Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Denny's Goes Vegan!

Strategic Marketing, Sales, and Nutrition joined forces in the Denny's Corporate offices recently when they teamed up with Amy's (you know that amazing brand of frozen veg food you can find at a grocery store near you) to offer a Veggie burger that's VEGAN!

Yes! Denny's now offers a Vegan option. 24 hour dining will never be the same.
Denny's Veggie Burger:

Amy's® Veggie Burger made from fresh organic grains and vegetables with protein-rich soy. Topped with melted Pepper Jack cheese, fresh spinach, tomato and grilled mushroom on a wheat bun. Served with a side of balsamic vinaigrette.
15 grams of fat or less when you select green beans or seasonal fruit in place of French fries.
**Disclaimer: 86 THE CHEESE PLEASE

Thank you Denny's. Now us Vegans can enjoy some comfort food any time of the day with our meat eating friends.


Friday, September 17, 2010

Savvy Vegan Entertaining!

Vegan Entertaining for our Non-Veg friends
is a great way to expose their tastebuds to new adventures and culinary delights!

Every season is party-planning season, but Fall is my favorite time of year during which more warmth and laughter seem to fill a party. I love the smells of the season: the pumpkin spice, the apple cider, the wood burning in the fireplace, the fruits of the harvest. The enjoyment of food and drink begins with the aromas, so make sure your dishes are aromatically enticing and never introduce friends to low fat Vegan dishes. These tend to be flavorless and unsatisfying.

Whether you're planning a large scale event or an intimate gathering at home with friends, Vegan entertaining should be fun and exciting.
Plan ahead and call up your friends or send an online invitation! Give your party a theme! Throw a Champagne party with Vegan finger foods and hors de'houevres. Challenge friends to bring their own Vegan appetizer or bottle of Organic or Bio Dynamic Sparkling wine!

Karinna at Z Lounge for Champagne Girls Night

There are many ways to help our friends try Vegan foods and Entertaining can be fun if you are Veg-savvy! Especially when they are willing to try new things and offer to bring Vegan dishes for the occasion like my friend Ginger of Going Grape and the Wine Chixs who brought over a Vegan Pizza! *There is nothing we Vegans can't enjoy!*
Here are some photos from my latest intimate get together where i served Vegan Tempeh-Dill Stuffed Mushrooms, Vegan Spinach Artichoke Dip, and Crostini topped with Vegan Italian Sausage and Baby Heirloom Tomatoes.
I will post recipes soon!

My little Vegan Crostini with Vegan Italian Sausage, Baby Heirloom Tomatoes drizzled with Avocado Oil and garnished with Dill (or basil).

My Friends Kim and Megan sharing my Chaise Lounge with a glass of bubbly

Vegan Pizza with Roasted Garlic, Soy Cheez and Mushrooms
and my Tempeh Dill Stuffed Mushrooms

Special Thanks to all my friends who tried my Vegan Dishes and shared some Strawberries and Champagne with me last night!

For more information on Ginger Baker-Giordano and her extensive knowledge on the California Wine Country, look for her articles in Vine Times Magazine or visit her website!


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