By Alan Markoff
Not everyone is willing to commit to an exclusive plant-based diet, but that doesn’t mean we all can’t enjoy a healthy and tasty vegan dinner. With that in mind, the Brasserie will host its first exclusively vegan event on Friday, 18 November as part of Cricket Square’s Wellness Week.
Since adopting a farm-to-table approach to dining in 2009, The Brasserie has focused on serving locally grown produce and locally sourced animal proteins. However, its organised dinner events have always included plant-based ingredients as well as meat and seafood. When Executive Chef Artemio Lopez discussed the dinner that would become part of Wellness Week with Consultant Chef Dean Max, they decided the time had come to offer an exclusively vegan dinner.
“A lot of people are moving to plant-based diets and our guests are asking for more vegan dishes on our menu,” says Chef Arte. “So we thought the time was right to have a vegan dinner that showcases the fresh vegetables we grow in our gardens.”
Billed as “A Vegan Voyage,” the evening starts with canapes and healthy cocktails or mocktails and is followed with a five-course dinner paired with wines. There’s also a non-alcoholic option with kombucha or infused water.
Although the exact menu will be determined by what is available fresh from the garden the week of the event, Chef Arte says guests can expect a variety of grains, seasonal leafy garden greens and vegetables like beans, okra and eggplant. Locally produced ingredients such as coconut oil will also be used in the dishes.
The night will also feature celebrity guest speaker Eric Fleishman – better known on television as Eric the Trainer. Best known for training some of Hollywood’s top celebrities, Eric is also passionate about proper nutrition, and he’ll speak about the relationship between fitness and nutrition at the dinner.
“By embracing the science of change, exercise, diet and sleep, one can customise results and create incredible amounts of positive energy by consuming the right foods,” he says. “A healthy diet is the cornerstone of an overall wellness plan.”
Tickets for the dinner are CI$125 per person with the wine pairing, or $75 per person with kombucha or infused water pairing.
For more information or to purchase tickets, email email@example.com or call 345 945-1815.