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New Vegan Dishes & Menu for November 8th-12th

To start this post I am going to make my first of many running analogies... For me this September and October have felt a bit like running up the Harlem Hill in Central Park full tilt, after being on vacation… November feels like finally reaching the top of that hill. Everything falls into place, your muscles are warmed up and you are ready to run the rest of the loop. I’ve been enjoying the incomparable Nina Simone on my runs, both in and out of the kitchen, “and I’m feeling good”. The team in the kitchen has found their rhythm and together we are making culinary music, just like Nina.

Below is Chef Rich Okamoto preparing the French classic, ratatouille (yep, just like in the movie!). Our incredibly talented Chef de Cuisine, Jose Roman is in the background furiously stirring away, to make a new vegan protein option: chickpea panisse! Completely vegan and gluten free, this little bite of goodness, hailing from the South of France, is made with chickpea flour. We are always looking for new and innovative vegan dishes, and I think this one is incredibly satisfying.

Chefs prepare ratatouille & chickpea panisse

Jose the incredible & panisse!

Our panisse up close.

This week we have some “Calhoun Classics'' that are perennial kid (and adult) favorites on the menu like pizza and mac & cheese. But, also some new dishes, like chicken katsu and beef with broccoli!

Chicken Katsu

Chicken or tofu katsu is classic Japanese comfort food. We take chicken or tofu, marinate it in red miso and then bread it in crispy panko breadcrumbs. It is served with a tangy, homemade Japanese BBQ sauce and refreshing yuzu cabbage slaw. Yuzu is a fragrant citrus hailing from East Asia, and is floral, refreshing and absolutely delicious. 

We are trying another new vegan option this week, on Wednesday we will be serving nopales, (pronounced “no-PAW-lehs”), which are the paddles (or leaves) of the prickly pear cactus. They are a bit citrusy and salty (in a good way), with marinated black beans. This dish inspiration comes straight from Sesame Street, when Cookie Monster and Chef Gonger take a trip a to a cactus farm. They then make tacos... just like we will. Thanks for the recipe inspiration guys.

Nopales for Tacos!


Until next week!

Monday November 8th

Cheese Pizza

Vegan Roasted Vegetable & Olive Pizza

Lemon Kale Caesar Salad

Chicken Salad Sandwich or Chickpea Salad Sandwich

Cauliflower Bisque


Tuesday November 9th

Chicken Katsu Cutlets with Japanese BBQ

(V) Tofu Katsu Cutlet with Japanese BBQ

Steamed Rice

Yuzu Citrus Slaw

Apple & Cheddar Sandwich 

Miso Soup


Wednesday November 10th

Pork Carnitas Tacos w/Pico de Gallo

(V) Nopales y Frijoles w/Pico de Gallo

Papas con Rajas y Crema Ácida

Corn on the Cob

Rustic Sour Dough Roll 

Tortilla Soup


Thursday November 11th

Mac & Cheese

(Vegan) Carbonara Pasta

Roasted Broccoli

Roast Beef Sandwich on Baguette

Wild Rice & Mushroom Soup


Friday November 5th

Beef with Broccoli

(V) Roasted Tofu with Broccoli

Jasmine Rice

Baby Bok Choy

Steam Bun with Pork Belly & Scallion or Tofu & Scallion

Vegan Hot & Sour Soup

Dessert: Chocolate Pudding