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1. JOIN OTHER VEGANS TO SHARE A THANKSGIVING FEAST

Some vegan Thanksgiving pot luck and restaurants from around the country:

LOS ANGELES, CA
THANKSGIVING DAY POTLUCK PICNIC
4th Thursday of November (11/22/12) 11am
FREE at Rancho Park in West LA
http://www.veganday.info/thanksgiving.html

STUDIO CITY, CA
Gourmet Thanksgiving Dinner at SunCafe Restaurant
Thursday, November 22. From 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
SunCafe 3711 W. Cahuenga Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604 SunCafe will be open normal hours on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 22. From 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. we will offer our normal lunch menu. Thanksgiving dinner will be a prix fixe coursed meal with a raw food or cooked-vegan option. $40 per person. Pre-orders for TO-GO need to be prepaid and will be taken through Wednesday, November 21. Dine-in RSVPs are highly encouraged to ensure service.
Phone: 818-308-7420 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. http://suncafe.com/

SANTA CRUZ, CA
2012 FREE Thanksgiving Meal
Thursday, November 22, 2012, noon to 3pm
Cafe Gratitude, 103 Lincoln St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Join them from noon to 3pm on Thanksgiving Day for a raw & vegan feast including a beverage, entree and dessert served with love by volunteers until food runs out.
http://cafegratitude.com/

VENICE, CA
2012 FREE Thanksgiving Meal
Thurs Nov 22, 2012 at 11am-3pm
CELEBRATE THANKSGIVING DAY AT CAFE GRATITUDE VENICE
Cafe Gratitude will be serving a special pre-set thanksgiving meal from 11am-3pm on Thanksgiving Day. The entire meal will be FREE. Everyone is welcome and the entire day will be run on volunteer labor from the community. It is a casual, fun day all about giving thanks and gratitude. The food is first come first serve. We will serve until 3:00 p.m., unless the food runs our earlier. This day is generally very full and well attended. Come serve and be served by your community. For volunteering opportunites please contact us at 424-231-8000. No reservations are accepted. First Come, First Serve.
http://cafegratitude.com/

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL
Sublime in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Thursday Nov 22, 2012 1pm-3pm
Make your reservation today. Price is $39for adults and $29 for children 12 and under (plus tax and gratuity), includes coffee, tea and fountain soft drinks.
http://sublimerestaurant.com/

WEST PALM BEACH, FL
Darbster Waterside Bistro in West Palm Beach, FL
Thursday, November 22, 2012 noon to 4 p.m.
Walk-ins and reservations will be accepted and takeout's available.
http://www.darbster.com/index.php

CHICAGO, IL
30th Annual Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner at the Chicago Diner
Thursday Nov 22, 2012 Seatings at 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m.
The Chicago Diner, 3411 N. Halsted, Chicago IL 60657
Vegans and vegetarians will be glad to know that the Chicago Diner will be hosting a Vegan Thanksgiving. Seatings will be at 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m. Carry-out is also offered. The vegan menu is $37.99 per person ($22.99 for kids under 12). Menu includes a veggie turkey made out of tofu with stuffing and gravy, as well as a beefy wellington made out of marinated seitan and pumpkin ravioli.
For reservations, call 773-835-6696 ext 305. http://www.veggiediner.com/wp/?p=2550

BETHESDA, MD
Life-Affirming Thanksgiving Celebration with Vegetarian Society of DC
Thursday, November 22, 2012, 12-4pm
Hyatt Regency Bethesda, 7400 Wisconsin Avenue Bethesda, MD 20814
http://www.vsdc.org/Thanksgiving_Event.htm

MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck with Compassionate Action for Animals
Saturday Nov 17, 2012
Matthews Park Recreation Center, 2318 29th Ave. S Minneapolis, MN 55406
http://www.exploreveg.org/events/2012-thanksgiving-potluck

WILLIAMSVILLE, NY
2012 Annual Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dinner with Buffalo Vegetarian Society
Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst 6320 Main Street, Williamsville, New York 14221
Sunday, November 18th at 5:30 pm
Please bring your family and friends to share in a feast of delicious and cruelty-free food! -$5 Adults, $2 Children (10 and under), Students and Seniors -Please bring a cold or hot VEGAN dish per person to pass (each dish should feed 6 to 8 people)!
-RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Please RSVP by Thursday, November 15th at http://www.buffaloveg.com/vegan-thanksgiving.html

NEW YORK CITY, NY
RESTAURANTS Serving special meals on Thanksgiving day via http://supervegan.com/
Upper West Side: Peacefood Café will be serving "vegan holiday specials" from noon on Café Blossom on the Upper West Side has a $55 prix Fixe Candle Café West is doing a $68 prix fixe.
Upper East Side: Candle 79 is doing a $75 prix fixe. Candle Café East is doing a à la carte specials and a $60 prix fixe. V-Note has à la carte and $52 prix fixe options.
Downtown: Angelica Kitchen has a "Special Five Course Prix Fixe Menu" for $60. Blossom Chelsea is doing a $65 prix fixe. Café Blossom on Carmine will be open with their regular menu plus some seasonal specials.

PORTLAND, OR
9th Annual Compassionate Thanksgiving Vegan Potluck
November 18, 2012 at 6:00 PM
Benson High School's cafeteria, 546 NE 12th Ave., Portland OR 97232
Volunteers Needed On Sunday, November 18, at 6:00pm, join Northwest VEG, other vegans, vegetarians, and veg-curious as we celebrate community and healthy plant-based food. This 9th annual vegan Thanksgiving potluck will stimulate your palate and give you the opportunity to meet new people. We're anticipating our largest potluck ever! Due to the cost of the facility rental, pre-registration with payment of $5 per person is required. Children 10 and under are free. http://nwveg.org/events

RICHMOND, VA
Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck
Thursday, Nov 22 5:00pm
Friends Meeting House, 4500 Kensington Ave. (Kensington & Commonwealth Aves.) Richmond, VA
Cost: VSR Members, no charge; non-members $3.00 Please bring a vegan dish to share and the recipe. http://vegetarianrichmond.org

MADISON, WI
Vegan Thanksgiving at The Green Owl
Thursday, November 22, 2012 1pm
The Green Owl 1970 Atwood Avenue Madison WI 53704
$30/adults $15/kids under 12 (608) 285-5290 http://www.allanimals.org/thanksgiving.htm

2. VOLUNTEER AT YOUR LOCAL ANIMAL SHELTER ON THANKSGIVING DAY

Make this holiday all about the animals and help out at a local shelter

3. COOK A DELICIOUS TURKEY ALTERNATIVE

There are some tasty vegan alternatives to turkey for Thanksgiving:
Tofurky from Turtle Island Foods is a pre-cooked vegan feast. www.Tofurky.com
Celebration Roast from Field Roast is a vegan stuffed entrée. www.FieldRoast.com
Holiday Roast from Gardein is a vegan stuffed entrée. www.Gardein.com

4. MAKE YOUR OWN VEGAN THANKSGIVING FEAST

Check out some of these easy vegan recipes for cooking up your own vegan feast at home
http://www.vegkitchen.com/tips/vegetarian-thanksgiving/

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