Second annual Vegan Restaurant Weekend should provide new, healthy dining options

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Colorado Springs Vegan Restaurant Week(end), Nov. 1-3, various locations throughout Colorado Springs, COSVeganRestaurantWeek.com. - FILE PHOTO

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  • Colorado Springs Vegan Restaurant Week(end), Nov. 1-3, various locations throughout Colorado Springs, COSVeganRestaurantWeek.com.

There’s no denying eating vegan is better for the environment, but it usually means sacrificing dining options. The Springs boasts few vegan-friendly restaurant menus, and some come with a hefty price tag. Recognizing a need, culinary instructor JL Fields of the Colorado Springs Vegan Cooking Academy helped set up the area’s first Vegan Restaurant Weekend last year. The challenge: for restaurants to offer vegan options for weekend diners, whether that means a prix fixe menu or daily specials. Last year, eight restaurants participated. “This year we have over 20 restaurants participating,” Fields says, “several vegan and most not, and I believe it’s a testament to the overall food trend that grocery stores and restaurants are noticing around the country: Vegans aren’t the only people demanding healthier, plant-based food.” Kicking off on World Vegan Day, Nov. 1, Vegan Restaurant Weekend should provide new options for vegan diners, and encourage restaurants and diners alike to try something new. “Younger people are highly motivated by environmental concerns, and people of all ages are trying to eat healthier. And many people who love dining out love foodie adventures,” Fields says. See the event website for a list of participating restaurants and their menus.

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