DC Veg Restaurant Week Kicks-Off With Celeb Hosts at DC Vegan

Vegan influencer Tracye McQuirter and Celebrity Chef Spike Mendelsohn co-Chair DC Vegan Restaurant Week 2023. Image credit Kate Michael

The inaugural DC Veg Restaurant Week kicked-off its second year at DC Vegan with a celebration of vegan cuisine and tasty bites to get mouths watering for the many renowned DC-area establishments registered to participate over eight days with plant-based specials from May 6-13.

Vegan influencer Tracye McQuirter and Celebrity Chef Spike Mendelsohn co-chair this vegan cuisine extravaganza.

McQuirter, perhaps best known as the best-selling author of By Any Greens Necessary and The Ageless Vegan; she is also a DC native that created a non-profit public health intervention — 10 Million Black Vegan Women — to inspire Black women to go vegan.

“The first vegan establishments in DC were started by African Americans more than 50 years ago and I learned how to be vegan from this community,” McQuirter said. “So this is definitely a full-circle moment! DC Veg Week is such a positive opportunity for restaurants to come together to show… how delicious plant-based eating really is.”

Diners can enjoy local fan favorites from PLNT Burger, DC Vegan and HipCityVeg as well as a complete vegan takeover of the dinner menu from DC Harvest, the Mushroom Experience Menu from sPACYcLOUd, and specials on African cuisine at DC newcomer Motherland Kitchen. A complete list of the restaurants participating can be found here.

“I’ve really enjoyed ushering the plant-based movement in my own life, and my family, and of course my businesses. So let’s rock this week!” Spike Mendelsohn said at the launch.

“As a Chef Advocate for climate-friendly and plant-based cuisine, DC Veg Week is a fantastic opportunity for people of all culinary preferences to experience firsthand all the joy and benefits of plant-based foods,” Spike reminded.

“The world is in dire need of solutions to our climate crisis and our dietary choices represent the majority of our climate footprint. Including more plant-based foods in our lives is an easy way for us all to ‘eat the change’ and contribute to a healthier food system and planet.”