• Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    Natural Grocers bans confinement dairy products

    The consumption of certain products can contain inherent ethical conundrums -- and those are the sorts of conundrums that cause outright hostility between, say, vegans and carnivores. What you eat is part of the issue, but another equally important component is how that food product was created and, ... More >>

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    April 9, 2014

    Nooch Vegan Market reopens in new space in Baker

    Nooch Vegan Market, the vegan store owned and operated by Joshua LaBure and Vanessa Gochnour since August 2012, left its original home in RiNo last month and is reopening today in the Baker neighborhood, at 10 East Ellsworth Avenue. With twice the space they had at their original store, Labure and G ... More >>

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    March 27, 2014
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    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 21, 2013

    Old Curtis Street Tavern becoming the Curtis Club

    The Old Curtis Street Tavern was a beloved watering hole for many young artists in Denver's music and comedy scene until it closed last January. Now the space has been transformed into the Curtis Club, an old West-styled gastro-pub with a contemporary menu of locally sourced produce and plenty of ve ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 3, 2013
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    September 24, 2013

    Build your own Tokyo Joe's bowl for a made-to-order, veggie special

    There are 26 Tokyo Joe's location in Colorado -- a state that may pump out more fast-casual chain stores per capita than any other (see: Chipotle, Garbanzo, Qdoba, Smashburger, etc.). Although the menu includes a vegetarian sushi roll that's not bad (it has cream cheese, which is bad news for vegans ... 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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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

    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 18, 2012

    Tarasco's New Latin Cuisine is hot for veggies, too

    It's not that easy to find vegetarian-friendly (let alone vegan-friendly) Mexican food; between lard in refried beans and chicken stock in the rice or green chile, there's no telling what animal products might be lurking in the foods you order. That's why we just love places like Tarasco's New Latin ... More >>

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    December 11, 2012

    Bono's Italian Takeout is quick, easy and veggie-friendly

    With holiday preparations filling the calendar, who has time to sit in a restaurant and linger over a meal? For that matter, who has time to cook a meal? Right now, takeout is looking pretty good -- and there are several good reasons to try Bono's Italian Takeout. The takeout/lunch menu at this fami ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 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

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
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    May 10, 2012

    Chomp! founder embarks on a new adventure: Nooch Vegan Market

    Joshua LaBure, the man behind Chomp! Vegan Supper Club and the vegan Neat Market (and a member in good standing of the vegan activist collective Plants & Animals Denver), has arguably done more for vegans in this town than anybody else. And now, he's about to take his efforts to feed the plant-based ... 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 >>

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    March 27, 2012

    Old Blinking Light takes plant-based eaters south of the border

    Eating Mexican food as a vegetarian isn't easy, and as a vegan? You might as well forget it unless you're at a plant-based restaurant. Or at Old Blinking Light Kitchen & Cocktails in Highlands Ranch.

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    February 21, 2012

    The Living Room serves up happy-hour veggie snacks

    After a long day in the office, there's nothing like kicking back with some happy-hour drinks -- and maybe some happy-hour bites, so that you can still drive home safely. While the wine system at the Living Room, 1055 Broadway, is a lot of fun to geek out on, even the house selections are decent (a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    Virgilio's pizza stretches to accommodate vegan and vegetarian needs

    ​If you've been to Virgilio's, which took over a massive spot at 10025 West San Juan Way in Littleton for its second (and now, only) location, then you no doubt already know about the garlic knots. Although they're not vegan -- the knots are brushed with garlic butter before they are baked -- ... More >>

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    September 6, 2011

    Ali Baba Grill vegetarian spread brings the Middle East to Golden

    ​Vegetarian fare plays an important role in Lebanese cuisine, and Golden's Ali Baba Grill is testament to the fact that you can get delicious (meat-free!) international cuisine as far west as the foothills. There doesn't seem to be a down-time for this eatery; when we stopped by on Labor Day ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    The veggie sandwich at Snarf's satisfies our delivery needs

    ​The convenience of a workday lunchtime meal delivery is something taken for granted by many meat eaters; there are dozens of eateries all over the city willing to deliver anything on the menu right to your doorstep. But vegetarians and vegans who'd like a simple sandwich delivered for lunch o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    Meet at the Corner Office for the quinoa-and-garbanzo veggie burger

    ​Downtown Denver has its share of cute, modern eateries dishing up sandwiches and salads, but the Corner Office still stands out in the crowd. Its so-hip-it-hurts, yet still playful decor provides the perfect backdrop for beautiful people sipping martinis and nibbling on the food offerings. E ... More >>

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    July 5, 2011

    VegFest 2011: Top five lifestyle products

    Paintings by vegan artist Ken Voss.​On Saturday, VegFest 2011 took over the Exhibition Hall at Jefferson County Fairgrounds; among the lifestyle products available were these chaotic yet controlled abstract paintings by vegan artist Ken Voss. And more -- including aromatherapy for dogs and pap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011's Lester Karplus on globalism, plant-based eating and why the elitist argument is flawed

    Lester Karplus.​Lester Karplus, co-founder of, has eaten veggie for almost forty years; he'll be offering up cooking demonstrations at VegFest tomorrow, which runs from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. We talked to Karplus about his shift toward vegeta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    Larkburger's Amy Burger substitutes a portabella cap for the beef patty

    ​There are lots of good veggie burgers in this city, but many of them are problematic for vegan eaters: They almost always contain some form of egg or dairy to help bind the veggie patties together. But vegan burger-lovers need not bend nor break their dietary rules to get their fix: Larkburge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    OiNKs! BBQ caters to meat-lovers and veggie-eaters alike

    ​When Wolfe's closed in December, it took one of the town's best vegetarian barbecue options with it. But at least there's still barbecued tofu on Colfax Avenue, thanks to OiNKs! BBQ.

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    February 28, 2011

    Reader: Veggie girl, be happy with your choice

    ​After Amber Taufen penned her "open letter to cranky carnivores", the flip side of her "open letter to militant vegans," Steve put things in perspective: If you think being Vegan is hard, try having kids allergic to peanuts, tree nuts and sesame and also trying to give them healthy non-anima ... More >>

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    February 25, 2011

    An open letter to carnivores: What, in the name of cow pies, is your problem?!

    ​After I penned my open letter to militant vegans, several people asked why I was focusing on militant vegans and letting meat-eaters off the hook. They had a point. Although I take issue with the comments that suggested militant vegans are an urban legend -- I've met more of them than I care ... More >>

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    February 21, 2011

    Reader: A vegan doesn't eat pig, but will sometimes act like one

    ​Why did it take Veggie Girl Amber Taufen so long to go from vegetarian to vegan? Partly the vehement vegans she encountered along the way, as she revealed in her "Open Letter to Militant Vegans". That letter inspired dozens of responses -- some mild, many militant. "Please don't fight blame ... More >>

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    February 18, 2011

    An open letter to militant vegans: Shut the fu*k up!

    ​Dear militant vegans: Please, please, for the love of all things holy, do a favor for everyone -- non-militant vegans, vegetarians and carnivores alike -- and shut the fuck up already.

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    January 28, 2011

    Reader: What's your beef? Taco Bell bean burritos are great for vegans

    Vegans make a run for Taco Bell bean burritos -- hold the cheese.​An Alabama law firm has a beef with the amount of meat in Taco Bell's tacos, which has set off a stampede of claims, counterclaims and an opportunistic campaign by Mercy for Animals,, which is suggesting that the chain solve its ... More >>

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    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 8, 2010

    D Bar Desserts sweetens the vegetarian food scene

    ​As adults, we can eat what we want when we want -- which sometimes means dessert for dinner. And those are the times you'll want to head to D Bar Desserts, 1475 East 17th Avenue, where the Food Network's Keegan Gerhard creates beautiful cupcakes and truffle treats for the display case, as wel ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    Blue Sky Cafe is a west suburbs breakfast haven for veggie lovers

    ​Although Denver is a vegetarian-friendly place, it's not always easy to find a decent meat-free breakfast. And as difficult as it can be for vegetarians to scrounge up a place that serves meat substitutes, vegans have it even worse: Just try finding an egg-, dairy- and meat-free breakfast any ... More >>

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    December 8, 2009

    WSPA: Eat cruel-free meat before you ruin the rest of your holiday meal

    Vegan ham. This should be banned like tainted infant formula.​There's been a lot of discussion around here lately about all things vegan, vegetarian, cruel-free, meat-free and humane. Last week, for example, Sarah, a former vegetarian, went back to eating meat, which, of course, led to a full ... More >>

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    October 2, 2009

    Geek in the Galley: Jobs for experimental bakers

    Looks just like real bread, doesn't it?​ While I am not generally one for hyping the cause of vegetarian-this or vegan-that, there has always been something about the art (yes, art) of vegan and gluten-free baking that has tickled my geek bone. It's the same instinct that makes me love the m ... More >>

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    August 27, 2009
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    August 26, 2009

    Sam Taylor's gets to the meatless of the matter

    ​It's hard to imagine anything more meaty than BBQ. It is a cuisine based entirely on the flesh of the pig, the cow and, in some cases, the chicken. So it's no surprise that a BBQ joint owner might hang up on a sales rep trying to sell him vegan meat substitutes. That's certainly happened a l ... More >>

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    April 23, 2009
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