As Baltimore Restaurant Week winds down its extended offerings through the end of January, a “cruelty free” cuisine deal appears at area restaurants in February.
Maryland Vegan Restaurant Week will run from Feb. 8 through Feb. 17 at eateries across the state. Roughly 30 city restaurants are participating, with vegan and vegetarian businesses hoping to attract new customers, and establishments that typically cater to more of an omnivore’s palette producing new creative vegan alternatives.
“Restaurants are usually looking to bring new business in and what a way to do this and appease a market you might not be catering to right now,” event co-founder and co-owner, Naijha Wright-Brown, the award winning, vegan soul food bistro, The Land of Kush, said in a statement.
Those who indulge in the dining deals can vote for their favorite dishes at the event’s website . Superlative categories include: best appetizer, best entree, best brunch, best dessert, and best overall. Select restaurants will also host special events during the week.
“This event is about sharing the beauty and simplicity of vegan food,” fellow event co-founder and proprietor of Hampden’s Golden West Cafe Samantha Claassen said in a statement. “We started an annual vegan week in our restaurant four years ago because there was a lack of options and understanding of what vegan food really is. We wanted to have a week where we focused on an underserved community of people, so we gave vegans a place to share a meal."