10.28.2011

Big Halloween Weekend for New Orleans Vegans!

There is an amazing amount of activity happening in the New Orleans Vegan community this Halloween weekend! Check it out:

*By all accounts, Chef Anne Churchill brought down the house at Feelings Cafe on Wednesday night with her Karma Kitchen gourmet 5 course vegan meal. We here at NOiG would of course LOVE to see more of this kind of activity, and applaud all involved. I unfortunately could not be in attendance, and hope beyond hope that there will be another one soon.

*Sorry to say that you've also already missed October's Vegan Drinks New Orleans, which was a total blast. We had awesome food from O'Shea of Dream a Little Green, as well as a great raffle benefiting the Louisiana Humane Society. A surprise visit from Jasmine and Mariann of Our Hen House at the end of the night brought the event to a splendid conclusion.

*Saturday and Sunday, 10/29 and 10/30, you can find awesome brunch goodies from chef John Morales of O! Vegasm over at Hey! Cafe. Items will be on sale throughout the day until sold out - which tends to happen pretty quickly with John's food, so it's a good idea to stop by early!

*Sunday 10/29, 11am, Vegan Brunch at Grit's lives on! While we are all still reeling from the loss of Chef John, we bravely carry on and welcome Chef Amie Havens of Magazine Street's Superfood Bar. She'll be serving up the following fantastic-looking menu for $17 per plate:
  • Cajun spiced sweet potato Rosti
  • Seared Tempeh
  • Warm Seasonal Salad with a cashew cream sauce
  • Buckwheat Crepe with autumn spiced cashew cream filling, satusuma reduction with fresh satsuma segments
  • coffee included!
Our Sunday Grit's Brunches will be ever-evolving, but will continue for the foreseeable future. We hope to host a variety of the talented vegan chefs from around town, and continue to provide a central meeting time and place for Nola's veg community.

If you're hanging out in the Quarter / Frenchmen area for Halloween, don't forget you can stop by 13 for a bbq tofu po boy. And if you're over by the Marigny / Bywater, hit up Wandering Buddha!

Have fun and be safe kids. ;D

10.19.2011

Fine Vegan Dining in New Orleans: Feelings Cafe takes it up a notch.

Feelings Cafe has lined up to be the next in a long line of New Orleans restaurants to offer a gourmet, multi-course vegan dinner. On October 26th, chef Anne Churchill will provide a five course prix fixe vegan extravaganza, complete with molten chocolate cake for dessert.

Feelings Café and Chef Anne Churchill
offer an evening of vegan fine dining

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Seatings at 6 and 8:30

Call 945-2222 for reservations

$60 tax and tip inclusive

Optional wine flight for seated dinner $15

Full bar, specialty cocktail and non-alcohol options extra
2600 Chartres Street

Amuse Bouches
Served at the bar and in the patio with pre-dinner beverage options
Cashew Cheese Fondue with roasted vegetable skewers and rustic croutons
Roasted Ginger and Carrot Mousse atop cucumber slices
Edamame Hummus atop zatar spiced pita crisp
Pizzettas of black eyed pea and garbanzo crust, red pepper basil pesto and vegan parmesan

Salad Course
Chiffonade of dinosaur kale, arugula, spinach, freshly sprouted mung beans, apple, cucumber with creamy macadamia nut vinaigrette

Soup
Khmer Pumpkin Curry Soup

Main
Grilled King Oyster Mushrooms atop Malaysian Rice, with a citrus chimi churri and tamarind braised greens

Dessert
Molten Chocolate Cake with sweet cashew cream

10.10.2011

Vegan Brunch in New Orleans LIVES ON!

GREAT NEWS! Though the details are still being hashed out, one thing is certain: Vegan Brunch in New Orleans will live on!

For the Nola veg community, the weekly late-morning gathering at Grit's Bar has become an institution. So when O! Vegasm chef John Morales recently announced that he may not be able to continue cranking out his breakfast hash, a shudder went through the crowd.

But as is so often the case, a problem has become an opportunity. Morales will likely rotate with other talented vegan chefs in the area such as Tim Moore of Naturally Naw'lins and Aimee from Superfood Bar on Magazine Street. Any way about it, Sunday morning at Grit's will continue to be a regular meeting spot for the vegans, vegetarians, and the veg-appreciative of New Orleans - now with different and exciting options.

Chris, the owner of Grits, expressed yesterday how pleased he is to have vegan events such as the brunch and the monthly New Orleans Vegan Drinks taking place at his establishment. He believes that it's important for people to have vegan options everywhere they go, and is happy to bring the veg element to the Lyons Street neighborhood.

Brunch takes place every Sunday at 11:00 am at Grit's Bar, located at 530 Lyons Street (at the corner of Annunciation, one block away from the river from Tchoupitoulas).

10.08.2011

Vegan Brunch in Nola - On the endangered list?

Join us Sunday morning (10/9) for what is possibly the last O! Vegasm brunch at Grit's Bar.

According to the most recent event invitation sent by John Morales, the enigmatic frontman of the Nola-based vegan catering and baking company, due to issues in his home life he may have to discontinue the brunch. Those of us who have been stalwart weekly patrons will be eager to see whether the brunches do in fact continue, and if not what might take their place.

The weekly brunches, which have occurred at Grit's every Sunday throughout the summer, have become a center for community activity in Nola's veg community. Regulars have come to depend not only on a weekly fix of tofu benedict and pancakes, but also on the connections and conversations that keep projects moving forward. If the O! Vegasm brunch is in fact on the chopping block, something will need to take its place - and fast.

But Brunch will have its last hurrah, at least - so come and dine with us, for tomorrow we may... have to reorganize. ;)

10.01.2011

Happy Vegan MoFo!

Happy Vegan MoFo 2011! Vegan MoFo - the Vegan Month of Food - is a great time of year, when bloggers all over the world take a month to post every day (or nearly so) about the wonders of vegan food. There are always tons of fab vegan blogs out there, but Vegan MoFo represents a terrific concentration of vegan food love! It's something you've just got to check out. Stop by the Vegan MoFo International Headquarters for a full listing of participating bloggers.

Sadly, this year NOiG isn't participating. (I just started working full time again people! A girl's gotta manage her time!) But we WILL be posting every day over on the Vegan Etsy Team blog, VeganEtsy.com. So check it out, and Happy MoFo! ;)