A few Thursdays ago I attended a monthly supper club at the Whole Foods in West Orange, NJ with my friend Dianne. Each month is a different theme and the theme for August was VEGAN! I was so excited to be one of 10 people attending this dinner. When we sat down at the table they had the menu printed out on paper place mats. It looked like it would be a promising meal and it was!
Roasted Tomato Salad
We started the meal off with a Roasted Tomato Salad. The salad was a mix of tomatoes, arugula, artichoke hearts and croutons. The tomatoes were ever so slightly roasted and they would burst in your mouth when eaten. The arugula was nice and peppery. The croutons were my favorite part of the whole salad because they were flavored with Meyer Lemon! My family often makes tomato and crouton salads during the summer months and I can’t wait to copy the Meyer Lemon taste of these croutons. I could have eaten this salad for every course! Along with the salad they served sliced bread with an olive oil and herbs to dip in and a bowl of roasted garlic to spread onto the bread. I saved my piece for the soup course!
Butternut Squash Soup
Next came out the Butternut Squash Soup. Its not exactly what I would put on a menu in August but it was delicious none the less. Perfectly creamy with a hint of ginger. I ate all of it.
Stuffed Peppers with Forbidden Rice
The main course was a single stuffed pepper. It really didn’t look like much of a main course to me but when we all cut into it the pepper was truly “stuffed”! There was an amazing amount of food in that pepper! Roasted vegetables like eggplant and zucchini along with forbidden rice were a perfect combination.
Poached Pears with Pomegranate Sauce
When dessert rolled out I was so full of food already I didn’t think I could eat it. The chef came out with dessert and explained how it was filled with cashew cream, nuts and dates. I was definitely going to eat this dessert after she said all of that! It was wonderful! My pear was perfectly poached and the cashew cream filling was such a great idea. I ended up eating most of it and walked off the uncomfortableness afterwards around Whole Foods picking up a few things for my family.
We were told that they received such a positive response about holding a Vegan version of their monthly Supper Club that they hope to have others. I really hope they do.