Food & Drink

Corridor Veg Week celebrates plant-based meals

Chef Mike Osler garnishes mashed potatoes at Red's Ale House in North Liberty on Monday, April 18, 2016. Corridor Veg Week is April 22-29 and local restaurants such as Red's will be serving up special vegan menu items. (Adam Wesley/The Gazette)
Chef Mike Osler garnishes mashed potatoes at Red's Ale House in North Liberty on Monday, April 18, 2016. Corridor Veg Week is April 22-29 and local restaurants such as Red's will be serving up special vegan menu items. (Adam Wesley/The Gazette)

Corridor Veg Week, an homage to all things vegan, returns this Friday and runs through April 29, bringing with it special menus and events at restaurants around the Corridor.

A sort of plant-based version of Restaurant Week, Corridor Veg Week was first organized by local woman Thais Carnall in 2016 as a way to highlight how tasty vegan meals can be, introduce people to the concept of dining without meat, dairy, eggs or other animal-based products and showcase restaurants working to offer vegan options.

Participating restaurants will serve special menu items throughout the week, and many also will donate a portion of sales to Iowa Farm Sanctuary, a Marengo-based nonprofit that rescues and cares for farm animals.

Participating restaurants include: Big Grove Brewery & Taproom, Dumpling Darling, Oasis Falafel and Trumpet Blossom Cafe in Iowa City; Cappy’s Pizzeria, Caucho, The Full Bowl, Greyhound Deli & Cafe, Lightworks Cafe, Lion Bridge Brewing Company, Rawlicious, and The Quarter Barrel Arcade & Brewery in Cedar Rapids; That One Cupcake Place and Karma Coffee Cafe in Hiawatha; and Reds Alehouse in North Liberty. Full menus for each restaurant can be found at corridorvegweek.com.

Events throughout the week start with a kickoff meal at Lion Bridge Brewing Company, 59 16th Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday. $25 tickets include one vegan entree, one drink, tax and gratuity and a donation to Iowa Farm Sanctuary, which will have representatives on hand to talk about their mission. Tickets are available at facebook.com/pg/corridorvegweek/events.

The Facebook page also includes tickets and details for a vegan pizza cooking demonstration at Thrive Gym, 2205 East Grantview Dr., Coralville, 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, $21.83; vegan tours of New Pioneer Co-op stores, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at 3338 Center Point Road NE, Cedar Rapids and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 1101 Second St., Coralville, free; and an Old Capitol Food Company Tofu Tour, 3569 Dolphin Dr. SE, Iowa City, 11 a.m. to noon April 29, free.

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