EarthSave Talks Turkeys, Hosts Free Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck Saturday

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Did you know turkeys are incredibly social creatures, have excellent hearing but no external ears, love eating peanuts (so much!), and were once so prized that Benjamin Franklin wanted to make the wild turkey the national bird before the bald eagle eventually won out? Nope, had no clue?!

While an estimated 45 million turkeys are used for Thanksgiving meals, there is a shift afoot to turkeyless dinners, vegan-friendly potlucks, and cruelty-free meal plans where everyone leaves full and happy with wishbones intact.

Whether you are oddly curious, wanting to get some ideas for what a vegan Thanksgiving spread looks like ahead of the actual holiday, or are a lifelong vegan in search of sharing a meal with other like-minded eaters, EarthSave is hosting a free community vegan Thanksgiving this Saturday (November 22) with its Zero Turkey Feast.

See also: Where to Eat Vegan on Thanksgiving in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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A Vegan Gives Ten Reasons to Skip the Turkey This Thanksgiving

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Gobbles the turkey
Thanksgiving is a wondrous and joyful occasion; 24 hours of food, family and football with no agendas, no schedules and no obligations. Besides, a holiday revolving around gratitude and giving thanks is basically the best idea ever.

But while turkey is the traditional centerpiece for an American table (hence the colloquial moniker: Turkey Day), it's 2014, and about time we kicked that antiquated concept to the curb and embraced a plant-strong, turkey-free Thanksgiving table.

Here are 10 reasons to skip the bird this November 27th.

See also: Six Turkey Alternatives for Thanksgiving

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Four Local Holiday-Inspired Cocktails for Thanksgiving

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This Thanksgiving, take the opportunity to grace the table with more than just your favorite foods. In other words, don't forget to bring a few liquid treats with you too.

Because when Dad delivers his annual table-side speech and after the entire family has asked you about your job (and love life), you'll need a few ingredients on hand to whip up -- and quickly down -- any of these holiday-inspired cocktails.

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More Restaurants Serving 2014 Thanksgiving Dinner in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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Thanksgiving: our nation's annual food-focused holiday, commemorating the harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621 -- or so they taught us in elementary school. Held the fourth Thursday of November, the day marks an epic feast.

It also means someone has to cook. A lot. For what seems like the entire extended family. Which means you shouldn't spend the day in the kitchen when you can have someone else cook Thanksgiving dinner for you. And for the house full of stranded friends, kids with kids of their own, and unwanted relatives.

This year, forget the long lines at the grocery store, all that sweating and laboring over the stove, and avoid the piles of dirty dishes no one is going to help you clean. Instead, take the drama out of your Thanksgiving dinner and bring the family to one of the many local restaurants preparing a special holiday meal. It's all the mouthwatering memories you'll ever need -- without the work.

From upscale resort restaurants to a Brazilian steak house offering a variety of all-you-can-eat meats, South Florida's finest dining establishments have Thanksgiving dinner covered this year.

See also: Restaurants Serving 2014 Thanksgiving Dinner in Broward and Palm Beach Counties (continued)

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PAC Pastries Offering Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Donuts, Apple Pie Cupcakes, and More for Thanksgiving Pre-Orders

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No matter what embarrassingly outrageous quantity of food we might consume come Thanksgiving, there's always room for dessert. And there's no better place to procure your cruelty-free sweet stuff than PAC Pastries.

Master culinarian and whipper-upper-of-pumpkin-krunkins Shelbey Ganzel is offering a whole host of autumnal treats for your Thanksgiving feast. From pumpkin cinnamon rolls to apple pie cupcakes to pecan pie, she's got lots of options.

See also: Forget Munchkins, Try 'Krunkins' Vegan Donut Holes from PAC Pastries

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The First Thanksgiving Was in Florida, Not Plymouth Rock

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This is not the first Thanksgiving.
Stop stuffing the turkey! Stop mashing the potatoes! We've had it wrong all along, the first real Thanksgiving was not at Plymouth Rock in 1621. It was 50 years earlier in Florida.

The strife of our country's first colonists as they sailed on the Mayflower seeking religious freedom is a crucial part of our nation's history. And in 1621 when they feasted with the Wampanoag Indians over poultry and maize, it was a sign that the worst was over. Every fourth Thursday of November we re-create that initial Thanksgiving.

But, according to one author, it was on September 8, 1565 that the first Thanksgiving actually occurred in Florida.

See also: Craigslist Ad Pranks Broward Man About 100 Free Thanksgiving Turkeys

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Craigslist Ad Pranks Broward Man About 100 Free Thanksgiving Turkeys

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There's no such thing as a free turkey.
Conie White, 56, does not know how to use a computer. Hell, he doesn't even know how to use his cell phone. But since 11:30 a.m. over 150 people have called him inquiring about free thanksgiving turkeys.

An ad was put on Craiglist saying that 100 free turkeys are being given away and his number is listed. It could just be a typo, but White suspects it's a mean prank, especially since, this Thanksgiving, he doesn't have enough money to buy a turkey for himself.

See also: Thanksgiving Horror Stories: Pig Abuse, Dead Presidentially Pardoned Turkeys

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Ten Best Restaurants for Thanksgiving Dinner in Palm Beach County

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Thanksgiving at Seasons 52? It's open Thursday, November 28, this year and will be serving a prix fixe menu until 8 p.m.

UPDATE: Unless you own a time machine, we assume you'll be happier with our more recent 2014 list of Broward and Palm Beach restaurants serving on Thanksgiving day.

This year, forget the long lines at the grocery stores, the piles of dirty dishes taking over your kitchen, and all that sweating and laboring over the stove.

Instead, why not take the drama out of your Thanksgiving dinner by taking the family to one of the many dozens of local restaurants preparing a special holiday meal? It's all the mouth-watering memories you'll ever need -- without the cleanup!

See also: Ten Best Restaurants to Eat Thanksgiving Dinner in Broward County

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Black Friday Specials in South Florida: Due South Brewing and RA Sushi

Tricia Woolfenden
THIS is the stuff of Black Friday dreams.
Happy Thanksgiving. Ideally, your holiday is being spent gathered around a table (or bar, if that's more your style) sharing food and drink with people you love, or at least tolerate. Here's hoping you won't be losing any valuable family- and recovering-on-the-couch time by getting in line for early-early-early bird specials this evening: Black Friday can wait. Whether or not you intend to hit the sales on Friday, there are a few places you can catch food and drink specials in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Find those Black Friday deals after the jump.

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- Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza Teams Up with Due South Brewing
- Due South Brewing Company in Boynton Beach Adds Food Trucks and Brewery Tours
- Happy Hour: RA Sushi Bar in Pembroke Gardens

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Roy Villacrusis Will Cook Thanksgiving Dinner at Gray Mockingbird Community Garden (All Are Welcome to Attend)

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Brian Kirsch surveys the work at Gray Mockingbird Community Garden earlier in the season.

Thanksgiving is supposed to be all about togetherness, gratitude, and other feel-good platitudes, so what better location for a Turkey Day feast than a community garden? The Gray Mockingbird Community Garden in Lake Worth will host a holiday pig roast from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday and all are welcome to attend.

See Also:
- Gray Mockingbird Community Garden In Lake Worth Returns This Season With A Vengeance
- Where to Party for Thanksgiving Eve 2012 in South Florida
- Roy Villacrusis, Chef at Studio, Plays Fill in the Blanks With Us

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