Yolo Vegan Chef Challenge and COOL Cuisine Meetup
Visit the Yolo Vegan Chef Challenge webpage for updates!
COOL Cuisine Hosting VCC Meetups
COOL Cuisine is supporting the Vegan Chef Challenge (VCC) by hosting a Meetup on Monday, April 3, 6pm. RSVP and get details here: https://www.meetup.com/cool-cuisine/events/292227997/
Second Vegan Chef Challenge Meetup added!Restaurant: Red Noodle 88 in DavisDate: April 18, 2023Time: 6:00pmRSVP needed if you want us to save you a seat with the group.
Anya hopes Yolo-ites can use this as an excuse to go out to eat!
Sacramento Vegan Chef Challenge in October
What is the Vegan Chef Challenge?
The Vegan Chef Challenge (VCC) is a month-long event showcasing new vegan menu items created by chefs at local restaurants. Typically, ten to thirty restaurants take part and the dining public is encouraged to vote for their favorite dishes. The majority of restaurants keep at least one popular vegan item on their regular menu after the challenge concludes.
The Vegan Chef Challenge began in 2010 when Eleni Vlachos sadly noted the limited vegan options in Durham, NC. Her omnivore friend, Chef Shirle, suggested, “Chefs love a contest. Make it a challenge.” The Vegan Chef Challenge was born. To read more about the first VCC in Durham, visit “How the “Bull City” Vegan Chef Challenge began.”
On the west coast, Bethany Davis was so impressed with Eleni’s work in Durham that she brought the VCC to Sacramento, CA in 2011. Her yearly Sacramento VCCs caught the attention of Vegan Outreach, who saw the huge value of adding more vegan options to restaurants. Vegan Outreach now supports Vegan Chef Challenges across the nation. With the interest from other countries, we hope to soon have VCCs across the globe!
Where do I find participating restaurants and when are they serving vegan food?
This is a community event and it takes place at each participating restaurant throughout each city. There is no central event location. Visit the National Vegan Chef Challenge website and click on the links to visit the VCC in your town.
Don’t see your town on the list and want to organize your own Vegan Chef Challenge? Please visit Start a Challenge to find out how to be a VCC organizer.
How much does the event ticket cost?
You do not need to purchase a special event ticket to enjoy the VCC. Just go to participating VCC restaurants and ask for their Vegan Chef Challenge menu. After you enjoy it, vote!
Where do I vote?
Visit the national Vegan Chef Challenge website and scroll to the city you’re visiting. The link to vote will be on their website.
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