Philadelphia’s Vedge Among Top Six Vegan Fine-Dining Picks in the U.S.

PETA Honors Local Hotspot for Delicious, Creative Plant-Based Fare

For Immediate Release:
June 10, 2015

Shakira Croce 202-483-7382

Philadelphia – As the demand for humane, healthy, and eco-friendly vegan food continues to skyrocket, creative and delicious plant-based dishes are popping up on fine-dining menus across the U.S. PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—has narrowed down the ever-growing field of contenders to unveil its Top Six Vegan Fine-Dining Establishments, and Philadelphia’s Vedge is one of the outstanding spots on the list.

Since 2011, Vedge has won fans over with its creative menu of tasty, locally sourced favorites. Eggplant Braciole With Sicilian Salsa Verde tops Vedge’s menu offerings, along with Fingerling FriesWith Creamy Worcestershire. Rotating seasonal items include Sticky Toffee Pudding With Melted Figs Madeira Ice Cream, and a to-die-for Watermelon Radish With Fava Beans and Tarragon.

“Vedge’s rich and innovative dishes put vegetables in the spotlight with every bite,” says PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. “All the fine-dining hotspots on PETA’s list have discovered new ways to satisfy diners’ appetites for meals that are as kind to animals as they are to the environment and people’s arteries.”

Each winner will receive a framed certificate. The other winners include Los Angeles’ Crossroads, whose menu includes the Spicy Meatball Flatbread, and Plant in Asheville, North Carolina, which serves up a sophisticated menu that includes the Wild Nettle Masala Uttapam. PETA’s other top picks include Ravens Restaurant in Mendocino, California, which features the Sea Palm & Root Vegetable Strudel; New York’s Candle 79, whose diners rave about the creamy Seitan Picatta; and Elizabeth’s Gone Raw in Washington, D.C., which offers an ever-changing menu at its one-night-a-week dining experience. Its past highlights include the Beet & Apple Ravioli.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

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