Get your plant chompers ready. November 1 is World Vegan Day, which kicks off World Vegan Month. It’s—you guessed it—a monthlong event celebrating all that is plant-based and delicious. First, let’s do a crash course in Veganism 101.
Being vegan is largely considered to be only a diet, but it’s actually a lifestyle. A vegan diet means a person does not consume anything derived from animals—no meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, milk, dairy, butter, honey—and also additives often found in food like gelatin. Even alcohol can contain animal byproducts (look up isinglass, sorry in advance). A vegan lifestyle means avoiding anything derived from animals or tested on animals, including cleaners, beauty products and more.
Why make the switch to vegan? It not only has been shown to improve people’s health and aid in fighting disease, but it also helps animals and reduces our carbon footprint and the damage we inflict on the environment.
If you want even more reasons to go vegan, VegeNation will be highlighting information throughout the day on its social media, along with creating a special World Vegan Day pop-up menu at its two locations (if you’re keeping track, it’s a lobster heart of palm sandwich on a vegan white bun with a side of smoky potato chowder).
Now, on to the tasty stuff.
Let’s look at the eats specific to tomorrow’s kickoff. Red Rock Casino kicks up its vegan food a notch with plenty of options around the property. Hearthstone Kitchen and Cellar serves up a beet and grilled peach salad topped with pistachios and Libre Mexican Cantina makes a special fajita dish with spicy grilled tofu and savory peppers and onions. Across town at Green Valley Ranch, Borracha Mexican Cantina offers veggie and tofu fajitas and and Bottiglia Cucina Enoteca has a vegan eggplant parm.
For the entire month, Violette’s Vegan Organic Cafe & Juice Bar is serving up veganized dishes of popular omnivore eats, in addition to its regular all-plant-based menu. This week, the restaurant is offering Violette’s Burger, a soy protein patty topped with crispy onions and veggies. Upcoming weeks will feature a country-fried steak with mashed potatoes smothered in gravy and a side of veggies; a vegan pizza made with Culinary Co. vegan cheese (versus the norm across town, Daiya); Grown Up Grilled Cheese (avocado, tomatoes and Culinary Co. cheese) sandwiched between grilled sourdough and a cup of tomato soup; and tacos with grilled seitan and a variety of flavorful toppings.
If you’re looking for even more options, check out my just-released Las Vegas Vegan Food Guide, covering the best vegan dishes and places to dine in the Valley. The guide canvasses more than 30 categories (including best brunch spot, Spanish, Thai, Chinese and more) and spans more than 45 restaurant suggestions.