Triangle Vegetarian Society

2013 Calendar - Archived Events

Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - 2:00 pm

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

Eno River State Park Headquarters

Few's Ford Access area-6101 Cole Mill Rd. 27705

(919) 620-9099

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 5-6 mile hike as well as a shorter, approximately 3 mile route. There will be something for everyone, so come one, come all and enjoy New Year's Day at the Eno! Learn more at the Eno River website. Please RSVP to if you want to hike with other TVSers and maybe get something to eat before or after the hike.

Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 7:00 PM

Joint Potluck and Film (Potluck FAQ)

NCSU - Withers Hall Room 105 (see a map)

Jointly with NCSU's SAVE organization (, we'll eat dinner and then view Howard Lyman's "Mad Cowboy" film. The event is open to the public. Withers Hall is near the 1911 Sociology Building and weekend parking on street on Hillsborough Street is free. Please remember to bring your own place serving and your dish, with ingredients labeled.

Saturday, February 2, 2013 - 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 23, 2013 - 6:00 pm

Nava Atlas Food Demonstration and Tasting, Talk, and Vegan Potluck (Potluck FAQ)

Kadampa Center

5412 Etta Burke Court, Raleigh, NC 27606 (see map/directions)

Nava Atlas, author of twelve vegetarian and vegan cookbooks, most recently Vegan Holiday Kitchen and Wild About Greens, flies in from New York City today to be with us. Starting at 6 pm, Nava will prepare and offer for sampling several raw kale salads. Then, we'll enjoy everybody's food at our vegan potluck. Once we're done eating, Nava will give a talk about foods and food preparation techniques from her books, as well as offer discounted and signed copies of several recent titles.

In Nava's new book, Wild About Greens: 125 Delectable Vegan Recipes for Kale, Collards, Arugula, Bok Choy, and other Leafy Veggies Everyone Loves (NY: Sterling, 2012), she serves up a comprehensive collection of tasty recipes, plus techniques and tips designed to help everyone make more use of leafy greens, the most nutritious foods on the planet and which should be part of everyone's daily fare. She will demonstrate a pair of easy and delicious raw kale salads that you can sample.

Since we're heading toward the spring holidays, in her talk Nava will also throw in some tasty tips and ideas for summer entertaining from her recent book, Vegan Holiday Kitchen. Nava will be on hand during the potluck to sign Wild About Greens and Vegan Holiday Kitchen, which will be available for sale at a steep discount.

In addition to authoring many well-known cookbooks, she is a visual artist, whose work has been shown nationally in museums, galleries, and alternative art spaces, and is part of numerous museum and university collections. Her website VegKitchen is one of the leading resources for plant-based recipes and kitchen tips.

Note that there is road work underway immediately south of Etta Burke Court. To reach Kadampa Center, you will need to come via Hillsborough Street. See map/directions.

Saturday, April 13 - 4:30 pm

Jenny Brown speaking at Quail Ridge Books

Quail Ridge Books

3522 Wade Avenue, Raleigh, 27607 (see a map)


Jenny Brown, founder of Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in New York, talks about her 2012 book The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals. Quail Ridge Books. Jenny's talk will last about an hour, but she will be at the bookstore for mingling starting at 4 pm. Refreshments will be provided by the Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge.

We are delighted to help welcome Jenny Brown to the Triangle. She arrives in town a few hours before coming to present a talk on her book The Lucky Ones, winner of VegNews Magazine's 2012 Book of the Year. Just four days after the book was published, she was featured in an almost hour-long interview on NPR's The Diane Rehm Show talk show on August 6, 2012.

Jenny Brown was once a successful television professional. But after a week-long trip spent undercover to film farm animal abuse in Texas stockyards in 2002, she decided to give up her successful media career and dedicate her life to helping the animals forgotten by society.

In her book, Jenny describes how by the age of 32 she had reached her goals in the documentary world working for the likes of Errol Morris, PBS' Frontline, and the Discovery Channel. Then a dormant but deeply ingrained need to do something to really help animals rose to a head—an early mid-life crisis—and she and her husband Doug started a farm animal sanctuary in Woodstock, NY. Today, Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary takes care of over two hundred rescued farm animals and has thousands of visitors annually. By placing people in contact with beings mostly known as "food", the sanctuary changes hearts and minds about the animals abused in our industrialized food system.

Sunday, April 21 - 10:00 am-2:00 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.

Wednesday, May 8 - 6:00 pm

Vegan Potluck and talk by Dilip Barman (Potluck FAQ)

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh

3313 Wade Avenue, Raleigh NC 27607 (see a map)

Join us for a vegan potluck at 6:00 pm. After we eat, we will have a talk on ethical eating. What are the implications of the food choices that we make? How do our choices impact the environment? Can we eat to maximize our own health while reducing harm to others? In this talk, Dilip Barman, President of Triangle Vegetarian Society, North American representative of the International Vegetarian Union, and Food for Life instructor, addresses the ethics of our food choices and leaves us with evidence-based food-for-thought and action.

Sunday, May 11

Charlotte VegFest

Thursday, July 4 - 5:00 pm

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

Jody'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 Jody's house in Raleigh. Vegan food only, please. We can meet around 5:00 to socialize, and have dinner at around 6:30 so people can make the fireworks 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. If anyone has games they want to bring, feel free, maybe we can play some.

Update from Jody on July 2: There are a lot of people coming and we should have a great time. I live in a town home development with somewhat limited parking along the street. IMPORTANT - If you find parking in the subdivision please take care to avoid blocking driveways, and pulling up on the grass, as this can damage our sprinkler system. There is also limited parking on Leesville Road immediately after you turn right leaving the development. A third option is a public library 0.5 miles from my driveway which has plenty of lined parking places. If you would prefer to park there a couple of folks have volunteered to shuttle people to and from that parking lot. The library is at 5105 Country Trail, Raleigh. To get there from my house, turn right on Leesville when leaving the development, take the second left onto Country Trail. The Library will be on the left in about 1/4 mile. Please call or text me at 919-208-7390 or Beth at 919-418-7007, and we will have someone come get you. The Meetup starts at 5:00 with appetizers from 5 pm-6:30 pm and dinner at 6:30. We will plan to pick people up at the Library until around 6:15, so everyone will be here for dinner.

Sunday, August 18 - 6:00 pm

Potluck at Southern Village (Potluck FAQ)

Southern Village, Chapel Hill

There is a free concert of the Durham Ukulele Orchestra; come a little early to get some items from Weaver Street Market at Southern Village, perhaps, and meet at the outdoor concert. Please RSVP to Dilip at See and

Saturday, August 24 - 2-3 pm

Gwyneth Anne Thayer Book Talk at Quail Ridge Books

Quail Ridge Books

3522 Wade Ave, Raleigh

From Quail Ridge Books' website: "Dog lover? Sports lover? Come in this afternoon for a treat. Gwyneth Anne Thayer brings us Going to the Dogs: Greyhound Racing, Animal Activism, and American Popular Culture on Saturday, August 24, at 2 p.m. Her entertaining account offers fresh insight into the development of American sport and leisure, the rise of animal advocacy, and the unique place that dogs hold in American life. One of our special guests is Derby, a retired greyhound."

Sunday, September 29

Carrboro Music Festival Potluck/Dinner

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 5

Events with Bob LeRoy, Nutrition Advisor

These events have been postponed until either the weekend of Jan 11-12 or Jan 18-19 (likely Jan 18-19).

Sunday, October 6 - 1:30-3:30 pm

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

Extraordinary Ventures building

200 South Elliot Road, Chapel Hill (see a map)

After the lunch 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.

Sunday, October 6 - 10:30 am

Celebrate Blessing of the Animals (non-TVS event)

Community Church of Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist

106 Purefoy Road, Chapel Hill

An interspecies gala will take place on Sunday, October 6 at 10:30 am at the Community Church of Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist. Mammals, birds, reptiles and all manner of beasts are welcome! Just be sure your companion is leashed or crated, house-trained and under human supervision at all times. This is a kid friendly event.

This event is hosted by the new "interim minister" at the church, a committed vegan, and author of several books on animals and spirituality, including "The Souls of Animals," "The Bible According To Noah," "Goodbye Friend: Healing Wisdom For Anyone Who Has Ever Lost A Pet" and more. Come for a barking good time.

Saturday, October 12

Raleigh Walk for Farm Animals (non-TVS event)

Pullen Park, Raleigh

Each year, Farm Sanctuary has walks across the nation to raise vital funds for Farm Sanctuary's life-saving work and bring together thousands of people to promote kindness towards animals. Learn more about a local walk taking place in Raleigh.

Saturday, October 12 - 5-9 pm

Music for Fences 2013 (non-TVS event)

Durham Central Park

500 Forest St, Durham

Join Coalition to Unchain Dogs for their 7th Annual Music for Fences Benefit Concert at Durham Central Park. "This not to be missed event has something for everyone: A Kids' Zone, A Raffle full of fabulous items from local businesses, Beer from Bull City Burger and Brewery, Wine from Rosenblum's, Food from LIV'S food truck, Cupcakes by Coco, Booths from local non-profits and area businesses, T-shirts and other souvenirs, A great line-up of entertainment." Learn more about Coalition to Unchain Dogs.

Saturday, October 12 - 10am-4pm

Humane Education Training (TVS is co-sponsoring this event)

University of North Carolina Law School

The Humane Education Project is a joint public service project of the Animal Law Committee of the American Bar Association's Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (ABA TIPS) and Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers (HEART), a non-profit public charity. The primary objective of the Humane Education Project is to cultivate compassion and empathy in young people toward animals and foster respect for the environment.

This free training, co-sponsored by TVS, will be placing a special emphasis on issues connected to companion, farmed and wild animals, such as puppy mills, dog fighting, overpopulation, factory farms, climate change, habitat destruction and pollution. See the flyer.

Participants will be provided with teaching skills, lesson plans and guidance on implementing humane education into North Carolina schools. To register, contact Meena Alagappan at or Stella Kreilkamp at

Saturday, October 19 - 6:00 PM-10:00 PM

Fundraiser for Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge (non-TVS event)

Mediterranean Deli

410 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill

The Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge will host its first fundraiser on Saturday, October 19. The featured speaker will be Gary Lowenthal, Founder of the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale and Co-Founder of Compassion for Animals. Tickets are $35 each, and they will include one beverage, an all-vegan buffet style dinner, and more! Tickets must be purchased prior to Saturday; they will not be available at the door. To purchase, visit the Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge website.

Saturday, November 2 - 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.

Saturday, November 2, and each following Saturday in November

The Triangle PAN Vegan Pledge (non-TVS event)

Chapel Hill is having its second vegan pledge of 2013 in November. One can take the pledge and learn more about veganism, supported by a mentor and educational events. Vegans can sign up to mentor others interested in moving to a plant-based diet. Learn more.

Thursday, November 28

Annual Vegan Thanksgiving Feast at Cafe Parizade

For the 15th year in a row, we are returning to Cafe Parizade in Durham, NC, for our Vegan Thanksgiving Feast and Raffle. We will also have a November 25 seating at Kipos Greek Taverna in Chapel Hill.

Saturday, December 14 - 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.) We will have live music again this year – flute player Maureen Richmond will be performing while we eat and socialize!

Tuesday, December 31

First Night Raleigh

Details TBA.

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