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I Eat Plants: Westchester NY Veggie EatUP

When I first went vegan, I didn’t know any vegans in person. It was much easier when I went vegetarian, because I already had several vegetarian friends. While I very often eat with omnivorous friends, there’s something nice about being able to eat with like-minded people. Plus, when I moved here, I didn’t really know very many people in the area. I quickly started making friends through work and had people to go out with, but it took a while for me to branch out beyond my work friends and non-local friends- and Meet Up groups are a great way to do that!

Enter the Westchester NY Veggie EatUp [1]!

I only started using the group a couple of months ago, and I’m sorry I hadn’t joined in any of their events earlier!

Both of the last two events that I’ve been to have been held at Sweet Grass Grill [2] in Tarrytown, for Meatless Monday [3]. The first one was a good-bye dinner for my I Eat Plants [4] predecessor, JL [5]. This was a relatively small Meet-Up, but it did give me the chance to meet a new veggie friend, which is always nice. The food was pretty good, too!

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Vegan Shepherd’s Pie- spaghetti squash, lentils and quinoa, sweet potatoes and chimichurri sauce- there’s a version of this on the regular menu right now, too.

The meet-up I went to this week [7] was at the same place, but with a whole lot more people. Because there were so many, I didn’t get to really meet everyone, but there was lively conversation throughout the evening.

One of the really nice things? The menu actually had the word “vegan.”

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See the word vegan? Not once, but twice?

Although that delicious Shepherd’s Pie was on the regular menu, I had the tasting menu- soup and risotto.

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I preferred the Shepherd’s Pie from last time, but this was pretty good, too. I look forward to trying some of their other offerings!

No vegan dessert options, but I was pretty full anyway from all of the delicious food.

So are you thinking about joining the Westchester NY Veggie EatUp [1]? Click on over to the site and join- you’ll be informed of all the upcoming events. The group is open to vegans, vegetarians and the veg-curious. There are no fees for joining the group, and anyone can organize a meet-up. Have an idea for a different restaurant or event you’d like to see? We’d love to hear it! It’s a great way to meet other veggie people in the area, and a great way to explore some of the veg offerings that Westchester (and beyond) has to offer.

Maybe I’ll see you at thenext Meet-Up [11]!

I Eat Plants columnist Jodie Deignan went vegetarian in 2004 and fully committed to veganism in 2007. By day she’s a psychiatric nurse practitioner and by night she spends a lot of time cooking delicious vegan food for herself and her friends. She’s a bit of a picky eater, with a special distaste for mushrooms, seaweed, raw tomatoes, and eggplant, though she’s discovered along the way she’s a little more open-minded than she once thought. She blogs at The Picky Vegan [12]. Follow her on Facebook [13], Twitter [14] and Pinterest [15].