Chomp is Denver’s coolest public dinner party »
A mountain-west dispatch
If you ever are planning a trip to Denver, make sure you’re here on the first Wednesday of the month because that’s Chomp day, otherwise known as the tasty vegan hipster gathering that helps me not miss CA so much (though nothing will diminish the pain of losing Berkeley Bowl).
Chomp is a themed public dinner party, where some talented and shockingly unselfish vegans cook up enormous batches of THE BEST food ever and you donate some money and then you eat it. This month the theme was French, so the yums included cream puffs and basil pastry shells and seitan bourguignon from Julia Child herself (OH SNAP, I just had the best idea, what if someone does the whole Julie & Julia thing but vegan? Get it on, guys).
The event usually goes down at Green Spaces, a warehousey-chic co-working space. 120 people showed up to chow down this month and as usual the cooks ran out of food (this is the only bad part of Chomp: You can’t gorge yourself like I do at any normal meal).
Bonus awesomeness this month:
The Speakeasy, which is a “donation-based” snobby cocktail bar, run by the uber-sexy Randa in her bartender dress, with her amazing cocktail menu for super cheap.
I had a thing with strawberry and basil and lemon and lime and fancy gin and it was SO GOOD will you marry me Randa?
I think that smile means yes?
Denver Seitan Company, our new local seitan-makers, had samples of their DELISH logs. They’re gonna start a seitan CSA thing, I can’t wait!
Live music! By a sweet little acoustic duo called Poet’s Row.
It’s clearly the cool place to be on first Wednesdays, so I just wanted to make sure you weren’t out of the loop. If you ever come to town let me know and we can sit together, it’ll be great! I won’t steal your dessert, I swear! (I’m lying).
This is Julia Child’s Where’s the Beef?! Bourguignon from Vegan Valentine! It looks so damn good and the recipe isn’t too intimidating so I think I’ll try it. I’ve come to realize as death draws closer (old!) that I’m much more a chef than a baker. I think this is because I’m way more into savory foods than sweets. Don’t get me wrong, I won’t kick a vegan cupcake out of bed, but I’d much rather eat a bowl of kale, quinoa, and black beans covered in Yumm Sauce. Or not covered in Yumm Sauce, I love that shit straight up. In fact, Mark likes to makes fun of my bland palate because he’s a little asshole.
Now, a mini-rant: People like to blame the fact that there are fat vegans on vegan junk food. Well, vegan junk food might be the reason someone is carting around an extra 10 to 20 pounds of compassionate chub, there are lots of fat vegans who eat a mainly whole-foods diet and who are STILL FAT. Losing weight is all about calories, and lots of whole foods have lots of calories. You can restrict your consumption, or you can have a naturally smaller appetite (GENETICS) or a faster metabolism (GENETICS), or not be on birth control that fucks with your body (BEING A WOMAN) and that’s all good but me, I like to eat bean soup and kale salad until I’m full, and I’m not into restricting myself because we live in a totally fat-phobic society.
I mean, I eat about the same, if not a little less, than my boyfriend and exercise more often and I’m fat and he’s not! How do you explain that?? Oh yes, SCIENCE. Everyone’s body is different and fat and healthy is not an oxymoron. Also, it’s pretty fucking easy to be both when you eat a mainly whole foods vegan diet and also a few cupcakes when you want ‘em. That’s what works for me, I don’t know what works for you, but I’m cool with it, cause you gotta do you and I gotta do me, and honestly, I don’t give a shit what you look like because we’re not boffing! If we were, then I’d probably have a lot to say about your haircut and your shoes. SO FUN!
Anyway, make the recipe! That’s what you came here for! You always get a little extra awesomeness/crazy when you come to Vegansaurus; we make you work for your dinner.