by Steven Doyle
Chef Ryan Barnett hosts a Vegan Pop-Up dinner Friday, August 24 at My Private Chef in Deep Ellum. The final dinner in a series of four, themed Sea, Air, Land and Earth, the 4 course menu will include Chilled Melon Soup, Texas Pea Cassoulet, Paquet of Courgettes (trio of squashes with handmade pasta) and Financier with summer fruits. Guests are encouraged to BYOB (cork service provided).
Ingredients will be sourced both from Ryan’s personal garden as well as from local Texas farmers. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Last night I stopped by Stephan Pyle’s Samar on Ross Avenue in downtown Dallas to check out the goings on with a new dining club called Fine Dining With Friends that just recently popped up on Facebook. The newly formed club is the brainchild of Shelly Knowlton, a local food enthusiast who wanted to gather friends and share some fantastic dinners together.
Knowlton selected Samar as her first location because it was more casual and had a varied menu that would appeal to a large group. Samar also had the ability to easily adjust the menu for the handful of vegans in attendance. There were just over twenty guests in attendance out of a group of a growing fifty. Samar executive chef Jonathan Thompson was on hand to discuss each dish and field questions from the group. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
We have a substantial vegan and vegetarian readership so we wanted to direct you to the pizza o the month at Urban Crust in Plano. Chef Salvatore Gisellu puts out a great pie and this month is featuring a vegan selection using 100% whole wheat pizza dough and topped with sun dried tomato pesto along with a combination of wood fired vegetables including spinach, portabella mushrooms, rapini and caramelized onions. You may sub out any of the veggies if you wish.
This is a good option for all you suckers who made resolutions, too.
by Steven Doyle
We learned today from Mercy for Animals, the national non-profit that is dedicated to preventing animal cruelty and making compassionate food choices, that the outspoken reverend Al Sharpton has gone vegan.
Heavily influenced by the same decision some years ago by Bill Clinton, and advocate Coretta Scott King, Sharpton stated in a MFA release, “Avoiding meat is the way to eat for anyone with a highly charged life. A vegetarian diet has a way of absorbing the stress and gives you greater endurance. I feel like a new, improved me.” Continue reading
by Melissa Brenner photos by Suzi Migdol
If you missed the Texas Veggie State Fair, you were one of the few. The last day of the Texas State Fair was set as the day for promoting fun, food and frolicking without animal products of any kind.
The threat of rain and mud did not stop the swarm of attendees. This, the second annual Texas Veggie State Fair, drew a much larger crowd than last year. The 1500 raffle wristbands were gone before the event was half over, leading organizers to believe between 2000-3000 attended the event. Continue reading
What’s better than one vegan charity event in Dallas? Two!
Mercy For Animal’s Executive Director, Nathan Runkle, will be in town to host MFA’s charity event on October 22nd. From 7-10pm Sons of Hermann Hall (3414 Elm St., Dallas, TX) will be filled with vegans, vegetarians and animal lovers of all diets. The event will be a kick off for the Texas Veggie State Fair and raise funds to support the MFA efforts in the DFW area.
There are lots of great things going on at this event. The all vegan menu will be catered by your known favorite,
Spiral Diner, your yet to be known favorite to be, VSPOT Vegan Café, and the amazing Crosby Catering & Coffee. These three names alone should have you headed to buy your tickets. This is a great chance to get a sneak preview of some of the VSPOT menu items before they open and sample the veggie-liscious stylings of Chef Jeanette Prasifka (check out her Celebrity Chef demonstration at the Texas State Fair Tuesday October 18th at 2:30). Continue reading
by Melissa Brenner
There’s been a lot of taco talk around town lately. Considering that Dallas has a great selection of amazing tacos (some of which I have had the pleasure of tasting personally), the chatter is warranted. This week I’m going to switch it up and talk about something other than tacos. No, the something other is not dogs even though I’m an expert in that arena, too.
What’s the best place to go when you don’t want to eat a taco? A taco joint, of course! Our man Steven Doyle posted about his experience with Taco Ocho upon their opening. Since then I’ve had some friends hit the spot and convey their agreement with Mr. Doyle’s experience. I finally found the time to skip over to Richardson to see if the flavor enjoyment translated to their vegan offerings. Continue reading