Name any vegan or vegetarian restaurant in Philly; I’ve been there. I’ve tried all the tofu, tempeh, and vegan cheesesteaks I could find, but nothing compares to the completely vegan upscale restaurant, Vedge. Since the restaurant is on the pricier side, I don’t get to go there much, but when I do, I’m never disappointed. Everything I’ve had there has been excellent and once I leave, I start to plan the next time I’ll be back.
Since I love Vedge oh so much, I was ecstatic to hear that the chef and owner, Rich Landau, will be featured on Food Network’s Chopped next month. As a huge fan of the show, I’ve been hoping and praying for an episode featuring vegan ingredients or better yet, a vegan chef. If you haven’t seen the show, it’s a three-round competition where chefs create dishes from mystery ingredients. And yes, one of those ingredients is always some kind of meat or seafood. In that episode that Landau will be featured on however, they didn’t throw in any of those things that would make us vegans cringe. Landau told Philly.com that the contestants were asked to use ingredients such as tempeh, chia seeds, dandelion greens, and fresh berries.
The day I’ve been waiting for is approaching! The episode will air June 18 at 10pm on Food Network.
Did you know Vedge was voted one of GQ’s 12 Most Outstanding Restaurants of 2013? If you live in the area or are visiting and have never been to Vedge, it’s a must-try!