Triangle Vegetarian Society

2014 Calendar - Archived Events

March 15, 2014 - 7:00 pm

Potluck Dinner (Potluck FAQ)

Carolyn and Gio Argentati's home

2429 Lullwater Dr, Raleigh, 27606 (see a map)


Potluck Dinner at Carolyn Argentati's home.

Sunday, March 16, 2014 - 3:00-5:00 pm

Talk by Nick Cooney

Durham Public Library Downtown Branch, conference room (3rd floor) (see a map)

300 N. Roxboro Street, Durham

Nick is coming to town to speak about "The Science of Animal Advocacy: What Research Can Teach Us About How To Help Animals". Should animal advocates use graphic images of animals suffering, or cute pictures of happy animals, in trying to get their message across? What simple techniques make people twice as likely to donate or volunteer their time to help animals? What messages have been shown to be most effective in persuading people to move toward vegan eating?

While we don't often think of it this way, getting people to make animal-friendly choices is a science. Decades of published research make clear that certain approaches will work better than others, and our assumptions about what works best are often wrong. Hundreds of studies conducted on vegetarian eating also give us unique insight into how we can be more effective at persuading people to stop eating meat. In this presentation we'll answer the questions posed above and others like them, and share key lessons from the research that will make our animal advocacy work more effective.

Nick Cooney is Director of Education for Mercy For Animals, a farm animal protection organization. A graduate of Hofstra University, Nick is the author ofChange Of Heart: What Psychology Can Teach Us About Spreading Social Change (Lantern, 2011) and Veganomics: The Surprising Science on What Motivates Vegetarians, from the Breakfast Table to the Bedroom (Lantern, 2014). He has lectured across the U.S. and Europe on effective animal advocacy, and his work for farmed animals has been featured in hundreds of media outlets, including Time magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and National Public Radio.

TVS will provide snacks and refreshments. Those who wish can go out for dinner afterwards.

Saturday, March 29, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Animal Law Symposium 2014 (non-TVS event)

UNC Law School

160 Ridge Road, CB #3380, Chapel Hill, NC (map)

The third annual UNC SALDF Animal Law Symposium will be held on Saturday, March 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The symposium will feature a keynote speech from Gavin Parsons (Troutman Sanders LLP) on his experience working with the Animal Legal Defense Fund to save Ben the Bear through NCGS 19A. The symposium will also feature four panels, including the intersection of domestic violence & animal law, current animal law legislation, and a Q&A with animal law attorneys. The symposium is free for students and $5 for outside community members. A vegan lunch from Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe will be provided. Register Online

Saturday, March 29, 1-4 pm

Cooking Class by Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge (non-TVS event)

Carrboro, NC

Chef Kevin Archer presents "Plant-Based Cooking Techniques for Flavor, Health, & Happiness". This is the first cooking class by the Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge and will be held in Carrboro. Kevin has worked at culinary director, executive chef, and head baker at numerous restaurants, including Laughing Seed Cafe in Asheville, Denver's WaterCourse Foods, and restaurants in Manhattan, California, and elsewhere. Full details on this benefit event for the Refuge, including price, are available at the event website.

Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 6:00 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. If you can, bring an instrument; she will have some rhythm instruments available. You're also welcome to contribute a song!

Saturday, May 3 - 10-11:30 AM

Nutrition & Heart Health - Practical Advice and Current Research on Plant-Based Nutrition (non-TVS event)

Bond Park Community Center

150 Metro Park Drive, Cary (see a map)

Hear from Parul Kharod, MS, Nutritionist/Dietitian, and Janardhan Srinivasan, MD, Cardiologist. Get the tools to enable you and your family to easily incorporate the most nutrient-dense foods into your weekly menu. Lose weight; reverse coronary disease; dramatically improve type-2 diabetes; prevent many cancers. Free admission. Registration required. or 919-607-0085. Find out more at See the flyer.

Sunday, May 4 - 11:00 am-1:00 pm

3rd Annual Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge / Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale (non-TVS event)

Weaver Street Market

101 East Weaver Street, Carrboro (see a map)

There will be cupcakes! Cookies! Biscuits! Brownies! Gluten free and raw goodies! Stop by, grab a treat, and join us in celebrating ALL mothers. The Love All Mothers bake sale is part of the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale. See the website.

Saturday, May 17 - 2:00 pm

Charlotte VegFest (non-TVS event)

Plaza Midwood

Commonwealth Ave, Charlotte

Charlotte Vegfest is an occasion to celebrate the benefits of healthy, sustainable and compassionate lifestyles. It will feature vegan desserts, local vegetarian/vegan restaurants and food trucks, local vendors, speakers, raffle with prizes, gift bags and more. Our hope is that VegFest will bring together the various plant-based lifestyle groups at one event, to show people how easy it is to go vegan.

Monday, May 19 - 6:00 pm

Healthy Eating Support Group Meet Up (non-TVS event)

Whole Foods Durham

621 Broad St, Durham 27705

Are you curious about what it means to be a vegan? Have you considered trying to be fully plant-based, but aren't sure how to go about it it or what benefits you will enjoy? Come to this month's Healthy Eating Support Group meet up and learn more about veganism from Dilip Barman, President of the Triangle Vegetarian Society, International Vegetarian Union North American representative, and Food for Life nutrition and cooking instructor. After some discussion, he will give a cooking demonstration on how to prepare seitan (pronounced say-tahn). Don't know what it is? Come on by! Space is limited to 15 people, so please email Roberta to let her know you'll be joining us:

Saturday, June 21 - 8:00 pm

Potluck picnic and outdoor film (vegan food only, please) (Potluck FAQ)

NC Museum of Art

2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh 27607 (see a map)

Join us for a potluck picnic and film. Raleigh's NC Museum of Art hosts outdoor movies and picnicing is allowed. This evening's film is Saving Mr. Banks. The potluck is at 8 pm and the film is at 9 pm. Please RSVP to Dilip at

Friday, July 4 - 6:00 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 6:00 to socialize, and have dinner at around 7:00 so people can make the fireworks at the State Fair site in Raleigh, if they wish. There is a grill that has always been used for vegan food, so please feel free to bring something to be grilled if you like. If anyone has games they want to bring, feel free, maybe we can play some. Please park along the curb taking care not to block the neighbors' driveways. I would very much appreciate it if you would avoid pulling your car up on the grass, as this can damage the sprinkler heads. There is also parking on Leesville Road when you turn right out of my development. Thanks.

Saturday, July 26

Barn Opening Party at Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge (non-TVS event)

Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge

7236 US Highway 87 N, Pittsboro, NC 27312

From Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge's website: "Celebrate with us as we rejoice in the completion of our first barn! Many hours of work from board members and volunteers have been put in to build The Hen House, so this party is well deserved by all. And we're also excited to offer another cooking demonstration from Certified Vegan Chef Kevin Archer, this time on summer grilling techniques. Come early to learn from Kevin and then stay for the food, music and celebration!" Cooking Demo: 4:30pm-6pm ($25 for 1.5 hour demo and plate of food). Celebration: 6pm-9pm (free!) Learn more and RSVP.

Saturday, August 2 - 6:00 pm

Potluck and Cooking Demonstration on Allergen-Free Cooking (Potluck FAQ)

Shelley Valerio's home

12 Bridgeport Dr, Durham 27713 (see a map)


Shelley Valerio will host a potluck and cooking demonstration on allergen-free cooking. TVS will provide her with ingredients and she will demonstrate and serve several main course dishes avoiding common allergens such as gluten and peanut. As someone with celiac disease and children with allergies, Shelley has been working for many years on recipes using only low-fat, organic, whole food ingredients to create favorite ethnic, raw, and gourmet meals for her family. She is excited to share her passion for cooking with others interested in plant-based eating. Bring a favorite fruit and she will conclude with preparing a fruit salad. RSVP required to Shelley at or 919-384-6082.

Thursday, August 14 - 6:30-8:30 PM

Screening of "Cowspiracy"

AMC Southpoint 17

8030 Renaissance Pkwy Suite 975, Durham, 27713 (see a map)

Join TVS for a screening of "Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret". $11.00. COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world's leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it. As eye-opening as Blackfish and as inspiring as An Inconvenient Truth, this shocking yet humorous documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet. Note: You must indicate your interest in attending this screening by reserving your ticket by August 7. 80 guests must reserve tickets in order for the screening to take place. Learn more and reserve tickets.

Tuesday, September 16 - 4:00 pm-9:00 pm

Vegan Night Out: Vegan Dining + The Ghosts in Our Machine Screening (non-TVS event)

Varsity Theatre

123 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill 27514

Vegan Night Out comes to Chapel Hill! Featuring delicious vegan fare and the free North Carolina premiere of the film "The Ghosts in Our Machine". Learn more.

Saturday, October 11 - 6:00-9:00 pm

Goat & Sheep Fundraiser (non-TVS event)

AIANC Center for Architecture & Design

14 East Peace Street, Raleigh NC 27604 (see a map)

Support Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge by attending this fundraiser! By doing so, you'll play an important role in helping them build the needed infrastructure to rescue goats and sheep in need. The venue (the AIA Center for Architecture & Design) is a unique and gorgeous space to experience, and the night will include: vegan hors d'oeuvres from local restaurants; an open bar; a silent auction featuring art, fine baked goods, and a fantastic weekend getaway to Blowing Rock, NC; a diverse raffle including a brand new iPod Nano & local facial services; a welcome speech from founder Lenore Braford. Tickets are $25/person and are on sale now! Get yours while they're available and don't forget to invite a friend! See the event website.

Sunday, October 19 - 12:00 pm-5:00 pm

Triangle VegFest (non-TVS event)

Carolina Pines Park

2305 Lake Wheeler Rd, Raleigh, NC 27603 (see a map)

Come out and meet local farmers and organic food producers from the Raleigh/Durham community. Sample some delectable delicacies that support vibrant health and boost your energy while making your mouth water. You’ll get new ideas for nutrient-rich dishes you can make at home – your kids will eat them and ask for seconds! You’ll learn how to integrate more healthy, sustainable and cruelty-free choices into your diet. Enjoy the beauty of Carolina Pines Park, with open picnic tables and a playground.

Here are just a few of the highlights: Live music; Expert speakers; Yoga and Tai Chi classes throughout the day; 50 different vendors offering organic vegan dishes; 50/50 raffle to benefit Farm Sanctuary and Piedmont Animal Refuge; Doggie daycare. See the event website and Facebook page. Can you help by printing the flyer and hanging it around town?

Sunday, November 2 - Noon-5 pm

Vegetarian Flava Fest (non-TVS event)

Durham Armory

220 Foster Street, Durham

Ref: Includes vegan food samples, cooking demonstrations, cookoff, workshops, and speakers. $10, $5 for children under 10 (advance prices).

Friday, November 14 - Sunday, November 16

1st Annual National Plant-Based Prevention of Disease (P-POD) conference (non-TVS event)

Asheville, NC

The 1st Annual National Plant-Based Prevention of Disease (P-POD) conference is being held in Asheville, NC. It is a collaboration of non-profit organizations, non-commercial, and provides continuing education credit for health professionals, while warmly welcoming the general public, as well. See the event website.

Tuesday, November 18 - 7 pm

Screening of "Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret" (non-TVS event)

White Lecture Hall, Duke University East campus

Join us for a movie screening on November 18th that will challenge the way in which you think about the world and your impact on it! We will be screening the new up-and-coming food documentary "Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret", a film dedicated to analyzing the effects of the meat industry on our environment, the challenges of human population growth, and the looming realities of climate change. This film calls upon viewers to consider the ways in which we can (and must) work together to build a more sustainable future, improve food security, make personal changes in our lives, and lobby the current power players in food policy and environmental advocacy to stand up to agribusiness and push for big changes in our world.

The film will begin at 7 PM in the White Lecture Hall on Duke University East campus, to be followed with free food and a fascinating panel discussion with Larry Moneta (VP of Duke Student Affairs), Dr. Gabriel Rosenberg (womens' study professor examining the linkages between the food system and sexuality), Dr. Matt Harding (economist and data scientist involved in issues relating to the environment and health), Dilip Barman (Food for Life Instructor and President of the Triangle Vegetarian Society), and Patrick Robinette (a local grassfed beef farmer).

Come out for a wonderful night, good food, an inspiring film, and a spirited discussion! Email Anne Martin at with any questions.

Monday, November 24

Pre-Thanksgiving Feast at Irregardless Cafe

Our pre-Thanksgiving feast will take place at Irregardless Cafe in Raleigh. For details on our two Thanksgiving events, see Vegan Thanksgiving Feast and Raffle.

Thursday, November 27

Annual Vegan Thanksgiving Feast at Cafe Parizade

For the 16th year in a row, we are returning to Cafe Parizade in Durham for our Vegan Thanksgiving Feast and Raffle.

Sunday, November 30

A Day With The Turkeys (Joint event with TVS)

Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge

7236 US Highway 87 N, Pittsboro, NC 27312 (see a map)

Come out to Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge for a day with the turkeys! This is a joint event with TVS and is free. Meet the animals from 10 AM-4 PM and/or join us for a vegan potluck from 4-7 PM. Sanctuary tours, animal feedings, hug a turkey, and more! See the flyer. If you'd like to join us, please RSVP.

Saturday, December 13 - 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.)

Wednesday, December 31

First Night Raleigh

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); TVS will be volunteering 2:30-5 pm at the Natural History Museum for the children's activity "Flying Saucers". If you volunteer, you will get free admission to the many evening events (you can always purchase admission).

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