Food options just got a lot better at Summerfest for vegans this year! The past few years we had Island Noodles, along with various side items like corn (w/o butter), chips and guac, potatoes, etc. This year, we still have Island Noodles, but in addition, AJ Bombers is serving up the Beyond Burger and Ward's House of Prime is serving the Impossible Burger. Two very hearty options to give you a strong base for a long day of Summerfesting. Bel Air Cantina is also new this year and they mentioned they would have some vegetarian tacos that could be modified to be vegan, along with their chips and guac or salsa. Botanas is offering a vegan bowl and Venice Club has those classic eggplant strips. There are lots of smaller snacks available like fresh fruit, kettle corn, snow cones, pretzels, salad and plain corn (can you bring vegan butter through security??) Get the full listing for vegan options here on the Summerfest.com website.
This really shows how veganism is growing. I'm sure if these options sell well this summer we'll see lots more next year. Summerfest runs June 27th through July 8th with an off-day on July 2nd. See the Summerfest website for details!
UPDATE 6/27: A follower had reported on 6/27 that the server at Ward's House of Prime said the bun has egg wash, so the sandwich (at that time) was obviously not vegan. I reached out to Ward's via Facebook and they got back to me right away. They have vegan Kaiser rolls on order that will be ready on Thursday 6/28, so that option is back on the table!
UPDATE 6/28: We have another report that Greek Village is offering a vegan falafel sandwich that is clearly marked as vegan, but doesn't show up on the official list. Another great option!!
Summer is upon us Milwaukee, and you know what that means--trying to spend as much time outdoors as possible. Between music festivals, block parties, outdoor BBQs, family gatherings and holidays, schedules can get pretty busy when it warms up outside. With all these things going on, there’s not always time to grab an entire meal between the fun festivities. Here are my Top 7 Vegan Summer bites and snacks in Milwaukee (in no particular order) to help tide you over between meals and whatever summertime fun may bring your way.
East Side Ovens: Tamales
Most associate ESO with their delicious donuts, muffins, pies, etc. But if you’re not aware yet, stop in for a pack of their tamales to go. All vegan and sometimes even available fresh from the kitchen in the mornings. Hands down some of the best tamales in the city and sure to satisfy that snack you’re craving.
Babe’s Ice Cream: Vegan Ice Cream
Come on, this one is obvious! How can you enjoy summer without an ice cold ice cream cone on a hot day. Located in Bay View, Babe’s is in a prime area of Milwaukee and it's sure to satisfy that sweet tooth. How about a scoop of Vegan Ultimate Oreo, or a Vegan Raspberry Nebula cone? In addition to their vegan ice cream flavors, Babe's partners with East Side Ovens to offer vegan brownie sundaes, ice cream sandwiches made with two giant cookies and even all-vegan ice cream cakes! Summer isn’t the same without a stop at Babe’s.
Hue: Veggie Meat Skewers
OK, so this one is a little off the beaten path, but once you’ve had them, you’ll understand. Lemongrass and garlic marinated “Veggie Meat” skewers are found on the appetizer portion of Hue’s menu. Very similar in texture to meat, this one might not be for every vegan--but, if you’re open to a variety a faux meats, this one nears the top of the list. Share these with a friend or take them for a meal on the go. Note: Veggie Meat Skewers are to the right of the spring rolls in this picture.
Palomino: Fried Pickles w/ Vegan Remoulade
These definitely deserve to be on the list. Fried pickles can be a hit or miss for me. When done correctly (as Palomino does these as fried pickle chips), they beat any others you will find in the city. Served sizzling hot on a cast iron skillet with cool remoulade to dip them in. Pop in for a cold brew and this snack won’t let you down. Beware, these come out piping hot, so take it easy when diving into these as they are hard to keep your hands off of the deliciousness.
Riverwest Co-op: Any Vegan Soup du Jour
I have never once been disappointed in the Co-op’s soup of the day. On the contrary, I always leave wanting more. Whatever magic they create in that small kitchen of theirs in on display through their delectable soup flavors changing daily. From a Mock Chicken Noodle Soup to African Peanut, Minestrone, Corn Chowder and Lentil, I have loved every single one. Perfect for a quick bite served with a side of bread--vegan comfort food served up perfectly at the Co-Op.
Bombay Sweets: Samosas
By samosas, I mean some of the best samosas in Milwaukee, hands down. Perfectly fried, stuffed full of spiced potatoes and peas, very filling, and oh did I mention each one is less than $1. Coming in at 75 cents, you cannot possibly find a better deal for a vegan snack in Cream City. Bombay Sweets has been serving up amazing food for a long time and this is the hook that keeps me coming back for more. Grab a handful--you’ll be filled up and on your way without breaking the bank.
Beerline Cafe: Loaded Nachos
If you have not yet tried the Vegan Loaded Nachos at Beerline Cafe, you really need to. Chickpea “Chorizo," diced avocado, cashew lime crema, black beans, pico and vegan nacho cheeze--this is perfect to share as an afternoon snack between meals. Absolutely one of my favorites and you won’t find better vegan nachos in the city. Mouth watering and probably the
best all around shareable snack you’ll find.
Well, that’s it. Top 7 vegan snacks for this Summer. Forget having to stop everything you’re doing to sit down and dine in. Pop by one of these places on the list for a quick snack and get back to your summertime plans. Disclaimer: Your activities might need to involve an afternoon nap after eating some of these, but hell, it’s Summer, go nap outside & then get on with the fun!
Ricky of VeganMilwaukee.com
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In my never ending quest to track down the best late night eats in MKE, here it is… the Top 5 List of the best vegan food found after dark in Cream City. These five places never cease to amaze, always satisfying that craving well into the night. Coming in at Number 5...
5) Classic Slice
Classic Slice is a staple of the Bay View neighborhood. With its delicious massive sized slices, you can pop in for one or take a whole pie to go. Available with a house made cheeze, or a more traditional Daiya vegan cheese--build your own and satisfy that pizza urge down on KK Ave. Top faves include the Vegan Pesto Pie, The Vegan MKE, and if you want to share a side, try the amazing ‘Modern Love” salad--one of the best in the city. They often have vegan desserts too. Can’t go wrong with Classic Slice!
4) Ian’s Pizza
Let’s keep rolling with the pizza, shall we? Ian’s edges in at number 4 due to locations available (East Side and Downtown) and tons of vegan topping options to choose from. Create your own or grab one of their crazy pre-made slice inventions available anytime of the day or night. How can you go wrong when you have that amazing crust, house-made vegan ranch, and vegan sausage, chick'n and pepperoni to choose from. Go with the Hurley, Smokey the Bandit or Philly cheezesteak--and you won’t be disappointed. Be sure not to forget the breadsticks too--so good!
3) Burger Moto
The Food Truck formerly known as Gypsy Burger is located on the patio of Rogues Gallery--open after 5 pm Friday and Saturday late night. Check their info for details on other hours. Burger Moto makes the list due to their amazing work with The Impossible Burger. Taking you right back to the good old days of a burger shack style, greasy spoon, big enough for two hands, getting-your-face-dirty-type burger--you will not be disappointed. For those Impossible Burger lovers out there looking for the best--this should floor you. They are currently in the works of creating other vegan options, but this burger alone makes Burger Moto a top contender. (Ask for vegan #6 toppings which include vegan aioli and cheeze too!)
2) Comet Cafe
OK- let’s be realistic. If you’re vegan and have never been to Comet, drop what you’re doing and get down there. Seriously, now. A pinnacle of vegan culinary creations, Comet has been around for years and gets better with each one. With so much to choose from, the must haves include the Vegan Deep Fried Ribs, The Big Boss Burger, The French Dunk, The Reuben and that Vegan Mac (I’d recommend adding giardiniera for a kick). They also offer vegan cupcakes and pie! Now, if only they could make a vegan version of their classic Buttafuoco…(ahem, hint, hint). Food is served until midnight every night. Go kick back and relax at Comet--it can get busy, but always worth the wait!
And finally, coming in at the Number 1 spot for best Vegan late night eats, is….
A must visit for any vegan late night cravings--especially after a few rounds across the city. Vanguard is a well-known Bourbon, Whiskey and Sausage Bar. With a whole entirely separate vegan menu, most everything will blow your mind. From vegan buffalo poutine and chili cheeze fries to the burnt ginger tofu appetizers, vegan house-made chorizo and Italian sausages with specialty toppings and an amazing house-made "dirty burger," Vanguard’s creations are something to celebrate. Not every place can pull it off like Vanguard does and they do it consistently time and time again. Get fantastic late night vegan comfort food in the heart of Bay View!
Obviously, there are other places in Milwaukee with late night vegan food, but these are the best in my modest opinion. In the meantime, here’s a full list of restaurants serving vegan food after 10pm to help fuel your late night activities.
So, to all you vegan late nighters out there: Get to eatin’--there’s plenty to go around!
Ricky of VeganMilwaukee.com
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Milwaukee's first Veg Speed Date event is on March 17th at Strange Town!
Address: 2101 N. Prospect Ave. Milwaukee, WI
Date: Saturday March 17,2018
Time: 3:00 - 5:00pm
Pairing: This event is heterosexual (male/female), but there may be events for other pairings in the future
Cost: $29.99 until March 14th (price goes up to $34.99 afterwards)
Discount: Use code VM for 10% off registration
REGISTER HERE: https://findveglove.com/event/166201/
WIN A FREE TICKET: Enter their ticket giveaway here https://findveglove.com/march-2018-giveaway/
What to expect: You can find more on their website, but here's what they say,
"Once it begins, you’ll have five minutes to talk with each potential match and get to know them more. We’ve found that five minutes is the sweet spot – three minutes is just too short, and seven can feel like too much. And here’s something cool – despite your elevated pulse, there’s no rejection. Your “date” won’t know if you like them or not, and vice versa. Simply (and discreetly) check off their name on your match form if you’re interested. You can choose between either a ‘dating’ or ‘friendship’ match. Because the matching happens after the event, people don’t feel pressured to select or reject each other in person.
And get excited for the awesome intermission, when we give away fun door prizes from our vegan partners and sponsors!
Make sure you submitted your completed match form by midnight! Then, log back into your Speed Dater Portal after the submission deadline (or the next morning), and you’ll be able to see who wants to get to know you better. All your ‘dating’ and/or ‘friendship’ matches will be listed. After that, it’s your choice whether or not to pursue those matches."
UPDATE 2/19/17: The results are in! Here are your top 5 favorite vegan-friendly pizza places in Milwaukee!
1. Ian's Pizza
2. Classic Slice
4. Little DeMarini's
5. Roman Candle
What a great variety! Some vegans like Daiya cheese, some like Follow Your Heart and some like no cheese at all--we've got them all covered here. I was thrilled that I was able to list 9 vegan-friendly pizza places in Milwaukee, but I see several of you voted for "Other," so I'd love to hear your favorite places for pizza--share in the comments or on Facebook!
Thanks for participating in another enlightening poll, everyone!
Since I have access to a poll app for the website, I'm going to try running some polls to get your input on being vegan in the Milwaukee area. I love getting feedback and new ideas from everyone!
So, for our first poll, vote for your go-to grocery store for vegan-friendly food. Spread the word so we can get lots of input! I'll post the results here and on social media in one week!
UPDATE 2/12/2017: The results are in! Here are your favorites:
#2 Outpost Natural Foods
#3 Whole Foods
#4 Trader Joe's
#5 Tie between Riverwest Co-op and Fresh Thyme
It was great to get everyone's feedback--thanks to everyone who participated! I have only made it out to Woodman's a few times, but it seems like they have a big variety and really good prices--I'll have to make a point to check it out more often. I live near an Outpost Foods and I'm a member, so I shop there a lot, but love to take a trip to Fresh Thyme or Whole Foods once in awhile. For me, Trader Joe's is the best place to go for beer and wine (I love Green Fin wine--it's organic and only $4.99!). Here's a page with all the vegan wines from Trader Joe's. The Riverwest Co-op is a bit of a trek for me, but I LOVE their cafe so much, so whenever I can I try to make it out there for a meal and a little shopping too--they've got a nice selection of vegan cheeses, faux meats, veggies, ice cream and other frozen goods. I also like to pick up a lot of low-priced staples at Target since we shop there for other home goods. They've got great deals on Just Mayo products and canned goods like organic beans, pasta sauces, etc. We also have a Costco membership, and although the one I go to in New Berlin doesn't have a ton of vegan-specific items, they also have some great staples like canned items, sauces, spices, bread and noodles.
Thanks again, everyone...and watch for another poll coming really soon!
The Urban Ecology Center at Riverside Park is hosting its 13th annual Local Farmer Open House on Saturday March 7th from 11am-3pm. Get more details and a listing of all the local farmers at the event page on the Urban Ecology website.
Know your farmer. Know your food.
This event is your a once-a-year opportunity to talk with local farmers, hear about their growing practices, and learn about their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscription options. Sign up to get local deliveries of boxes of farm-fresh healthful produce and more.
Learn even more by participating in these free workshops:
Introduction to CSAs –11:30 am or 1:30 pm
Jamie Ferschinger, of the Urban Ecology Center, will explain how Community Agriculture (CSA) works.
Eating Healthy All Year--12:00 pm or 12:45 pm
Annie Wegner LeFort of the Mindful Palate, Cooking instructor & Master Food Preserver, will share ideas for finding and preparing fresh food all year round. She’ll talk about how to use the contents of a weekly CSA box to prepare quick healthy meals, shopping farmers markets, preserving and more.
Get additional details on the Event Posting on Facebook.
Check out this upcoming holiday event sponsored by Global Conservation Group, Citizens United for Animals and Farm Sanctuary!
Find all the information below on the Facebook event page or email them at the address below for more details:
Gene Baur, President of Farm Sanctuary will be giving a speech on animal advocacy.
Dr. Kevin Fullin, a cardiologist will also be giving a presentation on staying healthy during the holiday.
Jordan Turner, President of Global Conservation Group and Robin Cornell, President of Citizens United for Animals will also be in attendance.
Included with this holiday celebration will be delicious full-course plant-based (vegan/vegetarian) meals catered by the Hilton Garden Hotel Chefs.
Costs: (all profits go directly to animal rescue and advocacy programs)
$25 per person
$20 for students
$15 without meals
Payment can be made online here to indicate your RSVP http://www.globalconservationgroup.org/donate/ or mailed to Global Conservation Group: 808 Fieldcrest Ct. Watertown, Wisconsin 53094
RSVP by December 1, 2014. Questions? Post them on the Facebook event wall or email email@example.com
The annual Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck returns this year sponsored by Citizens United for Animals (CUFA) and Milwaukee Area Resources for Vegetarianism. This is a huge event with a wide variety of people all coming together to share in a peaceful vegan Thanksgiving feast.
The vegan "turkey," mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing and beverages will be provided at the event. Guests bring desserts, side dishes and salads.
Here are all the details to RSVP by November 19, 2014:
RSVP by PHONE - Call 414-517-8439 between 6-9PM. Then, mail payment and the registration form before November 18th.
COST - $6 for adults, $3 for children if you're bringing a dish. $12 for adults or $6 for children if you're not.
DATE - Saturday November 22, 2014
Time of Event - Arrive by 5:00pm, but you might want to arrive early because it's first come, first served.
LOCATION - Wil-O-Way Grant at 207 Lake Drive in South Milwaukee (see map below).
More details in the PDF shown below and you can download it right below the image (download file link). Please contact the number or address below for more info--they are the ones running the show! Also, if you'd like to volunteer to help at the event, please ask when you call to register!
On Sunday August 24th at 10am something amazing is going to happen--Holey Moley Coffee & Doughnuts is going to be holding a FREE vegan doughnut and coffee tasting at their newly opened location on Milwaukee Street!
RSVPs are capped at 50 people and samples will be available while supplies last, so be sure to RSVP and get there bright and early at 10am! Get all the details on the Meetup site.
Joe Sorge and the other awesome folks at Holey Moley want to get your input on what vegan flavors would be fun, so be sure to comment on the Meetup page or on Facebook or Twitter to make your voice heard!