Plenty of people celebrate this traditional holiday in nontraditional ways, whether it’s cooking something outside the expected turkey and potatoes or gathering with friends rather than family. One local group has made a free Thanksgiving meal for 200 people for the past 10 years now. The vegetarian Tofurky originated in Oregon and last year in 2003*, the company partnered with a Seattle soda company to make a Thanksgiving themed beverage: gravy soda.
Is there an unusual Thanksgiving that stands out in your memory? Have you ever celebrated Thanksgiving overseas, away from home or with an ad hoc group of people? Has your family ever forgone a traditional Thanksgiving dinner in favor of something different or unusual? Do you have any unconventional Thanksgiving customs — culinary or otherwise — that are a part of your meal each year?
- Britta Diettrich: General manager of Northwest Portland International Hostel, where she hosts Thanksgiving every year
- Leslie Veenstra: Teacher and translator, celebrated Thanksgiving in The Netherlands for six years
- Daryl Meekins: Ergonimics design engineer at Hewlett Packard, raises his own Thanksgiving turkeys
- Ivy Manning: Food writer and author of The Adaptable Feast and The Farm to Table Cookbook
- Amy Lindgren: Optician, hosts Thanksgiving for her friends every year
- Austin Campbell: Biology major and Student Body Vice President at Reed College, head cook and organizer for “Sub Free” Thanksgiving