Our monthly Vegan Potluck (usually the third Thursday of most months, August through April) is held in Mackey Hall at Westminster Church House (353 E. Pine St.). This meal is a great opportunity for Westminster members, College of Wooster students, and area community members to enjoy delicious food while building relationships through fellowship. This is a truly intergenerational event and is a favorite tradition and gathering for many college students.
We invite community members to bring a potluck-style dish containing no meat, dairy, or eggs to share!
**The Vegan Potluck is currently in a period of transition, as it seeks new volunteer leadership support and crafting a new vision for longer-term sustainability. If you have questions or would like to get involved in helping to plan or organize volunteers, contact Erin Guzmán.
Westminster’s Vegan Potluck started as a support group for those choosing a vegan diet. Members who were not vegan, but interested in healthy, sustainable, and mindful eating also started attending. We now have a monthly vegan potluck for students, church and community members. In past years, we offered vegan cooking classes and a short program regarding food justice issues and healthy eating.
Our mission is to provide an open venue to support one another as we explore the many options and challenges in following a plant-based diet. A desire to eat healthily, concerns about animal treatment, and concerns about agricultural practices and food processing as we "strive for equitable sharing and sustainability of God’s world with all peoples," are some of the reasons we are exploring these concerns together as we enjoy a variety of foods and flavors available in a plant-based diet.
Vegan Potluck in the News
The following write-up about Westminster's Vegan Potluck appeared in the Spring, 2013 issue of the Wooster magazine, and was then reprinted in Never Too Late to Go Vegan by Adams, Carol J., Breitman, Patti, Messina MPH RD, Virginia. Workman Publishing Company, Inc. January 2014.
The Vegan Potluck in Wooster, Ohio
The Vegan Potluck began about three years ago as a kind of support group for a few members of Westminster Presbyterian Church (including Dave Noble, College of Wooster class of 1963 and heart specialist and college trustee Ken Shafer, College of Wooster class of 1975) who wanted to share recipes and dining experiences.
When it started growing the group moved it out of their homes and into the church (the college’s congregation in residence) and threw the doors wide open to students.
And then it really exploded. It is not unusual for 50 students to attend the monthly event, which often includes a cooking lesson from staff members at the local food cooperative and a short lecture on sustainability issues, delivered by both students and community members.
Over bowls of lentil soup, pita and hummus, stuffed cabbage, and rich brownies, sixty-year-olds and twenty-year-olds exchange cooking recipe ideas. Most of the students who attend aren’t vegan but say they come to the potluck as a way to connect with the community. "And," adds Alissa Weinmanji (class of ’15), "to get away from Lowry [the dining hall] for an evening." [Reprinted from the Wooster magazine.]