As vegans in the Bay Area, we have it pretty good. There are great vegan restaurants, underground supper clubs, multiple vegetarian festivals, and myriad natural food stores, juice bars, and farmers’ markets. Heck, we even have an all-vegan sushi restaurant (Shizen), a brand-new vegan falafel eatery (The Flying Falafel), and a soon-to-open vegan cheese shop (Miyoko’s Creamery).
So when an event comes along that is so unique, so exciting, AND 100-percent vegan, it is the icing on the (dairy-free) cupcake for us Northern Californians. As if our veg life couldn’t get any better, SF Vegan Iron Chef returns for the third year in a row—this time with a new theme and a fresh lineup of chef contestants.
Why should you attend this exciting culinary showdown? Let us count the ways:
1. It’s the only event of its kind in the country, and it’s the real deal. There are lights, cameras, a countdown clock, mystery ingredients, and much more.
2. It’s like being in a live studio audience where anything can happen. Pots dropped, ingredients forgotten, wardrobe malfunctioning—it’s all possible!
3. As if things couldn’t get any more intense, home chefs will be competing against professional chefs in this year’s battle. Agh, the pressure!
4. The 2015 theme is hand-held foods, and I can’t wait to see what the chefs dream up. Quesadillas, paninis, samosas, spring rolls, cookie sandwiches … the possibilities are endless.
5. For those lucky enough to score a Premium ticket, you get to taste everything the chefs prepare while sitting front and center in VIP seating. Yes, everyone is jealous.
7. The after-party alone is worth the cost of admission. Revel in the post-event excitement (did your favorite chef take home the trophy?) over drinks, nibbles, music, and photo ops.
8. Chef Lisa Books-Williams—winner of the first-ever SF Vegan Iron Chef—returns as the emcee for the evening. She knows exactly what the chefs are going through and will give us the inside scoop on what it’s like to be competing under hot lights and extreme time pressure with hundreds of onlookers.
9. What do vegans like to do most? Eat, and talk about what we eat. Yep, that’s what I and my fellow judges will be doing all night long. When it comes to food and our opinions, we won’t hold back.
10. How lucky are we that this TV-worthy event is happening right here in San Francisco? We know life is good for vegans in the Bay Area, but it just got even better. See you in March!
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VegNews Magazine co-founder Colleen Holland makes her second appearance as a judge at this year’s SF Vegan Iron Chef. A die-hard foodie and culinary school grad, her favorite hand-held foods are falafel and fresh Vietnamese spring rolls.