Thanksgiving 2004
Press Release

Triangle Vegetarian Society Hosts
Annual Thanksgiving Feast

What: Annual vegetarian Thanksgiving feast

When: Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2004, 1:00-4:00 pm

Where: Cafe Parizäde, 2200 W. Main St. (Erwin Square), Durham

Who: Public

Cost: $20 current members, $23 other adults; $9 ages 5-10, free under 5; price is all-inclusive

Reservations: Reservations can be made online at, or you can call Martin Blazevich at 919-416-1937 to make a reservation.

Sponsor: Triangle Vegetarian Society, P.O. Box 3364, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-3364, (919)489-3340,

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The Triangle Vegetarian Society (TVS) is pleased to announce its annual Thanksgiving feast and raffle will be held at Cafe Parizäde in Durham on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 25, from 1:00 pm through 4:00 pm. Cafe Parizäde is one of the Triangle's finest restaurants with a gourmet flair for fresh ingredients with Mediterranean influences.

The all-inclusive price will be $20 for current TVS members, $23 for non-members, $9 for children ages 5-10, and free for children under 5. Reservations are strongly recommended as this event is our biggest of the year and has sold out in the past. Reservations can be made online at, or you can call Martin Blazevich at 919-416-1937 to make a reservation.

There may be some changes, but here is our planned menu, beginning with a Fall Antipasto Buffet Table. We're planning on having 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. Also planned are warm spinach orzo with pesto; braised garlicky greens; hearts of Romaine lettuce with lemon, olive oil, and capers; string bean almondine; lightly steamed corn-off-the-cob accented with smoked poblano peppers and cumin and served with a light sprinkling of lime juice and salt; roasted exotic mushrooms with fennel and garlic, drizzled with white truffle oil; and citrus couscous with dried fruits and garbanzo beans. We plan to offer a Mediterranean minty fatoush salad with toasted flat bread; breads, crustinis, and pita with Egyptian red lentil hummus, artichoke-spinach hummus, and baba ganouj; marinated olives; and spiced pecans.

For main courses, we have planned Dilip's cherry-kissed and seared tempeh with baby bok choy in a coconut milk curry; Moroccan sweet potato and squash tagine; Shepherd's Pie with wheat gluten, roasted root vegetables, and mushrooms, with a potato crust; roasted chestnut-barley risotto with Brussels sprouts; and Orecchiette pasta with fresh tomato-basil sauce. Also, we're planning roasted garlic olive oil mashed potatoes with chives; mushroom gravy, apple-pecan stuffing, fresh raspberry-cranberry relish, and Black Mission fig chutney; wild rice with crookneck squash; country cornbread; and sweet potato-leek-potato velouté (thickened soup).

For dessert, we are planning on fresh seasonal fruits, phyllo cookies, pumpkin pie with pomegranate glaze, cherry crisp, and cinnamon currant apple pie.

All of the food will be strictly vegan, or plant-based. There will be no animal, egg or dairy products, and no honey or white sugar in any of the food.

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. 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. Cafe Parizäde's number is 919-286-9712, but please don't call the restaurant for reservations - call Martin.

The Triangle Vegetarian Society is an active group with monthly potlucks and restaurant reviews, as well as many special events. Our web page is We encourage membership not just for vegetarians, but for all who have an interest in any aspect of vegetarianism. Membership dues for one year are $15 for an individual, $20 for a family, or $10 for a student; a 27-month membership is $30 for an individual or $40 for a family.

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