Meatlessy Merry: Our favourite spots for plant-based entertaining
Find inspiration for plant-based celebrations at these vegan and vegetarian shops around the city.
Look beyond the Tofurkey to YamChops’s creative plant-based protein offerings like beet wellingtons, hickory barbecue ribs and egg-less egg salads. Or order the Plant-Powered Christmas Dinner to take care of the entire package, with a Chick*n Cordon Vert as the main (made with vegan ham and house-made cheeze) and plenty of mushroom gravy on the side.
705 College St.
Through Being Cool
Serve a “cheeze" – a dairy-free alternative made with cultured, raw cashew and coconut oil plus herbs and spices – as a vegan-friendly appetizer. At Through Being Cool, find locally made cheeses from Ladyship Vegan including a special holiday “cheezeboard” with all the accompaniments. The Bloor West shop also stocks an impressive selection of made-in-house Or go for a brie-style en croute made of soy cheese topped with onion jam, wrapped in vegan pastry. Simply pop it in the oven before serving the soft and gooey goodness to your guests.
1277 Bloor St. W.
As well as pizza slices, Apiecalypse Now whips up a mean vegan shortbread for the holiday season. Dairy-free and made with local organic flour, they come in festive flavours like candy cane and pumpkin spice. Demand for their vegan mains is steady through the holiday season, so make sure to preorder your own mock chicken pot pie, vegan lasagna or shepherd's pie which can be easily reheated at home before dinner is served.
735 Bloor St. W.
The Plant YYZ
With over 150 offerings made in a local production facility, this is the city's biggest plant-based purveyor. The Plant YYZ has a few holiday tricks up its sleeve, including a nut ricotta lasagna and stuffing made with local cranberries. This Junction shop also stocks plenty of giftable items such as a boxed collection of their house-made Ontario produce spreads – cranberry beet, savoury relish and apple butter among them.
2745 Dundas St. W.