Savor the Summer Garden: A vegetarian delight

For anyone who happens to live in the Indianapolis area, wants a tasty lunch and likes the idea of trying something new (and supporting local chefs and veggie suppliers), might I suggest attending Savor the Summer Garden. Here is a link that gives you all the info you need (where to get tickets, where it is, etc).

Below I’ve included the tentative menu. I’ve been to a few of these in the past and they’ve been pretty good. I’m not a vegetarian, but I like, no, scratch that, LOVE food, so I’m always up for an adventure. My sources tell me that this year is shaping up to be the best one (read tastiest) so far, so if you aren’t busy and want some good food, this is the place for you!

Main Dishes
Oven roasted cauliflower
The slow roasting of this vegetable brings out the unique nuttiness and earthy flavors that often go unnoticed when steaming or boiling the product.  The cauliflower is rinsed and dried clean cut into quarters and rubbed with EVOO, S&P, smoked paprika, onion powder, pinch of cayenne pepper, ginger powder, cinnamon, whole garlic cloves, golden raisins, red currents, and dried dates.
Vegetables in curry sauce
Eggplant, potatoes, red, yellow, and green bell peppers, yellow and green summer squash , yellow or white onions, green beans, purple Thai basil, light coconut milk, lemon grass with a spicy red curry and a savory mild green curry.
Large Black eggplants, green and red bell peppers, portabella mushrooms, yellow onions, tomatoes, green and yellow zucchini squash, garlic cloves, fresh flat leaf parsley, and fresh sweet basil served on on a bed of whole wheat rigatoni pasta.
Quinoa with dessert fruit and legumes
Red quinoa cooked in vegetable stock and tossed with assorted dried fruits – apricots, cherries, golden raisins, dates, figs. Minced garlic, lemon and orange zest, ginger root, cumin, cardamom, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, chick peas, kidney beans, fresh basil leaf, diced carrots, celery, onions, and blanched broccoli. Garnish with cilantro leaf and lime wedges
French Green Lentils with summer mushroom salad
Green Lentils cooked in vegetable stock and shocked to keep a bit firm. Sautee minced celery, and garlic lightly in olive oil with assorted summer greens – sorrel, frisae, arugula, spinach, lemon juice S&P. For the mushroom sauté assorted – crimini, portabella, shitake, oyster, and button mushrooms. Mushrooms are sautéed lightly in assorted minced fresh herbs –tarragon, flat leaf parsley, and basil
“Mini Burgers”
Smashed chick peas and medium soft tofu seasoned with S&P, garlic, minced onion, and A1 steak sauce, served on mini buns with crispy fried onions, and spicy whole grain mustard.
Assorted cold salads
Fennel and orange salad

Fennel bulb thinly sliced with orange segments, diced red onion, dill and mint, EVOO, S&P. Served on a bed of mixed greens. Marinate the fennel and oranges over night and emulsify the juices with EVOO and use as dressing.

Greek potato salad
Oven roasted fingerling potatoes, EVOO, balsamic vinegar, minced fresh basil and oregano, the pulp of roasted garlic, minced sundried tomatoes, grape tomato, cucumbers, celery, olives, banana peppers, and S&P.
Roasted root vegetable salad with almond pesto
Vegetables are oven roasted & partially steam to prevent drying – baby carrots, turnips, kohlrabi, yellow beets, celery root, baby radishes area allowed to cool. For the pesto puree almonds, garlic, walnut oil, lemon juice, S&P, and caramelized sweet onions.
Dips and spreads
Watermelon salsa

Cubed yellow and red melons, cilantro, red onion, lime juice, and jalapeño, serve with freshly made corn chips.
roasted red bell pepper humus
Sun Dried tomato Tapenade
Cold melon, cucumber, and mint soup with grilled pineapple relish

Miso soup with cubed firm tofu, chives, and mushrooms
Brown miso, firm tofu, chives and thin sliced button mushrooms.
Gazpacho soup
 V8 spicy flavor as base, cucumber, red onion, carrots, celery, red and yellow bell peppers, parsley, chives, garlic, red wine vinegar, EVOO, lemon juice, S&P, spicy pepper sauce, chives, and tomatoes.


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2 responses to “Savor the Summer Garden: A vegetarian delight

  1. Eee

    It takes a good friend to hock vegetarianism to the masses.

  2. beetqueen

    Well, I am a good friend, and I don’t just look at it as a veggie event. I look at it as new food to try! I don’t know why people get so hostile and uppity about veggie things!

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