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Thanksgiving Celebrations In Washtenaw County: A Vegan Alternative

When people think about Thanksgiving, among the first words that comes to mind is: Turkey! Not everyone, however, partakes. All this week, 89.1 WEMU is exploring some of the different ways the holiday is being celebrated in Washtenaw County. Today, we look at a restaurant that is offering up an alternative feast. 

The Lunch Room in Ann Arbor will serve a vegan Thanksgiving feast this evening.  Co-owner Joel Panozzo says not everyone is looking to eat turkey this Thanksgiving.

"The first entrée course is a pumpkin gnocchi. And we are doing a cider glazed seitan. For folks that don’t know what seitan is, it’s something that we make in house. Basically, a spiced gluten bread dough that’s full of protein and kind of gives you that meaty texture that folks are looking for at Thanksgiving time."

Panozzo says, now more than ever, the public wants options when it comes to celebrating holidays.

"It's popular with folks who don't necessarily get a bunch of vegan or vegetarian options on Thanksgiving Day. So it's kind of their time around the Thanksgiving holiday were they can really splurge or pack it in."

About 150 people will be served.

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him

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