Triangle Vegetarian Society

2015 Calendar - Archived Events

Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 6:00 pm

Potluck and speaker Micaela Karlsen, MSPH (Potluck FAQ)

Durham Friends Meetinghouse

404 Alexander Avenue, Durham (see a map - the meetinghouse is the large building found at the back of the property at this address)

"How Do I Know What To Believe? A road map for sifting through health news" by Micaela Karlsen, MSPH. There is much health news in the media that is based on real information but that has been taken out of context or distorted by the time it reaches the consumer. The topic is based on an article that Micaela wrote for the T. Colin Campbell Center newsletter, with an interactive training to help consumers make sense of health news. (

Micaela Karlsen is a PhD candidate in Nutritional Epidemiology at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. She holds an MSPH in Human Nutrition from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a BA in Psychology from Cornell University. A contributor to the New York Times bestseller Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, Micaela was one of the two founding employees of the T. Colin Campbell Foundation (now the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies), where she served as the foundation's executive director before leaving to focus on her doctoral studies. Currently, she serves on the International Plant-Based Healthcare Conference Medical and Expert Advisory Board.

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 6:00 pm

Potluck Dinner (Potluck FAQ)

Eric and Valine Zeigler's home

5223 Partridge St, Durham (see a map)

This potluck has been postponed until much later in 2015.

Saturday, March 14, 10-12 noon

"A Surprising Culprit: Factory Farming's Impact on the Environment" (non-TVS event)

Chapel Hill Public Library, Room B

100 Library Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Humane Carolina's Speaker Series continues with "A Surprising Culprit: Factory Farming's Impact on the Environment". They have two outstanding speakers: Frank Princiotta with the EPA and Rick Dove with Waterkeeper Alliance in North Carolina. Free admission. Registration is required via

Saturday, April 4 - 12:00 pm

Movie screening of "PlantPure Nation", book signing and discussion with T. Colin Campbell and his son, Nelson Campbell (non-TVS event)

Chelsea Theater Timberlyne Village

1129 Weaver Dairy Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

T. Colin Campbell, nutritional biochemist famous for his work in the China Study and the film "Forks Over Knives", and his son, Nelson Campbell, present Nelson's new film, "PlantPure Nation". The documentary builds on "Forks Over Knives" to explore why more people aren't familiar with simple plant-based dietary choices as effective ways to improve their health. Ticketing details will be available on the event website.

Sunday, April 12 - 10:30 am-noon

Artisanal Vegan Cheese Workshop (non-TVS event)

Pacifica Community Kitchen

1 Viburnum Way, Carrboro, NC 27510

Join vegan cooks Monika Soria Caruso and Tessa Burmania for this workshop, where they'll share tips and techniques on how to culture your own nut-based cheese. Offered by the Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge - learn more and get tickets.

Saturday, April 18 - 6:00 pm

Kathy Hester slow cooking demo and potluck (Potluck FAQ)

Earth Fare

10341 Moncreiffe Road Raleigh, NC 27617

Join well known vegan slow cooking expert and author of several cookbooks Kathy Hester for a slow cooking demonstration and potluck. Come at 6 pm for a discussion and demonstration followed by dinner at 7 pm. Please bring a drink or side dish as your potluck offering. Please remember to bring your own dishes (your own place setting and serving utensils) as none will be available. Though ingredients can certainly be purchased from Earth Fare and it's encouraged as we're meeting in their store, it is not required. We will meet in the community room.

Kathy is the author of the best selling cookbooks The Vegan Slow Cooker, The Great Vegan Bean Book, Vegan Slow Cooking for Two and OATrageous Oatmeals. She also shares delicious vegan recipes on her blog at Healthy Slow Cooking. Kathy's recipes are easy to follow, use easily found ingredients, are healthy and fit in with many special diets. You can find her on Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.

Sunday, April 26 - 10 am-2 pm

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

Weaver Street Market

101 E Weaver St, Carrboro

Join Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge for their Fourth Annual Vegan Bake Sale! Details.

Saturday, May 2 - 7:00 pm

Potluck and Talk on Christianity and Vegetarianism (Potluck FAQ)

Rondy Elliot's home

369 Chatham Glen Drive, Durham 27713 (Chatham County) (see a map - Guests should park on the road, not come in the driveway. It's impossible to turn around!)

After we eat, Rondy Elliot will give a talk on Christianity and Vegetarianism.

Saturday, June 27 - 10:30 am-12 pm

Potluck and Talk on Nutrition by Bob LeRoy (Nutrition Advisor, North American Vegetarian Society, & Founder/Coordinator, Plant-based Prevention Of Disease (P-POD) Conference)

Durham's South Branch Library

4505 S Alston Ave, Durham


For this potluck, TVS will provide fruit and folks are asked to optionally bring a favorite fully plant-based snack or drink to share. Registered Dietitian Bob LeRoy joins us from Asheville for a talk and wide-ranging in-depth nutrition question/answer session, with challenging/controversial topics encouraged to be brought up. The scope will include topics such as nutrition as involved in the prevention of major chronic diseases, impact of plant-based & animal-based foods overall, and comparative positive/negative contributions of individual foods or of food families. Bob will also review insights learned from the 2014 1st annual national Plant-based Prevention Of Disease (P-POD) conference about reducing cancer / cardiovascular disease / diabetes risk via evidence-based plant-based nutrition measures.

Bob LeRoy, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist from Asheville NC, holds an M.S. in Nutrition and Public Health and an Ed.M. in Community Nutrition Education. For two decades, he has served as Nutrition Advisor to the North American Vegetarian Society. He is founder and coordinator of the not-for-profit Plant-based Prevention Of Disease (P-POD) conference, whose 2nd and 3rd annual events are being held in Raleigh (Sept. 11-13, 2015 and May 19-22, 2016). His goal through P-POD is to enable physicians, dietitians and nurses to study disease prevention through plant-based eating choices and thereby earn continuing education credits, all in settings free of any funding or control by the food or pharmaceutical industries (and with the general public welcomed as well).

Bob also earned two national certifications in exercise physiology, distributed crops of organic farmers for seven years, and has twelve years of personal experience in growing vegetables organically and planting fruit/nut trees. He is a long-time activist promoting local economic and food self-reliance measures, cooperatives, and personal and agricultural carbon-footprint reduction. He has spoken at over 75 locations about nutrition, veganism, and reducing the risk of major chronic illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, auto-immune diseases, and cognitive / emotional / neurological disorders.

This event will be the first of two events that we'll have with Bob LeRoy. Bob will also give a talk at one of our monthly evening potlucks at a later date.

Saturday, 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.

Thursday, August 13 - 7:00 pm

Movie screening of "PlantPure Nation" (non-TVS event)

Regal Timberlyne 6

120 Banks Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

From the event description: "You are invited to the national release of "PlantPure Nation", from the Producer and Writer of FORKS OVER KNIVES with Dr. T. Colin Campbell, co-author of "The China Study" and his son, director Nelson Campbell. The documentary film tells the story of three people on a quest to spread the message of one of the most important health breakthroughs of all time. Chapel Hill was on the pre-screening tour, and we're excited to release the finished movie in this city! This film fosters a movement to promote the power of plant-based nutrition." See the event webpage. Another local screening will be in Raleigh on Tuesday, September 1 – see below.

Tuesday, September 1 - 7:30 pm

Movie screening of "PlantPure Nation" (non-TVS event)

Carmike Cinemas - Carmike 15

5501 Atlantic Springs Rd, Raleigh, 27616

Please join us for a special screening of "PlantPure Nation", from the Producer and Writer of FORKS OVER KNIVES with Dr. T. Colin Campbell, co-author of "The China Study" and his son, director Nelson Campbell. The documentary film tells the story of three people on a quest to spread the message of one of the most important health breakthroughs of all time. This film fosters a movement to promote the power of plant-based nutrition." See the event webpage. Another local screening will be in Chapel Hill on Thursday, August 13 - see above.

Friday, September 11 - Sunday, September 13, 2015

2nd Annual National Plant-Based Prevention of Disease (P-POD) conference

Raleigh, NC

The 2nd Annual National Plant-Based Prevention of Disease (P-POD) conference is being held in Raleigh. 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. P-POD is pleased to share a special discount only for TVS Members. If 15 additional TVS Members register and pay, they will take 15% off the current full prices for ALL TVS Member registrants – even those who have already registered! Learn more about the TVS discount. For more information about the conference, see the event website and the press release.

Sunday, September 13 - 10:30 AM-Noon

Free class - Vegan on a Budget (non-TVS event)

Pacifica Cohousing Community

Hanna St, Carrboro, 27510 (directions)

From Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge: Monika Soria Caruso and Tessa Burmania are teaming up yet again to bring you another *FREE* class through our Vegan 101 Series. Attend the "Vegan on a Budget" class on Sunday, September 13th, from 10:30AM to Noon in Carrboro. You must RSVP to reserve your spot!

Friday, September 18 - 7-8 pm

Talk by Howard Jacobson (non-TVS event)

Whole Foods Market, Raleigh

3540 Wade Ave, Raleigh, 27607

Howard Jacobson will give a talk, complete with snacks, on the benefits of a Whole Food, plant-based diet. There is a small fee, which gets donated to the Whole Children Fund. Howard Jacobson, PhD, is co-author along with T. Colin Campbell of the book, Whole: Rethinking The Science of Nutrition, which hit the New York Times best seller list. Howard Jacobson is an online marketing consultant, health educator, and ecological gardener.

Sunday, September 27 - 6:00 pm

Carrboro Music Festival Potluck

Weaver Street Market

101 E Weaver St, Carrboro, 27510 (see a map)

The Carrboro Music Festival is one of the biggest local music events. This year, there are more than 180 acts playing at 25 locations around Carrboro on Sept 26-27. Many genres of music are represented, and it's all free! Come on out and enjoy some music. We will have a potluck at 6:00 pm on Sunday, Sept 27. RSVP to Dilip ( so we can meet as a group in front of Weaver Street Market.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 7:00pm

Howard Jacobson Speaking on "Proteinaholic: How Our Obsession with Meat is Killing Us and What We Can Do." (non-TVS event)

Quail Ridge Books

3522 Wade Ave, Raleigh, 27607

Howard Jacobson, host of the Plant Yourself podcast and co-author (with acclaimed surgeon Garth Davis, MD) visits on Tuesday, October 13, at 7 pm with "Proteinaholic: How Our Obsession with Meat is Killing Us and What We Can Do." Jacobson delivers a paradigm-shifting examination of the diet and health industry's focus on protein, explaining why it is detrimental to our health, and can prevent us from losing weight. See the event webpage.

Saturday, October 17 - 12:00 pm-5:00 pm

Triangle Vegfest (non-TVS event)

Moore Square and City Market

200 South Blount Street, Raleigh, NC 27601 (see a map)

Celebrate healthy, veg lifestyles with us at the second annual Triangle Vegfest! You'll enjoy local food, NC vendors, area non-profits, food demos, live music, yoga and tai chi demonstrations, and expert speakers. See the event website and Facebook page for more information!

Sunday, November 8 - 11:00 am

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. The demo will be for a fall brunch, using seasonal produce to create savory dishes that can be served at holidays such as Thanksgiving. 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. Please bring a favorite fruit, and she will conclude with preparing a fruit salad. RSVP required to Shelley at or 919-384-6082.

Sunday, November 22 - 5:00 pm-8:00 pm

Pre-Thanksgiving Feast at Vegan Flava Cafe

We are having a pre-Thanksgiving feast at Vegan Flava Cafe in Durham. This event has sold out! Learn more on our Vegan Thanksgiving Feast and Raffle page.

Monday, November 23 - 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

Pre-Thanksgiving Feast at Kipos Greek Taverna

We are having a pre-Thanksgiving feast at Kipos Greek Taverna in Chapel Hill. Tickets are still available! Learn more on our Vegan Thanksgiving Feast and Raffle page.

Thursday, November 26 - 11:30 am-5:00 pm

Annual Vegan Thanksgiving Feast at Cafe Parizade

For the 17th year in a row, we are returning to Cafe Parizade in Durham for our Vegan Thanksgiving Feast and Raffle. This event has sold out!

Alternate Thanksgiving Event Options

If you weren't able to purchase tickets to TVS' Thanksgiving events before they sold out, there are other local vegan event options for Thanksgiving and leading up to Thanksgiving. Vegan Flava Cafe is currently planning on being open on Thanksgiving Day. Soul Cocina hosts a Thanksgiving evening meal in Carrboro. Author Howard Jacobson hosts an event on Monday, November 23 at 6:30 pm in Durham, where participants can make and enjoy several Thanksgiving dishes. TVSer Robyn Coward is hosting a Thanksgiving Day vegan potluck meal in a large fellowship hall in Raleigh, NC (details available from Robyn via email at or Sandra via phone at 951-694 2129).

Saturday, December 19 - 6:00 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.)

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