I participated in this great event in Chicago last month, so this post is just a little bit late! I met the very wonderful people behind Upton’s Naturals at Mad City Vegan Fest back in June and they told me about this fundraising collaboration with Mercy for Animals taking place this summer. I heard about it on Facebook recently and planned on participating: a Chicago vegan cooking competition using Upton’s seitan where all the proceeds benefit Mercy for Animals. What’s not to love? There’s a very thorough write up on Quarrygirl to check out, and here is my take. I hadn’t been to Chicago in FOREVER so this was a fun trip. I also stopped at my friend Natalie‘s Bake (and Destroy…cupcakes in my mouth!) sale on the way and scored a french toast cupcake.
My friend Gopal and I decided to team up and cook Grilled Chipotle Seitan and Black Bean Tacos with Mango Jicama Lime Salsa and Smoky Avocado Sauce, loosely based on my chipotle black bean taco recipe.
The venue was the Funky Buddha Lounge. There was mood lighting and dance music the whole time! It was a really great atmosphere filled with nice people and delicious food.
All hail Upton’s seitan!
A few dishes I got to try.
Ravioli by Megan and Blythe (one of the winning dishes!)
As always, I got to see some great friends and meet inspiring new ones! Chicago vegans and their events better stop being so awesome, or they’re going to convince me to move there one of these days!
Thanks to Upton’s and Mercy for Animals for putting together this event!