EP Veg News, November 2015

Thinking that it’s hard to be a vegetarian in El Paso is so ten years ago! Yet, I still get people asking me this same question. It’s a great time to be vegetarian/vegan in El Paso and Las Cruces! For some reason November has brought a flurry of vegetarian activity. Don’t miss out!

Best Vegetarian Food of El Paso Awards

Vote for your favorite vegetarian food and restaurants in town by this Sunday, November 8 (we extended the deadline!). This is the third year that the Vegetarian Society of El Paso and I are running these awards, and this will give you an idea of all the great local options there are in town. We have not included any chains or franchises, but you are free to include them if you feel they are the better veg option. So, go vote at fluidsurveys.com/s/2015BestVegetarian/ 

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VSEP Annual Compassionate Thanksgiving Dinner: Saturday, November 14

Every year the Vegetarian Society of El Paso hosts a vegan dinner with a special guest speaker. This year’s menu sounds really good, and the speaker is Lisa Levinson, director of the Sustainable Activist Campaign for the national organization In Defense of Animals and founder of Vegan Spirituality. Here are the details:

  • The Summit Ballroom & Conference Center, 120 N. Festival
  • 6 pm meet and greet, eat at 6:30 pm
  • Cost: $22 members; $15 students w/ID; $25 nonmembers; $10 children under 12 years of age.
  • Paid reservations are due Tuesday, November 10.
  • Reserve your space & pay online with a credit card or PayPal www.vsep.org
  • OR email vsep.reserve@gmail.com OR text/call 915-877-3030. Then, make check or money orders payable to VSEP & mail to: VSEP, 6757 Gato Rd., El Paso, TX 79932
  • Menu:
  • Fall Harvest Salad
    Seitan en Croute
    Garlic Mashed Potatoes w/ Maderia Sauce
    Green Bean Casserole
    Candied Yams
    Pumpkin Pie
    Rosemary Foccacia Bread

7th Annual Chili Cook Off @ Hope & Anchor: Sunday, November 15

This is a really fun event where proceeds benefit the Center Against Sexual and Family Violence. They even have a vegetarian category! I haven’t been to this event in a couple of years because of conflicting events, and once again, I will have to forego defending my title. I’m attending an event in the evening, so hopefully I’ll get to attend early on to taste your chili creations. I really hope that you’ll either be competing or attending this annual chili cook off.


Vegan Beer Dinner @ Eloise, featuring Real Ale Brewing Co.: Tuesday, November 17

This is the second vegan beer dinner that Eloise hosts! Hurry and get your tickets, because the last one sold out. I didn’t get to attend, but I heard from both vegans and meateaters that the food was excellent. The cost is a little steep at $50, but you do get 5 courses with 5 beers. Check out the details, menu, and pairings here.

Also, Eloise has a new fall menu and a happy hour menu. As always, they’ve got plenty of vegan options!

The High Five Bowl at Eloise available on both the regular and happy hour menu!
The High Five Bowl at Eloise available on both the regular and happy hour menu! basmati rice, black rice, quinoa, millet, amaranth, long green chile, artichoke hearts and assorted root vegetables

Ramen Popup Beer Dinner @ TradeCraft: November 18

Last month, after tickets sold out quickly for TradeCraft’s first popup beer dinner, a second one for November was immediately promised. Well, the date was released tonight folks, so snag your tickets now. Chef Enrique Lozano will make both the ramen noodles and broth from scratch. Once again, there’ll be a vegan option! Three courses and three beers for $30!ramen

Other Vegetarian Food News:

  • Le Green Gourmet is new food truck that’s serving up a couple of veg options, including a housemade black bean burger. Find them on social media to find out their next location and latest menu offerings.
  • Ode Brewing added a decadent grilled cheese to their menu that comes with beet chips. The Grilled Queso has manchego, gruyere, triple cream, asadero, and chanterelle mushrooms. It’s really yummy & the balsamic reduction drizzle really ties it together.

    Grilled Queso @ Ode Brewing with La Gringa Blonde Ale
    Grilled Queso @ Ode Brewing with La Gringa Blonde Ale
  • Tacoholics inside Funkmeyer’s Rec Room has added new menu items! Three different chicharrones including flour ones are perfect for snacking. Best of all, they’ve paid tribute to Chico’s Tacos with tacos ahogados in a delicious green chile sauce. You get to choose the filling, including tofu!

    Tofu tacos ahogados at Tacoholics
    Tofu tacos ahogados at Tacoholics

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