Vegetarian Society of DC


Life-Affirming Thanksgiving Celebration

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Celebration

Thursday, November 28, 2013, 12-4 pm

Hyatt Regency Bethesda
7400 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814

Sign-in and appetizers start at noon and the meal starts just after 1:00 pm. You must arrive by 1:00 pm!


The VSDC Life-Affirming Thanksgiving is an annual event that brings together vegetarians and non-vegetarians to enjoy compassionate and healthy food and a wonderful social setting.

Celebrate Thanksgiving Day with hundreds of people enjoying a gourmet vegan feast at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda in Bethesda, MD. The programming includes exciting door prizes, a silent auction fundraiser, guest speaker, exhibitors, and a live musical act following lunch. This has been a very successful event for years so we feel confident that you will leave pleased again this year! The 2012 Thanksgiving event set a record attendance of more than 300 people.

We are excited that our guest speaker for this year's event will be Elizabeth Kucinich.


Registration is CLOSED. This information remains FYI.

You must register in advance, as
there will be absolutely no walk-in registrations. Please note that our event has sold out in recent years, so register early to confirm your seat. All registrations are final, but you can transfer the registration to someone else if you notify us by Friday, November 15.

There are two options for registration: online registration via PayPal (option 1) and mail-in registration (option 2).
Regardless of how you register, you will receive a final confirmation email by Tuesday, November 19, at the latest. If you have not received a confirmation for your registration by that date, please contact us.

You can register online by using the PayPal button below through 9:00 am on Tuesday, Novemb
er 19. You will receive a confirmation immediately upon receipt of payment. The prices (including tax and gratuity) if you pay online are listed below.

Option 2: Mail-In Registration -- REGISTRATION IS CLOSED
If you prefer to mail a check, print the registration form and send it in with your check to the address on the form. Your envelope must be postmarked by Tuesday, November 12. Your registration is not confirmed until we receive your check and send you a confirmation.


VSDC maintains an open seating policy; therefore, it's ideal to arrive shortly after 12:00 pm, especially if you have a group of 3 or more. We will have special seating sections (e.g., tables marked for Singles, Family, or special needs). If you have a preference, please include special table requests with your registration and we’ll do our best to honor them.

Our menu for 2013 will be:

Squash, Sweet Potato, and Corn Chowder [1]

Salads / Appetizers*
Vegetable Crudités (Raw Vegetables) with Artichoke Hummus, Moroccan Carrot Dip [2], Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Spread [3]
Garden Salad with Pine Nuts, Avocado, and Raspberry Vinaigrette [Hyatt Hotel recipe]
Freshly Baked Sourdough, Crusted Olive Bread, and Pumpkin Rolls with Herb-Infused Oil for dipping [Hyatt Hotel recipe]

Hot Buffet
Wild Mushroom Ravioli with Tomato and Fennel Broth [Hyatt Hotel recipe]
Polenta, Sausage, and Mushroom Stuffing [1]
Red Quinoa Pilaf with Kale and Corn [1]
Seitan Roast Stuffed with Shitake and Leeks [4]
Spicy Collard Greens with Sun-Dried Tomatoes [5]*
Green Bean Casserole [6]
Smashed Potatoes with Mushroom Gravy [1]
Traditional Cranberry Sauce [7]*

Vegan Pumpkin Pie [8]

Spiced Cider [3]*, Iced Tea, Freshly Brewed Coffee, and Teas

[1] "Vegan Holiday Kitchen" by Nava Atlas
[2] "America’s Test Kitchen" from Well’s Vegetarian Thanksgiving 2010 Series at*
[3] "The Vegan Table" by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau*
[4] Post Punk Kitchen Isa Chandra
[5] "By Any Greens Necessary" by Tracye McQuirter*
[6] "The Real Food Daily Cookbook" by Ann Gentry
[7] "Eat, Drink, & Be Vegan" by Dreena Burton*
[8] "The Joy of Vegan Baking" by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

*same as last year


The Washington Humane Society has been the DC area’s leading voice of compassion for pets and wildlife since 1870 -- yes, 1870! WHS provides comfort and care to nearly 30,000 animals each year through monetary and in-kind donations. VSDC will accept donations from the Washington Humane Society's wish list at our Thanksgiving event.

So Others May Eat
So Others May Eat (SOME) is a community-based organization that exists to help the poor and homeless of our nation's capital. They meet the immediate daily needs of the people they serve with food, clothing, and health care, in addition to services to help break the cycle of homelessness. VSDC will be collecting nonperishable vegan food items for SOME’s food bank. Please note that SOME requests that food donations be nonperishable and as healthy as possible. They cannot accept canned soups that are not labeled low-fat, low-sodium. 




A special THANK YOU to our generous sponsors! The growing list currently includes:

Alvarado Street Bakery logo Anything Vegan logo
Jonathan Balcombe, author
By Any Green Necessary, Inc.
Dawson's Market logo
Earth Balance logo

Earth Friendly (ECO) Products
Edwards and Sons logo FARM
Field Roast logo
Founding Farmers logo
Hyatt Regency logo

Mellow Mushroom logo
Primal Spirit Foods logo Roots Market logo

Rosy City Chocolatier logo
Sticky Fingers Bakery logo Sunshine Burgers logo

Heart Healthy Pizza by Mark Sutton
Tofurky TofuXpress logo

The Vampire and the Vegan
Vegan Cuts logo Vegan Essentials logo
Vitamix logo
Way Better Snacks logo
Wegman's logo
Zipcar logo


We look forward to seeing you there!

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