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#1 Old 09-01-2013, 04:37 PM
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I was told another woman in our church was a vegan. Today, after church I asked her and she said, "Yes, not 100%, but she tries hard for her health." I then asked her if we could do a vegan meal at the church, to show how good it is, perhaps in October. She said November would probably be a better month for that, since Oct. is a busy month in our church. I then asked her if her family was on board with this, since I wasn't too keen on us 2 doing all the work (I think we'd be serving about 250 people). She said she didn't want to push too much, but they were accommodating, and that a third woman at our church was  also heading into veganism, too. We considered calling this dinner something like "The Kindness Meal" or "The Plant Based Dinner" because "vegan food is so weird":rolleyes: (sorry if my eyes were rolling too loudly for you).  My questions are, what would you serve to a group of at least 200 people that's vegan and tastes good (we kicked around enchiladas, and 3 sisters stew), and what would you call it so people wouldn't get worked up over not eating meat, eggs, and dairy? Thanks in advance, and if this is in the wrong place, admins and mods, please feel free to move. Thanks.


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#2 Old 09-02-2013, 08:33 AM
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Don't advertise it as a vegan dinner, maybe just mention the food is plant based or vegetarian friendly.

Italian is easily identible to people and many dishes people will not 'miss' the animal products. It's also low cost and easy to prepare in bulk. Call it " Pasta Night" and serve spaghetti, lasagna, foccaccia, pasta salad, and fruit.
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Don't advertise it as a vegan dinner, maybe just mention the food is plant based or vegetarian friendly.

Italian is easily identible to people and many dishes people will not 'miss' the animal products. It's also low cost and easy to prepare in bulk. Call it " Pasta Night" and serve spaghetti, lasagna, foccaccia, pasta salad, and fruit.

I like this idea, I also like calling it "The Plant Based Dinner." yes.gif

Garlic bread and spaghetti with tomato sauce and veggies and salad is always super popular in my house, I think pretty much anyone would enjoy that kind of thing and not think it's a hippie vegan meal or something.

I also think enchiladas or anything else Mexican inspired would go over well, you can't go wrong with beans and rice and guacamole, etc.

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Great suggestions - I quite like the idea of picking a theme (e.g. Italian) and just going with that but I guess it could be a big shame to miss the opportunity to let everyone think on the fact it's all vegan. I'm not sure about plant based - only because I think that's sometimes just as confusing/off-putting to some people as 'vegan' but that might just be me. The last time I told someone I only ate food from plants they asked me if I could eat vegetables so...yeah.

 

Anyway I'm not being very helpful but I just wanted to say good luck with it - I'm impressed. 

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OH and for another vegan friendly cuisine idea - Indian.

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My favorite, and crowd easy, is a white bean stew with herbed dumplings!

 

Omni standards like the usual potato salad, cole slaw or carrot pineapple raisin salad with vegan mayo.

 

and this that I remembered from a Martha Stewart show:

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Purp, one of my favourite Italian recipes is linguine aioli or pasta fagoli a lil bit goes along way smiley.gif good luck! <3
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I'm a dessert-oriented person, so an easy vegan dessert would be fruit crisps. You can use disposable, large rectangular pans. Apple crisps are particularly nice during the fall months and are far less labor-intensive than pies/cobblers because there is no pie crust involved. I personally would avoid making vegan sheet cakes because (in my experience) most vegan cakes present a far more noticeable difference in texture and most people notice the difference. Your goal is to celebrate vegan food and not necessarily its distinct textural differences. If you're looking for something equally as easy, vegan cookies are a good idea too. (And then you don't have to peel apples).

 

I typically avoid making items with nuts due to various nut allergies. Also, I don't know if you have any gluten-intolerant people in your church, but apple crisps can be made gluten-free with the use of some oatmeal brands (check for those that are certified gluten-free since cross-contamination with wheat crops can be a problem); almond flour can also be used, but I avoid it due to the nut allergy reason.  

 

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Oh, thanks everyone. I'm hoping this really gets off the ground and everyone enjoys the food. :shifty:


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Honestly, I actually think vegan or vegetarian sounds less weird! Call it 'Vegan Feastival' or something and make vegan food that people will associate with tasty! tongue3.gif

A vegan pudding after the main meal might be the icing on the cake for some people! How about apple pie, banoffe pie, treacle tarte or bakewell tart baked in little muffin pans?

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You could also call it wholesome food dinner or something along the lines of health. I think it's a lot less antagonising than an ethical standpoint, but has a positive connotation that plant food dinner doesn't instinctively have to omnivores.

If you're afraid that your church members will want something meaty, opt for plenty of big, chewy mushrooms. Also, I find that people who don't like eating their vegetables are still less hostile towards mushrooms. I remember seeing a recipe for mushroom bourguignon somewhere around here, but cut down on the processed stuff.

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"Autumn Leaves Harvest Feast"? An end of the agricultural year food festival to celebrate the bounty of crops - including grains, beans, nuts, fruits and vegetables - that were produced during the summer and autumn just gone.

 

I imagine that'd be a fairly easy one to 'sell' as an all vegan dinner to a church crowd without having to mention the v word; while if you include the word 'leaves' - or something similarly 'planty' - it indicates the veg theme.

 

I'd go for traditional US foods involving hearty and familiar 'harvesty' stuff that's easy to make in bulk, like Sweetcorn and Potato Chowder, Pumpkin and Black Bean Chilli, Cranberry and Pecan Rice Salad, Cornbread, Boston Baked Beans, Green Bean Casserole, Mashed Maple Sweet Potatoes, Cabbage and Nut Slaw, Apple Pie, Plum Cobbler

 

PS From Anna's Kitchen, by Anna Thomas has a whole heap of great USAey feasts for large groups, get it for 30 cents here:

 

http://www.amazon.com/From-Annas-Kitchen-Vegetarian-Penguin/dp/0140469613/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1378198922&sr=8-2&keywords=from+annas+kitchen

 


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Don't call it vegan because it's not. You mentioned that your friends are doing it for health so it's not "vegan" in spirit.

 

And don't call it wholesome because it may not be either!

 

I think 'Icken has the perfect phrase "Harvest Feast" - to me harvest is about this:

And I don't see any meat there and it's all whole foods.

 

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I'd go for traditional US foods involving hearty and familiar 'harvesty' stuff that's easy to make in bulk, like Sweetcorn and Potato Chowder, Pumpkin and Black Bean Chilli, Cranberry and Pecan Rice Salad, Cornbread, Boston Baked Beans, Green Bean Casserole, Mashed Maple Sweet Potatoes, Cabbage and Nut Slaw, Apple Pie, Plum Cobbler

Genius!

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And don't call it wholesome because it may not be either!

 

I think 'Icken has the perfect phrase "Harvest Feast" - to me harvest is about this:

And I don't see any meat there and it's all whole foods.

 

Genius!

 

And if anyone asks "Where's the meat?' it's easy to say "This is a simple feast in honour of the harvest."


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Oh yessss I'm so happy my favourite season is here .... apple crisp, toasted pumpkin seeds, apple cider donuts .... curried pumpkin dahl with vegan naan bread so much to look forward to Yum! Beautiful pictures! smiley.gif
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