Friday, October 7, 2011

One Fantastic Lunch

The day after the cooking class that JL Fields and I did at the Natural Gourmet Institute I was lucky enough to have lunch at Candle 79 in New York City. As if that were not treat enough JL arranged to have several other folks meet us for lunch.  I was lucky enough to have a fantastic meal with a fantastic group!

Fran Costigan, the Queen of Vegan Desserts, Robin Asbell, author of vegan cookbooks including her latest release Big Vegan, Leah Lizarondo of Brazen Kitchen, Sharon from Big City Vegan and Susan Palmer of Pursuit of Vegginess were amongst our group.

What a great bunch of gals!

Wow! What a fantastic way to spend an afternoon. While Candle 79 certainly lived up to their reputation of a premiere Vegan restaurant I have to say it was the company that made the day so special.


Here is a sample of some of the vegan delights we sampled at lunch:

Tomato tartare.

Black bean and pumpkin seed burger with poletna fries.

Seitan piccata.

Chili grilled tempeh.


Peanut butter bliss. It was bliss.


Live peach parfait.

I must tell you that I am still dreaming of the Peanut Butter Bliss. It may be the best thing I have ever eaten!!

I can't wait to get back into New York.  I will visit Candle 79 again and can only hope to have such great company to share the good eats with next time!


  1. Wow, lots of fun! Looks like you all had a great time!

  2. Oh man. I live in NYC and have not convinced myself to go to candle 79 yet. Convinced! Thank! =)

  3. I really enjoyed reading this. I've never been to Candle 79 and can't wait to go sometime!

  4. It was so much fun, Lee! That parfait rocked my world!

  5. The company was the main ingredient. I hope you got a bite of the Mexican Brownie, it rivalled the Peanut Butter Bliss in unforgettable-ness.
    Sorry I had to run off, it was such a special place to be with my fellow vegan food aficionados.

  6. I agree with JL! I LOVED that Live Peach Parfait! ...and the Polenta Fries! :) We have to do this again! Great food - great company!

  7. I'm so happy you had such a wonderful time! What a lovely group of vibrantly beautiful smiling faces, and all the food looks so delicious!