We are counting down the days until our annual fundraising gala Gather ‘Round on September 28! This is our favorite time to celebrate in community with gardeners, partners, and supporters. It is a time to dance and eat while reflecting on the growing season and planting seeds for the future.
This year we are extra excited to welcome back The Easy Vegan as our caterer. The Easy Vegan celebrates plant-based cooking in all its forms, from globally inspired street food to plated catering menus.
Owners Alexi Mandolini & Taylor Herbert have a combined 28 years of experience in the service industry and, after losing work due to the pandemic, they started The Easy Vegan as a twice-weekly restaurant pop-up in the university neighborhood of Denver. Now you can find them all over Denver serving everything from fun and unpretentious street food to thoughtful, farm-to-table plated food and drink experiences.
“We wanted to bring something different to Denver,” Mandolini said in an interview for 5280 Magazine. “Our goal is to reimagine vegetables beyond the constraints of health fads and diet culture and craft beautiful, delicious, and exciting food where you don’t feel like you’re missing something without a meat protein, or even a meat substitute at the center of your plate,” said Herbert.
The Easy Vegan is one of the teams currently competing on Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race hosted by Tyler Florence. We are thrilled to see they are crushing the competition week after week and most recently got first place on week five, winning $15K and immunity for next episode. You can follow their journey at their weekly watch party at Town Hall Collaborative.
The menu The Easy Vegan has crafted for this year’s Gather ‘Round:
Bread Service | local sourdough, caramelized leek butter
Harvest salad | shaved apples, golden beets, local greens, toasted pepitas, apple cider vinaigrette
Autumn Vegetable Ragout | braised fennel, blistered tomato, cannellini beans, marbled potato, tender squash, mini potato chips, fried sage
Herb-whipped parmesan polenta
Chocolate pot de crème or chai bodino