Las Vegas will kick off the new year with a month-long celebration of the vegan lifestyle, as Veganuary Las Vegas returns to Sin City for the second year starting January 1, 2019 (Pictured: STACK Stuffed Pita – Photo credit: Joe Janet).
Organized and presented by Vegans, Baby, the comprehensive Las Vegas guide to all things vegan, Veganuary Las Vegas will not only showcase chefs and restaurants on and off the Strip interested in reaching vegan and vegan-curious audiences but will also benefit the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, with a portion of the proceeds from every dish served as part of Veganuary being donated to the NSPCA.
With January being a time of fresh starts and resolutions, Veganuary Las Vegas encourages people to try a vegan lifestyle for a month, showing the myriad of options for easy and delicious vegan dining in the city. The month-long event also gives restaurants the opportunity to experiment with vegan dishes and menus while reaching new audiences while also giving back.
In its second year, more than 30 restaurants have come together to participate in Veganuary Las Vegas, which include Bok Bok, Border Grill, Forte Tapas, Good Pie, Hussong’s Mexican Cantina, Mint Indian Bistro, Parsley Modern Mediterranean, Pasta Shop Ristorante, Sharky’s, Shiraz, Slice of Vegas, STACK, Tacotarian, VegeNation, Violette’s Vegan and more. Throughout January, each participating restaurant will offer a Veganuary menu with special vegan dishes — most of which are not already offered on their regular menus. Highlights include:
- Border Grill – Spanish Root Vegetable Tamale, Spicy Beef Nachos, Argentinian Beef Empanadas, Roasted Root Vegetable Tacos, Vegan Relleno, Smoked Tofu Enchiladas and Mexican Chocolate Sorbet
- Forte Tapas – Cabbage Chips, Black Truffle and Root Vegetable Agnolotti and Porcini Dusted Beignets
- Slice of Vegas – Three Course dinner for $20 including Buffalo Edamame, Spaghetti & Meatballs and a Chocolate Cake
- STACK – Claudia’s Greens, Smoked Leek and Potato Soup, Stuffed Pita, Vegan Chicken Piccata with sides including cauliflower, roasted wild mushroom and spinach
- Tacotarian – Sopa de Tortila, Torta de Carne Asada, Chilaquiles Enmolados con Pollo, Ceviche de Califlor and Arroz con Leche
- Violette’s Vegan Café – Fried Egg, Bacon and Cheese Sandwich (featuring the TGI Vegan Fried Egg and wildly popular VioLife cheese), Pasta Primavera and Sloppy Joes
In addition to the special vegan menus being offered throughout the city, special vegan events, organized by Vegans, Baby will also take place. A Veganuary kick-off event will be held January 3 from 5-7 p.m. at Shiraz and will feature free appetizers and wine, as well as the restaurant’s special vegan eats available to order. On January 19, Vegans, Baby will host a Vegan Pizza Tour through Downtown Las Vegas, which will showcase different vegan pizzas in the neighborhood and a complimentary Crafthaus beer. Rounding out the month, another Veganuary Las Vegas event will take place at Forte Tapas, with more details to be announced later.
“Organizing the second annual Veganuary Las Vegas was really exciting for me,” said Vegans, Baby Founder Diana Edelman. “In the past year, the vegan dining scene has grown 400 percent, and that’s just the vegan restaurants. It’s been amazing to be a part of the astronomical growth in Las Vegas as more and more restaurants offer vegan options on their menus. I love being able to showcase the restaurants that have vegan options and continue to live up to Vegans, Baby’s mission of making vegan life easy in Las Vegas. The dishes presented in this year’s Veganuary Las Vegas are diverse, delicious and show why Las Vegas is one of the top vegan-friendly cities in the US.”
In its inaugural year, Veganuary Las Vegas was home to 21 participating restaurants/locations that sold more than 5,000 vegan dishes, totaling more than $55,000 in sales and resulting in more than $6,000 donated toward its non-profit partners.
For its second year in Las Vegas, Vegans, Baby hopes to exceed last year’s numbers, continuing to raise awareness both within the culinary community and throughout the general public, while educating participants about a plant-based lifestyle and how accessible, delicious and beneficial it can be.
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