They will be offering us a special vegan menu (the same one offered in November) for this event.
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Thanks to everyone who came out for the Columbus Vegan Meet-up at The Explorer's Club in Merion Village! It was great to meet up with you! We had 39 of the 50 who committed show up, so we nearly filled the restaurant, but not quite... I really like supporting local small businesses that are working to support the vegan community and I applaud them for their efforts. I would also like to ask what those of you who came ordered, and if you would, please let us know what you thought about it. I also asked about this on our sister site on Facebook, so feel free to go there and join the group and the discussion as well! https://www.facebook.com/groups/259851624055180/
0 · December 28, 2012
pt1: The spaghetti was improved by the addition of the inner circle sausage and meat balls. The Tempeh was smokey indeed, and I think the recipe can still use some refining, I didn't get the Brussels Sprout Hash with my dish, just roasted brussel sprouts with the rest of the root vegetables, perhaps they were out. The Tofu was too oily, so much so, it was unpalatable to me, and that could just be me since I have moved towards oil free foods. The "array" of vegan cookies for me, (which could be because I was socializing and that was all that was left by my co-horts, or what was left at the end of the night when I ordered them) was just the chocolate mint filled cookie pie, which I liked. I was a little disappointed that the plantain creme pie or vegan pumpkin cheezecake wasn't offered because both were really good (hint- "keepers") but frankly, I'm still excited by something other than a fruit plate or sorbet as a vegan option.
1 · December 28, 2012
pt2: So please chime in to help us help them create a dynamic and superior vegan offering so that regardless of whether it is a vegan, or someone who is sampling vegan options for the first time, they are wowed by the experience of vegan food.Thank you again to those of you who followed through in participating, and a special thank you to the Explorer's Club in leading the Columbus area restaurants in supporting vegan options! Our community sincerely appreciates the accommodated effort.
Way too noisey. Wall, ceiling, floor all hard surfaces, nothing to absorb sound. Waitress aware of the problem
I wasn't thrilled with the food. The seitan, brocolli scramble had so much smoke flavor, I stopped eating it. The waitress ask if I wanted something else so I tried the meatball sausage spaghetti. There was only 2 small pieces of 'sausage." The "meatballs were chrunchy on outside and soft on inside. The bread tasted burnt - I didn't eat it. However other people liked theirs, so could be that since mine was prepared later than other it wasn't done as well. The tater tot appetizer with spicey ketchup was good.
1 · December 17, 2012
I feel you on the noise, and I agree, on both that and the "meat" portion seemed a bit skimpy.
The tempeh tots were amazing (I'm a sriracha junkie), but my husband stopped eating the lo-mein after a few bites because the taste was off - perhaps too smokey? I tried it and it tasted like a TV dinner. He sent it back but didn't want to try anything else after that (and I have NEVER seen him send food back at a restaurant). I was very pleased with my tempeh, root beggies & brussels sprouts, though. And the cookies we took home were DELICIOUS!
I felt the same about the lo-mein, it was way too oily. I didn't order it, but had the opportunity to sample it and was thankful I hadn't ordered it. The smokey flavor was a bit strong on the tempeh.
Also, is anyone interested in information on how to negotiate the holidays and other situations with non-vegan family and friends at events? I know this time of year is particularly difficult and wanted to find out if taking a few minutes to talk about this at the event was something anyone would be interested in?
I know there will be many seasoned vegans available to offer their ideas.
0 · December 13, 2012
Hi Sarah! Did the tips we talked about help you through the Christmas holiday?
1 · December 16, 2012
Hi All! I just received the finalized menu for Sunday's Vegan Meet-up! It will be ENTIRELY Vegan, just so us, so EVERYTHING on this menu is fair game for our members!
Vegan Meet Up Group Menu
Sweet Potato Fritters with Raspberry Chipotle Tomato Jam
Tempeh Tots with Sriracha Ketchup 6
Mixed Greens with Spiced Walnuts, Red Onion, Orange Segments with Agave Balsamic Vinaigrette
Spaghetti with Meatballs and Sausage Served with Garlic Bread
Featuring Inner Circle Vegan Meatballs and Sausage
Maple, Orange and Cranberry Marinated Smoked Tempeh with Roasted Root Vegetables and Brussel Sprout Hash
Tofu Lo-Mein with Pan Fried Noodles and Sweet Chili Citrus Soy Sauce
Array of Vegan Cookies
Wow! Sounds great!
1 · December 13, 2012
Typo correction above: *Just for us, not "so"
This is the first meet up for me. I look forward to it!
Actually, I should say, if I can afford it! What's the price?
1 · December 11, 2012
Depends on what you order Rick. :) There are appetizers, main dishes and desserts along with drinks to choose from. I would say expect to spent at least $20. See you Sunday!!!
1 · December 12, 2012
Where do we park? Maybe we should meet and car pool.
0 · December 5, 2012
Al, in my experience you can find a space on High, or one or two blocks down the side street.
1 · December 6, 2012
Just to note, the special menu is vegan AND vegetarian....make sure to ask if what you pick is absolutely or can be made vegan. :)
1 · December 5, 2012
The Columbus Vegan Meetup Group is open to anyone who is vegan, vegetarian, or vegan-curious.
It's a casual, nonjudgmental group that provides vegan support and offers opportunities for members to connect with like-minded individuals.
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