2012

December Holiday Vegan Potluck

  • December 17, 2012 · 6:00 PM
  • Watauga Public Library

20121217-1Celebrate the holidays with a delicious vegan VegBoone potluck. It will be held on Monday, December 17th at the Watauga County Public Library, 140 Queen Street in Boone. Arrive between 6:00 and 6:30. Please bring a generous amount of vegan food (no meat, fish, eggs, dairy, or honey) that would yield at least 8 servings, your own place setting, and a copy of your recipe. Multiple copies to share with others would most certainly be appreciated by participants. You will be able to add many special recipes to your collection in this way.

Join us for a compassionate holiday dinner with others who eat consciously.  Feel free to brings guests, but just be sure to bring enough food to cover for their contribution. Please leave a comment below if you would like to share what you will be bringing.

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Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: A Presentation by author Melanie Joy

  • November 26, 2012 · 6:30 PM
  • Appalachian State University

20121126-1Appalachian State University’s Department of Sustainable Development and the Global Studies Program along with VegBoone are thrilled to sponsor this important event.

A reception with vegan treats starts at 6:30 and the presentation at 7:00. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.  This event is free of charge.

In her captivating slide show, Melanie Joy explains carnism, the invisible belief system that shapes our perception of the meat we eat, so that we love some animals and eat others without knowing why. Dr. Joy, a longtime activist for social and environmental justice and animal protection, describes how carnism is sustained by complex, hidden social and psychological mechanisms, and it is most harmful when unrecognized.

Using powerful imagery, thought-provoking analyses, and a compelling narrative, Dr. Joy elucidates how, although unjust belief systems (racism, sexism, ableism, etc.) all are unique, the mentality that enables such systems is strikingly similar. When unnoticed, these “isms” can cause us to act against our core values, our own interests, and the interests of others. By illuminating carnism, Dr. Joy helps us become more empowered citizens and more active social witnesses. Audiences appreciate her accessible, engaging and levelheaded approach, regardless of their dietary choices.

Parental/guardian discretion is advised for younger attendees.

Melanie Joy, Ph.D., Ed.M. is a Harvard educated psychologist and professor of
psychology and sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Dr. Joy has
written articles on psychology, animal protection, and social justice, as well as the acclaimed Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism and Strategic Action for Animals. Dr. Joy is also the founder and president of the Carnism Awareness and Action Network (CAAN).

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ThanksLiving Vegan Potluck

  • November 14, 2012 · 6:00 PM
  • Watauga Public Library
20121114-1Let’s gather for a vegan ThanksLiving feast. Bring a veganized Thanksgiving dish or just one of your favorite dishes.  It will be held on Wednesday, November 14th at the Watauga County Public Library, 140 Queen Street in Boone. Arrive between 6:00 and 6:30. Please bring a generous amount of vegan food (no meat, fish, eggs, dairy, or honey) that would feed at least 8, your own place setting, and a copy of your recipe. Multiple copies to share with others would most certainly be appreciated by participants. You will be able to add many special recipes to your collection in this way.Let’s do some outreach — invite veg-curious family and friends!  If you’re bringing guests, please bring enough food to cover for their contribution to the meal.If you would like to let people know what you’ll be bringing, you can add a comment below.
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Fall/October/Hallowe­en Vegan Potluck

  • October 23, 2012 · 6:00 PM
  • Watauga Public Library

20121023-1Now that the cool weather has returned let’s head back to the library for great vegan food and fellowship. Hope many of you will join us for this event, our autumn potluck. Share good food and meet new friends! It will be held on Tuesday, October 23rd at the Watauga County Public Library, 140 Queen Street in Boone. We will provide apple cider for all! Arrive between 6:00 and 6:30. Please bring a vegan dish (no meat, fish, eggs, dairy, or honey) that would serve 6-8, your own place setting, and a copy of your recipe. Multiple copies to share with others would most certainly be appreciated by participants. You will be able to add many special recipes to your collection in this way.

Let’s do some outreach — invite veg-curious family and friends!

If you would like to let people know what you’ll be bringing, you can add a comment below.

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Ethiopian Dinner is a fundraiser for VegBoone!

  • October 9, 2012 · 6:30 PM
  • High Country United Church of Christ

20121009-1VegBoone is offering a delicious Ethiopian feast in exchange for your support.  VegBoone member and talented chef, Danielle Bussone, will be preparing this dinner to help us with the costs of running VegBoone. (These include fees for: the Meetup software, printing, literature offered at events, and venue rental.)  The cost of the dinner is $10 per person (non-refundable) and we will be selling tickets at the events scheduled before October 9th.  We would really appreciate payment in advance, but will accept payment at the door if there are any slots available.

Here is Danielle’s description of the dinner.

Ethiopian cuisine hails from a long vegan tradition dating back to the fourth century.  The Coptic Church was the dominant religious sect imposing religious fasts in which no animal products were allowed to be consumed.  I suspect there must have been a Catholic influence at some point because today this fasting period coincides with Lent. At this time a larger array of vegan options are available in Ethiopian kitchens across the country.

The food is served without utensils.  A plate begins with a large, spongy, semi-sour pancake called injera made from a nutritious Ethiopian grain, teff. The injera covers the entire plate in is somewhere between the consistency of a pancake and a crepe.  On the injera is spooned several flavorful stews called Wat.  Ethiopian food is generally very, very spicy.  This meal will be spicy as well but not nearly as hot as true Ethiopian cuisine.  Another injera is rolled up like a rug and is served with the plate of stews.

To eat this, you tear off a piece of the rolled-up injera and fold it over one of the stews, pinching a portion within the injera.  Then, like a baby bird being fed by its mother, you lift your chin and drop it into your mouth.  It is so delicious!  It is made with fresh vegetables, dried legumes cooked with Ethiopian spices, and little or no fat.  I like to add a tomato salad in the middle of the injera to use as a palate cleanser between bites of Wat. When you have used up your rolled injera, you begin eating the injera on your plate.  This is the most delicious part as it has absorbed the flavors of the various stews.

This menu is not set in stone, a lot depends on the fresh ingredients available at the time of our fundraiser.  However, this is pretty typical of what I’ll be serving.

Cabbage and Carrots

Spicy brown or green lentils

Chickpeas and potatoes

Ethiopian Collard Greens (or Kale or spinach)

Curried Potatoes and Green Beans

Tomato salad

Ethiopians do not serve dessert with their meals.  However, I’ll also be demonstrating and serving a spicy Indian cake, dohkla, made of chickpea flour.

Our group needs your support.  Please join us on October 9th for good food, good friends and good times.  Thank you!

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Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home — Free Film Screening

  • September 27, 2012 · 7:00 PM
  • Watauga Public Library

20120927-1Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home is a riveting story of transformation and healing. This award-winning film explores the awakening conscience of several people who grew up in traditional farming culture and who have now come to question the basic assumptions of their way of life. Presented through a woven tapestry of memories, music, and breathtaking accounts of life-altering moments, the film provides insight into the farmers’ sometimes amazing connections with the animals under their care, while also making clear the complex web of social, psychological and economic forces that have led them to their present dilemma.

We loved this film and can’t wait to share it with VegBoone members and the larger community as well.  If you are able, please bring a vegan dessert to share with filmgoers after the showing.  If not, please come anyway, we’d love to have you!

Check out the trailer at:

http://www.peaceablekingdomfilm.org/home.htm

Vietnamese Vegan Dinner in Banner Elk

  • September 17, 2012 · 6:30 PM
  • Tokyo Japanese Restaurant

20120917-1VegBoone is excited to extend another invitation to a specially created traditional Vietnamese family dinner with a vegan twist.  The restaurant owner and chef is a native of Vietnam and has worked previously at an all vegan restaurant in Boston.  If you came to the dinner here last March, you already know how wonderful the food is. If not, you can look back at some of the comments from that event to find out more! Thank you to Goldie Nabatoff for organizing this fabulous dinner!

Here is the menu!

Appetizers
Buddha sushi rolls
green papaya salad
summer rolls (in rice paper)
mu shu (mushroom vegetable crepes)
Entrees
pathai tofu & vegetables
teriyaki tofu and mixed vegetables
tofu stir fry lemongrass
vegetable fried rice

Dessert
Strawberry smoothie

Includes brown and white rice and hot tea

$17 per person with tax and gratuity included. Children 5 – 12 $5. Under 5 free

Vegan Potluck Picnic at Valle Crucis Community Park: The Sequel

  • August 22, 2012 · 6:00 PM
  • Valle Crucis Community Park

20120822-1VegBoone will return to beautiful Valle Crucis Community Park! Gather with old friends and new for a VegBoone vegan potluck picnic. Share delicious food and great company! On Wednesday, August 22nd, the Herrick Pavilion will be reserved just for our event. Arrive between 6:00 and 6:30. Please bring a vegan dish (no meat, fish, eggs, dairy, or honey) that would serve 8-10, your own place setting, beverage, and at least one copy of your recipe. There are plenty of picnic tables, but you could also bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Friendly dogs on leashes are welcome. We met three awesome pups last month.

From Boone, take NC 105 South to Broadstone Rd. Turn right at the light and take Broadstone into Valle Crucis. The park entrance is just before the Mast General Store Annex (red roof). Turn right into the park and follow the road all the way to the end of the parking lot. The Herrick Pavilion is the second one you will see.

Hope to see you all there!!!

(Backup venue if weather makes it necessary: Watauga Public Library)

Vegan Dinner at Mint Indian Cuisine

  • August 7, 2012 · 6:30 PM
  • Mint Indian Cuisine

20120807-1VegBoone is excited to extend an invitation to a specially created vegan Indian dinner at Boone’s new Mint Restaurant! This cornucopia of dishes has been created especially for us.

The Menu

Appetizers

Mulligatwani Lentil Soup

Green Salad

Chana Chat
Dinner Entrees served family style:

Allu Baigan With Mushroom (eggplant, potato, mushroom dish)

Dal Tarka (split lentils)

Chef’s Special Vegetarian (includes potatoes, broccoli, green peas, carrots, cauliflower)

Bhindi Masala (baby okra based dish)

Vegetarian Biryani
Dessert:

Suji Halwa (Samoline)

Roti bread, rice and Indian tea included.

$20 per person includes tax and gratuity. $12 for ages 5-12.  Wine and other beverages besides tea are extra.  Please, no food substitutions, additions or doggie bags.

Vegan Potluck Picnic at Valle Crucis Community Park

  • July 9, 2012 · 6:00 PM
  • Valle Crucis Community Park

20120822-1Celebrate summer at beautiful Valle Crucis Community Park! Gather with old friends and new for a VegBoone vegan potluck picnic. Share delicious food and great company! On Monday, July 9th, the Herrick Pavilion will be reserved just for our event. Arrive between 6:00 and 6:30. Please bring a vegan dish (no meat, fish, eggs, dairy, or honey) that would serve 8-10, your own place setting, beverage, and at least one copy of your recipe. There are plenty of picnic tables, but you could also bring lawn chairs or blankets. Bring your friendly dogs as long as they are on a leash.

From Boone, take NC 105 South to Broadstone Rd. Turn right at the light and take Broadstone into Valle Crucis. The park entrance is just before the Mast General Store Annex (red roof). Turn right into the park and follow the road all the way to the end of the parking lot. The Herrick Pavilion is the second one you will see.

Hope to see you all there!!!

Bloomin’ June Vegan Potluck

  • June 7, 2012 · 6:00 PM
  • Watauga Public Library

20120607-1Let’s kick off summer with another amazing VegBoone potluck!  Join with your veg friends and meet new ones.  Share delicious food and great company! It will be held on Thursday, June 7th at the Watauga Public Library, 140 Queen Street in Boone. Arrive between 6:00 and 6:30. Please bring a vegan dish (no meat, fish, eggs, dairy, or honey) that would serve 6-8, your own place setting, and a copy of your recipe. Multiple copies to share with others would be appreciated by participants. We have all been able to add many special recipes to our collections in this way.

After eating we will  discuss the questions that all veg*ns get from their omnivore families and friends. (We’ve all been asked, “Where do you get your protein?????” and many others!)  Come with your questions and/or answers.

Spread the word about this event!

Merry Month of May Vegan Potluck with special guest

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  • May 9, 2012 · 6:00 PM
  • Watauga Public Library

20120509-1The beautiful month of May has finally arrived! Let’s celebrate by joining with our friends and meeting new ones at VegBoone’s potluck. Our special guest is Chef Renee Boughman, Executive Director of F.A.R.M. Cafe operations. (Feed All Regardless of Means)  Renee will discuss the mission and plans for the cafe.  She is interested in exploring the possibility of offering vegan options on the menu.

Share delicious food and great company! It will be held on Wednesday, May 9th at the Watauga Public Library, 140 Queen Street in Boone. Arrive between 6:00 and 6:30. Please bring a vegan dish (no meat, fish, eggs, dairy, or honey) that would serve 6-8, your own place setting, and a copy of your recipe. Multiple copies to share with others would be appreciated by participants. You will be able to add many special recipes to your collection in this way. Spread the word about this event!

Spring into Spring Vegan Potluck!

  • April 4, 2012 · 6:00 PM
  • Watauga Public Library

20120404-1Hope many of you will join us for this event, our first spring potluck. Share great food and meet new friends! It will be held on Wednesday, April 4th at the Watauga Public Library, 140 Queen Street in Boone. Arrive between 6:00 and 6:30. Please bring a vegan dish (no meat, fish, eggs, dairy, or honey) that would serve 6-8, your own place setting, and a copy of your recipe. Multiple copies to share with others would most certainly be appreciated by participants. You will be able to add many special recipes to your collection in this way.

Bring your questions, answers and ideas and join in a discussion about plans for your garden this year.

Let’s do some outreach — invite veg-curious family and friends!

Vegucated! Free Screening

  • March 24, 2012 · 7:00 PM
  • High Country United Church of Christ

20120324-1Vegucated is an award-winning documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks.

This accessible, entertaining documentary showcases the rapid and at times comedic evolution of three people who share one journey and ultimately discover their own paths in creating a kinder, cleaner, greener world, one bite at a time.

If you would like, bring a vegan dessert (with recipe or ingredient list) to share with other filmgoers.  Include your family and friends for a stimulating and thought-provoking evening of fun accompanied by sweet treats!

To support this free screening, a copy of the DVD, the book 95among other things will be included in a raffle!

Vietnamese Vegan Dinner in Banner Elk

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  • March 11, 2012 · 5:30 PM
  • Tokyo Japanese Restaurant

20120311-1REMEMBER! Daylight Savings Time starts Sunday so don’t forget to Spring Forward!

VegBoone is excited to extend an invitation to a specially created traditional Vietnamese family dinner with a vegan twist.  The restaurant owner and chef is a native of Vietnam and has worked previously at an all vegan restaurant in Boston.  She will prepare a complete dinner including appetizer, soup, main course and dessert.  This delicious dinner is a bargain at only $15 per person and includes tea, tax, and tip.  Come support a local business looking to add more vegan options to their menu.

Tokyo Japanese Restaurant is located on Tynecastle Highway (184) in the High Country Square Shops across from the Best Western.

Email VegBoone@gmail.com if you would like to arrange carpooling to the restaurant.

Valentine’s Day Potluck

  • February 14, 2012 · 6:00 PM
  • Watauga Public Library

20120214-1Start your Valentine’s Day evening celebration by joining with your veg*n friends at our potluck, co-sponsored by VegBoone and Boone Raw Food Community. Be a sweetheart and help create a delicious and compassionate feast that we will all love. It will be held on Tuesday, February 14th at the Watauga Public Library, 140 Queen Street in Boone. Arrive between 6:00 and 6:30. Please bring a cooked vegan or raw vegan dish (no meat, fish, eggs, dairy, or honey) that would serve 6-8, your own place setting, and a copy of your recipe. Multiple copies to share with others would most certainly be appreciated by participants. Hope to see you there!

First Potluck of 2012 with Special Guest

  • January 19, 2012 · 6:00 PM
  • Watauga Public Library

Hope many of you will join us for this event, our first potluck of 2012, co-sponsored by VegBoone and Boone Raw Food Community. It will be held on Thursday, January 19th at the Watauga Public Library, 140 Queen Street in Boone. Arrive between 6:00 and 6:30. Please bring a cooked vegan or raw vegan dish (no meat, fish, eggs, dairy, or honey) that would serve 6-8, your own place setting, and a copy of your recipe. Multiple copies to share with others would most certainly be appreciated by participants.   We have been able to add many special recipes to our collection in this way.

About 7:00, VegBoone member Lee J. Ball, will tell stories about his experiences at the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary operated by the American Bear Association in Orr, Minnesota.  He and his wife Cindy lived and worked there for two years.  Lee has been described by another VegBoone member, who heard him speak about the Sanctuary, as a “mesmerizing storyteller”!  It promises to be a memorable evening!

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