Smoked Potato and Avocado Soup: Tomatillo and Avocado broth w/smoked potatoes
Today was my first day eating completely vegan. I have been looking into going Mostly Vegan for a while and when I found Ann Arbor’s vegan meetup group was hosting an all vegan meal at Zingerman’s Road House, I jumped at the chance.
The meal was great. The soup was rich and satifying. And the beans and rice were excellent, smokey and flavorful with local shiitake mushrooms.
Ann Arbor Vegan Meetup host dinners out once a month to a local restaurant.
Chef Alex of Zingerman’s Road House visits the Dining Room
Chef Alex came out before the meal and talk to us about the menu offerings. Many items came directly from the restaurant’s garden. You can’t beat that. I can eat like this everyday.
Alex said something that really stood out. He said that he had wanted to cook an all vegan meal for some time, but until now there was never a group large enough to do it.
Most restaurants will not go out on a lim to offer many vegan choices because the number (dinner tickets) are not there to make it worth while.
With that said, chef are a creative lot and many would jump at the chance to challenge themselves to export vegan. Showing up with 60-70 vegan dinners ready to eat might be the best strategy to get a great vegan meal from an award winning chef.
So here is what we had. (Soup or salad, choice of entree and dessert $25)
Pickled Watermelon Salad w/ arugula
Roasted Squash-Eggplant Crispy Lasagna w/ roasted tomato gravy (Entree one)
Quinau Pilau w/Curried Squash Slaw (Entree two)
Sea Island Peas and Dirty Mushroom Rice (Entree Three)
Chocolate Beet Cake w/Fresh Berries