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January 15, 2016 | Samantha Melamed, Staff Writer
Classic Caesar, vegan style It's Caesar-salad dressing, minus the egg and anchovy. Vegan Commissary's version gets its flavor from organic soy-based mayonnaise, capers, white-wine vinegar, and extra-virgin olive oil, plus homemade "parmesan cheese" made from seeds and nutritional yeast. Available at Commissary Market, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Owner Steve Laurence hopes to be wholesaling soon. Vegan Commissary Caesar Dressing, $7 for a 16-ounce bottle A snack that does you good This is one wholesome NuDY Bar: The name stands for Nutritionally Dense and Yummy.
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January 15, 2016 | By Samantha Melamed, Staff Writer
As darkness crept over East Falls on a recent night, Meagan Benz and Shannon Roche arrived at their subleased commissary kitchen and unfolded a sprawling order list: oversize corn muffins, rich brownies, chewy peanut butter cookies, zucchini bread, chip-wiches, and "banana split" cupcakes, made of banana cake topped with frosting, chocolate drizzle, sprinkles, and a maraschino cherry. All of this was conjured without a trace of butter, eggs, or cream. Benz and Roche's wares, produced under the name Crust Vegan Bakery and sold at eateries like Joe Coffee and HipCityVeg, are entirely plant-based.
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January 15, 2016 | By Craig LaBan, RESTAURANT CRITIC
What a difference a decade makes. Ten years ago this week, Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby were still relatively unknown niche players in the wider Philadelphia dining scene when they moved Horizons Cafe, a vegan destination known for grilled seitan "wings" in a far-flung suburban strip mall, to an ambitious new location in Center City. The word vegan - and its animal-free promise of Vegenaise and copious fake meats - still struck fear in the hearts of many mainstream diners. When the two moved to their elegant new space at Vedge five years later and began focusing more on redefining pure vegetable cookery, the zeitgeist had begun to change.
NEWS
January 8, 2016 | Vance Lehmkuhl, Staff Writer
January always opens with good intentions, often plant-based ones, yet within weeks, old habits creep back in. But 2016 could be a tipping point - the year when vegan eating becomes too easy, and too tasty, to pass up. Options certainly abound in Philly. Here are 15 of them: 1. Gangster in University City Resolutions have life-changing potential. Just ask Vincent "Vinny" DePaul. After the collapse of his big-bucks L.A. T-shirt business, which had him hanging with celebs, rappers, moguls, criminals and "a lot of negative energy," he was handed a fresh-pressed organic juice that opened his eyes.
NEWS
December 4, 2015 | BY VANCE LEHMKUHL, For the Daily News VforVeg@phillynews.com
PLANNING holiday baking? Then you're probably all too aware that many people (family members?) are ditching eggs for various reasons. For some it's allergies, for some the massive cholesterol, for others the massive cruelty, for still others the government/industry dirty tricks to squelch egg-free competition. And let's not forget the increased costs from bird flu, or the fact that a surprising number of folks just don't like the taste of eggs. Yet, eggless baking options have been less than perfect, with different substitutions for different functions.
NEWS
November 28, 2015 | By Caitlin McCabe, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two decades ago, Thanksgiving Day for Barata El meant dinner rolls and potato chips. On a good year, he found pretzels. His best years, he said, were when the pretzels had mustard. It wasn't for lack of food for El, now a retired New Jersey corrections officer. He knew he was luckier than many: He had a big family to spend the holiday with, and a table full of food. But as the only vegan at a meal centered around turkey, Thanksgiving Day for El was a burden, rather than a celebration.
NEWS
November 25, 2015 | By Caitlin McCabe, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than four dozen people are expected to dine Thursday at the Ethical Society of Philadelphia, but it won't just be those eating who are thankful, said Barbara Pearl, one of the event's coordinators. This year, turkeys can be thankful, too. That's because the Thanksgiving dinner will be missing the traditional centerpiece - as well as any other foods that contains animal products. With the support of the local vegan community and the Ethical Society, 1906 Rittenhouse Square, Pearl is cohosting a vegan Thanksgiving potluck.
NEWS
November 6, 2015 | Vance Lehmkuhl, Daily News
Jon Stewart's been much in the news of late, what with his new HBO production deal and the announcement that Farm Sanctuary's fourth animal-rescue enterprise will be at his and wife Tracey Stewart's 12-acre farm in Middletown, N.J. That HBO deal is all Jon's, of course, but even casual observers know that Philly-born Tracey, a former veterinary technician, is in the driver's seat on the couple's animal-rights efforts. And there's more proof in her new book, Do Unto Animals: A Friendly Guide to How Animals Live, and How We Can Make Their Lives Better (Artisan)
FOOD
October 30, 2015
When I saw chef Tal Ronnen's butternut squash farinata in his gorgeous new book, Crossroads , I followed his lead and cooked small cubes of the squash first, then poured the batter over them before baking. The result reminded me a little of a Spanish potato-egg tortilla. Butternut Squash Farinata 8 servings   11/2 to 2 cups chickpea flour 2 cups water, preferably filtered, at room temperature 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more as needed 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, more as needed 1 tablespoon vegan butter (or sub unsalted butter)
NEWS
October 2, 2015 | Vance Lehmkuhl, Daily News Staff Writer
THE POPE IS GONE and the Philadelphia mayor's race is heating back up as candidates go head-to-head in weekly televised debates. Vegans, vegetarians, foodies and those interested in animal issues may be watching with their own questions: Will the new administration be vegan-friendly? Will new plant-based venues be encouraged? Will there be any change in the handling of animal cruelty and animal use? To get some answers on these and other issues, I invited all five registered candidates to answer 8 questions for this column.
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