Vegan wine and cheese party

Moo-ve over dairy, there’s a new kid in town.

Last night I had the most amazing time at a vegan wine and cheese party that NARN put on at Ltd Art Gallery in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. The event was a fundraiser for Precious Life Animal Sanctuary in Sequim, WA. We were really lucky to have Ralph and Caryl Turner, the sanctuary founders, at the event.

Ltd Gallery

We were treated to an array of non-dairy cheeses. I’m not talking about weak substitutes; I’m talking creamy, rich, tangy, flavorful spreads and slices that hold their own. I’ve already written about what’s wrong with dairy, so you know I was thrilled to taste cruelty-free cheeses. No cows harmed. For a lot of people, cheese is one of the hardest things to give up, and with options like these, you don’t have to.

The generous companies that donated cheese for the event included Wayfare, Treeline, Punk Rawk Labs and Field Roast. Additionally, Joyce Huesemann made several delicious spreads. Thank you all!

So what’s vegan cheese made from? Lots of things. It was a diverse grouping of cheese with ingredients like cashews, nutritional yeast, tofu, garlic, herbs, oatmeal, sesame seeds and macadamia nuts.

food collageAs for wine, it’s a much subtler offender. All wine is technically vegan–it’s grapes! However, many wineries use animal products like egg albumen (from egg whites), gelatin (from boiling animal parts), and isinglass (from fish bladder membranes) in the refining process. But there are vegan alternatives. Until recently, I hadn’t paid much attention to whether or not wine was vegan, but I like to vote with my dollars and choose companies who are striving for a better world.

That’s why I was happy to taste the delicious selections from The Vegan Vine and Frey Wine. These two vegan wine companies generously donated wine to the event. They had a delicious selection–from sangiovese to chardonnay. Perhaps I woke up without a headache today because these companies are organic and don’t add sulfites to their products.

And of course (probably because the organizers knew I was coming), there were other vegan wines too. You can use Barnivore to find out which of your favorite wines (and beer and spirits) are vegan.

DJ and raffle queen collage

The best part of the evening was spending time with like-minded people and catching up with friends. We listened to swingin’ tunes by DJ Dubonnet and took in art by Siolo Thompson. The event was a hit–tickets went on sale in August and sold out in less than two days! I hope that means there will be more vegan wine and cheese events in my future. After all, the future is vegan!

Jean in Lois Eastlund dress

13 thoughts on “Vegan wine and cheese party

  1. Great write-up Jean!! What a night!! Sounds fun and delicious!! You’re whetting my appetite and giving me ideas!!

    We all love tasty food and like you said, cheese is one of the hardest things to give up because it tastes good. The alternatives are much healthier (cashews, nutritional yeast, tofu, garlic, herbs, oatmeal, sesame seeds and macadamia nuts). With these nutritious, delicious choices – who needs dairy? Only the calves!!

    Love your dress: perfect for this occasion!

  2. I wish I could have come! I didn’t hear of the event soon enough (and spent my evening in the ER w/ “almost appendicitis” instead!) Fine now, but definitely looking forward to trying some of these cheeses. I found the Treeline cheese at Vegan Haven but wasn’t ready to shell out the $8, but I’m sure it’s worth it. I went home with Daiya’s chive and herb cream cheese instead about $5). Thanks for taking great pictures!

    • I read your FB post about your sudden illness but didn’t want to “like” it. I hope you’re feeling better now. Tickets sold out so fast, but I thought you weren’t there because of the appendicitis. At least you didn’t buy a ticket and lose out!

      I wouldn’t want to spend $8 on something I hadn’t tasted, but I’ll definitely buy the Treeline now. I have Daiya’s chive and herb cream cheese and I love it!

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