DC Meat-Free Week, which begins today, makes that possible, if only for a few days. The event — launched in 2010 by Amber McDonald of the blog DC Vegan as counter-programming to the carnivore-centric Meat Week — has grown in sync with the booming restaurant scene, and this year features barbecue and beer dinners, a cocktail-book launch and …vegan chocolate fondue?
A few highlights from the week:
Beginning today, Barcode starts serving up a slew of vegan dishes, including pizzas and pastas with vegan mozzarella. The highlight might be the new desserts, however: a wine-poached pear with chocolate, and chocolate fondue (both ring up at $7).
Tuesday, restaurants along H Street NE are marking Meat-Free Week with specials. The Argonaut is offering $2 tempeh tacos; Smith Commons serves its new vegan chickpea ravioli with coconut curry sauce; and Ethiopic offers 20 percent off its vegetarian platters. Save room for dessert: Dangerously Delicious, which already offers vegan savory and fruit pies, rolls out Fat Tire Beer Brat Pie and vegan whipped cream and ice cream; mention Meat-Free Week and you’ll get 10 percent off a veggie slice.
Wednesday marks the return of food-truck day, when several trucks offer new vegan dishes or offer specials on items they already have on the menu. Among the ones to try: Far East Taco Grille, which offers a vegan taco; and El Floridano, which will knock $2 off vegan dishes.
And finally, a number of restaurants are rolling out vegan dishes all week. A standout: Casa Oaxaca in Adams Morgan created a $35, three-course menu that channels Mexico’s many plant-based traditional foods: Among the nearly 10 options are mole enchiladas with a filling of spiced squash, veggie pozole (hominy soup) and a dairy-free tres leches cake (it’s soaked with coconut milk instead of the traditional milk).
Meat-Free Week continues through Feb. 13. For more details, visit DC Vegan.