Phoenix’s first-ever vegan restaurant week announced in September
Any doubts about the strength of the Valley’s vegan scene were allayed by the announcement of the first-ever Phoenix Vegan Restaurant Week. Less than two weeks after registration opened, more than 25 restaurants have registered, and more are added every week.
Scheduled September 12-18, Phoenix Vegan Restaurant Week is hosted by Jozh Watson, who runs Phoenix Vegan, and Chef Jason Wyrick of Casa Terra in Glendale and delivery service The Vegan Taste.
Confirmed attendees include Early Bird Vegan, Dilla Libre, AZ Tacos Veganos, Pachamama, Major Tom’s, Tesoro Vegano, The Nile Coffee Shop, Shameless Burger, Verdura, The Giving Tree Café, Earth Plant-Based Cuisine and Salvadoreño.
The line isn’t limited to brick and mortar restaurants; it also includes bakers and food trucks like Wok This Way. There is no limit to the number of food companies that can participate, says Watson, and they are also striving to secure sponsors.
Wyrick says Casa Terra won’t reopen in time to participate, as the gourmet vegan restaurant has been closed since COVID started. However, he will serve dishes from The Vegan Taste at a venue to be determined.
“This is an opportunity for those who are vegans and curious to really dive in and have something awesome at a fairly reasonable price,” Wyrick said. “There are so many people interested in vegan food now, but there’s always this fear of, ‘Is it worth it? Is this going to be weird? Is it going to suck? “And there will be so many options for people.”
A dish from Chef Jason Wyrick, co-organizer of Phoenix Vegan Restaurant Week.
The vegan taste
Participation isn’t limited to vegan or vegetarian restaurants either, Wyrick says.
“We know that almost all vegan and vegetarian restaurants will join us and in fact many have done so, but we want omni restaurants to join as well, for several reasons,” he says. “First, it promotes veganism throughout the valley in a much better way. And it also shows these omni restaurants that they have a vegan clientele and encourages them to offer more vegan options. “
Watson wants to encourage attendees to go beyond the basics offered by each restaurant.
“We don’t want them to come up with the Cobb salad and then the fries,” he says. “It really gives them the ability to cook a thoughtful meal or dishes for those curious about plants, people who might just have a meatless day, or people who might be vegans or allergic to certain things. “
Fixed-price dinner and breakfast menus (starter and drink) and lunch menus (starter, starter and drink) are capped at $ 20, and three- and five-course dinners cost $ 33 and $ 44, respectively. .
The Phoenix Vegan Restaurant Week kicks off on Saturday, September 11 at the downtown Phoenix Vegan Night Market.
For tickets or to register as a participating restaurant, visit the Phoenix Vegan Restaurant Week website.
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