Monday, October 17, 2011

Vegan Bengaluru Event on 29th October 2011 - Vegan MoFo Post 15


As I told you all in my first Vegan Mofo post, every month our local Vegan Bengaluru group holds a meet-up event. Usually it's a potluck but this time we're doing something different. On 29th October we've organized a special vegan buffet at In The Pink Organic Restaurant and Bazaar.

We've been in touch with the owners, Aparna and Paneesh and also Chef Joydeb to come up with a delicious menu. It's important to us that the spread be something special. There will be four salads, a couple of starters, a handful of main dishes and even a few desserts.

The buffet will cost Rs.250 per head and I can say that it's shaping into something that is well worth every paise!

On Friday Mr. Vegantastic, Mil Mil and I went to In The Pink for a tasting session. They had prepped four things for us out of which we picked three.

Here's a little sneak peek for you:

Since In The Pink is also participating in our World Go Vegan Week event next week, a vegan pizza was anyway going to be a default part of 29th's menu. Daiya or other vegan cheezes are not commercially available here in India but this pizza goes to show that you don't even need direct replacements. The delicious Grilled Vegetable and Basil topping was yummy in its own right!

Vegan Pizza

Yeah that wasn't my best food photo shot but it was past sunset by the time we got to eat the pizza and I had to make do with indoor lighting *shudders*. Considering that, it isn't such a bad picture. :oP

This next one is Chef Joydeb's own concoction. Strawberry and Lemongrass based dessert. A very new and interesting taste. It's definitely going to add variety to the menu.

Strawberry Lemongrass Dessert

And finally the pièce de résistance... Pumpkin Whole Wheat Ravioli in a Spinach Béchamel Sauce. One word - GLORIOUS! I know it's usually the dessert which is worthy of such praise but OMG this ravioli was goooood!! I'm proud of myself for suggesting the recipe and giving pointers to Chef Joydeb on how to make it vegan. He himself was totally impressed by how awesome the vegan version turned out. LOL

Needless to say, this is the main thing I'll be stuffing my face with on the buffet day. :D

Pumpkin Ravioli in spinach Béchamel Sauce

Earlier I said that we'd tasted four things and picked only three of them. The fourth was a pasta dish, Penne in a Creamy Basil Sauce. And the only reason we ditched it was because we figured since we had ravioli already, another pasta would be repetitive. But that doesn't mean that this dish was not super delicious. I already feel bad that it had to be left behind. The least I can do is make it famous on my blog. ;)

Penne in Basil Sauce

And because I'm addicted to claymation now, I'm ending even today's post with a romantic veganosaurus video featuring Cerlt The Evil and Witchy Poo.

Enjoy! :oP

7 comments:

  1. Your tasting looks like so much fun, yum! And your claymation is cute!

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  2. is this a dinner event?

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  3. Wow I'm very impressed by your claymation. So adorable. More please! I'd have to keep a chair right next to the pumpkin ravioli in spinach bechamel part of the buffet. it would be silly to keep getting up and down up and down everytime I wanted to refill my plate with it.

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  4. agree with Gigi.. i think i want all the food right on my table!

    and we need some more of those clayations!
    btw i passed on the Liebster award to you!.. pick it up on my blog!

    Richa @ Hobby And More Food Blog

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  5. cute video:)
    that ravioli sounds delicious. Also, the dessert with strawberry & lemongrass sounds interesting. I'm certain this buffet is going to be a huge success!

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  6. Thanks ladies. :) I'm really looking forward to it this Saturday.

    'Anonymous' this is a lunch event. You can see more details and RSVP on the Vegan Bengaluru blog: https://veganbengaluru.wordpress.com/2011/10/22/vegan-bengaluru-oct-29th-special-buffet-lunch-at-in-the-pink-rs-250/

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  7. Richa and Gi, hehe yeah I'll be going early and sitting at a table closest to the buffet. :oP

    Jun, the buffet is definitely going to be a success. We have a very special surprise dish too. I'll be back with plenty of pics this weekend.

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