Vegan Restaurant Challenge

Restaurant challenge inspires chefs to create new vegan menu items.


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A contest in Durham, NC, is inspiring chefs to add vegan options to their menus. The Bull City Vegan Challenge (BCVC) approached chefs at mainstream restaurants in Durham to add a vegan option to their menu for the month of October. The chefs can choose to create one or more dishes in the following categories: entrée, appetizer, or dessert; and to make the competition more challenging, common vegan items such as hummus, portabello mushrooms, and veggie burgers are off limits. Diners at the restaurants can then vote on their favorite new entrees. BCVC was created by Chef Shirlé Hale-Koslowski, who founded the monthly vegan brunch in Durham, along with documentary filmmaker Eleni Vlachos. The contest will be made into a short documentary, and the winners will be announced in November.

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