Last night, Daiku and I had so much fun at the Syracuse Vegan Society's first dinner, held at Steve's Cantina and Grill. (Click here to see the official flyer at Trac's Blog.) Trac and Bridget, fellow Syracuse bloggers, went through so much time and trouble organizing the event, and it was a blast. Thank you, ladies.
First up, appetizers: chips with fresh salsa and guacamole, plus a house salad with lime/cilantro dressing. The salsa was magnificent, very fresh and tangy. The guacamole was also divine, when our table finished ours, we ate another table's guac too! The salad was good, but we wished we had more dressing!
Next up were the entrees- we had the choice of black bean or soy enchiladas. Daiku and I got one of each, so we could split and try both.
Here's the black bean enchilada, it came with a side of rice (with lentils) and one of veggies (corn, beans, peas, zucchini).
And here's the soy enchilada- our whole table was amazed at how realistic the meat filling was! Both enchiladas were smothered with a deep, rich, smoky chipotle sauce. Daiku and I loved ours, but it might have been too spicy for some.
The chef at Steve's Cantina had worked really hard to come up with this vegan menu, and we all really appreciated his cooking talents!
For dessert, Trac surprised us with these margarita cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. I loved these- so refreshing and lime-y. I have now officially tasted 7 cupcakes from this book- when will I try all of them??
A photo of the blogging buddies: (l to r) Bazu, Trac, Bridget. What a fun night- hanging out with and meeting cool people, eating specially prepared vegan food, drinking some potent drinks, and best of all, the proceeds went to People for Animal Rights, a local Central New York animal organization.
I can't wait to do this again!
Steve's Cantina & Grill
401 Milton Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13204