Fancy Vegan dinner party
I want to host a fancy, gourmet dinner party-the catch? it's going to be vegan...
what would you serve?
This vegetable wellington on epicurious is on my list to try, but I have yet to get to it (bub olive oil for butter when sauteing shrooms)
The stuffed baked acorn squash on Chow is very good. I left out the pecans, and you could swap olive oil for butter
I have been hooked on a simple eggplant stew lately, you could serve this in individual bread bowls. If you want the recipe, let me know.
I wonder if it would help for you to narrow down a theme like Asian, Mediterranean, French, or something else.
In Laurie Colwin's "More Home Cooking" she describes a vegan dinner birthday that she hosted for her cousin Joel the health nut, and it was based on cranberry bean puree in a bechamel that she made with oil and stock, I believe, with green salad, cucumbers, baked potatoes and asparagus. It actually sounded good the way she described it, and you could certainly take it as a starting point for other ideas: lotta ways to fancy alll these ingredients up with nuts and vegetables and fruit juices and cashew butters and coconut milk. Just a thought.
I think I'd pick some sort of theme or Cuisine first.
If you're really ambitious, try a menu based on Imperial Court Cuisine of the Qing Dynasty (I went to a restaurant based on this and the food was fantastic. I didn't know what half of it was, but it was really good).
Or Indian - there's a ton of good Indian vegan cuisine. Try, for example
Appetizer; papadums with coconut-cilantro chutney and Indian pickles
Main Meal; Dhal (spiced cooked lentils), curried potatoes and cauliflower, curried eggplant, chapati, saffron rice
Dessert; fresh fruit