From May 7-14, restaurants across the US capital will celebrate the city’s rich and diverse vegan cuisine during DC Veg Week. The event will bring together top restaurants, from elegant fine dining to neighborhood fast-casual spots, to feature their greatest plant-based dishes.
Participating restaurants include fast-casual favorites Hip City Veg and Shouk, Chef Spike Mendelsohn’s PLNT Burger and upscale farm-to-table establishment DC Harvest. Roscoe’s Pizzeria will serve their famous vegan mozzarella pizzas while the Salvadoran/Mexican El Tamarindo will offer specialty plant-based papusas. Diners will also have the opportunity to try local newcomers BDG’s Ghicken Vegan and DC Vegan.
Restaurants can participate in DC Veg Week in a variety of ways, ranging from offering prix fixe menus and discounts to new vegan specialty items. Registration is open until April 22.
“A vegan oasis”
“In just the past two years the DC area has transformed into a vegan oasis. I used to settle for a salad from a chicken restaurant for lunch, now I choose from more than a dozen options in walking distance, including PLNT Burger. Every restaurateur understands that at least a few vegan options are required on every menu,” said Seth Goldman, Co-Founder of PLNT Burger and Eat the Change and Chair of the Board of Beyond Meat.
Celebrating neighborhood dining
Veg Week organizers say the festivities provide the public a unique opportunity to discover healthy and delicious plant-based options while supporting local businesses.
“With so many great veg friendly and vegan restaurants, people in the District are increasingly choosing plant-forward diets” said Veg Restaurant Week organizer Max Broad. “People are opting out of the factory farming of animals for being environmentally destructive and inhumane, especially with sophisticated whole foods meals and premier plant-based meats and cheeses easily within our fork’s reach.”
Participants can view the latest list of restaurants on the DC Restaurant Week website.