As we are an American-style Diner, we felt it would be appropriate to celebrate Thanksgiving and make this the theme of our first ticketed evening event.
Thanksgiving is celebrated in America and Canada as well as some of the Caribbean islands, and festivals with similar names/meanings occur all over the world. It is literally a means of giving thanks for the harvest and for making it through the previous 12 months. Families and local communities gather together to celebrate the fact that they have made it through and to wish/pray for a successful next 12 months.
So, on the fourth Thursday of November (as is the American tradition) we gathered together 12 people and laid on a three-course feast for them. Being a vegan diner, we feasted on roasted stuffed tofu, with all the traditional trimmings. We had corn chowder to start with and pumpkin pie to finish.
As part of our celebration, we chose to donate 10% of the ticket price to sponsoring a rescued turkey at a nearby sanctuary, Hen Heaven, in Henfield (henheaven.org). Other money was also raised on the evening and we were able to send £50 to ensure that our turkey and others continued to be well looked after. We also had a competition to name the turkey and it is now known as “Tofurkey”.
Watch out for future evening meals next year! Tickets sell fast
Anne and Julie