The Chef: Aurelia
The Menu: In what is easily the fanciest meal that has ever graced our lunch plates, Aurelia made two outrageously delicious dishes from Lacey Sher and Gail Doherty's You Won't Believe It's Vegan. On the left you see Chickpea Socca, which featured a delectable marinara topped with chickpea-flour polenta, a rich white bean purée, sautéed greens, and finally caramelized leeks. Um, yum. Oh, and on the right? That's just a little molasses-laden, extremely tasty Tomato Pudding. Yeah, you know, no big deal.
The Goods: So, if anyone should need any of the VN staff, please come looking for us under our desks, happily dozing in cuisine-induced comas. Today's lunch was knock-your-socks-off good, and we'll likely be thinking about it well past dinnertime. For more on YWBIV, make sure to check out the November+December issue of VegNews for a full review! The level of elegance of our meal was unexpected, but conveniently appropriate as today marks the 200th entry on Café VegNews!