A big part of the holiday season is sharing a meal with friends and family. But the traditional ham, turkey, and dairy-filled mashed potatoes don’t cut it for vegans. Fortunately, there are four local options offering an entire meat- and dairy-free meal for all of your seasonal celebrations.
WongWay Veg, a plant-based food truck with a strong vegan following, has a holiday dinner-for-two menu that's free of animal products and is also gluten-free. The main dish is an herb-infused tofu roast with oven-roasted vegetables. Sides include green bean casserole with crispy onions, roasted Brussels sprouts, stuffing fritters served with cranberry-apple chutney, garlic and leek mashed potatoes, and sage and wild mushroom gravy. The entire meal can be made soy-free for an additional fee by selecting that option when checking out. Order online by December 19 and pick it up December 23 or 24.
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Whole Foods Markets
The Whole Foods catering menu provides a variety of carry-home options allowing you to order something for everyone. Meat- and dairy-free dishes vary by store, but could include the likes of roasted acorn squash with maple and hazelnut dukkah, cremini mushroom stuffing with kimchi, rosemary rolls, charred escarole with tomatoes and chickpeas, and mushroom gravy. Holiday orders are available until January 1, and you can order meals on the Whole Foods website or call 844-936-2428 for more personalized assistance.
837 East 17th Avenue
Watercourse’s regular catering menu is available for any meatless holiday needs. Trays of cauliflower wings, seitan wings and seven-layer nachos are available for appetizers. Mains and sides include burger sliders, barbecue jackfruit sliders, street tacos, pumpkin curry pasta, sage sweet potato gnocchi, mac and cheese and mashed potatoes and gravy, among other seasonal flavors. For those hosting breakfast and brunch at home, there is an abundance of options: scrambled tofu hash, country-fried seitan, French toast, biscuits and gravy, tofu bacon, home fries, and coconut yogurt parfait. Watercourse is also open for regular dining on Christmas Eve, with the last seating at 5 p.m., and on New Year's Day, opening at 9 a.m. Call the restaurant for details, or see the Watercourse catering web page if you're ordering for twenty or more people.
785 East South Boulder Road, Louisville
At Alfalfa’s, you can order a complete vegan dinner for two to ten people or à la carte options. The vegan dinner includes wild rice and mushroom acorn squash, maple sweet-potato mash, smoked mushroom gravy, fig-glazed roasted winter vegetables, green bean casserole, and ginger apple cranberry sauce. Dessert options include pumpkin pie, pecan pie, apple pie and flourless chocolate cake. Order online and a specialist will call to confirm your order.