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July 3, 2015 | Vance Lehmkuhl, Daily News
HOMESTYLE-vegan chef/entrepreneur Rachel Klein, of Miss Rachel's Pantry , just opened her new location on Chadwick Street, a couple of blocks from the Passyunk Avenue spot she'd occupied for the past three years. "I'm very excited to be embedded in the community," she said. And while she meant her home neighborhood, Klein is also part of a growing Philly vegan community that we'll look at today via three of the women involved. First, if you missed a chance to experience Klein's scrumptious down-home cooking at the old place, or via her meal-prep and catering programs, now's the time to treat yourself.
NEWS
June 5, 2015 | Vance Lehmkuhl, Daily News Staff Writer
THE ITALIAN Market just marked a century in business, and it didn't get there by catering to dietary fads. The vendors' hallmark in this area around 9th Street between Washington Avenue and Christian Street is patient, high-quality craftsmanship, developed over time. Originally established by old-world cheesemakers, butchers and sausage-grinders, and reveling in its traditional trappings, this is not where you'd look for trailblazing vegan foods. Sure, there are scattered options: Sabrina's Cafe (910 Christian St.)
NEWS
May 8, 2015
WERE YOU shocked to hear about Jon Stewart's post-"Daily-Show" plan to join his Philly-born wife, Tracey Stewart, in running a farm for rescued animals? It was no surprise to Gene Baur, who has helped reshape attitudes - the Stewarts' and many others' - about food and animals since cofounding the first Farm Sanctuary for rescued farm animals almost 30 years ago. Baur was a recent "Daily Show" guest, and when I inquired, postinterview, about reports that his first book, Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food , was a major influence on the Stewarts, he shrugged off the credit, saying, "All of us here at Farm Sanctuary are very grateful to the Stewarts.
NEWS
May 8, 2015
RICH LANDAU and Kate Jacoby, owners and executive chefs of Vedge, provided this recipe for Gene Baur's new book, Living the Farm Sanctuary Life: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Mindfully, Living Longer, and Feeling Better Every Day. Baur writes, "I love this robust 'catch-of-the-day' tomato soup, because here the catch isn't fish, it's wild mushrooms, peas, leeks and fennel. Served with a slice of toasted sourdough bread, this is a compassionate version of a San Francisco classic.
NEWS
April 3, 2015
"VEGAN is going mainstream," blared an article on the food-trends site Food Navigator, noting that the number of references to "vegan" on social media rival those of "Coca-Cola," and citing study numbers on vegan eating's growing appeal to a "much larger base of consumers" beyond hard-core vegans. So, it's no wonder that still more animal-free products are hitting shelves (last week saw the debut of ready-made vegan "scrambled eggs"), and that plant-based offerings are showing up just about everywhere, flooding into the nooks and crannies of our culture.
NEWS
March 27, 2015
THE GRAND FINALE of the 2015 Best Vegan Cheesesteak in Philly contest was a blast - a blast of very-late-winter snow! On Friday, three hours before spring's start, Philly was covered in wet, white stuff, jamming traffic and slamming our final judging event at Weavers Way Chestnut Hill. Two of our perennially prompt judges arrived late, as a fallen tree closed Lincoln Drive, and many of those expected wound up being thwarted from attending. Still, a healthy throng of vegan and vegan-curious spectators cheered our judges (Frank Olivieri Jr., Councilwoman Cindy Bass, Dr. Ana Negron and dietitian Ed Coffin)
NEWS
March 20, 2015
THE PEOPLE have spoken in this year's contest to name the Best Vegan Cheesesteak in Philly , with more than 1,800 votes cast by more than 1,500 interested voters since the contest began on Feb. 26. It was a hard-fought race for the finals in the last few days, as Royal Tavern staked out the top spot, while Blackbird, Vegan Commissary and Jerry's Kitchen wrestled back and forth over second and third places, with Blackbird nailing second...
NEWS
March 19, 2015
S TEVE LAURENCE, 63, of Bella Vista, is founding partner and chief operating officer of Vegan Commissary, on 11th Street near Morris in South Philadelphia. The biz includes a restaurant that uses only plant-based ingredients, sells wholesale to other restaurants, and caters and hosts special events. The eatery opened in December 2013. Q: Where'd the idea for Vegan Commissary come from? A: I managed MilkBoy [at 11th and Chestnut] and left to do consulting. Some friends who rented space in Comcast Center asked me to make prepared foods.
NEWS
March 13, 2015
WITH SNOW melted, temps in the 50s instead of the 20s and evening daylight, spring suddenly seems imminent. And next Friday, March 20, on the first day of spring, Weavers Way in Chestnut Hill will host the final judging event of our contest to name the Best Vegan Cheesesteak in Philly. This will be part of an all-day celebration of the Great American Meatout at Weavers Way, which also will feature vegan cheesesteaks at its hot bar that day. Our panel of judges - author and M.D. Ana M. Negron, Councilwoman Cindy Bass, registered dietitian and activist Ed Coffin and Pat's Steaks proprietor Frank Olivieri Jr. - will taste the top three qualifying sandwiches on the philly.com ballot (find it at philly.com/vegancheesesteak )
NEWS
March 6, 2015
WITH 25 NOMINEES and counting, the 2015 Best Vegan Cheesesteak in Philadelphia contest is in full swing, and the competition is already getting fierce. If your favorite is among the existing nominees, you can vote for it once per calendar day here: philly.com/vegancheesesteak . And if it's not, write it in! The top 10 vote-getters will be listed in the Daily News on March 19. The top three qualifying finalists will submit sandwiches for final judging at a gala event at Weavers Way Chestnut Hill on March 20 at 4 p.m. Our judges will be: * Frank Olivieri Jr., proprietor of Pat's King of Steaks and grandson of cheesesteak co-originator Harry Olivieri.
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