So today it’s all about the food!
I hosted a vegan meet-up, and my theme was vegan comfort food and a movie. Everyone was tasked to bring their favorite vegan comfort food, and holy cow did we eat a ton!
My contributions to the potluck were a pumpkin pie, apple cake, artichoke dip with french bread, acorn squash alfredo, and green bean casserole. Other dishes brought were seitan and dumplings, Tex Mess casserole, Cajun red beans and rice, Syrian lentils and rice, two Japanese dishes that were outstanding, but I couldn’t tell you what they were called, potato casserole, chocolate chip cake, split pea soup, veggie soup, and lots and lots of wine (gotta love vegans!).
I’m sure I missed something, but the bottom line was awesome eats!
We put a healthy dent into the food, but I can tell you I have no need to do my typical Sunday bulk cooking tomorrow! I have a boat load of leftovers that will keep me in yummy comfort food for at least a week.
I’ll admit that I was really nervous in the hour before the party. It’s a little nerve-wracking opening your home to a bunch of mostly strangers. While I’ve met a few before at the two other meet-ups I’ve been to, it’s different when it’s at your house. People started arriving right about 6pm, and most were here by 630. We spread out the food, talked for a while, and then piled all our chairs into the living room to watch a movie while eating and drinking.
The movie we picked to watch is a vegan documentary called Vegucated. I saw it screened in Washington DC a year ago and really enjoyed it. It’s quirky and most of the group hadn’t seen it before, so it was unanimously voted in. It’s about a vegan filmmaker who decides to document three very different people as they do a 6 week experiment in veganism. It’s available on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and of course for sale too. It’s a good movie and worth watching, vegan or not.
For me, this was an amazing night. I’m not one to break out of my social comfort zone easily, so I’m kind of proud of myself. I’m getting to know more locals who eat like I do (or at least are willing to enjoy vegan eats, even if they aren’t themselves…which are always welcome in this group). I’m looking forward to attending and hosting many more of these in the future.