We know what you’re thinking about April 15… today marks the half-way point for this year’s Bull City Vegan Challenge! We hope you’re starting to think about sending in your votes for your favorite dishes. Look over the voting survey at http://bit.ly/bcvcvote
to check out all the different categories.
Not sure what to vote on or try out next? Here are some posts from the past week to get you inspired.
Katherine Kershaw dropped an “I ate here because you serve vegan options” card
along with a monetary tip into the tip jar at Rise Biscuit which was very well received by the folks at Rise Downtown Durham
We love seeing what you post to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, but a Yelp review caught our eye this week as well. Local Yelper Katie T. took a beautiful shot of her dish at The Federal
and shared that
“If I could will this dish to stay, I would. A flavorful blend of spice, beet jus, butternut squash puree, roasted cauliflower, mushrooms…I could go on and on.”
Hey, we know some of these lovely people enjoying a night out at Luna Rotisserie and delighting in their amazing jackfruit dish. (Have you had it yet? Wow.) There’s our volunteer leader Eleni Vlachos as well as challenge volunteers Candace Mixon and Laura Azar.
Instagram user @tempehlove is feeling a lot of love for the tempeh dish at Guglhupf and instagram user @veggieamanda found that sharing the Dos Perros dish with a friend was a fun way to celebrate the challenge.
Pippa Hoover let us know that the strawberry dulce cupcake at The Cupcake Bar
did not disappoint. Pippa: “I’ve never had a cupcake like it before!”
Did you see us at the Farmer’s Market?
Chef Xavier Pino volunteered to create some delicious samples for sharing at Saturday’s Durham Farmers Market
to promote the challenge. He shared innovative twists on protein-heavy items such as a Beyond Meat
curry, a beer-marinated Tempeh Girl tempeh on bread with pickled onions and some very yummy shredded Delight Soy on crackers. Did you know that both Tempeh Girl
and Delight Soy
are local to North Carolina? Big thanks to all three of these vegan food vendors for donating their delicious veggie proteins and to the Durham Farmer’s Market for being a community supporter. Chef Pino masterfully prepared the samples. If you’d like to hire him for a private cooking lesson or a party check out his website.
The Bull City Vegan Challenge In the News
- Sunday April 17: Triangle VegFest is hosting their Monthly Market in Durham at Fullsteam at 12:45PM. RSVP to check out all the amazing vegan vendors at this free event.
- Saturday May 7: We really hope to see lots of your friendly faces at our after-party next month! In celebration of April’s month of #PlanetProtein we will be announcing the winners of the Bull City Vegan (Chef) Challenge along with winners of the participant/voter prizes! There will also be door prizes and free food sampling from local businesses including Delight Soy, Soul Cocina, and Joie de Vegan, as well as food sampling by Asheville-based No Evil Foods. Please RSVP so we have plenty of samples for everyone!
Congrats to our #FullFrameFest winner, Doug, for this shot taken at the Full Frame film Unlocking the Cage. Doug gets a free meal at Dos Perros
For the “Everything is better with friends!” contest, Katie Todd won a $50 gift card to the Scrap Exchange
and a gift bag from Joe Van Gogh
. Katie shared this lovely photo of her and a friend eating at the jackfruit BBQ dish at Beyu.
Watch our facebook page to find out how to win prizes each week. Next week, we’ll be awarding a prize for a group pic and we’ll have an Earth Day giveaway for a picture of your bike or of you biking to a challenge restaurant. We will also have a best-of prize to give away when the challenge is complete so keep sharing. We’d love to see your beautiful faces in your pictures as well as your dishes! Remember to use our hashtags #planetprotein and #bcvc2016.
The Challenge appreciates the support of our community partners including the Triangle Veg Society
which hosts vegan potlucks, speakers, and the famous annual vegan Thanksgiving, as well as Food for Life offering nutrition and cooking classes – including kids cooking classes! We are lucky to have Dilip Barman in our community. Thank you so much for your support!