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Posted at 4:25 PM ET, 02/ 4/2011

DC Meat-Free Week kicks off Monday

By Lavanya Ramanathan

Even the food trucks are getting in on DC Meat-Free Week, which kicks off Feb. 7: Eat Wonky will offer specials on its vegetarian wonky fries. D.C. Slices will introduce a vegan pizza. (Katherine Frey - The Washington Post)

After last January's launch of the barbecue-worshiping DC Meat Week, Amber McDonald of the blog DC Vegan quickly decided a little counter-programming was in order.

With just a couple of days' notice, she enlisted a surprisingly eclectic group of local restaurants to spotlight their vegetarian and vegan fare. They dubbed the eat-a-thon -- which featured meatless meals at restaurants such as Nora and the Source -- DC Meat-Free Week.

This year, the event spreads its reach even further to host author events, visit new restaurants and bakeries -- even food trucks are on board.

"It's got a lot of purpose -- to expose people to vegetarian and vegan options in the city," says McDonald, who reached out to venues not only to see what they were already offering, but what veggie fare they were willing to add to their menus. In the case of the food truck DC Slices, it's a brand-new vegan pizza with Daiya vegan cheese, which will debut during Meat-Free Week.

A few events you don't want to miss:
On Monday, Nage (which already hosts a weekly Meatless Monday event, when most of the eight specials are vegetarian) will offer a five-course vegan tasting menu ($45 per person). On the menu: a sweet-potato samosa, a roasted beet and fennel bisque scented with dill, and Asian-inspired preserved lemon curry and gluten-free tempura tofu. For dessert? A cabernet-poached pear. Reservations are filling up, so call soon.

Wednesday, Dangerously Delicious Pies on H Street NE -- which offers vegan pies year round (who knew?) -- will sell slices of its tofu curry and vegan sour cherry pies and donate some of the proceeds to Compassion Over Killing.

Thursday, visit a food truck and, go on, ask them what they've got that's good for you. Several trucks are pulling out the veggies and offering specials, including Eat Wonky ($1 off vegetarian Wonky fries), Fojol Brothers ($1 off the Pick 3 Vegan Feast), and the PORC truck ($1 off the daily vegan special -- oh, yes, there is a daily vegan special).

By Lavanya Ramanathan  | February 4, 2011; 4:25 PM ET
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We wholeheartedly support the great efforts by Compassion Over Killing, and DC Vegan, amongst others - and our friends at all local organizations that support healthy diets!

Science Club is proud to have offered one of DC's Best Truly Vegetarian menus over the past 5 years.

You are what you eat - be good to yourself!

Posted by: ScienceClub | February 4, 2011 5:38 PM | Report abuse

That was pretty impressive work by Amber to get such a thing going so quickly. I'm not a vegan - as evidenced by my standing in line to try Meathead the other day - but that's still really impressive. See you around the Twitterverse, Amber :)

Posted by: telecomic | February 8, 2011 2:07 PM | Report abuse

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