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Seed Food & Wine LA 2018: Seed Grand Tasting

Seed Food & Wine Week LA, Grand TastingLos Angeles always has great eats and sights, but what brought me to LA last week was Seed Food & Wine Week. One of the main events was Seed Grand Tasting, which I’ve described to my Portland non-vegan foodie friends as “the all vegan version of Feast“. I always knew that something like that had to exist, and I’ve finally found it.

Located at the famed Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Seed Grand Tasting bringing together an incredible lineup of plant-based chefs, national brands, and vegan beverages. Unlike its more indulgent and over the top sibling, Eat Drink Vegan, Seed Grand Tasting is a more intimate evening affair with a few hundred attendees and curated small bites and sips. After two rewarding days at Seed Summit, it was time to change gears and switch to eating and drinking mode!

First things first, I kicked off Seed Grand Tasting with a sparkling rose from Vinovore, a wine collective featuring lady winemakers. To pair with the bubbly, I enjoyed Follow Your Heart’s grilled cheese and tomato soup shooter before moving on to Daiya cheese quesadillas, Kite Hill cream cheese crisps, and Miyoko’s cheese cubes (that smoked mozz!). Many people are reluctant to give up cheese, but it’s easy when there are so many dairy-free options on the market. Plus, it’s not that hard to make your own!

Next, I stopped by Miami Cocktail for a blood orange mimosa before wandering over to the chef booths to see what vegan goodness they were cooking up. Citizen Mustard was offering lemon cheesecakes and mushroom croquettes, while Vegatinos had cauliflower ceviche tostadas. Of course, Sun Cafe brought out their award winning kale smoothie, and Ms. Chi Cafe had fabulous dumplings with the right dose of chili oil. Angela Lowe was offering six different bites, including caprese pops, parmesan polenta squares, and mushroom dumplings.

What were my favorites at Seed Grand Tasting? I loved Pura Vita’s Black Magic Lasagna, a magical combination of cashew ricotta, spinach, crimini mushrooms, black truffle cream sauce, and basil oil. Tiny Tiki’s okinawa sweet potato mini pies were the prettiest bites of the evening. I’m a fan of desserts that are sweet, but not too sweet. Everyone went wild for Wild Sunflower’s vegan fried chicken sandwiches and mac and cheese with truffle shiitake bacon. The line was long, but it was worth the wait.

Next thing you know, I lost track of how many glasses of wine I had, the sun decided to call it a day, and the Sweet Beats truck was bringing out its neon lights. And that’s a wrap for Seed Grand Tasting!

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12 Comments

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    Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife
    June 4, 2018 at 11:58 am

    This looks like such a cool event! Kite Hill is one of my fave dairy-free brands – I spend way too much $$ on their delicious products each trip to the store, but it’s always worth it! Those vegan fried chicken sandwiches look amazing.

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      admin
      June 7, 2018 at 11:46 am

      I like that Kite Hill is available everywhere! It encourages more people to give dairy-free cheese a try. You might wanna try making your own too!

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    Catherine @ To & Fro Fam
    June 4, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    This all sounds phenomenal, but Vinovore is something that’s so up my alley–and something I hadn’t heard of before. I’ll definitely be checking them out. Thank you for sharing!

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      admin
      June 7, 2018 at 11:51 am

      Vinovore has a cute wine shop in Silverlake. Add that to your list next time you’re in LA! Enjoy!

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    Erin @ Platings and Pairings
    June 4, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    This totally reminds me of FEAST – Even the platings look similar! Love the wine/cocktail offerings and all those bites look amazing!

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      admin
      June 7, 2018 at 11:50 am

      Right?! So glad to have found a vegan version of Feast!

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    Mary
    June 4, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    What a cool event! I’d love to check that out if they do it again. I’ve become a huge fan of Kite Hill since finding out my kids are allergic to cow’s dairy. We’ve been on a mission to find good vegan cheeses still.

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      admin
      June 7, 2018 at 11:49 am

      This was their first year in LA, but they’ve been doing Seed in Miami for a while. There are more vegan cheeses on the market lately, but I’m a big fan of homemade too!

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    Pech
    June 4, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    That lasagna sounds incredible… And wait there’s an even more indulgent over the top version of Vegan Feast then this?!!

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      admin
      June 7, 2018 at 11:47 am

      I think I had 4 of plates of the lasagna. ;) Haha, wait ’til you see the eats from Eat Drink Vegan!

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    Hillary
    June 5, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    Good festivals are my favorite! I love trying such an assortment :) Such a fun idea with the “fried chicken” sandwich!

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      admin
      June 7, 2018 at 11:47 am

      Yes! Events where you get to try a little of everything are the best. :)

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