Well this is a little late, but I'm still excited to share my Thanksgiving day with all of you!
First off, I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday. One thing I learned this year about making a gourmet Raw Vegan spread for a Big Event: Prepping food in advance saves SO MUCH sanity!
I was smart enough to start my food prep three days in advance. This way I had everything for my recipe/dishes ready to go, so all I had to do the night before the event was open up Tupperware containers, zip-lock baggies and assemble the dishes. The Morning of Thanksgiving was dedicated to simply warming my food --- starting this process about three hours before everyone arrived.
It was such a good day, filled with wonderful people; out of town guests, and basically three hours of intermittent eating.
Alright...how about some photos?
Sorry in advance for the poor quality of the following pictures. Photography wasn't really my priority on this day, and can you blame me? Yummy tasty distractions were everywhere!
A completely Edible Centerpiece for the "food table" - I'll be hand juicing all of those lemons and limes later tonight. In addition to shredding/grating and dehydrating a TON of Pumpkin flesh!
The "Main Table decor"...simple but elegant was my goal, and I was pretty pleased with the results. I also made sure to do the entire table on a budget.
Hand-made name cards...thank you Google images for helping me find the perfect vintage image for these little buggers!
Looking down onto the cozy dining table in my cozy little house...pay no attention to my mismatched chairs please!
Food Table - packed to the brim with yumminess!
(Apologies to those of you who might be offended by the non raw vegan things in the above photo.)
How CUTE is that edible Veggie-Turkey on the left that my awesome friend made for the event?!
In above photo: Raw Green Bean Casserole and Butternut Dumplings with Sage Butter/sauce.
A blurry picture of my amazingly tasty plate (while we did have some non raw/vegan food at the table I was secretly excited and bubbling over about my food dominating the table!)...
Details of my Plate - Clockwise from Top Left:
Warm Massaged Spinach with Sweet Mustard (Sorry guys - no recipe for this yet!)
(positioned next to the Veggie Turkey)
And for Dessert....
Clockwise from top Left:
Peaches n' Cream Tart
Apple Pie Cheezecake Tart
These were all SO easy to make, AND they were served warm - just like a real pie! The most taxing part was assembling the crust for the tarts/cobbler. I'll be posting more info on my Holiday Desserts later this week, so don't go anywhere!
Wishing you all Holiday cheer and lots of happy eating, if you're at all like me and still trying to finish off all of your Thanksgiving leftovers.