About Us & What We Offer

Greenville Vegan group is a wonderful way to meet like-minded people. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian and  veg-curious– all are welcome.  Come to our local events and break bread with us, enjoy visiting speakers and company of our diverse eclectic group. Everyone is welcome (including children) to attend our vegan potluck dinners. .

Scroll down to see food photos from our past vegan potlucks or click here for more pics

Our group is a fun way to enjoy healthy & delicious food, share your favorite veg recipes and make new friends!

Vegan events are hosted for conversation, fellowship, encouraging each other, sharing recipes, and to enjoy delicious plant-based food. Potluck speakers provide perspective & continuing education.

Greenville Vegan Potluck. Founded 2/1/2016.

Vegan Potluck Organizers: Nicky Vanvalkenburgh & Frank Contreras. See photo– Nicky is in the middle, wearing black short sleeve sweater. Frank is in the front row on the left end, in a green shirt.

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Vegan Potluck is hosted once a month at St Giles Presbyterian Church or St, Andrews Episcopal Church. (Location varies based on availability) Our coordinator, Frank, attends St. Andrews church and was able to secure the Fellowship Hall, built 1925, for Vegan Potluck events at no charge.  The church’s fellowship hall is located behind the church.

Attendees need to bring a vegan dish in order for there to be ample food to feed everyone. At least 8-10 large dinner portions ready to serve, with a serving utensil AND a bottled drink, non-soda pop, to share. Idea is for everyone to taste the VEGAN homemade dishes, take recipe home and make it if you like the dish!

  • Please, no dairy, cheese, honey, eggs or meat in your dishes & no soda pop or alcoholic beverages– we’re striving for plant-based vegan.

First time, not sure what to bring? Try some lightly steamed vegetables, fresh fruit or bountiful salad. Anything that’s plant-based vegan should be fine. 200+ recipes are posted on this site.

Bring your recipe! If possible, please bring 10 printed recipes of your dish ~– then others can take recipe home.

Vegan Recipes:  To look at many recipes, check out our Vegan recipes pages for food ideas.

  • Fee of $2 per adult person is cost at each Potluck. Children 12 & under free & always welcome. Please place your donation in receptacle on table near door. No membership fee.

  • Email event flyer signup sheet.

  •  Group is saving to buy microphone, speaker & projector.

    To get on mail list for upcoming events, sign up for our monthly email announcements and “like” our facebook page. 

    The church does not charge for use of their Fellowship Hall. A collection is taken at the potluck events. We encourage each member to give two dollars per adult person. Donation is given to the church to pay for plates, cups, utensils. There is no membership fee. We offer delicious plant-based vegan food and everyone is welcome to attend. 

 

Speakers wanted for plant-based vegan related topics. Contact the potluck organizers, Nicky (Nickyv@bellsouth.net) or Frank (bbfcag@yahoo.com)  If you have a portable microphone, please bring it. We have the ability to show a dvd or video clip from the internet. Please let Nicky or Frank know in advance for arrangements to be made.

{Email to Coordinators is only to be used for vegan event related topics.}

Potential speakers are welcome & encouraged. If possible, we ask the speaker to limit their presentation to 15 to 20 minutes. If you like, you can set up a table at the potluck to sell your product or services. However, it must be vegan-related. With all due respect, please make your presentation “benefit-driven” rather than a sales pitch. Remember that speaker presentations are intended to encourage and support the plant-based vegan lifestyle.

In case you’re wondering, the Greenville Vegan Potluck Club is not a religious outreach. We are a diverse, eclectic group with no religious preference. Greenville Vegan is not a ministry outreach program of St Andrews Episcopal Church. Greenville Vegan greatly appreciates the church allowing our events be held at their Fellowship Hall, with no requirements other than clean-up. We do say a prayer before our potluck meal.

Do you have to be vegan or vegetarian in order to attend? No, everyone is welcome to attend– whether you are vegetarian, vegan or veg curious. If you are interested in eating food that is plant-based vegan, then you are welcome to attend. 

We are a “Plantpure pod,” under the umbrella of Plantpure Nation Foundation:
Check out our Plantpure page


 SIGN UP FOR OUR MONTHLY EMAIL REMINDERS for the Greenville Vegan Potluck & Supper Club:
http://www.greenvillevegan.com/?page_id=150%2F

Events are well-attended. Potlucks usually have 35-50 participants.

 {All food photos below are from our past Vegan Potluck events}

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This is    www.greenvillevegan.com {Cost is $150 per year.}

2 thoughts on “About Us & What We Offer

  1. Lyn Bruderle says:

    Hello, I met one of your organizers today at Mast General Store in Greenville and what he told me about your events sounds interesting. If there is a mailing list, please add my name to it. Thank you so much.

    Response: Thanks Lyn! You can sign up for our email list here http://www.greenvillevegan.com/?page_id=150
    Sorry, its better if you sign up yourself, so you can confirm that you accept the newsletter.

  2. Kim Giovacco, Chief Tour Guide says:

    Small Group Tours for Compassionate Travelers and Full-Service Travel Agency

    100 Tips for (Vegan) Travel

    Kim Giovacco, Chief Tour Guide
    kim@vegjauntsandjourneys.com
    Phone 774-269-6558

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    Hotels
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    Upscale, super vegan-friendly cruises

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    http://www.happycow.net
    Finding food and vegan-friendly cities
    http://www.vegan-welcome.com
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    http://www.veggiehotels.com
    Vegan-friendly and vegetarian hotels
    http://www.oyster.com
    Honest hotel reviews

    My Favorite Vegan Travel Blogs
    http://www.thenomadicvegan.com
    http://www.alternativetravelers.com
    http://www.burgerabroad.com
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    http://www.asoutherngypsy.com

    My Favorite Travel Web Sites For:

    http://www.nomadicmatt.com
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    budget travel
    free online guidebooks
    European travel tips
    off-the-beaten path tips
    extensive rail and ferry information

    Important to note is the international airline code for vegan meals: VGML

    Facebook Groups to join:
    Vegan Travel
    Vegan Women Who Travel
    Travel Apps I Can’t Live Without
    Seat Guru—check it before you choose your airplane seat, especially on a long flight
    Air Vegan—to find vegan food at US airports
    Vegan Passport—vegan translations for most of the world’s languages
    XE Currency Converter—so you know how much things cost
    Trip It—to keep track of my itinerary

    Tips for the Airport
    Book morning flights to avoid delays (the very early first flight of the day is usually cheapest too).
    Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your return date.
    Check in online.
    Check that your flight has not been cancelled before you leave for the airport.
    Make sure your ID and boarding pass are easily accessible.
    Try to pack as lightly as possible—ideally just a carry on. You will feel so unencumbered.
    While you’re waiting in the security line, think about how many items you will need to take out of your bag, and make sure that you leave the area with the same number of items.
    Take a very small, foldable bag or pouch with you, and put in it only what you’ll need for the flight—perhaps your phone, glasses, water bottle, reading material, charger, snacks. This way you won’t have to fumble for things once you sit down.
    Always have vegan snacks with you. You never know if you’ll experience lengthy delays.
    You’ll be extremely grateful that you thought about taking a neck pillow on an overnight flight.
    Money Tips
    For foreign travel, the easiest and most favorable way to obtain local currency is to use an ATM machine upon arrival, looking for one at the airport. If you’re not able to withdraw small bills, buy something small at the airport so that you’ll have change.
    Make sure that your PIN is 4 digits only, and that it consists of numbers, not letters. If that’s not the case, contact your bank to change it before you travel.
    Ideally, have two ATM cards with you in case you lose one or one gets stuck or left behind in the machine.
    Let your bank and credit card companies know that you’ll be traveling, and even let them know if you’ll just be transiting through a foreign airport, in case you want to use your card while at the airport.
    You can often use US dollars at a foreign airport, but the change you receive will be in the local currency.
    My Most Important Tips
    Be sure you have a competent and trusted pet sitter before you make any plans.
    Have a plan for how you’re going to get to and from the airport.
    Consider traveling to Europe in spring or fall.
    Travel with a small group if you feel inexperienced and would like to boost your confidence.
    Research how you’re going to have cell phone and data service while abroad.
    Think about staying in a non-touristy area so that you can experience what it’s like to live in a city as a local, using public transportation, checking out its grocery stores and independent shops. Oftentimes it’s in these neighborhoods where you’ll find vegan restaurants. They’re rarely in the main tourist areas.
    Check out local vegan Facebook Groups and Pages to see if any vegan events such as pop-ups or Meetups will be happening while you’re visiting.
    Take along a refillable water bottle, preferably one with a filter, to save loads of money and resources.
    My Favorite Travel Quotes
    The world is a book and those that don’t travel read but one page.
    Travel is the healthiest addiction.
    Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.
    Once the travel bug bites, there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life.
    Traveling is about finding those things you never knew you were looking for.
    Travel is like knowledge. The more you see the more you know you haven’t seen.
    Travel is still the most intense mode of learning.
    As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.
    Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.
    I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.

    Some Quirky Observations from My Travels
    In Poland even my simple guest house had heated bathroom floors.
    In Sweden many stores have a station with free paper for wrapping gifts.
    In Singapore patrons at food courts use packets of tissues purchased from disabled people to save tables.
    In Poland the post offices have picnic tables so you have a place to write your envelopes.
    In parts of Asia, when you buy a coffee to go, they fasten a little plastic handle around your cup so you can easily carry it.
    In South Africa a woman at my lodge balanced my full-sized suitcase on her head instead of carrying it.
    In Argentina restaurants do not open until 9 pm, so I found myself skipping many dinners.
    In Turkey you will arrive with no intention of buying a rug or carpet, but will leave with three.
    In Canada you’ll be so excited when you see a hemp store, thinking they sell clothing, but it will be a different type of hemp.
    In Laos you will find the cleanest hotel rooms in the world; in order to create job in this Communist country, three people will be hired to clean your room.
    Kim Giovacco began dreaming of distant places and cultures from the age of five, while looking at her View Master reels and coffee table books. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and has traveled independently to 35 countries. She has finally fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming a travel agent, and has now melded her passion for the vegan lifestyle with her love of travel by escorting small groups of travelers to vegan-friendly destinations.

    Her website is https://vegjauntsandjourneys.com/

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