I posted just over three weeks ago that I was finally going to get this little spot on the internet rocking with content.
But then… well… you know the rest. Life got busy. Time for ESV wasn’t there.
My other excuse (ahem!) was that I had promised my friends and family a post about eating vegan in Japan. Only thing is, that post is a monster. There is so much to tell, and I want to get it right. With things being a little nutty at the moment, time for ‘getting it right’ was not to be. So instead of getting some other stuff posted, I just kept delaying.
Stop the procrastination! Let’s talk about something else I’ve done this year: the Vegan Supper Club.
So wait, what the hell is a vegan supper club? Well, in this case, it’s a monthly dinner hosted by the amazing folks at Urban Acorn Catering (Marie Fitrion and her partner, Chef Daniel Holloway). Each month they base the menu off a theme, and often also have an ingredient they are featuring. For example, in March they did a Mexican theme featuring hot sauce from No.7 (ultra local, by-the-way, as it’s produced in the Junction Triangle). We weren’t able to attend that supper, since we were just arriving back from Japan that weekend and were way too jetlagged to do anything.
We did, however, get to attend their Valentine’s Day special, featuring Sloane tea (local again – a Toronto company) and based on the theme of Breakfast In Bed.
The menu was incredible. Seriously, go read it for yourself. The highlight for me was the second course:
Second Course: Hickory Smoked Morel & Basil Quiche served with Cilantro-Avocado Creme and Heirloom Tomato Concassé Paired with… Sloane Fine Tea Merchant’s Oolong Creme
It was so incredible, in fact, that I didn’t think of taking any photos until dessert arrived.
Hard to go wrong with a strawberry pop tart, let me tell you!
We went home stuffed and happy and vowed to make it back for another supper club.
Then… Japan. And then April was really busy. But May, oh, May was their All Star Dinner! This is where they let all the folks on their mailing list vote for their favourite dishes from all the supper clubs from the previous year. The winning dishes then get served at the All Star dinner, which is kinda why they call it that.
For this year’s All Star, folks voted for a lot of really heavy, pastry-filled or fried dishes. While they don’t normally do a lot of ‘vegan junk food’, they did do a CNE-themed dinner last September, and folks really loved that menu. I mean, who doesn’t love the idea of a cronut burger? Or deep fried butter? Vegan versions of those items made it on the All Star menu, along with several other amazing dishes.
Like with the February dinner, you really couldn’t go wrong with this one. Everything was so delicious, and our gracious hosts were kind to us in making the portion sizes very reasonable, so instead of feeling overfull and gross, we just felt happy.
The real standout dishes for me were the cronut burger, served on a house-made vegan croissant, and the chocolate cake, made with chipotle and served with No.7 chipotle sauce on the side. So. Damn. Good.
Anyone chomping at the bit to go to one of these dinners? Sadly, they take the summer off because it’s the really busy season for caterers. But come September? You might want to check this page to see what menu they cook up.
PS: If you didn’t see it mentioned in my instagram post, the market that Marie and Chef Daniel run, Urban Acorn Market, is now selling those house-made vegan croissants frozen for baking up at home. Just add a little flour to your hair and no one will know you didn’t bake ’em yourself…