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Bull City Vegan Challenge
April 1 – 30, 2016

Celebrate Earth Month with #PlanetProtein

See the list of winners here! Congratulations to the winning chefs and thank you to all who participated!

The 4th Bull City Vegan Challenge (BCVC) is a popular month-long contest challenging local Durham chefs to add a plant-based (vegan) entrée to their menu – with an optional appetizer or dessert. Customers try the dish and vote on the best in several categories. This year, 15 restaurants are competing. Winning chefs are announced in May.

The Challenge supports local restaurants while making more room at the table for everyone – vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian, omnivore alike. It is organized entirely by local volunteers.

Learn more below, including about prizes and community partners! Everyone gets a chance to win – chefs and diners! Watch our Facebook page for regular updates and prize announcements.   We will also be hosting some related events throughout the month.

Which Restaurants Are Competing?

Menu item descriptions and photos of dishes and chefs available here
Geer St Garden Beyu Gocciolina Luna
Geer St. Garden Beyu Caffe Gocciolina Luna Rotisserie
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Guglhupf Happy + Hale Saltbox The Federal
Parts&Labor - Motorco Durham Coop parkerotis Dos Perros
Parts & Labor Durham Coop Market Parker & Otis Dos Perros


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Cupcake Bar The Parlour

Special Category

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Monuts Pinhook
1st Week of April only BCVC-themed drink special


How Do I Participate and Vote?

It’s easy. Go to the participating restaurants throughout April. Order the #PlanetProtein dishes. Then vote. (Ballot link coming soon.)

  • GO to one of the participating restaurants.
  • ORDER the #PlanetProtein dish – the server should know, but if not – let us know!
  • PASSPORT You’ll have the opportunity to get a BCVC Passport stamped for each restaurant, and anyone who gets 10 or more stamps is entered to win a prize! The passports are in limited quantity at each restaurant, pick one up early in the month to keep with you and for each restaurant you visit on the list, get a server to initial it. Once you’ve visited at least 10 different restaurants (or all 15!) take a photo of it and share it with us to be entered to win a prize!
  • SHARE. Snap a photo of the dish and share your experience on Facebook  or Twitter or Instagram. You will be entered to win a prize if your photo is selected. You’ll need to tag us and use #PlanetProtein #bcvc2016 and be sure the photo does not have privacy restrictions. If it’s not public, we can’t see it. We will have various prizes throughout the month so share pics early and share often!
  • VOTE. Once you have tried as many options as you can and feel confident of your choices for the “best in” categories listed below fill out your ballot ( This is not a scientific survey but we highly encourage that you try as many competing restaurants/dishes as possible – both for the restaurants involved and for your enjoyment!
  • WIN. There are prizes for voting, sharing photos, most dishes tried, and more! We’ve got awesome prizes for both voters and chefs!

Who are the BCVC Community Partners?

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Triangle Meatless
Durham Convention
& Visitors Bureau
Durham Farmers
 Triangle Vegetarian
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Personal Chef

Who are the prize donors and product sample sponsors?

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Delight Soy Tempeh Girl Sama Spread Roots Food
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Soul Cocina Joie de Vegan No Evil Foods Global Breath Studio
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Sync Studio Dee’s Kitchen Wellville Healing Arts YMCA of the Triangle
PawsCorner veganflava stayfresh seeds
Paws at the Corner Vegan Flava Cafe Stay Fresh Veg Seeds
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Quarto Cooks Durham Cycles Nichole Honeycutt Massage Well Balance Nutrition
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Joe Van Gogh Shaolin NC Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge Scrap Exchange
DAIYA wholefoods
Daiya Durham Coop Market Triangle Vegetarian Society  Whole Foods Market

Details on how to win will be shared here.

What is #PlanetProtein all about?

In honor of April’s Earth Month, the 2016 Bull City Vegan Challenge theme is #PlanetProtein! Plants have protein and it’s better for the planet than protein from animals! According to the UN, raising animals for food is “one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global.” The April BCVC challenges chefs to offer creative, hearty, and tasty plant-based protein in their dishes. Good for you, good for the planet!