The Culinary Collective Launches Pop-Up Vegan Dinner Series in NYC
Fans of vegan cuisine and unique dining experiences will get to experience the best of both worlds thanks to The Culinary Collective.
The Culinary Collective is a pop-up dinner series launched by vegan chefs Jay Astafa and and Angela Lowe. The series features a multi-course plant-based dinner and will be hosted in a posh brownstone in Clinton Hill throughout the month of April.
“I wanted to offer a platform for chefs to be able to create on a whim without any restrictions and also liked the idea of cooking to be a collaborative effort where various chefs came together and inspired one another,” Lowe says of the impetus behind creating the Culinary Collective. She soon joined forces with Astafa and the dinner series is the Collective’s debut.
“He is exceptionally talented,” Lowe says of Astafa. “It’s safe to say he’s a vegan savant.”
The feeling is mutual. “I think our partnership works great,” says Astafa. “We have skills in different areas, and together our cooking and event producing skills are complementary.”
Diners can expect an eclectic plant-based menu that features exquisite appetizers, refined salads, mouthwatering mains, nut cheeses, and delicious desserts. Highlights from the menu include, a kale kimchi dumpling, mushroom rosemary tart with yellow pepper yolk and thyme chevre, liquid nitrogen caramel popcorn, and much more.
The series will also feature host-themed meals. For example, dinners scheduled for April 22 and 23 will commemorate Earth Day by boasting salvaged ingredients that would otherwise go to waste.
And, yes, non-vegans are encouraged to attend the events.
“Of course!” Astafa says. “We create our menus with non-vegans in mind. We love making vegetables the star of our dishes. We just happen not to use any animal ingredients, and instead come up with creative alternatives for those ingredients. Our goal is to show people how amazing plant based cooking and eating is.”
In addition to the dinner series in New York, the pair is also planning to host two dinners in California — one in Los Angeles, the other in San Francisco — in June. There are also special plans for an event for the United Nations.
It goes without saying these dinners, which range from seven to fifteen courses, are sure to be unique and intimate experiences (the Brooklyn dinner only sits 24).
“The dinners are full experiences where everything from the food, energy and music is thought out and tailored for a happy, sexy, satiating experience,” Lowe says. “It is a fun way to spend a night.”
And as if you need another reason to go, Ecorazzi is partnering with the Culinary Collective to offer a 10% discount on tickets for dinners on April 9, 10 and 14 (the rest are sold out). The promo code: ecorazzi.
But don’t worry if you happen to miss the dinner this time around: Astafa and Lowe are planning additional dates for the Brooklyn dinner series.