Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Culinary Confidential: Esoteric Vegan Dinner Party Set for July 31

Posted By on Wed, Jul 7, 2010 at 4:08 PM

It’s no secret that the Nashville dining scene is a tad starved for vegan dining options. Outside of Wild Cow, Grins and Woodlands Indian Vegetarian Cuisine — vegetarian eateries that, though not technically vegan, offer a fair number of vegan options — there aren’t really any places that are particularly welcoming to the vegan diner.

If you’re a vegan trapped in a world of fried chicken, pulled pork and meat-and-threes, Esoteric Vegan might just be an oasis in your culinary desert. A dinner hosted by a vegan Nashvillian who prefers to keep a low profile in the media, Esoteric Vegan will likely be a quarterly event, and will feature more than just food: Each gathering will include some sort of artistic collaboration — dance, visual art and music are all possibilities. While the identity of the host may be a secret, I can attest to her reputation as both a cook and a party thrower.

The inaugural installment of Esoteric Vegan takes place Saturday, July 31, and features the theme “Viva Italia!” For a $40 donation, diners will be treated to a four-course Italian-inspired meal and entertainment to match. The dinner is limited to 20 diners, and as of today, eight slots are still available (and that number will likely change to six after I get done writing this post and reserve a couple of spots). Reservations can be made here.

A little more about Esoteric Vegan, from the website:

Esoteric Vegan was created out of the desire to share a love and passion for healthy, plant-based meals in a city where few options exist; to bring together a diverse group of people around the dinner table with the intention of eating, sharing, educating, learning, relaxing and simply enjoying an overall splendid evening.

We plan to not only serve a wonderful meal, but each dinner event will include a collaboration with the arts as well. This could be in the form of a musical or dance performance, a gallery showing, or anything else we might dream up.

Furthermore, we strive to use local vendors and seasonal organic products whenever available, and all meals will be 100% Vegan. We will provide a list of vendors at each meal so that our guests may seek out the products and services used for their own future needs.

Regardless of how you’ve discovered Esoteric Vegan, and regardless of your dietary preference, we do hope you’ll join us at our next event!

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