Binghamton Eatery Nabs PETA’s National ‘Vegan Roast Boast’ Award

For Immediate Release:
November 10, 2022

David Perle 202-483-7382

Binghamton, N.Y. – More people than ever are expected to celebrate a meat-free Thanksgiving this year, and local eatery Parlor City Vegan has won a national Vegan Roast Boast Award from PETA for its vegan shaved turkey roast—a succulent solution to 2022’s soaring turkey prices and rampant bird flu outbreaks.

Parlor City Vegan was founded by Binghamton University alumni and couple Lei and Sara Liu. Sara grew up in the kitchen with her mother and grandmother—and when her father suffered a heart attack, she began preparing him healthy and delicious vegan meals. Now, Parlor City Vegan is best known for comfort meals ranging from butternut risotto balls stuffed with mozzarella to wings served with Buffalo sauce and mac and cheese. Its Thanksgiving lineup of individual dishes or a family-size feast is now available to pre-order and includes the seitan roast, creamy truffle mac and cheese, garlic mashed potatoes, mushroom sage gravy, and pumpkin, apple, and peach pies.

“Diners count on Parlor City Vegan for delicious vegan twists on stick-to-your-ribs comfort foods, and its juicy holiday roast is no exception,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “This ‘ThanksVegan,’ PETA is celebrating local businesses that make it easy as dairy-free pumpkin pie to enjoy a bird-friendly feast.”

Not only are vegan roasts free of saturated animal fat and cholesterol, they also spare animals immense suffering: More than 45 million turkeys will be killed for this Thanksgiving alone. During their short lives, they’re forced to stand in their own waste and inhale ammonia-laden air inside dark warehouses. The birds are even genetically manipulated to make them grow unnaturally large, which causes their legs to break beneath them.

The other nine honorees include Green New American Vegetarian in Phoenix; The Herbivorous Butcher in Minneapolis; Monk’s Meats in Brooklyn, New York; Grass Fed in Rochester, New York; and Planted Table in Oakland, California. Each eatery will receive a framed certificate from PETA, which offers a “ThanksVegan” guide.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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