Thanksgiving 2005
Press Release

Triangle Vegetarian Society Hosts
Annual Thanksgiving Feast, Country's Largest

What: Annual vegetarian Thanksgiving feast

When: Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2005, 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 24, 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.

Since 2004 with an attendance of 360, this annual event has become the largest vegetarian Thanksgiving in the country, attracting national attention. Over 400 people are expected to attend the event this year. The event was a cover story in the summer 2005 issue of American Vegan and is a feature story in the November- December 2005 issue of VegNews magazine.

The all-inclusive price is $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 by calling Martin Blazevich at 919-416-1937. Prepayment by check or credit card is required; tickets for $25 ($9 children 5-10, free under 5) may possibly be available at the door if any seats are left.

There may be some changes, but here is our planned menu. It begins with a Fall Antipasto Buffet Table: wheatberry-wild rice salad with lavender-blueberry vinaigrette; fall lettuces with pumpkin seed-cider dressing; sweet and sour beluga lentils with cabbage; braised garlicky greens; lightly steamed corn-off-the-cob w/smoked poblanos & cumin, lime juice & salt; roasted exotic mushrooms w/ fennel & garlic, drizzled with white truffle oil; grilled asparagus with roasted red pepper; lentil-brown/wild rice cakes with lemon tahini; panzanella bread salad; artichoke salad; cardamom pickled beets; breads, crustinis & pita with Egyptian red lentil and artichoke-spinach hummuses & baba ganouj; marinated olives; and spiced pecans.

For main courses we have planned Dilip's macadamia nut blackened Cajun tempeh over brown rice; hearty exotic mushroom filo pie with fennel, wheat gluten, and garlic confit; roasted chestnut-barley risotto w/Brussels sprouts; shredded raw vegetable "pasta" with uncooked spinach pesto sauce; Greek pilaf with leeks, currants, pine nuts,a nd dolmas; smoked eggplant stuffed with carmelized onions and yellow lentils; spicy grilled polenta; baked Orecchiette pasta w/fresh tomato-basil sauce; roasted garlic olive oil mashed potatoes with chives; mushroom gravy, apple-pecan stuffing, fresh raspberry-cranberry relish, & black mission fig chutney; braised sweet potatoes with leeks and vegan maple "butter" chutney; roasted herbed squashes and fall vegetables; country cornbread; chunky mixed vegetable and barley stew; and sweet potato-leek velouté (thickened soup).

Desserts planned include fresh seasonal fruits, phyllo cookies, sauteed plaintains with cinnamon, pumpkin pie with pomegranate glaze, cherry crisp, & cinnamon currant apple pie. Cider, cranberry juice, herbal tea, shade-grown coffee.

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 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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