Last night, about 30 members of Cool Cuisine visited de Vere’s Irish Pub, where a grand (and tasty) time was had by all. Cool Cuisine, founded by Davisite Anya McCAnn, “is a coalition of individuals and organizations seeking more plant-based dining options.” Through meetups at restaurants and potlucks, Cool Cuisine seeks to support people who want to eat plant-based diets (for whatever reason, and whether they are vegans or not), while also encouraging local restaurants to provide more plant-based restaurant items. In other words, all are welcome – check out the Facebook page or the Meetup group to be updated on future events.
I’ve been to several successful Cool Cuisine restaurant meetups now, including ones at Symposium, Nami Sushi, Davis Noodle City, Yeti Restaurant, and Three Ladies Café. In some cases we were given special menus, whereas in other cases we just enjoyed the vegan items already on the menu. But de Vere’s was certainly an unexpected surprise, vegan food not being typically associated with Irish pub fare.