Vegan and a Movie Recap

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!

even made tent cards!
artichoke dip and bread

so this is the wine that’s LEFT after everyone went home 🙂

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.

squishing into the living room to watch the movie. Too bad it’s chilly out….this would have been perfect for backyard movie night.

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.

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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

2 thoughts on “Vegan and a Movie Recap

    1. It really was. once everyone started talking to each other, it was much more relaxing for me! D took the kids out to play laser tag and video games all night, so it ended up being fun for everyone.

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