By Kayla Kaplan
Personally, Thanksgiving is a holiday I wish would disappear despite my fierce love of pumpkin pie.
It glorifies colonizers, raising animals for slaughter on a massive scale, and brings a lot of unnecessary and unwanted attention to food and eating that can be triggering for many people. However, there are definitely opportunities to make the holiday more intentional.
In a year where we’re continuously going through unprecedented experiences consider incorporating new traditions and finding personal meaning in ways you haven’t in past years. Check in with yourself, see what you need, and set boundaries to preserve your wellbeing. Extend this to those around you and support the other people in your life, it’s nice to do nice things.
Hoping that however you will spend your 3rd week of November you are safe, healthy, and feeling supported!
For those who choose to commemorate Thanksgiving we have created a master list of vegan food items and full menus available from New England vendors. This list is not complete and welcomes your suggestions and contributions, just email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll update it as often as needed.
Vegan Options for Thanksgiving:
Pure Love Gluten Free Bakery
Vegan and gluten-free pies, stuffing, rolls, baked goods, sauces and more
Order by 11/19 at 5PM for pick up 11/24-26
GG’s Vegan Bakery
Cookies, pies, cakes, cupcakes, and other seasonal treats with accomodation for gluten-free, soy-free, and nut-free upon request
Three Girls Vegan
Holiday roast, regular or gluten-free full plate, lasagna, sides, and dessert with up to 8 servings and optional half sizes
Order online for pick up 11/25
(If you are struggling or need help this holiday season email email@example.com)
Full menu with options to feed up to 20 people, also offering cocktails, and wine to-go and gluten-free items
Pre-order for pick up on 11/26 11AM-3PM
Roast seitan or cauliflower, potatoes, sides, gravy, and desserts. Gluten & nut-free options
Order by 11/22 and pick up 11/25
Locally sourced, organic menu with vegan appetizers, puff pastry holiday torte, sides, dessert, beverages, and even flower arrangements. They have GF options as well and donate all gratuity to Community Harvest
Pre-order by 11/13 for pick up 11/25 between 12-6PM
Clarke’s Cakes and Cookies
A collection of seasonal baked goods including pumpkin pie and other tasty treats
Pre-order for pick up through their website
Order a full Haitian-inspired Thanksgiving plate, desserts and sides
Pick up or delivery 11/25 and 11/26
Full holiday menu
Ordering available until 11/22 at 8PM, pick up or delivery on 11/26
Special menu including mains, sides, sauces, and 4 different pie flavors
Available until 11/22 at 4pm
Apple Cranberry Crumble labeled vegan
Pre-order available and pick up on 11/24 or 11/24
Holiday catering serving up to 8 people with gluten-free options
Ordering available until 11/19 with pick up on 11/24 or 11/25
Fruition Vegan Kitchen
Full menu that includes a tofu roast, sauce, 5 sides, and choice of dessert that serves up to 8
Order online by 11/15 and pick up 11/25 2-6PM or delivery available to Arlington, Belmont, Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Winchester
Full menu that is also gluten-free and organic with abundant portions
Order by 11/22 and pick up 11/25 2-6PM
Vegan options include 3 types of soup, veggie pot pies, apple pie, cranberry relish, and other sides
Order by 11/19 for pick up 11/25
Jodi Bee Bakes
Menu include salad, sauces, stuffing, tofu ham, shepherd pie, and plenty of baked goods, includes options for soy and nut-free dishes
Order deadline 11/21 for pick up 11/24
Full catering menu for up to 8 people with soy and gluten-free options
Order by 11/20 and delivery on 11/25 within south eastern MA
Shop for the harder to find vegan grocery items including multiple plant-based turkeys, a glazed ham, and lots of other goodies.
Pick up in Woburn or delivery to all of New England
Carribean inspired mains, sides, sauces, and desserts
DM on Instagram to order by 11/20
Delivery areas include South Shore, Mattapan, Dorchester, Cambridge, JP, North Shore
Payment via Zelle or Venmo
Cake Vegan Bakery
Pie-inspired cakes, cupcakes, and a mystery box option that comes in fun and party sizes
Ordering open until 11/21 for pick up 11/25 and 11/26
Roots Cafe & Juice Bar
Full holiday plate, sides, and seasonal baked goods
Place orders by 11/22 and pick up 11/25
Sprout and Lentil
Mushroom & Vegetable Pie
3 flavors of pie, stuffing, mac and cheese, and green bean casserole
Pre-order now for pick up 11/25
Full Thanksgiving feast including apple crumble cake, pumpkin pie, and chocolate pecan pie
Call in orders to 401-429-2029 by 11/23 at 12PM
Celebrated Desserts + Twelve Plants
Sweet and savory options including 3 types of pot pie, stuffing, potatoes, sides, mains, and lots of dessert goods. They offer gluten-free items and a delivery feature with a $50 minimum order
Order before 11/20 and pick up 11/25 9AM-5PM
Menu includes soup, salad, crispy skin tofu, stuffing, sauces, and more that comes in half or full orders
Send orders to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11/2- for pick up 10AM-12PM 11/24 & 11/25
Various seasonal baked goods, desserts, and prepared foods with lots of gluten-free options
Other resources for an intentional holday
- Truth Be Told: Wampanoag Nation and Thanksgiving as We Know It Zoom webinar 11/19 5-6PM
9 Ways to Decolonize and Honor Native Peoples on Thanksgiving by Cambridge based Cultural Survival (from 2019 but a collection of resources that are always relevant) and they also host a virtual bazaar with plenty of opportunities to support indigenous artists and cooperatives.
Support and learn from the non-profit North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems
- Read A Thanksgiving Message from Seven Amazing Native Americans from Project 562
- Chat, call, or text with the National Eating Disorders help line, their chat hours are available 10AM-2PM on 11/26.
- Incorporate a land acknowledgment into your holiday with the #HonorNativeLand Guide by the US Department of Arts and Culture in partnership with Native allies and organizations
- Enjoy some from scratch cooking with recipes from VeganZine Collaborators like this Autumn Lentil Soup by Better Food Guru and Single Serving Mac N’ Cheese by Lexi Harpin
Kayla’s passion is plant-based food, in fact it’s what she spends most of her time thinking about. Along with being a Co-CEO of VeganZine Kayla recently graduated from Tufts University with a Master’s of Science in Food & Nutrition Policy & Programs with a focus on Nutrition Innovation & Communication.
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