Sac goes vegan in October

Vegan Chef Challenge will see restaurants expand their menus to include more plant-based options for vegans and omni-eaters alike

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Get a move on! As you’re reading this, the 2019 Vegan Chef Challenge has already started. About 40 Sacramento-area restaurants are expanding their vegan offerings throughout October, not just to elicit glee among Sacramento vegans who feel like they’ve exhausted all the vegan offerings in town, but also to sway omni-eaters who write off vegan food as bland and uninteresting. Vegetables: Who knew? The challenge was started by Bethany Davis as a Sacramento-centric endeavor. In its ninth year, the cook-off has gotten more ambitious, partnering with Vegan Outreach to take it nationwide. Ms. Nacheez herself, Ilsa Hess, is onboard with VO to facilitate Vegan Chef Challenges beyond Sacramento. There’s a VCC scheduled in Twin Cities in Minnesota with more cities signing on. Here in Sacramento, you can find a list of participating restaurants and vote on your favorite dishes at