, Tir Na nOg Irish Pub in Raleigh will be having a Vegan Beer Dinner with Aviator Brewing Company. Dinner will begin at 7:00 pm and is limited to 40 people. It will consist of four vegan courses paired with a complementary vegan beer brewed by Aviator Brewing Company. $39.95 per person. For the menu and other details, please see the Tir Na nOg website.

Saturday, March 12, 2011 - 7:00 pm

Potluck and Music Night (Potluck FAQ)

Carmen Chasteen's home

747 Buck Branch Rd, Pittsboro (see a map)


Vegan only, please. After we eat, Carmen, who is from Columbia and a lover of singing and dancing, will sing a few folk songs, including a Columbian Cumbia and an Argentinian Los Hosnros in milonga rhythm. If you can, bring an instrument; she will have some rhythm instruments available. You're also welcome to contribute a song!

Saturday, April 9, 2011 - 7:00 pm

Potluck Dinner (Potluck FAQ)

Barb Wood's home

108 Woodglen Drive, Cary 27518 (see a map)


Saturday, April 23 through Sunday, May 1, 2011

Third Annual Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale

On April 23 through May 1 (two weekends and the weekdays in between), groups from across the world will hold vegan bake sales. Each participating group gets to choose its venue, what to sell, and how it uses the proceeds. Contact Dilip if you want to help TVS participate this year. Learn more about the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale.

Thursday, April 28 - 7:30 pm

Lecture and Book Signing by Neal Barnard, author of 21-Day Weight-Loss Kickstart (non-TVS event)

Quail Ridge Books

3522 Wade Avenue, Raleigh 27607 (see a map)

See the flyer for more information about this event!

Wednesday, May 25 - 7:30 pm

Tom Regan Speaking at Quail Ridge Books (non-TVS event)

Quail Ridge Books

3522 Wade Avenue, Raleigh 27607 (see a map)

Tom Regan, NCSU Professor Emeritus and one of the premiere animal rights philosophers of our time, speaks at Quail Ridge Books at 7:30 pm, presenting the book that he edited, Other Nations: Animals in Modern Literature. Learn more.

Tuesday, June 7 - 6:30–7:30 pm

Dilip Barman Speaking on the Vegan and Vegetarian Way of Life

Leesville Community Library

5105 Country Trail, Raleigh, NC 27613 (see a map)


TVS President Dilip Barman speaking on plant-based diets at the Leesville Community Library. See the flyer.

Friday, June 3 - Thursday, June 16

"Forks Over Knives" screenings

Marquee Cinemas, Wakefield 12

10600 Common Oaks Drive, Raleigh (see a map)


"Forks Over Knives" is a film not to be missed, focused on well-documented medical and scientific evidence of the singularly tremendous power of a plant-based diet to build strong health and even reverse some challenging diseases. It will be screened daily for two weeks at the following times: 12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 7:10, and 9:30 pm. Film website. TVS will have a literature table at the theatre.

Thursday, June 16 - 5:00-9:00 pm

Dilip's Guest Chef Appearance at Duke's Nasher Museum Café

Nasher Museum Café on Duke University campus

2001 Campus Drive, Durham, NC 27705 (see a map)


Dilip has been invited to be the guest chef for dinner on June 16 at the Nasher Museum of Art Café on Duke University's campus. Most of the dishes will be gluten free, and it's all vegan! See the flyer, which includes the tentative menu. The café will be open for dinner 5:00-9:00 pm; last seating will be at 8:15 pm. Reservations recommended either online or by calling 919-684-6032.

Sunday, June 26 - 1:00 pm

Brunch potluck with an optional film viewing

James and Dori Roberts' home


This potluck has been canceled and will be rescheduled for later this year.

Saturday, July 2

Meet for dinner before Pilobolus show

Have tickets to see Pilobolus this Saturday evening at the American Dance Festival? Let's get together for a dinner out beforehand. We will pick a nearby restaurant and enjoy a vegan meal before the 8 pm show. RSVP requested (email

Monday, July 4 - 5:00 pm

Fourth of July Potluck (vegan food only, please) (Potluck FAQ)

The Davis's house

7337 Fontana Ridge Lane, Raleigh (see a map - note that Norman Ridge Lane is the street off of Leesville Road, and Fontana Ridge Lane is off of Norman Ridge Lane)

The Fourth of July Potluck will be at the Davis's house in Raleigh. Vegan food only, please. We can meet around 5:00 to socialize, and have dinner at around 7:00 so people can make the fireworks at the State Fair site in Raleigh. We have a grill that has always been used for vegan food, so please feel free to bring something to be grilled if you would like. Please park along the curb taking care not to block the neighbors' driveways. We would appreciate it if you would avoid pulling your car up on the grass, as this can damage the sprinkler heads. Thanks.

Saturday, July 30 - 8:30 pm

70s Party with proceeds to benefit Guardians of Angels (non-TVS event)

Compadres Mexican Restaurant and Cantina

115 Siler Xing, Siler City, NC 27344 (see a map)


Join DJ Michael and Guardians of Angels at Compadres in Siler City for their 2011 70's Party! Only $5 cover, with all proceeds benefiting Guardians of Angels. See the flyer.

Saturday, August 6 - 7:00 pm

Potluck Dinner (Potluck FAQ)

Jack and Ana Traywick's home

81 Creekwood Dr, Fearrington Village, Pittsboro (see a map)


From anywhere in the Triangle, get on 15/501 South (you can take I-40 to the 15/501 exit in Chapel Hill and go south toward Chapel Hill). Stay on 15/501 S (do not at any point get on 15/501 Bypass), through Chapel Hill and past NC 54. About 1 1/2 miles later, 15/501 exits off the highway; do so and follow the signs south to Pittsboro, turning Left at the end of the exit. Go about 8 miles and watch for the white picket fence and "Fearrington Village" sign on the left; turn Left at the light onto Village Way into the village. Turn Left at 1st street - Creekwood and they are about 1/2 mile on L at #81.

Sunday, August 7 - 3:00-4:15 pm

Talk by Dilip Barman: "Why Vegetarian (and how to get there)"

Durham Public Library - South Regional Branch

4505 S. Alston Ave, Durham, 27713


Want to go vegetarian for your health, the environment, ethics, or just to eat tasty food? Come learn about the benefits and leave with practical steps for getting there.

Saturday, September 24 - 8:30 pm

Benefit show for Guardians of Angels (non-TVS event)

The General Store Cafe

39 West Street, Pittsboro (see a map)


Come together to help build an adoption center for cats and dogs in Chatham County! This benefit show will feature the music of Jon Shain and The BackBeat, and proceeds will go to Guardians of Angels. $20 Single or $30 Couple (at the door only). See the flyer.

Sunday, September 25 - 7:00 pm

Carrboro Music Festival Potluck/Dinner (Potluck FAQ)

The Carrboro Music Festival is one of the biggest local music events. This year, there are almost 200 bands playing at a number of venues around Carrboro. Many genres of music are represented, and it's all free! Come on out and enjoy some music. We will have a potluck/dinner at 7:00 pm. RSVP to Dilip ( so we can meet as a group, perhaps in front of Weaver Street Market. If the group wants, we can all order a meal at Panzanella (great vegan pizza and pasta) or Spotted Dog (several salads and tempeh dishes), or enjoy a potluck on the Weaver Street Lawn.

Saturday, October 22 - 7:00 pm

Joint potluck with the Ethical Humanist Society of the Triangle (Potluck FAQ)

Durham Friends Meetinghouse

404 Alexander Avenue, Durham (See a map and directions)

After the potluck, three TVSers and three members of the Ethical Humanist Society of the Triangle will be on a panel to discuss their views of ethics. This has been an exciting event the last fourteen years!

Sunday, October 23 - 4:00 pm

Demonstration - Nut and Seed Milks

Durham County Library, South Regional Branch, Children's Programs Room

4505 S Alston Ave, Durham (see a map)

TVSer Sangeeta Godbole will give a short talk and then demonstrate how to make nut and seed "milk"s. Sangeeta has been enjoying making her own non-dairy "milk"s at home for some time. Come out to this free event to see how easy, tasty, fresh, and eco-friendly this is - and you can choose your own flavors for the "milk"! Free samples will be provided. The event is free but registration is requested; please call Cathy Starkweather at 919-560-7410.

Saturday, November 5 - 7:00 pm

Vegan Potluck Dinner (Potluck FAQ)

Home of Jenny and Guy Finn

101 Boland Way, Knightdale, 27545 (see a map)

Vegan food only, please. You're encouraged to bring hand instruments; the Finns will light a fire and have a drum circle. For directions, you can use the map link above. Any questions, please call 919-389-7393 or 919-217-5767.

Thursday, November 17 - 7:00 pm

"A Night for Chimpanzees" (non-TVS event)

Duke's Bryan Center-Von Canon A

This event features a three-minute excerpt from an April 2011 talk by Dr. Jane Goodall to the National Institutes of Health, a one-hour showing of a PBS Nature documentary titled "Chimpanzees: An Unnatural History", and a discussion with Kathleen Conlee, senior director of animal research issues at the Humane Society of the United States. This event is free. See the flyer for more details!

Thursday, November 24

Annual Thanksgiving Feast at Café Parizäde and Spice Street

For the 13th year in a row, we are returning to Café Parizäde in Durham for our Thanksgiving Feast. And, for the third year in a row, we are returning to Spice Street in Chapel Hill for our evening seating. All event details will be posted on the Thanksgiving 2011 page.

Saturday, December 10 - 7:00 pm

Annual TVS Holiday Party potluck and white elephant gift exchange (Potluck FAQ)

Barry Nakell's home

149 Dixie Drive, Chapel Hill (see a map)


After we eat, we will, as has become tradition, have a low-/no-cost simple gift exchange – please bring something, wrapped, from around the house that you no longer use that others may find valuable; please bring one present per person. (If you decide to purchase a gift, please do not exceed $10.)

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Vegan Pizza Party and First Night Raleigh

December 29 Update: Our pizza party is now full, and we cannot accept additional RSVPs. If you have already RSVPed, we look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

We are having a vegan pizza party at 6:00 pm at Lilly's Pizza at 1813 Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh. Lilly's has kindly donated four vegan pizzas, with no honey in the crust and using vegan or no cheese. Just to whet (or "wheat" - alas, no gluten free pizza options this year) your appetite, we are getting: artichoke hearts, basil, pine nuts, sundried tomato slices with half no cheese (otherwise, cheese is all vegan for our order); eggplant, sundried tomatoes, roasted red bell peppers, pistachios, half no cheese; "The Buddha - oil, garlic, spinach, zucchini, olives - no cheese; and "The Gus" - porcini mushroom oil, organic minced garlic, organic cremini mushrooms, and organic portobellos. We also expect to get two hearty salads.

To RSVP for the pizza party, please call Josie Sianez (919-427-0952) by Thursday the 29th at 9 pm.

At First Night Raleigh, there are many children's activities in the afternoon leading up to a 7 pm (midnight Greenwich Mean Time) New Year's countdown, and quite a variety of entertainment through midnight. I encourage all to visit the First Night website and sign up to volunteer. If you let them know on the volunteer sign up form that you wish to work with TVS, you will get a 4-6 pm indoor shift as a children's activity helper at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. We'll be on the third floor helping with the "Tower of Power" activity. Volunteering gets you free admission to the many evening events (you can always purchase admission).

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