Thanksgiving Edition Items, Veg Message to Greens, Recipes, Books, HBO
November 16, 2007

Dear Boston Vegetarian Society List,
Looking forward to seeing so many of you next Tues. and Wed. at our Thanksgiving Dinners!  This eNews is longer than usual, but there are so many Thanksgiving items to share!
Hoping this Thanksgiving Edition will be useful.
1)  Green Right Now (and BVS) Bring Veggie Message to Environmentalists
2)  Post Festival Feedback and Student Activity + BU DFP Article
3)  Joaquin Phoenix Talks Turkey
4)  Adopt-A-Turkey and Other TG Resources
5)  Dining Out Options for Thanksgiving Day & Pre-TG Specials
6)  Thanksgiving Recipe Websites Galore!
7)  Recommended Thanksgiving Books for Adults & Kids
8)  Point of View by Shel Silverstein
9)  HBO Documentary Mon. 11/19 "I Am an Animal: Ingrid Newkirk and PETA"
We were thrilled to assist Green Right Now bring a veggie message and the meat/global warming connection to an environmental audience in today's issue!
Have Yourself a Veggie Good Thanksgiving
Each year for weeks after the veg festival, we average a contact a day from students who are writing a paper on the festival or on vegetarianism  -- one of the nice ripple effects of the event!
This from the Boston University Daily Free Press:
"Healthy food a staple at vegetarian festival There was no safer place to be a cow, pig or chicken in New England this weekend than Roxbury's Reggie Lewis Athletic Center, where thousands of vegetarians and vegans feasted on soy and tested out leather alternatives to celebrate their meatless lifestyle.  Vendors packed the gymnasium with an earthy allure..."
This feedback from Maryland:
"My sister and I are from Maryland, and we attended the festival for the first time, and it was fantastic (off the chain). I learned about the festival while flying with American Airlines in their on flight magazine.  I have been a veg*n for over 25 years, and my sister was eating poultry and fish before attending the festival.  She has now decided to follow a vegan diet.  The speakers were awesome, very informative, comical, and not the least bit boring.  I learned a lot even though I’ve been veg for a long time.  I was introduced to new products that are not yet available in this area, and I was able to get contact information for those vendors.  This is a very worthwhile event, and I’m glad I came.   Oh, and we had a ball sampling all the different foods."    -- Clarice B. Pemberton-Cook
Academy Award nominated ("Walk the Line", "Gladiator") actor and vegan Joaquin Phoenix offers a 30 second commercial.  "Holidays can be murder on turkeys. Let’s make this one for the birds," declares Phoenix.
In this interview, Joaquin talks about the childhood fishing trip that changed his life:
A happy Thanksgiving tradition: adopt a rescued turkey from Farm Sanctuary's adoption program.  This web site offers useful resources, including a History of Thanksgiving and Turkey Industry Information.
For dining out on Thanksgiving Day, these are the veg restaurants in MA that will be open on the holiday:
Contact info is at
- Grasshopper in Allston (Boston)
- Original Buddha's Delight in Chinatown
- My Thai Cafe Vegetarian in Brookline
- Dosa Temple in Ashland (MetroWest)
- Udupi in Shrewsbury (MetroWest)
- Udupi Bhavan in Lowell (North)
- Mysore Veggie in Lowell (North)
PRE-Thanksgiving vegan holiday & take-home dinners and pies:
*  Organic Garden Cafe, the amazing vegan, raw, organic restaurant in Beverly MA is offering Complete Holiday Meals for take-home @ $22.50 per person.  Call 978-922-0004 to order.  The special Thanksgiving dinner will be served in house next week: Tuesday/Wednesday, Saturday/Sunday.
*  Vegan Organic Macrobiotic Thanksgiving Dinner - Wed. Nov. 21 6:30 PM by macro chef David Snieckus at his home in Newton.  Includes Ginger Squash Soup, Tempeh Mochi Melt with Parsnips and Cranberries, Tofu and Vegetable Cabbage Rolls with Horseradish Cream, Squash Slices with Miso Rice Syrup Sauce, Steamed Broccoli, Daikon, Carrot, Red Radish Pressed Salad, Apricot Pudding and Carrot-Almond Cake (Sliding scale: $25 - $40)

*  The new vegan baker (seen helping out at the veg festival) at Fiore's Italian Bakery and Cafe in Jamaica Plain at 55 South Street (next to Harvest Co-op market) is offering vegan pies for Thanksgiving:
-Coconut Pumpkin Pie
-Pecan Pie (with or without chocolate sauce on top)
-Chocolate Tofu Pie
-Classic Pumpkin Pie

Two crust options: coconut oil or wheat-free.  No hydrogenated oils.  To order, call 617-524-9200.  Looking ahead, they'll offer all kinds of vegan baked goods, including Boston Cream Pie (vegan-style).

*  Whole Foods Market offers a take-home Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner for $19.99 which includes a holiday roast stuffed with wild rice and dried cranberries, green beans with almonds, French lentil soup, and pecan tart.  Order by noon Tues. 11/20 at your local Whole Foods. (p. 3 bottom right)
There can be no shortage of ideas for great veggie dishes after browsing these pages!
If you enjoyed Isa Chandra Moscowitz at the Boston Vegetarian Food Festival, you'll love these Thanksgiving recipes from the Post Punk Kitchen
Celebrate a Vegetarian Thanksgiving
VegWeb's Thanksgiving Recipes
Thanksgiving Favorites They'll Really Give Thanks For
Compassionate Thanksgiving Recipes
Cancer Project Thanksgiving Recipes and Meal-Planning Tips
International Vegetarian Union's Holiday Recipes
What to Serve When Veg'ns Visit at the Holidays
In a Vegetarian Kitchen's Thanksgiving Recipes
Gentle Thanksgiving has links to Tofurky and Field Roast
Vegetarians in Paradise (scroll down to Thanksgiving)
Essenes Thanksgiving Menu
More Than a Meal: The Turkey in History, Myth, Ritual, and Reality
By Karen Davis, Founder/President of United Poultry Concerns
Turk and Runt : A Thanksgiving Comedy
by Lisa Wheeler, Frank Ansley (Illustrator)
Ages 4-7
A beautifully illustrated and witty story of a family of turkeys who learns about the hidden side of the holidays.
A Turkey for Thanksgiving
by Eve Bunting, Diane de Groat (Illustrator)
Ages 3-6
Mr. and Mrs. Moose invite all their animal friends for Thanksgiving dinner and the only one missing is Turkey. When they set out to find him, Turkey is quaking with fear because he doesn't realize that his hosts want him at their table, not on it.
'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving
by Dav Pilkey
Ages 4-7
This tall tale tells how eight school children on a field trip, their teacher, a turkey farmer named Mack Nuggett, and eight gobblers share in a Thanksgiving all can happily remember.

By children's book author and poet Shel Silverstein 

Thanksgiving dinner's sad and thankless
Christmas dinner's dark and blue
When you stop and try to see it
From the turkey's point of view.

Sunday dinner isn't sunny
Easter feasts are just bad luck
When you see it from the viewpoint
Of a chicken or a duck.

Oh how I once loved tuna salad
Pork and lobsters, lamb chops too
Till I stopped and looked at dinner
From the dinner's point of view.

Premiering on Monday Nov. 18 at 8 PM on HBO is the documentary, "I Am an Animal: The Story of Ingrid Newkirk and PETA". It looks at the 27-year history of the organization and is also a biography of Ingrid.
Also, the Nov. 19, 2007 issue of Newsweek carries this piece by Humane Society of the U.S. Pres/CEO Wayne Pacelle: His Fine Feathered Friends, And Ours
Hope something here was of interest!

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