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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?

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  1. 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)
    http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/mem...

    The stuffed baked acorn squash on Chow is very good. I left out the pecans, and you could swap olive oil for butter
    http://www.chow.com/recipes/13566-roa...
    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.

    1. I'm vegan, so I can relate to how this might be a bit difficult. I make a really lovely vegan cheesecake, if you need any ideas for dessert.

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      1. 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.

        1. 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

          1. For a harvest theme, you could make some sort of stew served in a scooped out pumpkin. Looks impressive as a centerpiece. I made a vegan stuffing baked in a pumpkin as a Thanksgiving side last year.

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            1. re: nofunlatte

              Or depending on how many guests, individual stews in small pumpkins. Other sides can be served family style on large platters.

              1. re: nofunlatte

                That sounds so good. Can you share your recipe for the stuffing in the pumpkin?