Can you believe Thanksgiving is only 2 weeks away? Get planning, folks! Last weekend I had the honor of attending Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary’s annual Compassionate Thanksgiving event in my hometown of Stow. After speaking with our tablemates, it became clear that this year’s event was much more hopping than previous years. Just look at that line for food! I couldn’t capture the entire line, plus we went up in sections to get our food because the place was so packed!
In such a small urban area like northeast Ohio, I was truly shocked, impressed, and touched to find so many vegans or veg-friendly folks gathered in one spot. The real kicker? I didn’t know any of them! So my handful of vegan friends weren’t even a part of the total tally! It was a great feeling. Reminded me of VVC. ❤
Appetizers were served upon our arrival: butternut squash hummus with pita bread and veggies, as well as a nice and simple veggie dip. This hummus was outstanding! I can never make a decent hummus, but I’m seriously going to try my hand at this one… it was thick and creamy, slightly sweet with that familiar tang of lemon and the heartiness of the chickpeas. Damn. (I foolishly went back for seconds!)
First course: celery root soup and greens salad with roasted root vegetables, dried cherries, and a balsamic vinaigrette. The soup really shined here, and I had no idea what to expect, never having had celery root anything. It was creamy and mild, reminding me of broccoli stems (yum) and with the right balance of saltiness. I no longer fear the celery root!
Oh gosh, the main course. How did I ever have room? Here we have stuffing and a thin, herby gravy, sweet potato casserole, green beans, and Gardein’s Savory Stuffed Turk’y. The plate was just wonderful: sweet, salty, crunchy, creamy. The turk’y, which I’ve prepared on my own and loved, was a bit dry, but I attribute this to the buffet-style serving method (heating element underneath and open air above). I hope this did not turn anyone away from this impressive product.