Next weekend, Green Earth (see review opposite) offers an Asian vegan take on a traditional North American Thanksgiving dinner. The $16.95 prix fixe - available October 9 through 12 - promises soy-protein bird stuffed with celery, mushrooms and chickpeas, as well as mashed potatoes, glutinous gravy and cranberry sauce on the side. To finish, there's pumpkin cheesecake pie.
And if you want to do the Thanksgiving thing at home, you can pre-order a whole stuffed vegan turkey large enough to feed a family of four with leftovers for $44.95.
Vegan a go go
To celebrate World Vegetarian Day, the Toronto Vegetarian Association holds a vegan bake-off in Grange Park from 1 to 4 pm on Saturday (October 4). Submissions will be judged by Fressen and Urban Herbivore's Stephen Gardner, New Moon Kitchen's Eden Hertzog and vegan cookbook author Jae Steele for taste, texture, creativity and presentation. The admission's free and so are the samples.
Govinda's in the Hare Krishna Temple has dished up its last $7 all-you-can- eat Subcontinental vegan buffet. A favourite of cash-strapped students, the Avenue Road cafeteria has closed after a run that starts back in the 70s. Recently, instead of serving monks in saffron robes chanting that same song over and over, the resto catered to suburban Krishna devotees and their young families and seemed like a potluck supper. Funny that, since the building used to be an Anglican church.