What: Annual vegetarian Thanksgiving feast
When: Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, 6:00-9:00 pm (Irregardless Cafe, Raleigh) AND Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, 11:30 am-5:00 pm (Cafe Parizade, Durham)
Where: Irregardless Cafe, 901 W. Morgan St., Raleigh (Monday) AND Cafe Parizade, 2200 W. Main St. (Erwin Square), Durham (Thanksgiving)
Cost: $27 members, $30 other adults; $8 ages 5-10, free under 5; price is all-inclusive
Reservations: Reservations are required and can be made online at www.trianglevegsociety.org/thanksgiving. Reservations open on Saturday, November 8, 2014, at noon. Please do not contact the restaurants directly.
Sponsor: Triangle Vegetarian Society, P.O. Box 3364, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-3364, (919) 943-8784, www.trianglevegsociety.org
The Triangle Vegetarian Society (TVS) is pleased to announce its 16th annual Thanksgiving feast and raffle will be held at Cafe Parizade in Durham on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, from 11:30 am through 5:00 pm. In addition, we are offering a pre-Thanksgiving feast at Irregardless Cafe in Raleigh the Monday before Thanksgiving from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.
Cafe Parizade is one of the Triangle's finest restaurants with a gourmet flair for fresh ingredients with Mediterranean influences. Executive Chef Robert Adams has a well-deserved very strong reputation among peers and the dining public, and has proven over and over for TVS his passion for creating fabulous meals.
When Irregardless was opened in February 1975 by Chef Arthur Gordon, now the area's longest established chef, it was Raleigh's first vegetarian restaurant. It no longer is all vegetarian, but features a number of tasty vegan dishes on its menu. Before TVS moved Thanksgiving to Cafe Parizade, it was held at Irregardless in 1997 and 1998.
Since 2004 with an attendance of 360, this annual event has become the largest vegetarian Thanksgiving in the country, attracting national attention. In 2011, we had 876 attendees from at least 50 cities in 12 states. Regulars and new attendees are again expected this year. In 2012 (http://www.trianglevegsociety.org/thanksgiving12), we had almost 1000 attendees from at least 51 cities and 7 states.
The all-inclusive price is $27 for TVS members, $30 for non-members, $8 for children ages 5-10, and free for children under 5. Reservations are required and can be made online at www.trianglevegsociety.org/thanksgiving.
Full details are available online at trianglevegsociety.org/thanksgiving. All dishes will be strictly vegan with no animal, egg or dairy products. No honey or white sugar will be used.
As in previous years, we will have a generous raffle with prizes ranging from gift certificates from area businesses to cases of whole food products, fine chocolates, non-animal gardening fertilizers, and much more.
Cafe Parizade is at 2200 W. Main in Durham near Duke University's East campus. Take the Durham Expressway (NC 147) either north from I-40, or south from I-85/15-501, and exit at Swift Avenue. At the end of the exit ramp, turn right if coming from I-40, or left if coming from I-85/15-501. At the light just ahead, turn left onto Main Street. Go through one light at Ninth Street and in 100 yards or so, turn right into the Erwin Square complex. Cafe Parizade's number is 919-286-9712, but please don't call the restaurant for reservations.
Irregardless Cafe is at 901 W. Morgan St. in Raleigh near NCSU. From downtown Raleigh, take Morgan St. toward NCSU; after the curve just past Mayo St, the restaurant will be on your left just beyond Tryon Hill Dr. From RTP and Durham, take I-40 to exit 289 for the Wade Ave extension. Continue past I-440 and the traffic light at Ridge Rd with Whole Foods to your left. Right at the next light onto Faircloth St and left at the next light onto Hillsborough St. After passing through the NCSU campus on your right, continue through the traffic circle at the bell tower. At the next traffic circle, take the first exit onto W Morgan St; the restaurant is just ahead on the right. Irregardless' phone number is 919-833-8898, but please don't call the restaurant for reservations.
The Triangle Vegetarian Society is an active group with monthly potlucks and many special events. Our web page is www.trianglevegsociety.org. We encourage membership not just for vegetarians, but for all who have an interest in any aspect of vegetarianism. Membership dues for one year are $15 for an individual, $20 for a family, or $10 for a student; a 27-month membership is $30 for an individual or $40 for a family.