Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet

Saturday, November 19, 5pm-7pm

The Old Shillelagh (2nd Floor)

349 Monroe St, Detroit

Please join us for VegMichigan's Thanksgiving Dinner at The Old Shillelagh. Enjoy a delicious buffet of chickpea tofu "turkey," vegan shepherd pie casserole, stuffing, sweet potatoes, green beans, salad, rolls, and soft drinks. Alcoholic beverages may be purchased separately. There are only 65 spots available in order to minimize crowding. The buffet is $20 for VegMichigan members and $25 for non-members.

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Join or Renew Your Membership and Recieve Special Bonus Gift

There has never been a better time to become a VegMichigan member. All new and renewing members can receive The Friendly Vegan Cookbook, a $26 value, for free. In addition, we have other great gifts, including a subscription to VegNews magazine or one of our new Friends Not Food t-shirts. Most importantly, you will be supporting all the great work we do to promote plant-based eating. We will host well over 100 events this year. Learn more about our different membership packages and sign up below. Memberships start at $20. Thank you!

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Please Fill Out Important Deer Survey

Attorneys for Animals (AFA) is reporting that a council representing governments in 7 Southeast Michigan counties is asking for citizens' perspectives on deer in Southeast Michigan. AFA and VM have concerns that the survey assumes that deer are a problem and that residents only have negative interactions with them. The survey will only take a few minutes to fill out. Thank you!

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Fun Fall Events

Click on the links below for details on upcoming events, or check out our event calendar for the full list.

November Equity & Justice Book Discussion

Sunday, November 13, 2pm (Virtual)


Plant-Based Cooking Demo: Thanksgiving Recipes 

Wednesday, November 16, 6:30pm (Virtual)


Thanksgiving Dinner at The Old Shillelagh

Saturday, November 19, 5-7pm (In-person)

349 Monroe St., Detroit

Order Your Thanksgiving Dinner & Enter to Win Free Food

Choose amazing catering options for your Thanksgiving meal that are sure to impress your family and friends! Check out the list below and choose from traditional favorites like green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie to more unique offerings like a cremini mushroom roast. Be sure to order early so you don't miss out. Plus, enter our raffle below!

Chive Kitchen - Dinner & Desserts, Pick up in Farmington

Nourish Juicery & Kitchen - Soy-Free and Gluten-Free Starters, Sides, Family Meal, & Desserts. Order by 11/15, pick up in Blissfield.

Shimmy ShackGluten-Free Dinner & Desserts, Plymouth, Pickup/Delivery

SugarBuzz Bakery - Apple, Pumpkin, Pecan, and French Silk pies for pre-order. Pick up in Ferndale.

Whole Foods - Sides, Main, Desserts + Items from Chef Chloe Coscarelli, pick up available 11/18 - 11/24.

Enter to win a free Nutty Loaf and Breakfast Sausage from Nutcase Vegan Meats to make delicious holiday recipesPlus, our friends at Nutcase are throwing in some Nutty Jerky for snacking. Simply respond to this email by Friday, November 11, and you will be entered into the raffle. The random winner will be drawn at 5pm on 11/11 and will be contacted by email. The winner must provide a shipping address no later than November 15 to receive the items in time for Thanksgiving.

The Bond Between a Mother and Child

There is no stronger bond than the bond between a mother and her child. This is not only true for humans but animals as well. Cows care for, nurture, protect, and nourish their young. In the dairy industry, calves are taken from their mother the day they are born. Her milk becomes cheese on pizza, ice cream, and other dairy products. Producing goat milk is a similar process. Dairy cows, usually Holsteins, are continually reimpregnated and have been selectively bred to produce an enormous and unnatural amount of milk. Calves live short and lonely lives, as seen in the photo below. Farms usually purchase calves from multiple dairies and separate them to reduce the chance of spreading disease. The dairy industry in Michigan is also a leading cause of ground and water pollution and carbon emissions. Dairy cheese and ice cream are high in cholesterol and saturated fat. Kale, broccoli, chickpeas, fortified plant milks, and many other foods are high in calcium.


Photo taken 10/15/22 at a farm in Michigan

Local Food Recipes Blog

One of the most sustainable food choices we can make, besides eating plant-based, is eating food that is grown locally. Thankfully, Michigan offers an abundance of locally grown foods year-round! Check out this guide of plant-based recipes featuring the most delicious locally grown foods of each season.

November Word Scramble & Raffle

Congratulations to the winners of last month's raffle! Carolyn Durbin won a gift card to Crow's Nest, Suzanne Davidson won a gift card to El Harissa, Haley Saxe won a gift card to The Kitchen by Cooking with Que, Nathan Moore won a gift card to Panda Express, and Zee Nicholas won a gift card to Public House. For this month's raffle, you'll have a chance to win a $25 e-gift card to:

Aratham Gourmet to Go (Detroit, Troy, Westland)


Barrio (East Lansing, Grand Rapids, Traverse City)


Cinnaholic (Ann Arbor)


Corner Brewery (Ypsilanti)


Rhythm & Blue Juice Company (Detroit, Grosse Pointe)

To enter the raffle, solve the word scramble below and email your answer and one prize preference to raffle@vegmichigan.org. You will be entered into a raffle drawing for the prize of your choice. Winners will be announced in the December newsletter. Good luck!

Tryskue aer nigmaza

A Special Thanks to Our Food Donors

Nothing attracts individuals to a VegMichigan event or tabling as much as free food! We would like to thank Beyond Meat, Cinnaholic, Nutcase Vegan MeatsToarmina's Pizza Canton, Unburger Grill, Veg-O-Rama, and Zella's Catering for donating and/or selling us greatly discounted food to give out at our events. Please support these generous businesses.


Photo: VegMichigan staff giving out Cinnaholic mini buns and educational material at a recent tabling in Ann Arbor.

Plant-Based News Headlines

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Court to Hear Battle Over Animal Welfare, the Dormant Commerce Clause — and the Price of Bacon

Aramark to Increase Plant-Based Menu Offerings on College Campuses

Farms in 6 Southeast Michigan Counties are Major Sources of Lake Erie Toxic Blooms

New Vegan Restaurant Veg Head Opens in Lansing

The Best Vegan Chili Ever

Our 10 Favorite Places for Vegan Food in Grand Rapids

Comfort Food Ghost Kitchen Vegan vs Fries Lands in Detroit

Vote for Raphael's Donuts in the Greatest Baker Contest

Vote for Estella's Vegan Cuisine & Desserts in the Greatest Baker Contest

Best Vegan/Vegetarian Food: Detroit Street Filling Station

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