Triangle Vegetarian Society

2012 Calendar - Archived Events

Sunday, January 22, 2012

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, January 28, 2012 - 7:00 pm

Vegan Potluck and Talk by Donna Beaudoin, author of "Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living..." (Potluck FAQ)

Durham Friends Meetinghouse

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

Please bring only vegan dishes to this potluck. Donna Beaudoin ( is a Certified Raw Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Raw Vegan Chef who helps "people transition to a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle by illustrating the importance of adding to weekly meals raw vegan and whole foods for increased health benefits". She has received strong feedback about her work and new book and has been a guest speaker at several recent events, including being on a panel along with "nutritarian" Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

After we enjoy a vegan potluck, we will be treated to an inspiring talk by Donna Beaudoin. Donna's book, "Sister Vegetarian's 31 Days of Drama-Free Living: Exercises and Recipes for a Healthy Mind, Body, and Spirit", will not be available for purchase at this event, but you are welcome to bring with you books purchased ahead of time and she will be happy to sign them. You can order the book at the following sites: Lantern Books, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

As always, please label ingredients in your potluck dish and bring your own serving utensils and place setting. If you don't enjoy preparing food, feel free to pick up some apple cider, perhaps a quality vegan (no honey, eggs, dairy, or other animal products) bread and dip, or a fruit platter.

Saturday, February 25, 2012 - 7:00 pm

Potluck and Music Night (Potluck FAQ)

Carmen Chasteen's home

747 Buck Branch Rd, Pittsboro (see a map)


Vegan dishes 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, March 17, 2012 - 8:30 am

First Annual Animal Law Symposium (non-TVS event)

UNC Law School

Van Hecke-Wettach Hall, 160 Ridge Road, CB #3380, Chapel Hill

UNC's SALDF will be hosting the first annual Animal Law Symposium on March 17. See for info. Please note that you must register at the website in order to attend.

Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 5:30-8:00 pm

Vegan Potluck and "Forks Over Knives" Screening (Potluck FAQ)

Durham Public Library - South Regional Branch

4505 S. Alston Ave, Durham, 27713


Forks Over Knives documents overwhelming scientific and medical "evidence that a whole food plant-based diet can prevent, and in many cases, reverse degenerative diseases". Please arrive between 5:30 and 6 pm for socializing and setup; we'll start eating and start the program at 6 pm. The film should end at around 7:40, and we'll have a discussion until 8 pm. Registration is optional but would be appreciated.

Please bring your own place setting that you can then take back home with you and reuse. A dinner plate, fork (and maybe spoon), and glass or cup would be a good assemblage. All food should be vegan for this potluck; please bring a list of ingredients in your dish for those with allergies.

Saturday, April 28 (please arrive between 5:00-5:15 pm)

Picnic Potluck at Duke Gardens (Potluck FAQ)

Duke Gardens

420 Anderson Street, Durham, 27708 (map and directions)

This will be a joint TVS picnic potluck with the Vegetarian Families' Meetup. Please arrive between 5:00-5:15 pm at the entrance to Duke Gardens, and please bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Sunday, April 29 - 11:00 am-1:00 pm

Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge Benefit Bake Sale (non-TVS event)

Weaver Street Market

101 East Weaver Street, Carrboro, 27510

The Vegan Food Education and Outreach Committee of the Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge is participating in The Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale. All proceeds will benefit Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge. The Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge is a non-profit start-up in Pittsboro, NC, that is working towards a day when the lives of farm animals are not taken for the benefit of humans.

Items for sale include (but not limited to): Cookies: Peanut butter chocolate pillows, peanut butter, chocolate chip, strawberry pinkies, sugar cookies. Brownies: maple walnut. Cupcakes: lemon raspberry, cookies 'n cream, vanilla, cappucchino, lime coconut, tiramisu, black forest, gluten free chocolate, gluten free vanilla. Muffins or loaves: banana nut, zucchini, lemon poppyseed, corn bread, gluten free walnut espresso muffins. Other items: Cinnamon rolls, gluten free salted caramel nut squares, chocolate chip coffee cake, chocolate peanut butter fudge, rice crispy treats, rosemary tomato scones, and doggy biscuits!

Saturday, May 19 - 7:00 pm

Potluck Dinner and Talk on Christianity and Vegetarianism (Potluck FAQ)

Rondy Elliot's home (see a map)

369 Chatham Glen Drive, Durham, 27713

After we eat, Rondy Elliot will give a talk on Christianity and Vegetarianism. Directions: Take Rt. 751 South exactly 3 miles past the intersection of I-40 and 751 (near Southpoint.) There will be a stoplight at 2 1/2 miles where Fayetteville Road joins 751. At next stoplight at O'Kelly Chapel Road and 751, turn L and go EXACTLY two miles. Turn R on Chatham Glen Drive. This is well marked with a green road sign. I am fourth driveway on L, American flag on a pole out front. THERE IS ROOM FOR ONLY THREE CARS BACK AT THE HOUSE, SO MOST PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO PARK ON THE STREET. DO NOT PARK PERPENDICULAR TO ROAD. WITH THE WET WEATHER, YOU WILL GET STUCK AND HAVE TO BE TOWED OUT.

Tuesday, May 22 - 6:00 pm

Cooking Class by Vegetarian Cookbook Author Robin Asbell (non-TVS event)

A Southern Season

201 S. Estes Dr, Chapel Hill, 27514 (map and directions)

This is a non-TVS event. Vegetarian cookbook author Robin Asbell comes to Chapel Hill's A Southern Season gourmet store's cooking class on May 22nd to give a class "Vegetarian Main Courses that Satisfy". Pre-registration is required, and there is a $50 fee. Menu: Moroccan Chickpea B'Stilla Spicy Tofu-Yam Temaki-Zushi Handrolls with Wasabi Mayo Veggie Mac and Cheese with Edamame Triple Mushroom Fettucine with Walnuts Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cupcakes. Learn more.

Tuesday, June 5 - 6:30 pm

Quick, Tasty, & Healthy Plant-Based Meals Cooking Demonstration (non-TVS event)

Raleigh Seventh-Day Adventist Church Community Center

4805 Dillard Dr, Raleigh, NC 27606

Quick, Tasty, & Healthy Plant-Based Meals Cooking Demonstration. TVS President Dilip Barman is kicking off the Raleigh Seventh-Day Adventist Church's "Replace the Meat" challenge for June. He will prepare several dishes for sampling, including Tempeh in Radicchio, Mixed Vegetable Quinoa, and Citrus Asparagus. Each is healthy, low-cost, simple, tasty, and fully-plant based.

Registration is required by emailing or calling 919-553-8844. The event has drawn a larger group of registrants than expected but the Adventists are opening this event to TVS members for possible last-minute space.

Sunday, June 24 - 1:00 pm

Vegan Potluck Brunch (Potluck FAQ)

Chapel Hill Community Center Park

120 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 (see a map)

If nobody is using it, we will meet under the canopy in the rose garden. Otherwise, we will meet in the picnic area. Please RSVP to Dilip ( and let him know what you are thinking of bringing. In case of light rain, the canopy should still be quite nice. In case of heavy rain, alternate plans will be made with those who RSVP.

Thursday, June 28 - 6:00-9:00 pm

Veganza Fest – A Humane Carolina Benefit (non-TVS event)

Tobacco Road Sports Cafe

222 Glenwood Avenue (Glenwood South), Raleigh, NC 27603

This is a Humane Carolina benefit – come enjoy an all inclusive evening with a vegan gourmet BBQ dinner, local beer sampling, door prizes, and entertainment featuring stand-up comedian Larry Weaver. $28 online (credit card only), $32 at the door (cash or check only). Details and tickets:

Wednesday, July 4 - 5:00 pm

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

The Davis' 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' 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, August 4 - 6:00 pm

Vegan Potluck Dinner and Talk on Adventism and Vegetarianism (Potluck FAQ)

Raleigh Seventh-Day Adventist Church

4805 Dillard Dr, Raleigh, 27606

This will be a joint event with the Seventh Day Adventists. After we eat (vegan food only please), we will be introduced to Adventism in general as well as its views on vegetarianism. Please see the flyer.

Sunday, September 30

Potluck Dinner at the Carrboro Music Festival

Come to the exciting annual and free Carrboro Music Festival! Over 180 groups at 25 venues will be performing throughout downtown Carrboro. We'll have a potluck dinner in the midst of it all. Please RSVP to Dilip ( by September 25; as a group, we'll decide where and how to meet. Options include eating at Panzanella or Weaver Street Market and having a potluck dessert at an outdoor venue; having a picnic potluck on the Weaver Street Lawn; or some other arrangement of interest to attendees.

October 5-14, 2012

40th World Vegetarian Congress

San Francisco and Los Angeles

For details, see the Congress' website.

Saturday, October 27 - 7:00 pm

Potluck and discussion of animals and the law (Potluck FAQ)

Durham Friends Meetinghouse

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

TVS is lucky to have two member lawyers, Calley Gerber and Nicole Rawling Roth, who deal with animal issues as their primary focus. They'll present after we eat.

Saturday, November 3 - 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.

Sunday, November 4 - 11 am-2 pm

Triangle Green Party Vegetarian Potluck Brunch with Guest Speaker Dilip Barman (non-TVS event)

703 Cleveland St., Durham

The Triangle Green Party invites you to LIVE GREEN, EAT GREEN. Vegetarian Potluck Brunch with Guest Speaker DILIP BARMAN, President, Triangle Vegetarian Society. Did you know that becoming vegetarian is one of the most important and effective actions you can take to ease the strain on our Earth's limited resources, protect the planet from pollution, prevent global warming, and save countless species from extinction? Join us and find out more about the advantages of a meat-free diet. Bring a vegetarian brunch dish (not required) and meet other Green Party members. Dilip Barman will speak at 11:30. A Trigreens meeting will follow. Agenda: Ballot access campaign and strategic actions for Election Day.

Tuesday, November 6 - 8:00 pm

Election Night Party

Michael Pocinki's home

3721 Shrewsbury St, Durham, 27707 (see a map)


Whatever your hopes in the national and local elections, join us in watching televised results coming in. TVS member Michael Pocinki graciously is hosting. Please bring a favorite vegan snack or drink to share.

Thursday, November 8 - 7:00-9:00 pm

Free screening of "Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home" (non-TVS event)

Internationalist Books & Community Center

405 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill


Animal Liberation Action hosts a free screening of "Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home". "A riveting story of transformation and healing, 'Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home' explores the awakening conscience of several people who grew up in traditional farming culture and who have now come to question the basic assumptions of their way of life. Presented through a woven tapestry of memories, music, and breathtaking accounts of life-altering moments, the film provides insight into the farmers' sometimes amazing connections with the animals under their care, while also making clear the complex web of social, psychological and economic forces that have led them to their present dilemma." See the trailer and the Facebook event page.

Sunday, November 18

Vegan Thanksgiving Feast at Washington Duke Inn

For the first time, we're offering a pre-Thanksgiving feast at Durham's Washington Duke Inn. See the Vegan Thanksgiving Feast and Raffle page for details.

Thursday, November 22

Annual Vegan Thanksgiving Feast at Cafe Parizade

For the 14th year in a row, we are returning to Cafe Parizade in Durham, NC, for our Vegan Thanksgiving Feast and Raffle.

Saturday, December 8 - 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.)

This year, we will have live music. Flute players Maureen "Gypsy" Temple Richmond and Troy William "Bill" Ammons will be performing two thirty minute sets while we eat and socialize. The plan is for the first set to be a flute duet by Christoph Naudot, French composer of the late Baroque era, "Sonata III". The second set is slated to be played on flute and electric bass, and include "My Favorite Things", "Deep Purple", "Misty", "Masquerade", "Shadow of your Smile', and "When You Wish Upon a Star". Thanks to Bill and Gypsy!

Monday, December 31

First Night Raleigh

We are having a vegan pizza party at 6:00 pm at a member's home in Raleigh – details will be sent to those who RSVP. To RSVP for the pizza party, please email or call 919-943-8784. We can only take the first 20 people who RSVP for the pizza party.

Tentative vegan pizza menu (special no-honey crust and Veganrella vegan "cheese"): 1. Artichoke hearts, basil, pine nuts, sundried tomato slices; half no cheese. 2. Eggplant, sundried tomatoes, roasted red bell peppers, pistachios; half no cheese. 3. "The Buddha" - oil, garlic, spinach, zucchini, olives - no cheese. 4. Porcini mushroom oil, organic minced garlic, organic cremini mushrooms, organic portobello mushrooms. 5. Red onions, banana peppers, green olives, mushrooms, potatoes; half no cheese. 6. Half spinach, yellow onions; half baked tofu, Kalamata olives, portabello mushrooms. Also getting two salads.

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. If you volunteer, you can work with other TVSers (just let them know that you are with TVS); you will work indoors with children's crafts from 3:30-5:30p and will get free admission to the many evening events (you can always purchase admission).

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