Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Happy Garden Pea Day!

Bloggers of the Day: Rich and Kate at Vedge
Vedge: 100 Plates Large and Small That Redefine Vegetable Cooking
Horizons: The Cookbook: Gourmet Meatless Cuisine
Horizons: New Vegan Cuisine

Every vegan I know has some kind of bucket to try, cookbooks to buy, bloggers to meet, vegan shoes to collect. If you've got a "vegan restaurants to visit" list, Vedge needs to be on it! This Philadelphia restaurant run by chef Rich Landau and pastry chef Kate Jacoby is a pinnacle of plant-based ingenuity. Their dishes are spectacularly creative and fresh and wholly delicious! They rose from the roots of their previous cafe and restaurant Horizons to establish the much-celebrated Vedge, and are currently in the building stages of their newest venture V Street, so put that one on your bucket list too! Now, let's get to our bucket of peas please.  :)

I'm an unabashed fan of the entire pea family from the Sweet Pea to the Snap Pea and especially the Garden Pea in between. By any name, be it Garden Peas, Green Peas, English Peas, Sweet Peas, Baby Peas or even Baby Sweet Peas...I am singin' the praises of these edible emerald jewels! Their vibrant hue and veghearty flavor satisfy my springtime cravings, and their humble simplicity slots right into my timepressed cooking schedule. I'm perfectly happy with a naked bowl of them for a quick snack, or throwing them in with pasta or quinoa, shrooms and a few cashews for a healthy happymeal. The team at Vedge spins them stylishly delicious, as they do with every little glory from the garden!  :)

Vedge elsewhere on the net...
Fingerling Potatoes with Creamy Worcestershire Sauce
Saffron Cauliflower Soup with Persillade
Eggplant Braciole with Salsa Verde
Atlantic Tofu Gratin
Caribbean Seitan BBQ Wings
Spanish Roasted Brassicas
Roasted Sweet Potato Pate
Roasted Turnips With Mushrooms and Wine
Roasted Carrots With Black Lentils and Green Harissa
Chocolate Beet Pots de Creme
Head in the Clouds Coconut Chocolate Mousse
Grilled Broccoli Shoots, Shaved Charred Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli Rabe with Sweet Peppers

A Vedge offshoot -- V Street at Rittenhouse Square

Vedge raves...
Caitlin at the vegan chickpea
Dynise at Urban Vegan
Rika at vegan miam
Trey Popp at Philly Mag

Have you visited Vedge? (link to your review!) What other restaurants are on your bucket list? Do you grow your own peas? What else are you planting in your edible garden this season?  :)

Find more feasts in our 2014 Daily Food Holiday and Featured Blogger Series!


  1. Eating a meal at Vedge is one of those experiences on my bucket list! Every new menu sounds amazing, and now all the recipes in the book always inspire me. It's just a bit too far for a day trip... But maybe for a special adventure, some day!

    1. I'm sure you will love it! I'd be interested in your views on V Street's supposed to be cutting edge Vedge, street food style. Sounds crazyyumful! :)

  2. Looks and sounds wonderful, thanks for sharing the links :)