Buy local seitan: If you're going to the devil anyway...

Last night Mr. Nake-id and I attended Chomp, the vegan community dinner sponsored by the vegan advocacy organization, Plants and Animals. This month's theme, L'Chaim!--vegan Jewish food.

How could we resist? Curious about Green Spaces Denver, which provides reasonably priced, solar-powered workspaces for triple-bottom-line (people/planet/profit) freelancers and entrepreneurs, we decided to suck up our decades and go, knowing the crowd would skew young.

We sat near three lovely young people, who came because they had never tasted Jewish food. We know from Jewish food. There was cabbage, cholent, pierogi (kreplach), bialys and rugelach. And a beet, carrot patty (raw, we think) topped in a pear sauce, they were passing off as latkes. All delish, especially the rugelach, but hard to equate with the Passover fare and meals at the Carnegie deli enjoyed over the years. 

We let our young friends know that we're new to the veg thing and that we're having to do some reframing; if it doesn't involve dead poultry or cream cheese how can it be Jewish? Come to think of it, Moses probably didn't eat a lot of chicken, either.

We came home with the log pictured above. The Denver Seitan Company is a wheat meat start-up currently offering Chickenesque, Sicilian and SmokySpicey flavors. We're grateful; my own attempt yielded seitan that would have given flubber a run for its money.

We loved the scene. Green Spaces is an open, lived-in venue, which provides a home for Plants and Animals' events. Music blared and people of all ages flopped unselfconsciously on sofas and gathered at tables for easy conversation.If you're of a mind, take a bite out of Chomp, it's so much more than vegetables on a plate.

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