Vegan Pop-Up Dinner by Makini Howell

Makini Howell owner-chef of Plum Bistro in Seattle and author of the cookbook Plum (see my review of the cookbook here) set up a vegan pop-up dinner for 4 nights in Los Angeles at the beginning of June.

No Vacancy

Considering the fact that I had just reviewed her cookbook and loved the recipes I made from it, there was no chance I was passing this opportunity up! Located on the beautiful patio of No Vacancy in Hollywood, this was a perfect setting for a wonderful meal.

Howell teamed up with Roberto Martin, author of Vegan Cooking for Carnivores and Shawain Whyte, executive chef at Blossom Café in New York to create an exciting four course menu with wine pairings from Vegan Vine.

 

Vegan Pop Up Menu

The husband and I ordered something different for each course so we could try as much as possible. Luckily a lot of the offerings were gluten-free so I was able to stick to that without feeling as if I was missing out. I’m not going to lie though, we ate A LOT of food – probably more than two humans should consume in one sitting. But I figured this was a meal that we most likely would not have the opportunity to experience again anytime soon, so why not go all out and indulge a bit?!

I do apologize for the horrible cell phone pics, but we did not come prepared.

Here is what we greedily consumed ate:

From the appetizer menu we ordered the Hearts of Palm Ceviche (my favorite), Seaweed Caviar Canapé (not really a stand out dish) and the Trumpet Mushroom Scallops (amazing!).

Hearts of Palm Ceviche

Hearts of Palm Ceviche

Seaweed Caviar Canapé

Seaweed Caviar Canapé

Trumpet Mushroom Scallops

Trumpet Mushroom Scallops

Then came the second course: Mac & Yease (so, so good – though I only had a little bite) and Cauliflower Bisque (holy eff, I LOVE soup and this one was outstanding! So creamy and flavorful).

Mac and Yease

Mac and Yease

Cauliflower Bisque

Cauliflower Bisque

Even though we were already pretty full, we moved on to the main course: Tempeh Vermouth and Seitan Marsala. Both of these dishes were good, not blow your socks off amazing, but tasty. The tempeh was a bit over salty but I loved the mashed potatoes that came with it.

Seitan Marsala

Seitan Marsala

Tempeh Vermouth

Tempeh Vermouth

Last, and always my favorite part of a meal – DESSERT! I ordered the brownie sundae because I had attempted to make those same brownies myself and wanted to see the comparison (hers were SO MUCH BETTER! But I expected that). The husband ordered the beignets; once again I had a little taste and they were scrumptious. The cherry compote that came with them was so tart and delicious I might have stolen a little to add to my sundae :)

Brownie Sundae

Brownie Sundae

Vegan Beignets

Vegan Beignets

Overall there were some hits and misses but all of the food was beautifully plated and looked gorgeous. Towards the end of our meal, Ms. Howell herself came out and said hello to us. She is an amazingly sweet woman with such a kind energy. It’s always a treat to get to meet the people who lovingly create your food. I am excited to go to Seattle someday to check out Plum Bistro and their new food truck too!

Have any of you tried the Plum Cookbook or been to the restaurant? I would love to hear about your experience!

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