There’s soon to be a new kid on the plant-based block in Vegas, courtesy of executive chef Jose Navarro. And, this May, he’s introducing his new concept to the Valley with a one-night only dining experience.
Navarro — who has served as executive chef at numerous properties on The Strip and also is co-owner of Burger Joint in Henderson (which has heaps of vegan options) — is debuting his latest restaurant, Plant(ivore) on May 8 with a special dinner service. From 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. Burger Joint turns into a vegan restaurant and is going to give the town a taste of what’s to come as plans for the restaurant move forward.
The four-course popup dining event is $35 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and features:
- AMUSE: heirloom potato croquette, smoked jalapeño chutney; paired with Bloody Mary Las Vegas Distillery Vodka and tomato water)
- FIRST: rainbow cauliflower escabeche tostada, avocado puree, serrano peppers, pickled onions; paired with Paloma (3 Point Tequila, grapefruit);
- SECOND: slow-roasted King Trumpet Mushroom, toast, curried-roasted pineapple; paired with CraftHaus Evocation;
- THIRD: Roman artichokes, ten bean, natural corn milk; paired with Havenscourt chardonnay;
- FOURTH: rice milk panna cotta, spring market fruit; paired with Crafthaus Centerpiece
The opening of Plant(ivore) later this year comes at a time when the demand is growing for more plant-based options in town, and only a handful of options to currently choose from. The menu taps into Navarro’s extensive experience as an executive chef, and is going to offer locally-sourced, chemical-free seasonal dishes sans faux meats and cheeses. His plan? To celebrate fruits and veggies in dishes which appeal not only to the growing vegan movement, but also to meat-eaters.
“I want people to come to Plant(ivore) because the food is amazing,” he explains. “Plants are so versatile and nutritional. The restaurant — and forthcoming pop-ups — celebrates these ingredients.”
Although Navarro isn’t vegan, his daughter is … and she was the main inspiration behind the restaurant.
“I love to create nourishing meals filled with flavor … and being able to create meals which appeal to her is important to me,” he says.
For now, Navarro plans on hosting a handful of pop-up restaurant experiences in Burger Joint and other locations while the restaurant plans flesh out.
For more information and to purchase tickets to the event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/plantivore-pop-up-restaurant-debut-tickets-33569511312?aff=es2
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Diana Edelman is the founder of Vegans, Baby. She previously lived and worked in Thailand where she spent years working for an elephant sanctuary and has traveled around the world speaking about the realities of elephant tourism. She is a public speaker who has appeared at SEED Food + Wine, VegFest Puerto Rico, VegFest Toronto and more, a journalist and entrepreneur. Diana is also behind the Vegas Vegan Dinners at James Beard Foundation’s James Beard House.