Twin Cities Vegan Chef Challenge

Compassionate Action for Animals (CAA) is delighted to announce the 2021 Twin Cities Vegan Chef Challenge! The challenge brings over 1,000 diners to restaurants and more than 20 new and classic vegan dishes to diners throughout the month of August.

What is the Twin Cities Vegan Chef Challenge?

Chefs and restaurants create one or more vegan main dishes or share featured classics for diners to purchase, enjoy, and rate online throughout August. Some restaurants provide new vegan sides and desserts as well!

Participating restaurants will be promoted via our Vegan Chef Challenge website, printed literature, social media boosting of the challenge, individuals posting about their meals on social media, and press releases to newspapers and television stations.

At the end of the challenge, a champion and other winners are selected based on the votes received. All restaurants receive awards, and the Vegan Chef Challenge Champion gets $150 cash!

Amore Uptown –
Gluten Free Vegan Pasta Primavera
Monday & Tuesday | CLOSED
Wednesday – Friday | 3pm – 9pm
Saturday & Sunday | 3pm – 9pm
Barbette
Maitake mushrooms with roasted caulilini, confit garlic, and leek remoulade
Open Daily | 9am -10pm
Black Sheep Pizza
Cracked Green Olive, Onion and Mushroom
Monday | CLOSED
All other days hours vary by location, see website
Book Club Restaurant-
Summer Beets
Monday – Thursday | 3:30pm – 9pm
Friday | 8am – 6:30pm
Saturday & Sunday | 9am – Close
The Block
Vegan Philly Sandwich
Monday – Thursday | 11am – 11pm
Friday | 11am – 12am
Saturday | 9am – 12am
Sunday | 9am – 11pm
Cafe Wyrd-
Curried Lentil Soup
Monday & Tuesday | 8am – 6:30pm
Wednesday – Sunday | 8am – 8pm
Coconut Whisk Café-
Veggie Waffle Dog
Monday | CLOSED
Saturday & Sunday | 9am – 6pm
(Note: The cafe is open Tuesday – Friday | 9am – 3pm, but the waffle dog is only available on weekends).
Duke’s On 7
Beyond Chicken Sandwich
Monday-Thursday 11am – 11pm
Friday 11am – 12am
Saturday 9am – 12am
Sunday 9am 11pm

Hard Times Cafe-
Cold Case Combo Spectacular
Open Daily | 9am -8pm
Hark Cafe-
The Spice Boy
Monday | CLOSED
Tuesday-Friday | 7am-4pm
Saturday-Sunday | 8am-3pm
Herbie Butcher’s Fried Chicken-
Herbliterator
Monday – Wednesday | CLOSED
Thursday – Sunday | 11am – 7pm
The Howe
Vegan Korean Tacos
Monday – Thursday | 11am – 12am
Friday | 11am – 1am
Saturday | 9am – 1am
Sunday | 9am – 12am
Kitchen closes one hour prior to bar close
Innate Foods
Gluten-Free Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls
Please contact restaurant for hours.
Insane Vegan
HFC (Hunny Fire Cilantro) Oyster Sando
Sunday & Monday | CLOSED
Tuesday – Saturday | 11am – 8pm
Keefer Court Bakery & Cafe
Sichuan Spicy Mung Bean Jelly Noodles (Liang Fen 凉粉)
Monday & Tuesday | CLOSED
Wednesday – Sunday | 9:30am – 6pm
Namaste Cafe
Chaat Fries
Monday-Friday | 11am – 10pm
Saturday & Sunday 10am-10pm
The Naughty Greek
Taste of Summer Ceviche
Tuesday-Thursday: | 11AM—8PM
Friday-Saturday | 11AM—9PM
Parkway Pizza
Vegan Hawaiian Pizza
(Vegan Artichoke Dip also pictured. Locations in Longfellow, NE, Saint Louis Park, Roseville)

Please consult website for location hours.

Pat’s Tap-
Pickled Brined Crispy Tofu Slider with Spicy Miso Mayo, Lettuce, Tomato, and Pickled Red Onion
Monday – Friday | 11am – 10pm
Saturday & Sunday | 10am – 10pm
Pub 819
Falafel Bowl
Monday – Thursday | 11am – 11pm
Friday | 11am – 12am,  
Saturday| 9am – 12am
Sunday | 9am – 11pm
Red Stag Supperclub-
Cuban Sandwich
Monday | CLOSED
Tuesday – Thursday | 3:30pm – 9pm
Friday | 3:30pm – 10pm
Saturday | 10am – 10pm
Sunday | 10am – 9pm
Seed Cafe-
Chorizo Street Tacos
Monday & Tuesday | CLOSED
Wednesday – Sunday | 11am – 2pm
Tiny Diner

Open Daily | 8am -9pm

Trio Plant-Based
For Your Soul Bowl
Monday | CLOSED
Tuesday-Sunday | 12pm-7pm

Wok In The Park-
Mok Ho
Sunday | CLOSED
Monday – Friday | 11am – 8pm
Saturday | 4pm – 8pm

Participating restaurants can be found around the metro area. This year’s Vegan Chef Challenge dishes can be tried at the following locations. We’ll be updating dish names and photos as they’re received.

Diners are invited to visit participating restaurants throughout August, purchase the challenge dishes, enjoy, and then rate their experience online.

Diners can publicly post photos of meals they enjoy on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #tcveganchef and be entered to win a prize from participating restaurants! We’ll choose a new winner each week and announce the winners on our social media channels.

Invite friends and family to join you in trying out all-vegan specials created for the Twin Cities Vegan Chef Challenge. That’s right—you can help animals just by eating out with friends. If you or your friends want to try a full veg lifestyle, you can also take the fun and free 21-day Explore Veg Challenge to get a free downloadable recipe and shopping guide, daily tips by email, and an online support group!

Twin Cities Vegan Chef Challenge in the News

Here’s what we heard from voters in past challenges:

  • “I love this vegan chef challenge and appreciate all who participate!”
  • “The Vegan Chef Challenge dish was the only vegan item on the menu. We live in the neighborhood but always have to drive to a vegan destination. We’d frequent this restaurant if they added a few vegan options.” 
  • “It’s the best thing I ever had there. Very satisfying and balanced and colorful and just great.” 
  • “Might have been the best thing I’ve eaten all year. Amazing.”
  • “By far the best vegan food I have ever put in my mouth!”

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Thursday, September 23, 2021

UMN Student Group Meeting

Thursday, September 30, 2021

UMN Student Group Meeting

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Vegan Recipe Club via Zoom