I've met quite a few people recently who aren't the biggest fans of Thanksgiving. Maybe you feel bad for turkeys. Maybe you feel bad for yourself for having to spend the day with distant relatives. Or maybe you spend the day dreading working on Black Friday.
I, myself, don't really have an opinion about Thanksgiving. Growing up as vegetarian Roxanne, I vaguely remember having Thanksgiving with my parents before and after they separated. (one year after they separated we had an American Pie type incident where my dad threw a dish of vegetables across the room...I think that ended our dysfunctional family dinners) For most of my childhood, we didn't even have a functional kitchen table, so it's not like we ever sat down as a family to eat together, and the concept of a family Thanksgiving is still a little foreign to me. I'm hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year (more on that next week) and making a smorgasbord of vegan side dishes to accompany whatever meat item my boyfriend chooses to serve. And as much as I love spending time with my boyfriend and his parents, what I'm most looking forward to is Bistro 185's Vegan Thanksgiving dinner.
My mother and I try to go to Bistro 185's monthly vegan dinners because, as I mentioned last week, I like to put my money where my mouth is and support restaurants that support the vegan and vegetarian community in Cleveland. Plus, my mom and I like to get together, have a cocktail or 5, and catch up on life. To my knowledge, Bistro 185 was the first restaurant to have a vegan night (Degan's, Washington Place Bistro, and others have followed) here in the CLE, and I really respect them for that. Whether you call it compassionate or a business savvy move, I'm a fan.
This year's Thanksgiving dinner features an incredible sounding 4 course meal (see the Bistro 185 web site for more info - including a glass of spiced wine) for $45. Sure, it's a little pricey, but in some cases, I think you definitely get your money's worth. (Please don't get me started on the cheap fast food vegan restaurant I went to in Charlotte last month that had inedible food) Chef Jakub always puts together a great menu, and I can't wait to try the hearty items he'll be serving up next Tuesday.
If you're interested in attending this dinner, be sure to call ahead to make a reservation. No reservation - no dinner!