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It's our Thanksvegan Recipe Roundup! Even if you're going somewhere else for the big meal, it's worth spending Thursday morning cooking so that you have leftovers all weekend. Vegans really know how to celebrate with food:

The Washington Post compared a bunch of vegan turkey substitutes (we're mainstream, y'all!):

This seitan roulade from What the hell does a vegan eat anyway? is just so fancy:

Isa at Post Punk Kitchen made a seitan loaf stuffed with leeks and shiitakes, and it looks killer:

And frankly, Post Punk Kitchen's got you covered for the whole meal. This green bean casserole is one of 13 Thanksgiving recipes:

Mushroom, Onion, and Spinach Tart with Goat Cheeze from Oh She Glows:

Delicata Squash Stuffed with Farro, Pecans, Mushrooms, and Cranberries from The Kitchn:

Seitan En Croute from Just the Food:

Beatiful Kale Salad with Blood Orange and Meyer Lemon:

Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Topping from Fat Free Vegan Kitchen:

Apple Cider Tofu with Butternut Squash and Roasted Pears from Vegan Dad:

Dandied Yams from Bonzai Aphrodite:

Fluffy Pull Apart Dinner Rolls from Oh She Glows:

YOU GUYS. Pumpkin Tiramisu from Chef Chloe:

Voluptuous Pumpkin Pie from Voluptuous Vegan via Post Punk Kitchen:

Don't feel like cooking? Join The Vegetarian Society of Colorado for their annual vegan feast, or order a Vegan Van meal to go by signing up at Nooch by Sunday afternoon (11/18), and pair it with a store-bought vegan roast you can get at Nooch, including Denver Seitan Company's brand new Holiday Roast! Native Foods in Boulder is also doing dinner from 12:00 to 6:00, but you gotta make reservations quick. 


Colorado-Based Vegan Businesses

We have so much love for vegan businesses, and Colorado has some great ones! These folks are all vegan, all the time, and they deserve your support:

Baba's Falafel
All over!, Denver
Baba's is an all-vegan falafel truck that features deep fried falafel cones, spicy nachos, falafeldillas (yeah, you heard right), as well as killer vegan tahini sauce, and their own hummus. Check out their calendar,Facebook, or Twitter to see where they are. 
Updated 1/15/13.

Beet Box
Arvada (no storefront)
Beet Box is a 100% vegan bakery that provides delicious baked goods to coffee shops and cafes, and will do custom orders for your home or office events. Among other spots, you can find their stuff at Pablo’s CoffeeWash PerkParis on the PlatteSweet Action Ice CreamCrema Coffee HouseHooked on Colfax, and Yellow Feather Coffee. Or you can order from them directly.
Updated 7/13/12.

Logs of joy.

Cows Gone Coconut
Denver (no storefront)
Cows Gone Coconut makes yummy, coconut-based ice cream right in Denver. And they have Coffee, which is the very best flavor of ice cream and sometimes hard to find vegan. Get CGC at Denver-area Whole Foods Markets, Marczyk Fine Foods, Alfalfa's, and Lucky's Market. 

Denver Seitan Company
Denver (no storefront)
Denver Seitan Company makes damn good seitan, the kind that you can just slice up and put on crackers. They have a variety of flavors, including Chickenesque (our favorite) and Sureizo, and they've some other varieties in the works (gluten free seitan, anyone?). You can get their stuff CSA style, or find it at the soon-to-open Nooch Vegan Market. If you want someone else to cook it for you, visit Marquis Pizza or Vegan Van
Updated 7/13/12. 

JJ's Sweets (aka Cocomels!)
Boulder (no storefront)
Boulder-based JJ's Sweets makes Cocomels, which are coconut-milk base caramels, and arguably one of the best vegan candies out there. Cocomels come chocolate-covered or in sweet, chewy little caramel sticks, in flavors like vanilla, java, and sea salt. The chocolate covered sea salt Cocomels are killer. Just killer. You can find them in select stores, or order directly online
Updated 7/13/12.  

Julia's Kitchen
4557 Broadway, Boulder
All-vegan, organic, and gluten free restaurant with daily specials and a seasonal menu. They also do birthday cakes!
Updated 1/17/13.  

Mars Bakery
Arvada (no storefront)
Mars is an all-vegan bakery that sets up shop at the Sunday farmers' market in Olde Town Arvada, and has a few outlets around the metro area, including Edgewater Coffee Company in Edgewater. They do vegan sweets and baked goods to order, including vegan wedding cakes!
Updated 6/3/12.  

Uh huh, oh yeah. Chocolate covered sea salt Cocomels. Nooch Vegan Market
3360 Larimer Street, Denver
Nooch is Denver's all-vegan grocery! They've got a ton of hard-to-find vegan specialty items, as well as snack foods and kitchen basics like olive oil, pasta, and some produce. 
Updated 1/15/13. 

Ritual Chocolate
Denver (no storefront)
Ethical, vegan and delicious is how we like our chocolate, and Ritual has it all. They make organic, direct-trade, dark chocolate that is damn good. Get it through their online store, or visit Crema Coffee, Chocolate Spokes Bike Shop, or Nooch Vegan Market. 
Updated 7/13/12.  

Source Juice Co. 
Denver (no storefront)
Source Juice is vegan owned and operated, and makes freshly pressed, raw, organic bottled juice that is so good, and good for you. Order from them online, or find them at Neat Market.
Updated 7/14/12.  

Vegan Van
All over Denver!
Vegan Van is an all-vegan food truck with really, really good food. Menu items include the Ludacris (Denver Seitan Co. Chickenesque with Great Divide Double IPA waffles), the Superfly (adobo jackfruit, avocado cilantro pesto, roasted plantains with cumin rice) and the Planet Rock (spicy toffufalo wings, ranch celery-slaw on a roll). Go get some!
Updated 7/13/12. 

Wax Wing Catering
Loveland (no storefront)
Wax Wing is a vegan meal service that will deliver right to your door! Check them out on Facebook.
Updated 7/13/12.  

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5 Questions with Native Foods Cafe

The first Native Foods Cafe opened in Palm Springs in 1994, and for nearly 20 years they've been serving up creative, delicious, made-from-scratch vegan food at over a dozen locations in California, Chicago, and Portland. Their newest location is opening at the end of the month in Boulder, and will represent the city's only all-vegan restaurant. Native Foods' Holladay Allen answered a few questions for us, and now we're even more psyched about the newest addition to the booming vegan scene in Colorado. 

  • What's the anticipated opening date for your Boulder location?
    The Opening Date is set for May 29th. This of course is tentative until our final inspections are completed.... but so far, so great!
  • What inspired a location in Boulder?
    Boulder just seems like the perfect fit for Native Foods Cafe. Boulder is one of the most active and healthy cities in the US, and there is a strong sense of community... which really drew us there. We've received so many emails asking when are we going to open in Boulder (and Denver... stay tuned on that one :) so when the opportunity arose, it was a no-brainer! 
  • There are more commercially-made vegan substitutes available every day, and restaurants are taking advantage of them to make their menus more vegan friendly. Why does Native Foods still make items like seitan and vegan cheese in-house?
    We have come a long way in the world of vegan food in the past decade, which is so fantastic. Here at Native Foods Cafe, we want people to love food, and love the way food makes them feel. Steering towards a whole foods diet with minimal processing is the optimal choice. That is why we make our Native Tempeh, Native Seitan (7 different kinds!), and Native Cheeses in house. A great example is the Native Nachos, every ingredient is made fresh in our kitchen... and they taste amazing! You'll have to come see for yourself :)
  • What dishes should not be missed?
    Portobello & Sausage Burger, Ensalada Azteca, Rockin' Moroccan, Scorpion Burger [homemade blackened tempeh, chipotle sauce, romaine, carrots, avocado and onions], Twister Wrap
  • Is there anything else you want Colorado vegans to know?
    We want Colorado vegans to know how excited we are to be there, and can't wait to get involved in the local community! 

Native Foods will be at 1675 29th Street, Suite 1272 in Boulder. Get pumped!


And now, the world. 

The first ever Vegan Drinks Denver was a great big success, and we are grateful for all the wonderful people that showed up to talk about what they're working on, or just hang out and drink delicious beer from Denver Beer Co. And speaking of Denver Beer, thanks a zillion to them for making room for us in the brew area when we showed up and there was standing room only in the bar. (We put a big sign in the main doorway, but I heard that a few people couldn't find us, and I'm sorry for that! Next time, be sure to ask the bartenders where we are.) Also, thanks to Jill at the Examiner for the glowing review!

We also had some great prizes to give away. Here's more about the folks that provided them:

  • Five Points Fermentation Company is a new, Denver-based food company that produces super tasty raw, vegan kraut, with ingredients sourced from Colorado farms. Their Soulkraut is to die for, and the Currykraut is killer for those that like a little bit of heat. In the near future, you should be able to find their products at Marczyk and Truffle Cheese Shop. Restuaranteurs should contact them directly for bulk orders. 
  • Chocolate Spokes Bike Studio is a new full service, community oriented bike shop in Denver's Five Points neighborhood. In addition to building custom frames and offering bike repair and maintenance services, Chocolate Spokes sells locally made chocolate (much of it vegan), and plant-based bike maintenance products. 
  • Denver Seitan Company is a CSA style wheat meat service! When you buy a membership, you can arrange to pick up your seitan at a Cap Hill or Wash Park location. Their seitan is really good, so go ahead and get a multi-month membership. 

The next Vegan Drinks Denver is happening on Thursday, February 16th from 7:00 - 10:00 at Denver Bicycle Cafe. This time, Vegan Van will be outside serving up dinner.

Do you have suggestions for an upcoming Vegan Drinks? Do you have a vegan product that you want to donate for the next raffle? Contact us!

(And PS: Don't forget about tomorrow's Neat Market at the Leon Gallery! This is your chance to stock up on hard-to-find vegan food items, and support local vegan vendors.)


Recipe Roundup: Comfort Food!

Inspired by our weekly snowstorms, here are some tasty, toasty recipes to soothe your soul:

Individual Tofu and Vegetable Pot Pies from The Kitchn

Vegan Fried Chicken from C'est La Vegan

Scalloped Potatoes and Eggplant Bacon from Post Punk Kitchen

Crispy Potato Wedges from cake maker to the stars 

Two comfort foods in one: Mac and Cheese Pizza from Easy Vegan

Vegetarian Pho from The Kitchn

Apple Pumpkin Spice Donuts from the dude who always knows just what you want, Vegan Dad

Pumpkin Spice Sticky Bread from Oh, Ladycakes

Coconut Hot Chocolate Fudge from The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur

Chocolate Pumpin Loaf from Post Punk Kitchen

Dandies Bars (homemade vegan candy bars!) from Three and a Half Vegans