animals: life affirming thanksgiving

I know this post is a bit belated, but better late than never! Plus there’s never a bad time to talk about animals and how we can do our part to reduce animal suffering.

This Thanksgiving my family and I attended the Life Affirming Thanksgiving celebration hosted by the Veg Society of DC.


Held at the Hyatt Regency in Bethesda, MD, this was a four-hour food and educational event that really got me excited about a vegan lifestyle. The guest speaker was Gene Baur of Farm Sanctuary, which is one of my favorite organizations. I’ve heard Gene Baur speak on my college campus before and his message this time was just as powerful. I think he does a great job of encouraging non-vegans in the room to think about their food choices while also supporting them in the ways that they still are able to minimize cruelty, whether that be through Meatless Mondays or by cutting out certain types of dairy.

Most importantly, here’s the menu:


So. Much. Food.

Carrot Ginger Soup

Cauliflower Fritters (Recipe by Michelle Blackwood)
Sweet and Sour Meatballs (Recipe by Michelle Blackwood)
Vegetable Crudité served with Artichoke Dip and Red Pepper Hummus

Kale Brussels Sprouts Caesar Slaw with Pine Nut Parm (Recipe by Laura Wright)
Beet, Carrot, and Apple Salad

Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash (Recipe by Jenny Sansouci)
Lentil Shepherd’s Pie, made with Smashed Potatoes and Wild Mushroom Gravy (Recipe by Robin Robertson)
Crusted Sweet Potatoes with Pecan
Wild Mushroom Ravioli with Tomato and Fennel Broth

Roasted Golden Beets with Warm Maple Mustard Dressing (Recipe by Isa Chandra)
Collard Greens
Cornbread Stuffing (Recipe by Michelle Blackwood)
Cranberry Sauce

Make-Your-Own Ice Cream Sundae Bar
Mini Pumpkin Pies with Soy Whipped Cream [THAT WHIPPED CREAM THOUGH]

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


Plate 3 of about 10

I ate so much that I nearly puked, but what else are you supposed to do when you are suddenly given unlimited food options?


Dad listening closely to Gene Baur – Dad was such a good sport and a great supporter, as always

You can join VSDC to receive a discount on next year’s Thanksgiving feast and most importantly to support VSDC’s efforts to promote animal welfare!



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