Feast and Raffle with Prizes
at Cafe Parizäde
November 28, 1:00-4:00 pm
The Triangle Vegetarian Society (TVS) will have its annual Thanksgiving feast and generous raffle at one of Dilip's favorite Triangle restaurants, Cafe Parizäde in Durham (directions are below). Parizäde is one of the Triangle's finest restaurants with a gourmet flair for fresh ingredients with Mediterranean influences, and this will be TVS' 4th consecutive Thanksgiving there. A press release for the event is available online, as is a list of Frequently Asked Questions and a flyer advertising the event.
Online reservations are now closed, but you can still make a reservation by calling Cafe Parizade (286-9712) after 11:00 am on Thanksgiving Day and asking to speak to Dilip Barman.
Prices for the Thanksgiving meal will be $20 for current members, $23 for other adults, and $9 for children aged 5-10; children younger than 5 eat for free. As in previous years, you can pay for your meals the day of the event at the door (cash preferred, check accepted; online payments are not available, nor can we take credit cards).
Our tentative menu begins with a Fall Antipasto Buffet Table. There will be a quinoa salad with olives, shallots, pine nuts, sundried tomatoes, and garlic in a base of the lovely crunchy grain quinoa, with arugula and rosemary-carmelized pear. There will be fall lettuces with pumpkin seed-cider dressing; roasted fall vegetables; citrus couscous with dried fruits and garbanzo beans; and grilled asparagus. We plan to have a Mediterranean minty fatoush salad with toasted flat bread; hominy succotash with lima beans, squash, and citrus zest; wheatberry-wild rice salad with lavender-blueberry vinaigrette; breads, crustinis, and pita with hummus and baba ganouj; marinated olives; and spiced pecans.
For main courses, we are tentatively planning on wild mushroom risotto with seared tempeh; lentil-brown rice cakes with roasted turnips and mustard greens; spanakopita with golden raisins, sundried tomatoes, and pine nuts; artichoke ravioli in roasted tomato-saffron sauce; and braised sweet potatoes with leeks and vegan maple "butter". Look for braised wheat gluten sauteed with yellow squash and sweet onions; basil-roasted garlic whipped potatoes; mushroom-onion gravy, apple-walnut stuffing and fresh raspberry-cranberry relish; and country cornbread. Desserts we're planning to serve include fresh seasonal fruits, phyllo cookies, pumpkin pie, cherry crisp, and cinammon apple pie.
Apple cider, water, herbal tea, and coffee will be available as part of the meal. If, instead or in addition, you wish to order alcohol or soft drinks, wait staff will help you, but you will need to pay your waiter when s/he delivers your drink.
All the food will be strictly vegan with no animal, egg or dairy products, and no honey or white sugar will be used. We will try to accommodate dietary restrictions, especially if you let us know in advance.
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. Check out the current list of raffle prizes (prizes will continue to be added as we get closer to the event)!
Cafe Parizäde is at 2200 W. Main in Durham. A map is available. 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.
Our Thanksgiving event in 2001 was a big success! (For details from last year, please see the Thanksgiving 2001 page.) People had nothing but high praise for the delicious vegan meal that Chef Robert put together, and the staff at Cafe Parizäde was professional and helpful, as always. We had a total of 166 attendees last year, including 56 members, 93 nonmembers, 7 children ages 5-10, and 10 children under age 5. We sold 435 raffle tickets for our 71 prizes, and had coverage by WTVD channel 11 and the Durham Herald-Sun. It was gratifying to see how much everybody, including a number of non-vegetarians, had fun and enjoyed the food!