I would be lying to you if I said a year ago today I would be enjoying a vegan dinner and loving it. Well that was the case last Thursday at the ninth Aces of Taste installment. Chef Stephanie Hoban of Ripe Cuisine really impressed me with her skills in the kitchen and the fantastic menu she created. In my mind and I think many others would agree, just hearing the word vegan isn't that appealing. However, was I ever so wrong. Chef Hoban proved to me that not only is "vegan" eating delicious, it is healthy, smart and attainable. What really impressed me about this dinner was the creativity behind every dish. Chef Hoban recognized that there would be guests, like myself who probably "wouldn't get it." Each course had some familiarity to it. But even with the modifications, if you didn't know you were eating vegan this dinner could have tricked anyone. I would encourage everyone to visit Chef Hoban's food truck because she clearly knows what she is doing and is a pioneer for the vegan community here in Houston.
Photos by: Francisco Montes