Love & Vegetables Vegan Pop-Up: Beet-Red Quinoa and Blueberry Polenta in Little Haiti
The truth is, though, that I was nearly as apprehensive about the vegan pop-up event we were about to attend as they were. All I knew about Earth N Us was that a number of hippie-types live on-site, some of them in a tree house. Our first glimpses of the 2.5-acre farm showed us plots of greens with the occasional granola-type crossing our path and offering a serene smile and a welcoming hello. I picked up the scent of farm animals somewhere ahead. Having never seen pictures of the area the volunteers behind the once-monthly "by donation" vegan pop-up designate for the event, I wasn't sure if we'd be sitting in the dirt, eating with our hands, or chanting for our supper. I love earthiness, but as a vegan who's a bit more J. Crew than thrift store, I was a little nervous that this experience might be a bit far out for me and my golf-playing, Jeep-driving, Ralph Lauren-wearing little gang.
Long story short, it was just far out enough to mesmerize and delight every guest at the standing room only event. Read on to find out why, and how you can reserve for next month's event before it's too late (at press time, they were already half booked).
In "regular restaurant" fashion, a hostess looked up our reservation and sat us at a table on a spacious open-air deck, right near the little kitchen, where we got to peer in on the highly organized food preparation and expediting that was already underway.
|First course: red vegetables, grains, and legumes to address the red chakra.|