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Menus for May 16th-20th

This week we are serving a classic dish at Calhoun, lemon-garlic chicken with a sweet potato and coconut purée. We marinate the chicken overnight with lemon slices and a lot of minced garlic. The chicken is then roasted until golden. It is so wonderfully juicy and tender from marinating with the lemon juice. Next we roast sweet potatoes whole, then peel and blend with coconut milk, yielding a silky purée that is the perfect foil of sweetness against the acidity of the lemon in the chicken.

We are also featuring a Cajun classic, red beans and smokey andouille sausage. We start by creating our base with the Cajun trinity of green bell pepper, onion and celery, sautéed with Cajun spices. After that comes chopped tomatoes, our beans and andouille. Served over fluffy Carolina rice. For our vegans we will have the same trinity, tomato and spices with red beans and seasonal vegetables. 

When we do our much beloved BLT sandwich, we make sure that the vegan option is just as delicious. To replicate the sweet, smokey flavor of the bacon, we take firm tofu, marinate it with tamari, dried shiitake mushroom powder, and molasses. We then roast it, smoke it, then dice it into “lardons” or little cubes. I think it really provides a satisfying vegan “TLT”.  For our vegan Bahn mi, we bring in Blackbird Foods seitan and season it with tamari & lime, subbing in for the roast pork. We finish out our vegan options with the French classic dish brought from the big screen by Disney: Ratatouille. Maybe we will play the soundtrack in the kitchen that morning. I know at least one person that will enjoy it...

Back by popular demand are the yucca fries, this time with a Latin American mojo sauce. Chef Jose is making a Dominican mojo, with Meyer lemon since we can’t find the traditional sour orange juice, garlic and olive oil. Should be perfect with the crispy yucca.

Have a great weekend!

Menus for May 16th-May 20th


Monday May 16th

Chana Masala

Turmeric Coconut Rice

Cucumber Raita & Spicy Mint Chutney


Curried Cauliflower Soup


Tuesday May 17th

Lemon Garlic Chicken

Lemon Garlic Tofu Cutlet

Sweet Potato & Coconut Purée

Sautéed Lacinato Kale

BLT or T(tofu)LT Sandwiches

Split Pea Soup


Wednesday May 18th

Red Beans & Andouille Sausage

Vegan Red Beans & Vegetables

Sautéed Zucchini w/Basil

Carolina Rice

Vegan Pan Bagnat Sandwiches

Lemon Potato Leek Soup


Thursday May 19th

Vegetable Stir Fried Noodles

Roasted Broccoli

Pork Banh Mi Sandwiches

Chili Lime Seitan Banh Mi Sandwiches

Taiwanese Beef Soup

Taiwanese Vegetable Soup


Friday May 20th

Sweet & Sour Pork

Vegan Option: Ratatouille

Yucca Fries w/Mojo Sauce


Black Bean soup

Dessert! Chocolate Tres Leches