What would a meat eater make of an entirely plant-based dinner? Would you be tempted to try it? Or would you think that the food might be weird, not tasty enough or just not know what to expect at all?
Rowena, of V-Curious, wants to challenge your preconceptions of vegan (which means consuming no animal products at all) food with her London supper club. Whether you're considering becoming vegan, interested in upping your intake of fruit and veg, or simply curious, Rowena's supper club is for you.
Interest in vegan food has been rising steadily over recent years. Veganuary (committing to be vegan for the whole month of January) this year was the most successful ever. A vegan recipe round up that I wrote for the Metro had over 15,000 shares. And bloggers like Deliciously Ella have proved the popularity of choosing plant-based food.
Yet it is still extremely difficult to eat out as a vegan, even in London, with many chefs not being prepared to cater for those who want to stick to plant-based food and serving up a mixed leaf salad at best. (The worst doesn't even bear thinking about.)
Rowena invited me along to her supperclub to see what I thought. I am a long-term vegetarian (25 years and counting) and have been eating mainly vegan since January this year. So I took along a meat eating friend N to see what she thought of the food. Only one of the other guests (making two out of nine) was a meat eater.
The supper club takes place in Rowena's London-based flat and guests dine together at a long table, beautifully lit with fairy lights. She cooks in her small kitchen right next to the dining area and talks you through each dish, answering questions as she goes. At the end of the meal she sat down with us to share in the cheese plate - providing the perfect opportunity to find out more about vegan food - and what it's really like being a vegan.
Now, down to the most important part - just what does a vegan supper club menu look like? Well, here's what we ate:
Starter - Lemon cashew cream and olive tapenade bruschetta
Main - Peruvian avocado quinoa salad, esquites (Mexican corn salad) and radish salad
Dessert - Chocolate pot de creme with raspberry coulis
Cheese plate - Piquant sun dried tomato cheese, smoked wasabi gouda, creamy sweet basil cheese
So what did my meat eating friend, N, make of it all? Well, she thoroughly enjoyed the evening and the food - but just wasn't convinced by the vegan cheese. It wasn't the taste - more the description of it as cheese she said. I can see where she's coming from - cheese made from nuts and tofu is healthy, tastes great and is a good alternative but it doesn't really taste anything like dairy cheese.
Visit v-curious.com for details of future supper clubs. Rowena also offers catering and private dining and has even catered for a vegan wedding so whatever your vegan catering needs are chat to her and see if she can help.
Disclaimer: I received two tickets to the V-Curious supperclub. I haven't received any other payment for this post. All opinions are honest and my own.