Join the Twin Cities Vegan Comfort Food Challenge Committee!

The Comfort Food Challenge is based on the Twin Cities Vegan Chef Challenge. Pictured is the winning entry from the 2019 Challenge, Book Club’s Green Curry Rice Bowl.

We need YOU to make the 2021 Vegan Comfort Food Challenge a roaring success!

What is the challenge?

Based on our wildly successful Twin Cities Chef Challenge, the Comfort Food Challenge brings new vegan options to Twin Cities restaurants, which diners then rate. It’s a win-win-win as diners get new options, restaurants increase their business, and animals are spared through the addition and promotion of vegan options at restaurants.

The challenge will take place during the month of February, 2021.

CAA has traditionally held an in-person Vegan Chili Cook-Off in February. In 2021, we will do this challenge instead, focused on takeout options. This will support the health of our community and provide critical support to restaurants during this time.

How can I get involved?

Restaurant outreach volunteers—3 to 8 needed. These volunteers go to restaurants between 2 and 4 pm to invite chefs and managers to participate. We provide you with materials to bring. You’ll also drop off promotional materials at the restaurants prior to the challenge, and invite chefs to the final celebration. This position begins in June.


  • Volunteers need to provide their own transportation.
  • Commitment: An estimated 5-8 hours a week for two weeks to a month.

Restaurant follow-up volunteersThese volunteers make sure restaurants have submitted necessary materials (name of dishes, food photos, etc.) to prepare for our website and promotion. They also keep restaurants informed of challenge news via email on a weekly basis once the challenge starts, and assist with influencer visit coordination.


  • Position can be done from home.
  • Have basic spreadsheet skills and be comfortable with using email and making follow-up phone calls.
  • Commitment: An estimated 1-2 hours a week.

Influencer coordinator– reach out to influencers about getting a free meal and posting about it and inform the restaurants

Dining and social media volunteersThese volunteers go to restaurants, purchase the Twin Cities Vegan Comfort Food Challenge dishes, and post about them on social media. They also follow and comment on posts submitted by the community.


  • Volunteers need to provide their own transportation.
  • Commitment: An estimated 5-8 hours a week throughout the month of the challenge.

Ratings volunteerThis volunteer creates the Google form diners fill out to rate the dishes they eat and calculates the results of the votes using a spreadsheet to determine the Twin Cities Vegan Chef Challenge Champion. They also help determine awards, which are given to all restaurants who participate. Begins in June.

  • Commitment: An estimated 3-6 hours to create the survey, make edits, and compile data afterward. The 3 to 6 hours of work will be spread out over several months.

Media volunteer– this person drafts and sends a press release to news outlets and coordinates television appearances and assists with influencer visit coordination.

  • Commitment: An estimated 1-3 hours a week, starting two weeks before the challenge and running one week after the challenge wraps up.

Social media adminsThese volunteers put posts on social media pages for the challenge, and help plan social media strategy. Begins in December.

  • Commitment: An estimated 3-4 hours a week, starting two months before the challenge and running two weeks after the challenge wraps up.

Please fill out our new volunteer form or email Laura Matanah at and let us know what interests you!

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