Vegan Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2014

    Top five celebrity restaurant fails

    Nothing is sadder than when celebrities dabble in the food-service industry and fail miserably at it -- except when the food fails are so completely predictable that even a dumb-as-a-rock celebrity should have known better. Over the weekend the lady-centric (and arguably un-feminist) steakhouse SHe ... More >>

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    March 27, 2014
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    November 6, 2013

    Coohills anniversary dinner, Thanksliving vegan feast tonight

    Celebrate Coohills second anniversary this evening with good food, good wine and good company. A cocktail hour will start the night off right at 6:15 p.m.; a four-course dinner will follow at 7 p.m. All courses will be accompanied by wines from Jordan Vineyard, a Sonoma County winery -- and Chris Av ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2013

    Vegan pumpkin cinnamon rolls for a seasonal dessert-for-breakfast on Meatless Monday

    We're not going to pretend that cinnamon rolls are ever good for you -- but when you substitute for egg and whole-milk dairy and add a little bit of pumpkin, you shouldn't feel quite so guilty about eating one or two. This all-vegan version is a tad labor-intensive but pretty easy, especially for in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2013

    Potato and fennel soup for a hearty meal on Meatless Monday

    Soup makes a fantastic cold-weather dish, and this potato-fennel concoction is thick and hearty enough to work as an entree through the chillier days ahead. The minced fennel gives the broth a beefy flavor that could fool anyone (especially if you make your own vegetable broth), but it's vegan and g ... More >>

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    October 2, 2013

    Chomp hosts a vegan pop-up dinner in the Horse Barn tonight

    Join Plants & Animals Denver , a vegan advocacy group, for Chomp, a pop-up vegan dinner that starts at 7 p.m. tonight at the Horse Barn, 1031 33rd Street. In keeping with that setting -- an old stable that's been converted to a work space for non-profits and other do-good organizations -- the dinner ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2013

    Virgilio's Pizzeria and Wine Bar slices up new vegetarian (raw optional) entrees

    We're always finding new vegan and vegetarian food options to try in the metro area. But sometimes an old favorite is worth a second look -- and that's the case this week with Virgilio's Pizzeria and Wine Bar and the eatery's new "pasta" options. See also: Virgilio's pizza stretches to accommodate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    Vegan applesauce muffins for a breakfast favorite on Meatless Monday

    My grandmother made some of the best comfort food I've ever tasted -- and these homemade applesauce muffins are one of my favorites. I loved rolling out of bed at her house to the smell of fresh-baked muffins ready to be dipped in butter, cinnamon and sugar, and scarfed in preparation for the day. S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2013

    Vegan coffee cake for a morning pick-me-up on Meatless Monday

    Sometimes you want something a little bit sweet to start off the day -- and because coffee cake goes perfectly with a cup of caffeine, it's an excellent choice for a breakfast treat. This recipe (adapted from The Joy of Vegan Baking) has the added bonus of being super-easy to make, so you won't have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2013

    JL Fields of VegFest Colorado on veganism for women and tasty food for everyone

    There will be all kinds of experts talking about how to incorporate more veggies into your diet at VegFest Colorado, at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds Saturday, July 6, and Sunday, July 7. JL Fields is coming up from Colorado Springs to do a cooking demonstration with registered dietician Virginia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2013

    Photos: Top ten vegan-friendly cities -- and where Boulder placed

    We recently shared a list of the ten worst travel cities -- a roster on which Denver finished first -- as judged by inexpensive flights, short travel times to popular destinations and accessibility. But what if you're more interested in another type of accessibility -- such as the ease of finding ve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2013

    Where did Boulder rank on PETA's list of the top vegan cities in the U.S.?

    The folks at PETA know a little something about avoiding meat, and they recently came up with a list of the top ten vegan-friendly cities in America. And while Denver has its share of vegan-friendly options, Boulder was the only Colorado city that made the list. Turn the page to see how PETA descri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2013

    Vegan vanilla cupcakes with strawberry icing for a springtime treat on Meatless Monday

    Springtime is fleeing fast, so before it gets too hot to even think about turning on the oven, whip up some of these fluffy, sweet vanilla cupcakes, and top them off with strawberry frosting. See also: - Vegan peanut butter cookies for your sweetheart on Meatless Monday - Vegan chocolate cupcakes f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2013

    The five best vegetarian/vegan dishes in Denver

    Denver's a great town for vegetarians and vegans, as the Best of Denver 2013 attests. In that issue, you'll find accolades for Best Vegetarian Green Chile and Best Vegan Market, as well as many more green categories. But if you're looking for the best plant-based dishes in the city, look no further ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    Door 86 vegan cheese is packaged paradise

    Although there are many good meat replacements on the market, a decent dairy-free cheese can be tough to come by -- and you can forget about a cheese memorable enough to pair with a glass of wine. Daphne Medina, creator of Door 86 Vegan Cheese, to the rescue. She's accomplishd the impossible, as tho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2013

    City, O' City is doing seriously well these days -- and comedy helps

    It's easy being green these days, thanks to City, O' City and WaterCourse Foods, which are already off to a big year. "Business is really good," reports owner Dan Landes. "We're seeing newer and newer faces." But that doesn't mean they're younger faces: The biggest demographic growth has been in men ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2013

    Kale calling: Five dishes featuring the antioxidant powerhouse

    It's been a good year for the cabbage family. First crispy Brussels sprouts elbowed their way onto menus, and now kale is following in its cousin's footsteps. At True Food Kitchen, which I review this week, this leafy green is used in many ways: as a drink, with apple, cucumber, celery, lemon and gi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    Sexy Pizza's vegan options get us hot and bothered

    Denver has plenty for the discerning plant-based diner, especially pizza. This town has so many good vegan pies that it's getting increasingly tough to pick a favorite. One thing we know for sure: The vegan and vegetarian pizzas at Sexy Pizza are swoon-worthy, especially on that delectable, decaden ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2013

    Veggie Girl: The five best things I ate last year

    This past year was a good one for vegan food in Denver, what with the opening of Nooch and the continued success of such events as VegFest and other regular gatherings of herbivores. And I reaped the rewards eating out for Veggie Girl, because local restaurants have really stepped up their game. Her ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2012

    Mellow Mushroom gives vegan eaters a pizza the action

    Mellow Mushroom seemed like the perfect place to celebrate the passage of Amendment 64, what with its giant, color-changing psychedelic mushroom motif. But this pizza chain is based in Atlanta, and last time we checked, Georgia wasn't anywhere close to legalizing marijuana. Still, we'll give a thumb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2012

    Maggiano's offers vegetarian and vegan options for fans of Italian food

    When you've got a ton of people to feed and no one can agree on anything but a chain, Maggiano's can be a good choice -- even for those on a plant-based diet. If you know how to order, you can avoid the meat on the Maggiano's menu and have an enjoyable vegetarian meal. See also: - Flights Wine Caf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    Vegan zucchini bread for a sweet seasonal treat on Meatless Monday

    There are so many monster zucchini ready to harvest in our garden that we're planning to make zucchini bread. A lot of it. And take it to friends and coworkers. And probably complete strangers. This vegan recipe (adapted for mile-high altitude from The Joy of Vegan Baking) is moist and delicious. An ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2012

    Eden is a retreat for plant-eaters and carnivores alike

    The venue formerly known as Swallows has kept its Pride-friendly vibe but polished up the kitchen and the decor as Eden. Chef Ching-yuan Hu has created a weekend brunch spread -- with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options -- that fills the dining room, but the dinner menu is also a testament to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    The vegan pizza at the Marquis Theater is a show-stopper

    We've found some very good vegan pizzas in town, including this year's Best of Denver award-winner. But the pie to beat in 2013 comes from the oven at the Marquis Theater, which has minimal seating for diners -- but plenty of entertainment while you wait.

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    Yak and Yeti's veggie fare takes us higher than Everest

    The upstairs dining room of the Arvada Yak and Yeti is like an eccentric grandmother's attic, with its slanting ceilings and a shelf of books with such archaic titles as Communications in the Future (written in 1982). There are also enough cultural artifacts adorning the walls and shelves to stock a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    Homemade vegan chai for an afternoon pick-me-up on Meatless Monday

    No one's saying you have to go meatless just because it's Monday -- but as incentive to join the growing movement, every week we're offering an animal-free recipe. Beat the heat with a spiced drink with a little hit of caffeine to keep you going. This recipe (inspired by The Joy of Vegan Baking) us ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    Doron Petersan vegan cookbook signing at Tattered Cover

    Food Network's Cupcake Wars winner and vegan-evangelist Doron Petersan will sign copies of her new cookbook, Sticky Fingers' Sweets: 100 Super-Secret Vegan Recipes tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover, 2526 East Colfax Avenue. Petersan will also be slinging vegan treats, alongside local vegan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    Cupcake Wars champ Doron Petersan on Sticky Fingers' Sweets

    Doron Petersan is the owner of Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats shop in Washington, D.C., but folks around here know her as the vegan cupcake warrior who slayed the Food Network's Cupcake Wars and Cupcake Wars All-Stars competition, alongside Sticky Fingers' head baker Jenny Webb. Petersan's become som ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    Cupcake Wars champ Doron Petersan onSticky Fingers' Sweets

    Doron Petersan is the owner of Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats in Washington, D.C. -- but folks around here might know her better as the vegan cupcake warrior who slayed the Food Network's Cupcake Wars and Cupcake Wars All-Stars competition, alongside Sticky Fingers' head baker Jenny Webb. Petersan ha ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    May 8, 2012

    Sub-Culture serves a dozen vegetarian (and vegan-optional) sandwiches

    During its short time on the map, Sub-Culture has become very popular; it opened last year and has already garnered a Best of Denver award as the Best Non-Sports Spot for Watching Games. But we were more concerned with the food than the atmosphere when we swooped in to pick up lunch (after ordering ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2012

    The vegan fare at Hops & Pie makes us jump for joy

    Hops & Pie is an ideal neighborhood establishment: simply furnished, small enough to have a strong sense of intimacy -- but with a big beer list. As a bonus, the kitchen offers not just several vegetarian options, but also vegan dishes. One look at the menu, and moving to the Berkeley neighborhood j ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    Country skillet potpie (vegan-style) for a hearty meal on Meatless Monday

    No one's saying you have to go meatless just because it's Monday -- but as incentive to join the growing movement, every week we're offering an animal-free recipe. With the chilly weather this past weekend we decided to skip salad, and instead grabbed some fresh fingerling potatoes and yellow baby ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    The 27 Social Centre hosts monthly, mostly vegan Secret Cafe

    Okay, so it's not really a secret -- although it is tucked away inside a printing shop. In an attempt to introduce their home to a wider group of people -- and occasionally focus on something other than politics -- the collective organizations at the 27 Social Centre, 2727 West 27th Avenue, have lau ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    Bombay Bowl's vegetarian and vegan options are quick and delicious

    Lose some, win some. Last August the original Bombay Bowl in Englewood closed rather than pay a rent increase, but the remaining Denver location was recently featured in the the New York Times. And despite the off-hour of our visit -- 3:30 p.m. on a Sunday -- business was steady at the fast-casual I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Chocolate-chip vegan scones for a breakfast treat on Meatless Monday

    ​‚ÄčNo one's saying you have to go meatless just because it's Monday -- but as incentive to join the growing movement, every week we're offering an animal-free recipe. If you've tried our banana walnut muffins or peanut-butter cookies, then you know vegan baking isn't nearly as difficult as i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    Deronn Turner serves up vegan soul food at private dinner parties

    ​Deronn Turner is a cookbook author and soul-food warrior in this town; originally hailing from Oklahoma, Turner knows what down-home cooking should taste like. And she makes that evident during occasional private dinner parties thrown with friends, where she takes over the kitchen and cooks u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    VegFest 2011: Top five food products

    ​We came, we saw, we took pictures and now we're sharing them with you. There were all kinds of products available at VegFest 2011 on Saturday, but we managed to settle on five favorites, starting with this gourmet mushroom kit that grows 'shrooms in recycled coffee grounds. (Oyster mushrooms, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Compassionate Cooks' Colleen Patrick-Goudreau talks about her VegFest topic, her new book and more

    Colleen Patrick-Goudreau.​Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is the founder of and the author of three must-have cookbooks for plant-based eaters: The Joy of Vegan Baking, The Vegan Table and Color Me Vegan. She'll be speaking at VegFest tomorrow at the Jefferson County Fairgr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    Elana Amsterdam releases Gluten-Free Cupcakes

    Marble cupcakes with vegan chocolate frosting.​Elana Amsterdam had been baking healthy, high-protein desserts since the early '90s -- and then in 1998, she was diagnosed with celiac disease. One thing seemed to lead to another, and the delicious result is the local author's latest work, Gluten ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    Today: The Great American Meatout

    ​It's never been easier to go vegetarian or vegan, and the annual Great American Meatout (which happens every year on or around March 20) is a fantastic reminder of what we can do for our bodies and for the planet by simply changing our eating habits. Keep reading for a rundown of Meatout even ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2011

    Mercy for Animals has a solution to Taco Bell's legal woes: Go vegan

    If there's hardly any beef, then why not go vegan?​Taco Bell has been sued by Alabama-based law firm Beasley Allen, which claims the chain was using too little beef in its "beef." And because this country loves meaty litigation, Taco Bell turned around and sued right back, claiming that not on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    New Year's Eve.,..for vegans?

    A reader has sent an urgent plea: I have irresponsibly neglected to make NYE dinner reservations in a timely fashion and now I fear I may have run out of options. We're going to the White Rose Gala, and doing it up black- tie style to boot, so I'm hoping to find somewhere suitable for dinner ahead ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    The Rebellion tosses out vegetarian and vegan pizza pies

    ​There are no tables inside the Rebellion, 2231 South Broadway, and although the patio offers extensive seating perfect for sunny Colorado days (summer and winter alike), you might not want to wait for clear skies to get your pizza fix. Understandable. Thankfully, the pizzeria offers deliver ... More >>

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    November 19, 2010

    Walter Bond puts his neck out for vegans

    Walter Bond, aka ALF Lone Wolf​Going one better than wearing his heart on his animal-product-free sleeve, Walter Bond, the activist who yesterday pleaded guilty to torching the Sheepskin Factory on Colorado Boulevard this spring, rocked a major tattoo in his mug shot. It might make you think ... More >>

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    October 5, 2010

    Tonight: Root Down hosts a raw vegan dinner

    A Flickr photo.​Think a raw vegan diet sounds like the most boring food choice on the planet? Root Down chef Daniel Asher hopes to change your mind with his five-course raw vegan dinner. He dishes up a different feast every Tuesday, focusing on local produce. All raw, o course. The dinner is a ... More >>

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    February 11, 2010

    The Rebellion surrenders to vegan bolshevists

    The Rebellion has become headquarters for a vegan revolt​For those who have no qualms about digging into a couple of Double Stacks, vegan cheese on pizza might sound horrendous, right up there with fake bacon. But no one's complaining about the vegan, non-dairy Daiya cheese now offered at Th ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 9, 2009

    Hail Seitan!

    Vegetarians unite at the VegFest and Health Expo.

  • Dining

    June 23, 2005

    Bite Me

    Having Your Cake

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    April 13, 2000

    Check, Please!

    Readers give our food critic something to chew on.

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