Ferraro's Vegan plate. Photo by Krystal Ramirez

World Vegan Month Is a Thing—Here’s How We’re Celebrating

Don’t feel like cooking? Don’t worry. There are numerous meal-prep services in town offering plant-based deliciousness. This month, the one to check out is Vegan Meals by Mindy. A former meat eater and meat meal-maker, Mindy Poortinga transitioned to veganism after volunteering at a local animal sanctuary, and her meal business transitioned, too. To celebrate her two-year vegan-versary, Poortinga will offer three meals for $30 through November. Want Fido to go plant-powered? She’s also launched vegan dog food. Check out her menu and order online at veganmealsbymindy.com.

Cinnaholic (4165 S. Grand Canyon Dr., cinnaholic.com/las-vegas) continues to delight the masses this fall. The vegan gourmet cinnamon roll shop, which creates the most mouthwatering cinnamon rolls that are (get ready) cholesterol-free, gained notoriety after it was featured on Shark Tank. The Las Vegas franchise opened this summer and has become a vegan sweet tooth’s go-to, thanks to its mix-and-match rule that lets customers create their ideal cinnamon treat. To celebrate autumn, Cinnaholic has introduced new toppings for the season, including tiramisu, horchata and pumpkin pie. And for the holidays, the shop plans to offer peppermint.

Former Pura Vida chef Mayra Trabulse has created a new dining series at Tivioli Village in partnership with Fresh52 Farmers Market. The second of Trabulse’s Sunday Suppers (sundaysuppers.splashthat.com) takes place at 4 p.m. November 13. The farm-to-table meals celebrates local food and businesses, and each event benefits a local charity. Proceeds from the November dinner go to Create A Change, which helps at-risk elementary schools in Clark County by using edible education to introduce children to a positive, healthy relationship with food. The final meal in the series is a Sunday brunch at 11:30 a.m. on December 18 and benefits December’s supports Project 150, a local organization which helps upward of 2,500 homeless, displaced and disadvantaged high school students in the community to obtain necessary goods to help them thrive. Tickets start at $60 presale.

Whether you know it not, Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar (4480 Paradise Rd., FerrarosLasVegas.com) has some pretty legit vegan eats. Inspired by the “millennial generation’s sense of responsibility to the planet and to good health,” executive chef Francesco di Caudo launched a plant-based menu that includes appetizers including a chickpea mousse with chickpea fritters, capers and tomato sofritto, as well as arugula salad. Main dishes include mushroom risotto and house-made sweet potato and chickpea gnocchi with garlic, rapini and Calarian peppers.

Finally, while not meal-related, CVS Pharmacy has jumped onto the vegan train in a quest to offer healthier options (they’re even nixing a portion of candy at the register to sell “better for you” selections such as Vega One bars). More than 2,000 stores nationwide now prominently feature vegan items. Through January 13, the “trend zone” will include Larabars, Go Raw, Mamma Chia, GimMe and other plant-based options. Note that these selections are only available at the following CVS locations in town: 3550 W. Sahara Ave., 268 N. Jones Blvd., 8580 W. Charleston Blvd., 2425 E. Desert Inn Rd. and 6705 E. Lake Mead Blvd.

Diana Edelman aims to make living a vegan lifestyle in Las Vegas accessible to everyone. Check out the latest vegan news (and find out where to eat) on her website, vegansbaby.com.

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