Thanksgiving Eve Dinner
Wed, Nov 24, 2010

Twenty-First Annual

Thanksgiving Eve Dinner

The VSH Healthy and Compassionate


Wednesday, November 24th

by Karl Seff, Ph.D.
VSH Board member

   Autumn is here, and plans have been made for our annual Thanksgiving Eve Dinner. As before, Govinda's Vegetarian Buffet is pleased to be hosting this wonderful event. It is open to members and non-members alike. Expect a cozy and serene family-style Thanksgiving experience.

   The fare will be traditional (see menu below), completely homemade, and vegan.  Whenever possible it will be organic. It will also be free of GMOs, hydrogenated oils, MSG, preservatives, and artificial colors and flavors. The oil and salt content will be kept low, and nut-free alternatives will be available. Don't leave until you're full. 

   Seating will be indoors and, in a tent that will be much better protected against the Nu'uanu rain than last year, outdoors. There will be no incense nor music. Like last year, a supervised child care area with activities will be available. Special needs (handicapped parking, special seating, help up the few steps, high chairs for kids) will be accommodated.

  The cost is $19. per person.  It is $15 for ages 8 to 13, and children 7 and under are free. Choose a seating time: 5:00, 5:30, 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, or 8:00 p.m. To make a reservation, e-mail or telephone Nandarani at or 282-9333. Leave your name, phone number, seating time, number of people in your party, and special needs if any.

   This event is well known for bringing together the diverse arms of the vegetarian community, including animal rights activists, environmentalists, health vegetarians, ethical vegetarians, and people of various creeds and faiths. Together, we are the "Honolulu Vegetarian Family." Talk to the people at your table; like you, they wanted their Thanksgiving to be vegan.

   Millions of people across the U.S. are celebrating Thanksgiving in this Way. "Gentle Thanksgiving" is a program of FARM (Farm Animal Reform Movement). Thanksgiving is easy to tame; just substitute a few ingredients in the recipes for mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, and pie, use mock meats or forget about them altogether, and it is done. Baked yams, cranberry sauce and veggies were always whole vegan fare.

   We hope to see you there!

Thanksgiving Eve Menu


   Organic Spring-Green Salad

   Choice of Dressing


   Mock Turkey

   Pineapple Baked Faux Ham

   Herb Stuffing

   Home-Style Mashed Potatoes

   Madana's Gravy

   Autumn Vegetables Almandine

   Tangy Cranberry Orange Relish

   Maple Glazed Yams

   Whole Grain Dinner Rolls


   Herbal tea, hot and cold



   Fresh Homemade Pumpkin Pie       

   Holiday Spice Cake                                  

  Warm Fruit Crisp

Reservations: or 282-9333





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