Local organizations team up for vegan Thanksgiving dinner

Vegan Thanksgiving
A seitan roast will be one of the dishes on the table at the Vegetarian Community of Iowa’s plant-based, Thanksgiving-themed dinner. — photo by Belinda

While Thanksgiving is an American tradition and time of community, it can be difficult for vegetarians and vegans to participate in the festivities. For those who wish to celebrate and still maintain a vegan lifestyle, the Unitarian Universalist Society of Iowa City and the Vegetarian Community of Iowa are co-hosting a vegan Thanksgiving dinner prepared by chef David Burt of Four Square Meals.

The Vegetarian Community of Iowa hosts community meals that bring together local vegans and vegetarians, and this is the third time they’ve offered a Thanksgiving-themed dinner. The dinner will take place on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m at the Unitarian Universalist Society (10 S. Gilbert St.).

“The group is open to anybody who is exploring a plant-based lifestyle, and they can find out how delicious vegan food really is,” said Carol Throckmorton, dietician and Congregational Life Coordinator at the UUSIC.

Burt’s menu for the evening includes a seitan roast with gravy; mixed nuts and raisins; roasted garlic mashed potatoes; kale and spinach salad with herb dressing and apples; spiced beets and carrots; aronia berry sauce and pumpkin pie bars for dessert.

Throckmorton says the Thanksgiving dinner has grown in popularity, with 40 confirmed guests already, up from last year’s 30.

Attendees do not have to be associated with the Unitarian Universalist Society or the Vegetarian Community, and Throckmorton encourages anyone to come try vegan food. Tickets for this event are $18 and reservations must be made by Nov. 13. Those interested can call Throckmorton at (319) 337-3030. Attendees may also bring a bottle of wine to share if desired.

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