(Photo stolen from the Animal Acres facebook page)
Thanksgiving has always been a little tricky for me, ever since I gave up meat at age 8. I still remember sitting between my two older cousins at the table while they took turns making fun of my plate (which was a beautiful rainbow of veggies, potatoes, pies, etc), and struggling to defend my choices in the midst of their heaping plates of meat and gravy. Times have changed, my extended family (and certainly my immediate family) has evolved quite a bit. No one (with the exception of my Mom and Brother) has gone vegan yet, but many of them have opened their minds and hearts and are more willing to have intelligent, mature discussions about our life choices.
I know that for many of you, Thanksgiving is not a holiday to look forward to so much as it is a day you approach with some trepidation. You know you’ll have to answer a bunch of questions, including classic favorites such as “Where do you get your protein?” and, “So do you hate lions and tigers that hunt for their food?” After eloquently answering such questions as calmly as possible, you are then rewarded with a giant plate of steamed spinach, plain mashed potatoes, and a bread roll- if you’re lucky and your family hasn’t infused those dishes with mounds of butter. Unfortunately, I can’t get you out of the press conference portion of the evening, but I can help you bring your own masterfully crafted, absolutely jaw droppingly delicious Thanksgiving feast to the dinner with you.
Madeleine Bistro, Los Angeles’ most renowned organic vegan restaurant, is offering a Thanksgiving to-go feast for $50 per person. In this box, you’ll receive:
* Salad: Baby spinach, quinoa, candied walnuts, dried cranberries, pomegranate vinaigrette
* Soup: Butternut squash bisque (you won’t even believe how delicious this soup is)
* Entree: Choice of Seitan (either grilled lemon-rosemary which is OUT OF THIS WORLD or herb crusted which is also quite fab) or Tempeh (braised or herb crusted) along with your choice of sourdough-sage stuffing (this is honestly worth the $50 alone) or, for the gluten averse, wheat-free quinoa stuffing.
* Also included w/ entree: rustic mashed potatoes, pan gravy, coconut yams, pan roasted Brussels sprouts, and cranberry relish
* Dessert: choice of pumpkin pie or French apple tart (I really can’t advise you here, they’re both way too good. The pumpkin pie is better than any pumpkin pie I ever had in the pre-vegan days). For an extra $5 you can get BOTH.
***EVEN IF YOU AREN’T IN LOS ANGELES, THE BOX CAN BE OVERNIGHTED TO YOU FOR AN EXTRA FEE***
(for this, I suggest getting a few people in on an order so you can share the shipping cost)
If you are in Los Angeles and would like to pick up your box, the deadline for placing your order is 4 pm on Monday, Nov 22. Orders can be picked up Weds or Thurs before Thanksgiving (the 24th or 25th).
If you are placing an order to be shipped, the deadline for placing your order is 10 pm on Saturday, Nov 20. The extra time is required for the restaurant to make the necessary shipping/packing arrangements.
Seriously, I would not steer you wrong. Chef Dave Anderson is quite possibly the world’s best, most creative, most upscale, most gourmet vegan chef.
(Chef Dave, hard at work)
This will be the best money you’ve ever spent. There is also an option of ordering just an entree for $35 (which includes the same choice of seitan and tempeh along with the yams, potatoes, gravy, cranberry, stuffing, etc) without the soup, salad, and dessert. While this is absolutely a better idea than going without, I highly suggest getting the entire meal. People are definitely going to be asking you for samples, and once they try your food you’re going to wish you had more! All of the items can also be ordered individually and in bulk. Feel free to email/message me (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details. I am happy to help set up your order.
To read more reviews (with gorgeous photos) of Madeleine Bistro, go here:
Here’s a sampling of a few Madeleine Bistro creations to get your imagination and hunger juices flowing (all photos stolen from food photographer extraordinaire, QuarryGirl)
Red Beet Tartar- served atop a Warm Cake of Tofu Cheese
Chicken friend Seitan, served with mashed potatoes and gravy
Bigger Maque (you can probably figure this one out)
Bananas Foster Sundae
Again, feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like assistance placing an order with the restaurant. For the time being, you can either email your order to me at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.