More than four dozen people are expected to dine Thursday at the Ethical Society of Philadelphia, but it won't just be those eating who are thankful, said Barbara Pearl, one of the event's coordinators.

This year, turkeys can be thankful, too.

That's because the Thanksgiving dinner will be missing the traditional centerpiece - as well as any other foods that contains animal products.

With the support of the local vegan community and the Ethical Society, 1906 Rittenhouse Square, Pearl is cohosting a vegan Thanksgiving potluck. It is open to vegans and non-vegans alike.

Calling the event a "more compassionate way" to celebrate Thanksgiving, Pearl, a college math instructor in Philadelphia and a vegan for 42 years, said the meal will still feature holiday favorites, including vegan pumpkin pie. In addition, various quinoa, rice, and soup dishes, among others, will be served.

All who attend are being asked to bring a vegan dish. The meal will begin at noon, and will feature musical events, poetry readings, and a raffle.

An RSVP is required to attend. If interested, email

610-313-8113 @mccabe_caitlin