New winners crowned in Twin Cities Vegan Chef Challenge!

Representatives of Vegan Chef Challenge restaurants after the awards ceremony at Twin Cities Veg Fest

The long wait is over! We now know which restaurants got awards in the Twin Cities Vegan Chef Challenge. 

The ceremony was held at the Twin Cities Veg Fest on September 18.  Twenty nine restaurants participated in the challenge and there was a special award for each one based on comments made by diners.  The ratings of diners determined the top three spots. 

Winners of the Vegan Chef Challenge: 

1. Reverie Cafe + Bar  — Korean BBQ Mock Duck Tacos 

2. French Meadow on Grand — Mediterranean Kebab 

3. Insane Vegan — Brisket on Texas Toast 

Our first place winner is no stranger to winning the challenge. Two years ago they won the top prize for their Long Haul Burger. This year Reverie Cafe + Bar’s  Korean BBQ Mock Duck Tacos were the hands down favorite dish in the challenge. These tacos feature Gochujang BBQ Mock Duck, Pickled Veggies, Radish + Cilantro on Warm Flour Tortillas. There are rumors this new dish will stay around for a while longer so be sure to go try them!

The second place winner has gotten an award at a past challenge but this is their first year in the winner’s circle. French Meadow on Grand got the second highest score for their new Mediterranean Kebab. The dish featured: Marinated Vegetable Kebab, Fried Button Mushrooms, Harissa and Tahini Sauces, Tabbouleh, Grilled Peaches and Olive Focaccia. 

Our third place winner is new to the Challenge! Insane Vegan’s entry was a BBQ Brisket. This new all-vegan St. Paul eatery also brought this dish to the Twin Cities Veg Fest and saw long lines all day from those anxious to snag it!  This Vegan brisket cooked on traditional grills with coleslaw on Texas toast proved a favorite.

There were enthusiastic diners for all of the dishes in the challenge and each had a particular aspect that diners highlighted. To recognize this, we awarded prizes to the other participating restaurants. These can be seen in our blog. 

Many of these dishes are still available – and most places feature other wonderful vegan meals. Be sure to check them all out and let them know you appreciated their participation in the challenge.

Advellum Most Vibrant Dish
Barbette Stand-Out Sauce
Book Club Flavor Match Made in Heaven
Cafe Racer Kitchen Creative Complexity
Crepe and Spoon Best-Balanced Dish
Duke’s on 7 Cleverest Curry
French Meadow on Grand Most Beautiful Presentation
French Meadow on Lyndale Heartiest Heart-Healthy Dish
Gigi’s Cafe Greatest Flavor Combos
Insane Vegan Straight Fire! Vegan Meat
J. Selby’s Most Authentic Southern Burger
Keefer Court Terrific Traditional Tart
La Cocina de Ana Most Realistic Vegan Meat
Mill Valley Kitchen The Dish that Dreams Are Made of
Muddy Tiger Spicy-Sweet Happiness on a Bun
Namaste Cafe Perfect Popping Flavors
Parkway Pizza Top Pizza Without a Doubt
Pat’s Tap Deep Fried Deliciousness
Pub 819 Outstanding Mushroom Dish
Red Stag Supper Club Best Midwestern Classic
Reverie Cafe + Bar I Can’t Imagine My Life Without These Tacos
Root to Rise Most Creative Dish
Seed Cafe Most Seriously Satisfying Food
Stanley’s Best Flavor Extravaganza
The Block Perfect Comfort Food
The Howe Best Spin on a Classic
The Naughty Greek Best Date Night Dish
Tiny Diner Crispy & Fresh
Wok in the Park All-Around Amazing Experience

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