Local Restaurants Compete in Plant-Based Cooking Challenge

Farmers MarketsHYANNIS – Green is the theme at 15 Cape restaurants this month, as they battle to make the best plant-based dishes.

The first Cape Cod Plant-Based Chef Challenge was an idea first sprouted by Green Nosh of Cape Cod leader Joanne Irwin, who founded the group after her Food for Life courses caught on in her winter community in Florida and her hometown on Cape Cod.

Irwin said more and more consumers are requesting healthier, non-traditional fare which cuts out saturated fat, cream sauces and meats.

“We’re trying to just up that wellness here on Cape Cod,” she said.

Each participating restaurant has committed to have a healthy, creative item on their menu for the entire month of October, Irwin said.

Restaurants taking part in the month-long challenge include: Alberto’s, Bistro Soleil, Green Lotus Café, Kabob ‘n Curry, and Pizza Barbone in Hyannis; Bass River Burrito & Fish Co. in West Dennis; Ocean House and Underground Bakery in Dennis; Gerardi’s in Yarmouth; Royal II in Yarmouthport; Karoo Restaurant in Eastham; Harbor Point in Cummaquid; Pickle Jar in Falmouth; and Van Rensselaer’s in Wellfleet.

Irwin said she hopes the friendly competition will encourage the establishments to develop permanent plant-based options on their menus.

In addition, a documentary film on the topic of plant-based eating entitled “Plant Pure Nation” will be shown at the Cape Cinema in Dennis on Thursday, October 8th.

By, ADAM FORZIATTI, CapeCod.com NewsCenter

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