.Oakland Veg Week Goes Gourmet

Like any good politically-conscious vegan, Kristie Middleton can rattle off all of the usual reasons that reducing meat consumption will make the world a better place — reasons having to do with personal health, animal welfare, and the environment.

But when the second annual Oakland Veg Week — a week-long celebration of vegetarian eating — kicks off next week (April 22 to 28), Middleton, who coordinates the volunteer-run event, said there will be another obvious, if less widely touted, emphasis: simply put, that vegetarian and vegan dishes can be just as delicious — as worthy of being swooned over by picky gourmands — as their meat-laden counterparts. After all, Middleton said, what better way is there to introduce omnivores to the benefits of a plant-based diet than by serving them a whole bunch of tasty vegetarian food?

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