Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Vegan Cuisine a Simple Art : Flow Bar and Restaurant Jim Thorpe, PA

Wow, wow, wow! I knew it was going to be great.  A weekend in Jim Thorpe with one of my best girlfriends,  dinner co hosted by myself and my dear friend JL at Flow Bar and Restaurant featuring a ten course vegan tasting menu prepared by Chef Zach Pelliccio, getting to meet up with some awesome fellow vegans- how could it not be great?

Parsnip Scallop with Sweet Ginger Carrot Puree

As much as I knew it would be great I will tell you, my expectations were completely surpassed. I was just blown away by the whole experience.

Cranberry Bread Dumpling with Miso and Chocolate Roux Gravy

I can honestly say that this is the BEST vegan meal I have ever had. And that includes the ones I create in my kitchen as well as the ones that I have had at acclaimed vegan restaurants!

Jicima, Fennel and Mint Salad with a Green Apple Coulis

Chef Zach's food demonstrated amazing creativity and he was able to develop such depths of flavor with each dish. It was sheer heaven!

Balsamic Pan Chard Brussels Sprouts with Sautéed Oyster Mushrooms

I love the fact that there was no fake meat, no fake cheese, not a single piece of tofu, tempeh or seitan to be found the entire meal.

Zucchini Wrapped Vegetable Sushi

There were no beans, no rice and no baskets of bread. The star of this dinner were the vegetables. So many varieties and such diverse preparation is what nade this meal really exciting.

Tempura Fried Squash Blossom Stuffed with Potato and Spicy Brined Cabbage
Served with Roasted Tomato and Coconut Sauce Aurore (Gluten Free)

The restaurant is located in the tiny little town of Jim Thorpe, PA which is only 90 minutes from my house. I just kept thinking to myself the whole time I was there "why have I never been here before'?

Tempura Fried Squash Blossom Stuffed with Potato and Spicy Brined Cabbage
Served with Roasted Tomato and Coconut Sauce Aurore 

It is an absolutely adorable town, with many bed and breakfasts, cute shops and restaurants with the feel of an artist community.

Organic Local Spinach and Herb Salad, Fresh Strawberries and Rhubarb 

There are galleries, an opera house, artists shops and everything is so quaint and within walking distance. I am definitely going back soon.

Sweet Corn with Roasted Cauliflower Dumpling and Cilantro Leaves

It was great to see and spend time with my friends Colleen and JL. And it was great to meet some fellow bloggers that I had only previously known online- Lydia and Mauro of From A to Vegan and Jen of The RA Vegan, who drove three and a half hours for this great event!

Sautéed Kale with Housemade Russet Potato Gnocchi finished with Black Truffle Oil

The restaurant is located in a converted factory. Owned by Victor Stabin and Joan Morykin it is a beautiful space whose artwork is abundant and stunning.

Cabernet Sauvignon and Red Beet Panna Cotta with Pomegranate
Lemonade Coulis, and Shaved Lemon Rind

Contained within is the restaurant, The Victor Stabin Gallery, an art workshop space and a very cool loft style apartment.. It really is an amazing place worth checking out. The food we were served by Chef Zach that night was really just an extension of the rest of the artwork contained in the space. It was as visually stunning as it was tasty.

And as if that were not enough, our hostess Terry at the lovely Rendon House Bed and Breakfast served us an awesome vegan breakfast.

She did a special seating for my friend and I along with Lydia and Mauro.

It was amazing!

This was truly a magical experience. And, rumor has it we will be doing it again so stay tuned. It will be something you want to attend!


  1. To reiterate with just one word, it was indeed "magical." I am so glad you invited me to join you, JL and everyone. I am feeling more propelled into veganism than ever. There is so much more to fruit and vegetables than most folks realize. THANK YOU!

    1. It was truly my pleasure! We need to do it again soon :)

  2. zach is awesome!