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Thanksgiving 2006
Press Release

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

What: Annual vegetarian Thanksgiving feast

When: Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2006, 12:30-4:00 pm

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

Who: Public

Cost: $20 current members, $24.50 other adults; $9 ages 5-10, free under 5; price is all-inclusive

Reservations: Reservations can be made online at www.trianglevegsociety.org/thanksgiving06. You can also call 919-362-6706 to make a reservation.

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

Event Web Page: www.trianglevegsociety.org/thanksgiving06

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 23, from 12:30 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. People come from all over the local Triangle area, as well as from a number of other states - see a map showing where attendees are coming from.

The all-inclusive price is $20 for current TVS members, $24.50 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 www.trianglevegsociety.org/thanksgiving06. You can also call 919-362-6706 to make a reservation. 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, including lightly steamed corn-off-the-cob w/smoked poblanos & cumin, lime juice & salt; quinoa salad with olives, shallots, pine nuts, sundried tomatoes, and garlic; stewed apples and kale with caraway; fall lettuces with truffle mustard dressing and capers; and a raw vegetable plate. We also plan to have breads, crustinis & pita with Egyptian red lentil and artichoke-spinach hummuses, baba ganouj, and Brussels sprout "pâté", as well as marinated olives, spiced pecans, and roasted chestnuts.

The main courses planned include a hearty exotic mushroom filo pie with fennel, eggplant, and garlic confit; curried, crispy polenta; and lime-marinated seared seitan with peppercorns and fig glaze. We plan to serve roasted garlic olive oil mashed potatoes with chives, mushroom gravy, apple-pecan stuffing, and fresh raspberry-cranberry relish. Diners may also expect wild mushroom and French green lentil risotto with seared tempeh; crumbled, smoked marinated tempeh served in fall squashes; and organic Conchiglie pasta with vegan Bolognese sauce (Merlot wine, sauteed peppers and onions, olive chunks, sliced garlic, and oregano). Those seeking raw dishes should find carpaccio vegetale (very thinly sliced vegetables as a raw "pasta"); and mixed mushroom-Napa Valley Cabbage with Greek olive oil, lemon, and garlic. We also plan to have steamed Heirloom fall vegetables and sweet potato-leek velouté (thickened soup).

Desserts planned include fresh seasonal fruits, phyllo cookies, and pumpkin pie with pomegranate glaze. Cider, cranberry juice, herbal tea, and shade-grown coffee are expected to be included, as well.

All of the food will be strictly vegan with no animal, egg or dairy products. No honey or white sugar will be used.

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 us at 919-362-6706.

The Triangle Vegetarian Society is an active group with monthly potlucks and restaurant reviews, as well as many special events. Our web page is www.trianglevegsociety.org. 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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