PHOENIX – More than 20 food stalls and restaurants across the city will attend the opening Phoenix Vegan Restaurant Week, which starts on Sunday, September 12, 2021 and runs through Saturday, September 18.
During the weeklong event, restaurants will either feature a special item on their menu in addition to their regular menu or offer a multi-course menu at set prices: up to $ 20 for breakfast or lunch and $ 33 for dinner.
The event was hosted by Chef Jason Wyrick, who opened Casa Terra, a gourmet vegan restaurant in Glendale, and Jozh Watson, who created the PHX Vegan Night Market and runs PhoenixVegan.com, a website that promotes vegan restaurants and events in the Valley.
“I’ve wanted to do this for a while. I’ve seen it pop up in other cities for a while … and I’ve wanted to put one together, especially since I started Casa Terra, “Wyrick said in an interview with ABC15.
He said vegan-vegetarian cuisine has come a long way in recent years – and more and more restaurants, even non-vegan restaurants, are adding plant-based products to their menus as demand has increased.
“We deserve to have a huge vegan food scene here – and that’s what happens here. I really want people to see that, ”he said.
One of the participating restaurants is Pachamama, a vegan restaurant that opened at the Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market in 2019 and opened a small physical location near 19th Avenue and Indian School Road in 2020.
“Some people said it was a crazy time to open in the middle of a pandemic,” said Maria Lebron, who owns the restaurant with husband and chef Kevin. “We said that at least it would make a really great story. We know we love what we publish and we hope others do too.”
“We were very grateful; people keep coming in through the door,” she said.
Some of their signature products are the J’Asada tacos, which are made from hibiscus asada, avocado crema, and serrano salsa, and the wauli-nut rizo burrito, which features walnuts, cauliflower, chorizo spices, and an almond arbol salsa contains.
For Vegan Restaurant Week, Lebron said they’ll showcase their take on a popular Puerto Rican dish and give it a Mexican influence.
There’s a $ 20 lunch special that includes a drink, salad, and appetizer, and a $ 25 dinner menu that includes salad, appetizer, and dulce de leche olive oil cake for dessert. A drink is not included with dinner.
Chef Wyrick said there are always plans to bring Vegan Restaurant Week back in fall 2022.
Other participating restaurants are:
- Nice burger
- Brunch & sip
- Desert root cuisine
- Dilla Libre
- Early bird vegan
- Earth plant-based cuisine
- Giving tree cafe
- Better goods
- Ground control
- Hot sauce & pepper
- Nana’s kitchen
- Positive frosted
- Restaurant Salvadoreno ##
- Simon’s hot dogs
- The Nile Coffee Shop
- The vegan taste
- Trash Panda vegan
- Urban Beans Café
- Wok this way
visit www.phoenixvegan.com/phoenix-vegan-restaurant-week to see the full list of restaurants and their menus.