Vegan pop-up dinners to savor

The venue changes every time—it might be someone’s dining room, backyard or a community garden—but the food is always vegan at Food Simply pop-up dining events. It’s run by 23-year-old Camille McArdle-Hankin, an El Dorado Hills resident, who is fresh out of college in San Diego. The longtime vegetarian transitioned to being vegan two-and-a-half years ago, and the self-taught chef has been whipping up four- and five-course plant-based meals with seasonal, local and organic produce for strangers for about a year. One of her missions is to build community at the dinner table: “I believe the way we change the world is through conversation,” she said. The next event is on Saturday, September 8, in Midtown and is likely to be sold-out by the time this is in print, but keep an eye on for the following format buster—a yoga-on-the-lawn and brunch event on Saturday, September 29.