Tagged: Fine Dining

Better Know an Austin Vegan:

Craig Vanis, Bistro Vonish

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Craig Vanis with one of his delicious kolaches at ATX Vegan Drinks

Author’s note: This is the third entry in an occasional ongoing series.

Craig Vanis is a man on a mission. A devout foodie in the most holistic sense of the word, he aims to bring the best vegan fine dining experience to Austin with his upcoming restaurant Bistro Vonish. Focusing on local, fresh produce, Craig’s culinary offerings have garnered much buzz with his series of popular supper clubs, and we can’t wait for him to bring his full vision to fruition with his brick-and-mortar establishment.

If you would like to help make that a reality, please seriously consider donating to his Kickstarter, which ends next week. You can also sample some of his wares at ATX Vegan Drinks tonight, where he’ll be slinging his famous kolaches. Get there early, because they sold out in minutes when he was there last month!

Craig and I sat down in my apartment a few weeks back to discuss his journey, holistic consumption, why Austin is such a good a fit, and the various geographic permutations of barbecue. (Seriously.) What follows is a lightly-edited version of our rather delightful conversation.

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Parents Just Don’t Understand

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I'm so glad that I won't have to eat next to any cows or chickens in this establishment. Phew! Oh, wait...

It took my parents a good four years to accept my veganism. I’ve been vegan for six years. While they’re okay with me bringing my own food to events they are a little more reluctant to explore vegan food outside of the home themselves. Every now and then I’ll get them to try some nooch cheese or vegan cookies, but that’s pretty much it. Anything more might blow their sheltered, suburban minds (love you parents!).

So, whenever there is a celebration of some sort, we end up going to a lot of meat-heavy chain restaurants that have the ONE acceptable, slightly nutritious vegan option, which gets old really fast. I did get them to try Nu Age Café once, before it closed. That was fairly successful, but maybe that was because not everything was completely vegan? Since then, however I’ve only been able to get them to go to omni restaurants. They aren’t changing. I’m not changing. What’s a vegan girl to do?

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