Vegetarian Society of DC


Life-Affirming Thanksgiving Celebration

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Celebration

Thursday, November 26, 2015, 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.

So join us to celebrate with hundreds of people with a gourmet, all-vegan feast at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda in Bethesda, MD, on Thursday, November 26, 2015. The programming includes a guest speaker, exhibitors, exciting door prizes, a silent auction fundraiser, and a live musical act following lunch.
We will also offer an all-ages kids activity between 12-1pm.

Terry Cummings We are delighted to welcome Terry Cummings, director and co-founder of Poplar Spring AnimalSanctuary as our keynote speaker.
Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary is a 400 acre non-profit refuge for farm animals and wildlife located in Poolesville, Maryland. Their mission is to offer care, rehabilitation, and permanent sanctuary for neglected, abused or abandoned farm animals, to provide protected habitat for wildlife, to furnish information to the public regarding farm animal and wildlife issues, and to promote compassion and humane treatment for all animals. Terry will tell us about the wonderful animals at the sanctuary and share pictures and stories of their now joyful lives.

Magic Michael will join us for a kids magic show starting at 12:15pm and close-up magic throughout the program.
Michael Worsham aka Magic Michael is one of the few vegan magicians. He entertains with unique magic on stage, close-up, walk-around, table or street forums. Magic Michael got the magic bug after going to Monday Night Magic in Greenwich Village, N.Y. and the Denny & Lee Magic Club near Baltimore. He also twists balloon animals and characters, and also juggles some too - so he's not just all just smoke and mirrors! Magic Michael performs regularly in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and northern Virginia. He is an active member of the Denny & Lee Magic Club, the Professional Magicians' Club of Lancaster, PA, and two 'rings' of the International Brotherhood of Magicians in Baltimore, MD and Harrisburg, PA. He teaches magic, and plans to create a magic for business course for Udemy.
Magic Michael

Musical guest, Stephen Svoboda will return to entertain us on acoustic guitar, playing flamenco and boss nova music.

And what is Thanksgiving without spectacular, abundant food! Our delicious menu is given below so plan to come at noon for registration and appetizers. The meal starts just after 1:00 pm. Details for the 2015 event are being finalized and you can read updates on this webpage.

The prices (including tax and gratuity) are:

  • Early Bird (paid on or before Nov 7, 2015):$61.00 – Adult, member, $66.00 – Adult, non-member
  • Regular (paid on or before the date registration closes on November 21):$66.00 – Adult, member, $71.00 – Adult, non-member
  • Children 3-12 years: $36.00
  • Baby 0-2 yrs: Free

Online registration is the fastest way to sign up for the event and also easiest for VSDC – seebelow. If you prefer to mail in a check, please clearly include each attendee’s name, address,email, phone number, and any seating preference - sending it in with your check payable to “VSDC” to: VSDC Thanksgiving, PO Box 4921 Washington DC 20008
Your envelope must be postmarked by Wednesday, November 18th so that we receive it by Friday, November 20. You will receive a confirmation immediately upon receipt of payment. Your registration is not confirmed until we receive your check and send you a confirmation notice, preferably by email. If you have not received a confirmation for your registration by Sun, Nov 22, please contact

You must register in advance, since we work with the hotel and guarantee exact numbers - you cannot register on the day of the event. Please note that our event has sold out in recent years, so register early to confirm your seat. All registrations are final.

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 includespecial table requests with your registration and we’ll do our best to accommodate. You must arrive no later than 1:00 pm.

Registration is closed. If you have registered and haven't heard back from us, please contact us. Thank you!

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 exciting, abundant buffet is all-vegan, GMO-free, with many gluten-free items.


Butternut Squash Soup GF

Kale Brussels Sprouts Caesar Slaw with Pine Nut Parm GF
Beet, Carrot, and Apple Salad GF

Cauliflower Fritters GF
Sweet and Sour Meatballs GF
Crudité served with Artichoke Dip and Red Pepper Hummus GF
Vegan Cheese Selection

Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash
Vegetable and Tofu Pot Pie
Wild Mushroom Ravioli with Tomato and Fennel Broth

Roasted Golden Beets with Warm Maple Mustard Dressing
Smashed Potatoes and Wild Mushroom Gravy
Collard Greens
Cornbread Stuffing
Cranberry Sauce

Dessert (choice)
Make-Your-Own Ice Cream Sunday Bar
Mini Pumpkin Pies

Spiced cider, iced tea, freshly brewed coffee, and teas

Gluten-free options
All menu items are being made with non-GMO ingredients
Recipes without a hyperlink are being created by our talented Hyatt Regency chefs.



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. 



2015 Prize Donors

A special THANK YOU to our generous donors!

Amsterdam Falafelshop
A Well-Fed World
Jonathan Balcombe
Banana Love Muffins
Better Batch
By Any Greens Necessary and Tracye McQuirter
Mimi Clark
The Dalal Family
Dawson’s Market
Dr. Bronner’s Magic All-One
Farm Animal Rights Movement
Todd Gray’s Market Vegan Brunch
GreenFare Salon Cafe
Hyatt Regency Bethesda
Lee’s Flower and Card Shop
Mellow Mushroom
Michelle Blackwood and Dr. Michael Greger
Pasta Valente
Physicians Committee
Primal Spirit Foods
Relay Foods
Rose City Chocolates
Ben Shaberman
Merlene Vassall
Vegan Essentials
Vegetarian Resource Group
Vegetarian Society of DC
Yes Organic Markets


We look forward to seeing you there!

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