I realize now, more than ever, that I am a lucky girl. Lucky to be moving into a great career (10 years later…but who’s counting?), lucky to have friends and family that support and love me, and lucky to have found a new crew with which to talk about how Whole Food’s vegan crab cakes are the ultimate and the everything. But for real, has anyone tried those? They keep them next to the pizza and cold schtuff and they can be heated up if desired (please desire this). I dare say that meat eaters would also like them because they are the end all be all. If there was a Whole Foods closer to me, I would personally be the sole proprietor of the vegan crab cake section, and all others would bow to my effortless way of saying, “No, really, I’ll take them all. Can you guys make any more while I shop?”
On Saturday, us veganators had our first ThanksLiving Vegan Pot Luck and I’ll be damned if it wasn’t a smashing success. Our friends Sonya and David were kind enough to host us at their AMAZING Kirkwood home. Holly, Daniel and I drove around town on Saturday morning, gathering supplies and taking an hour lunch break to eat everything the Whole Foods hot bar had to offer. People, if you haven’t tried the chicken fried tofu, you haven’t lived. Poppa Veg-Head, my dad from Mobile that eats meaty meat at every meal, even likes the chicken fried tofu.
We started setting up at David and Sonya’s about 20 minutes before people started arriving and I was sweating profusely, which is quite normal. Soon, 50-60 people started arriving with overflowing casserole dishes filled with homemade macaroni n cheese, green bean casserole, kale salad, garlic mashed potatoes, butternut squash soup, and the like. We had more food than we knew what to do with. We did, of course, stuff our faces.
Daniel made an amazing presentation about Full Circle Farm Sanctuary, our beloved home away from home in North Carolina. We raised almost $250 for FCFS, which no doubt made Penny the pig flop in the mud and Nemo the llama look completely apathetic, per usual. We ate, we conversed, we met new people and hugged friends, drank warm boozy punch, and were very much alive and thankful.
Krista, of Krissy Sweet Treatz, made the MOST AMAZING cheese-less cheesecakes I’ve ever had in my life. I personally ate 4 as soon as they hit the table, then I took home several more to “sample”. I am currently craving her peanut butter flavor, which is just the right subtle blend of peanut buttery goodness with the crunchy crust. I will be ordered these for any event I am forced to bring food to, so get ready.
All in all, it was a magical event. We raised money for FCFS, we ate, we drank, and we laughed. Because what else is there in life?