• vegan thanksgiving in los angeles!

    November 5th, 2009quarrygirlnews, other

    POST UPDATED 11/25 at 12pm
    native foods vegan wellington

    i can’t believe it’s that time of year already…thanksgiving is right around the corner! i know this is a big holiday for all the omnivores, but there’s no reason vegans can’t join in the feasting fun as well. there are several ways to have a meat-free celebration here in los angeles, so here is a list of your options. i will keep updating this post with more information as it becomes available, so be sure to check back as we get closer to tofurky day.

    thanksgiving celebrations:

    flore vegan in silverlake is having a thanksgiving dinner the day BEFORE the holiday (11/25) for just $10.95 per person. their special meal includes vegan turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce and a dinner roll.

    akasha restaurant in culver city is having a vegan-friendly thanksgiving dinner fro $55 per person, and is a great place to go if you are dining with omnivores who insist on having turkey. the vegan options include wild peppercorn and sage roasted tofu, green bean casserole, sweet potato pie and apple tart.

    shojin japanese restaurant is offering a thanksgiving feast from 11/25-11/28. it will include homemade vegan turkey with all the fixins and dessert for $34.95 per person. shojin was rated one of the top 5 vegan restaurants in LA, so i have no doubt this will be a great feast. for more info, check out their blog.

    shojin thanksgiving feast

    zephyr cafe in long beach won’t actually be open on november 26th, but they are having their third annual potluck on the day before thanksgiving. It’s on november 25th at 6pm. 340 East 4th Street, Long Beach 562.435.7113

    vegi wokery in cerritos is having a special thanksgiving dinner on november 26th from 11am to 7pm. it’s only $15.95 per person and includes meatless turkey, stuffing, soup, vegetables and more. advance reservations are required.

    madeleine bistro (one of LA’s top 5 vegan restaurants) in tarzana will be serving a brunch on thanksgiving day, and some birds from animal acres will be there as guests! the restaurant will offer its regular brunch menu, as well as a special thanksgiving sandwich…plus a full on traditional prix-fixe for $55 per person. here is what will be on the menu.

    madeleine bistro thanksgiving

    potluck time! the free vegan thanksgiving rancho park potluck picnic has been going since 1941! it’s LA’s longest running single day vegan tradition. read more about it here.

    stuff i eat in inglewood (one of LA’s top 5 vegan restaurants) is holding and all you can eat buffet on thanksgiving day. i called them and they said it would be around $40 per person, and that they would be serving a variety of creative dishes. this is an amazing offer, because stuff i eat is seriously some of the best food i’ve ever had. (sorry, this blows real food daily out of the water and is the same price)

    mary’s secret garden in ventura is offering a 3 course meal for $40 per person, with 3 menus to choose from…including a raw menu! a reservation is a must, and they also offer pre-reserved carry-out.

    native foods in costa mesa is open for thanksgiving dinner from 2-8pm and are offering a holiday menu that includes their famous wellington (pictured above) with all the fixins. be sure to make a reservation asap.

    native foods menu

    one world vegetarian in west covina is also open on thanksgiving day and are offering a veggie turkey!

    follow your heart in canoga park is closed on thanksgiving day, but has a famous feast for the two days before that, which you can get to go.

    one world thanksgiving

    thanksgiving take-out:

    for those of you who don’t feel like dining at madeleine bistro on thanksgiving day, they also have a holiday to-go menu which includes a 4 course meal for $50 per person. just be sure to order it by 5pm on november 22nd. it can then be picked up by appointment on the 25th or 26th. here is what’s on the menu:

    madeleine bistro thanksgiving to go menu

    vinh loi tofu (also one of LA’s top 5 vegan restuarants) is offering a whopping 4 pound vegan thanksgiving turkey starting sometime next week for $45! they will also have smaller “turkeys” available as well. i am definitely gonna get one of these, the offer of a 4 lb vegan creation by kevin tran is just too good for me to pass up.

    vegan vinh loi tofu turkey

    m cafe de chaya has a holiday feast available that includes soup, salad, and a seitan roast dinner. just be sure to place your orders before noon on november 24th.

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    real food daily has a full thanksgiving menu available for 40 bucks per person, as well as whole pies for individual purchase.

    real food daily thanksgiving

    cinnamon vegetarian in highland park has a traditional thanksgiving menu, as well as a latin one including tamales and pozole.

    cinnamon thanksgiving feast from cinnamonvegetarian.com

    cinnamon thanksgiving feast from cinnamonvegetarian.com

    native foods (all locations) is offering their famous wellington, which feeds 6 people, for only $40 this year! this is what i am getting for thanksgiving. be sure to order yours asap.

    the native wellington: puff pastry filled with savory seitan, organic kale, portobello mushrooms, orange-glazed yams, stuffings and caramelized onions. served with shallot-mushroom gravy.

    the native wellington: puff pastry filled with savory seitan, organic kale, portobello mushrooms, orange-glazed yams, stuffings and caramelized onions. served with shallot-mushroom gravy.

    cook it yourself:

    gardein has a whole thanksgiving menu planned out, complete with step by step recipes on their website so you can make it at home. on their menu are things like sage and pumpkin encrusted seed gardein, wild mushroom stuffed cakes, sweet potato biscuits and much more. check out their thanksgiving dinner menu here.

    check out the invaluable article vegan thanksgiving 101 from lunchboxbunch.com. it’s basically a crash course about cooking your own meal, throwing a party, and having a blast on the holiday.

    viva la greens is holding a special thanksgiving cooking class along with a guided meditation session on sunday, november 15th. check out the website for details.

    if you feel like cooking at home this thanksgiving, check out this meal by robin robertson, one of america’s best selling vegetarian cookbook authors. robin has recipes for every part of your holiday meal, from seitan en croute to garlic smashers and ginger-dusted pumpkin cheezecake. all the recipes are available for free, online at vegan.com.

    also, spork foods is offering a thanksgiving feast cooking class on november 21st and 22nd, where they will teach you everything you need to know in order to cook a turkey-free meal on the big day. on their menu is rosemary & lemon roasted seitan, sauteed broccolini, tempeh bacon stuffing, and pumpking cheesecake.

    that’s all i have for now. if you know of any more los angeles vegan thanksgiving stuff going on, leave it in the comments and i will update the post. keep checking in!


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  • OOOOh, this is fabulous!! Thank you for the list!!! 😀

  • AWESOME!!!!!!! this is super helpful!!! thanks 🙂 🙂 🙂 and i cooked a wellington a couple of thanksgivings ago and it was a big hit w/ the omnivores too- so yummy! and spork RULES!!!!!!!!

  • quarrygirl – thanks so much for this list. my omni parents are in town, and i’d already decided to do a vegan thanksgiving. this makes things a WHOLE LOT EASIER!

  • AWESOME POST!!!!!!!!!!!! Cinnamon’s spread is really beautiful!

  • LA’s Longest Running Single Day Vegan Tradition
    [The 4th Thursday of November Since 1941]
    at Rancho Park in West LA
    – from the 405, take Pico Boulevard east to Motor Avenue
    – go south on Motor to then make a right into the very first entrance
    – drive all the way back and park
    – walk to the picnic tables across the grass, (not right next to the parking area)
    – bring a vegan dish to share, with a notecard labeling the ingredients, and also with the serving utensil it needs
    – also bring your own washable, reusable, plate, cup, utensils, napkin, etc.
    – bring musical instruments if you might like to play
    – bring frisbees, balls, and other park play items
    – you may bring well behaved dogs on leashes
    – it is a grand event, and it would be great to see you there
    – no need to RSVP in advance
    – just show up
    – no charge
    – totally free
    – 11am is when we ask people to work towards gathering
    – we start with an opening circle at noon
    – then we eat

  • I’m pretty sure Madeleine’s usually offers a Thanksgiving meal, as well. I’ve got my Hugger Food Thanksgiving meal down to a “t” by now, but my first vegan Thanksgiving, way back in 1998, was a meal I picked up at Real Food Daily. Thanks for the excellent list!

  • All these places look so good! I wish they weren’t all on the same day. I heard Zephyr in Long Beach is doing a Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck the day before Thanksgiving! I think I might have to check that out!

  • i want to want all of these!

  • i mean i want to EAT all of these. imadork.

  • The Native Foods Wellington is mind blowing. I would eat it year round.

  • I have an amazing cooking class coming up for you to add to your list 🙂

    Thanksgiving Favorites w/ Guided Meditation

    Learn how to make your T-day favorites in a healthy and delicious way. This food will impress the whole family. But first, special guest Matthew Scharpnick, teacher for ArtofLiving.org, gives us a helpful lesson in meditation and breathing exercises. Perfect
    timing to learn these techniques so we can better deal with family around the holidays.

    Sunday, November 15th, 4-6pm

    Meditation class is free, cooking class is $25.

    Please register at least 3 days in advance at

  • One world has a feast for thanksvegan for 20 a person fyi and its damn good 🙂

  • My….brain…is….going…..to….explode. Sooo awesome.

  • DAMN! Maybe I’ll let Ryan drag me down to Ventura after all!

  • thank you so much for this list! fantastic blog.

  • oh my god i want to go have thanksgiving food with turkeys. i’m totally serious.

  • Vegi Wokery (Cerritos, CA) has a Thanksgiving Dinner on their website:www.VegiWokery.com
    Address: 11329 183rd Street
    Cerritos, CA 90703
    (Inside Cerritos Triangle Center)
    (562) 809-3928

    It’s kind of a unique spin as they are a Chinese restaurant, so they are serving a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner, plus you get to choose one of their regular menu items (Chinese Food). Sounds great for those who like Thanksgiving but have family or friends who shun the fake turkey thing.

    It’s $15.95 per person, and advance reservations are required. They are serving from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    Everything on the Thanksgiving and regular menu (except a soy chicken drumstick) should be vegan but call to confirm. They don’t list dessert item but last year it was pumpkin pie, and it was very good!

    Here’s the menu:


  • We’re definitely going to the Day-Before-Thanksgiving event at Zephyr in Long Beach. And by “definitely” I mean, if we don’t leave for Vegas that day 🙂

  • Hey, let me just begin by saying that I love your blog and stalk it pretty much every day. It’s definitely bookmarked.

    More importantly, I work for Grassroots Natural Market in South Pasadena, and we’re doing a Thanksgiving the Thursday before actual Thanksgiving! We do have some meat in the salad bar, but the following vegan items will be available as part of the big tday lunch on november 19, which is I think going for $14.94 depending on what you get:

    Green beans amandine
    cranberry relish
    veggie loaf
    veggie gravy
    candied maple yams

    the jury is still out on whether or not they’ll be making the stuffing without butter, since they’ve already made the switch from chicken broth to veg. call or stop by the store for a full list–you should review us anyways, we have a salad bar with 5 vegan protein options available every day! the smoked tofu tastes like gouda, the scrambled tofu is a perfect scrambled egg substitute, the vegan beef and ground soy are great, and the best one in my opinion, the chipotle tempeh, is to die for. We also have vegan tofutti cream cheese and vegan soy mozzarella.

    Hope to see you soon!

  • Wow, so many choices…
    I’m going to Thanksgiving with some relatives but maybe I should pick up a Native Wellington and/or one of the others for myself to eat at home.

  • Does someone know of a place where I can purchase a vegan turkey which doesn’t have spices? I want to cook it with my own spices but I’m unsure where to find one. Thanks guys!

  • One World (oneworldveggie.com)
    as well as their vegan turkey, are offering a Thanksgiving Feast Special.
    It is 19.95 a person, you can reserve it to pick it up on thanksgiving for take out if you want.
    It includes:
    One serving of One World Veggie Turkey w/ stuffing
    Mashed potatoes and Mushroom Gravy
    Hearty Harvest Soup
    Grilled corn on the cob
    Orange cranberry sauce
    sparkling apple cider
    and Home made pumpkin Pie

  • I was wondering if anyone knows if you have to make a reservation for stuff i eat’s thanksgiving buffet?

  • Hi quarrygirl.com:
    Have you tried my vegan raspberry/fig, wheat free chocolate fruit bars?
    They are sold at some Whole Foods in Los Angeles. We manufacture in the San Francisco Bay Area.

    Let me know if you would like samples, we would love a review.

    Thank you,
    Roman and Beverly Starno

  • How do I find the locations of any of the wonderful restaurants mentioned on this website please?

    Thank You,


  • Eric Y:

    Here’s an example of how to find any of those restaurants http://tinyurl.com/ygxddnq

  • thanks! this post just saved my ass!!:)

  • im having One World today and cant wait. been going there for a few years on Thanksgiving.

    enjoy the food, everyone

  • I overheard the waitress talking about the thanksgiving dinner they offered. So bummed I missed out!

  • Hi. We offer our email subscribers a free Vegan Holiday Recipe Collection. (It’s a PDF.) One of the recipes is a tofu turkey. It was given to us by Meredith McCarty, but alas, she could not provide a photo. Could we have permission to use one of your tofu turkey photos in our Collection?

    The ones I like are marked “M Cafe de Chaya” and “cinnamonvegetarian.com”

  • Don’t forget The Gentle Barn has a vegan thanksgiving where they feed pie to their rescued turkeys.

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