This is inspired by my fellow blogger TrueIndigo’s Pennsyltucky Veggie Awards (check out her blog Bacon Is Not An Herb).
Charlotte has come a long way in the past few years. Occasionally food critics will write “best of vegetarian/vegan” reviews … trouble is, most of the critics are NOT vegan! How can I take a critic’s review of a vegan dish seriously if she is also a devotee of foie gras, veal, or lamb chops? !!
Even the “best of” lists that solicit reader’s opinions … like Charlotte Loafing … how many of the readers that vote on, say, Best Vegetarian Restaurant are actually vegetarian or vegan?!!
So! I think we vegans and vegetarians need to compile our own lists and give our own awards!
SPECIAL NOTE: I know most of us are VERY partial to Bean, Zizi’s, Luna’s, Fern. So, instead of just listing … say, “Bean,” as best in everything, please give a little thought and see if you can think of an omnivore restaurant that also does a veg dish very well. We want to honor our veggie restaurants and give them the credit they deserve, but we also want to give a shout-out to those omnivore restaurants that care enough to create some special dishes for us, too.
These awards will also help new vegans in our area learn about their options and be a guide to the best vegan food in Charlotte, so PLEASE PLEASE VOTE!
CATEGORIES (YOU MAY LIST UP TO THREE CHOICES FOR EACH. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PROVIDE AN ANSWER FOR EVERY CATEGORY):
- Best Appetizer
- Best Salad
- Best Soup
- Best Chili
- Best Pizza
- Best Sandwich
- Best Veggie Burger
- Best Portobello Burger
- Best Veggie Dog
- Best Veggie Special (could be anything; from veggie meatloaf to spaghetti squash pasta)
- Best Tofu Preparation
- Best Vegan Dessert
- Best Vegan Restaurant
- Best Thai Restaurant
- Best Indian Restaurant
- Best Italian Restaurant
- Best Mexican Restaurant
- Best Omnivore Restaurant for Vegetarians
- Best Store to Shop for Vegan Foods (Please consider your small local independent stores as well as your major chain stores when answering)
You may cut, paste, and post your responses here, or send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you follow me on Facebook, you can send your responses to me via Facebook.
DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 15.
Everyone who votes will be entered into a drawing for a vegan bar of dark chocolate and a vegan cookbook.