The VCC is a fun community event that takes place in cities across the nation. The Vegan Chef Challenge started in Sacramento in 2011 by Bethany Davis. The goal for this event is to not only show the community how amazing vegan food is, but to bring the vegan and non-vegan communities together to share in something they both love—amazing food! It’s also a great way to show local restaurants the monetary benefits of offering delicious vegan food on their menus. The competition part is fun for the chefs because it encourages them to push their creativity when creating their menus.
Formerly known as Nogurt Yogurt, sünabloomis making a splash in the Twin Cities with their sunflower seed based, allergen friendly, plant based yogurt. Together with Eat.Drink.Dish, sünabloom hosted a tasting and launch party, and I happily accepted an invitation to the pre-event influencer social.
They invited some of my favorite local vegan businesses to provide additional treats, there was a DJ, and amazingly styled sunflower drag queens. Upon arrival, I was shown the champagne bar and my first thought was, “These people know how to throw a party.”
The Twin Cities offers a wide variety of vegan pizza options. This is a list of where I’ve been and what I’ve had. The restaurants range from sit-down table service to quick-serve casual. The brand of vegan cheese varies among the restaurants.
Launched in 2017, Seva Foods touts itself as a producer of organic plant based snacks. They were kind enough to send me their Coconut Jerky and Space Ice Kream, and I had fun tasting them and sharing them with others. All of their products are organic, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, vegan and contain no added sugar or oil. The Space Ice Kream contains cashews, which is the main potential allergen in their products.
You may be surprised to learn that vegans (and those with dairy and egg allergies) can find a variety of things to eat at the Minnesota State Fair. Check out my list below and let me know if there’s anything I should add, or if you think something might not be vegan anymore.
Alma is a cafe-restaurant-hotel in northeast Minneapolis, and they have a vegan option for their prix fixe dinner menu. I’d heard good things from other vegan friends, and my birthday seemed like a good excuse to check it out.
Laura Ford started Innate Foods in 2016 and has hosted various pop ups and other events since then. Now she has officially opened her own vegan and gluten-free bakery out of her tiny house in Saint Paul.
When you walk in, you’re literally walking into Laura’s kitchen, and she has display cases set up with scones, cookies, blondies, and more. Currently, hours are limited to Saturday 8am-4pm, Sunday 9am-4pm, and Monday 7am-2pm.
The Uptown Food Truck Festival takes place Sunday, June 23 from 11am-9pm. There are several awesome vegan food options, and I’ll list my top recommendations. If you can bring a friend or four, you can share food, allowing everyone to try more food than they would otherwise. From home, I bring a large reusable bottle of water, cloth napkins, and eating utensils. If the forecast calls for nice weather, I usually also apply sunscreen.
I’ve long heard other vegans tout the wonderful food at Gandhi Mahal, but for some reason only recently visited for the first time. I’ve gone to Everest on Grand and Himalayan a few times each, so my visit to Gandhi Mahal was overdue.