Vegetarian Journal's Foodservice Update

Vegetarian Journal's Foodservice Update
Healthy Tips and Recipes for Institutions
Volume X, Number 3     Summer 2002

Vegan Food Products

  1. Endive: With its petal-shaped leaves and delicate color, endive is a perfect ingredient for catered events. A member of the chicory family, endive leaves are crispy and moist, with just enough bitterness (as in a radish) to make for an interesting taste. Use the whole, uncooked leaves instead of crackers or bread for dips. Endive puts a tuxedo on guacamole, hummus, and black-bean dip. Endive can be chopped into fresh salads or can be finely shredded and added to cooked dishes right before service. California Vegetable Specialties, the world’s largest producer of California endive, suggests a Cleopatra Salad to complement a traditional Caesar Salad. The vegan version of a Cleopatra salad is composed of endive, cooked and cooled white asparagus, peeled green grapes, and slivered almonds along with a creamy dressing flavored with green onions, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, white pepper, and champagne vinegar. For information on using endive in your catered events, contact California Vegetable Specialties, 15 Poppy House Road, Rio Vista, CA, 94571, email rcollins@endive.com or call (707) 374-2011. You can also visit the company’s website.

  2. Elegant Endings: Edward and Sons Trading Company’s Organic Fine Confections are vegan and great tasting! Bite-sized chocolate-covered fondants and chocolate-dipped fruit jellies are offered. These vegan delights add elegance to a dessert tray or to sorbets or cookies. They do very well on their own, offered after a meal. The fondants include peppermint and orange-mint. The chocolate jellies include banana, orange, and strawberry. Ingredients include (depending on flavor) corn malt syrup, apple pectin, organic cocoa butter, organic dehydrated cane juice, natural flavor, and orange oil. For information on Edward and Sons Trading Company, Inc., visit their website; email edwardsons@aol.com; or write to PO Box 1326, Carpinteria, CA, 93014.

  3. Soy Delicious: Turtle Mountain manufactures organic Soy Delicious non-dairy frozen dessert. Serve this creamy, luxurious dessert as a trio of flavors, topped with chopped nuts or accompanied by sweet wafers. Soy Delicious can be served as a frozen pie or as individual frozen tarts. Create frozen parfaits, ice cream sandwiches or mini-banana splits with different flavors. Flavors include old-fashioned vanilla, vanilla orange, mocha fudge, Neapolitan (vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry), chocolate peanut butter, chocolate velvet, mint marble fudge, and strawberry. Depending on the flavor, ingredients include organic soy milk, dehydrated cane juice, brown rice syrup, potato starch, and yucca extract. Visit their website or write to PO Box 21938, Eugene, OR, 97402.

  4. White Wave: Look to White Wave for many of your vegan catering needs. White Wave packs the following products for the food service industry:

  5. Near East: Near East Foods has imaginative grain mixes that cook in less than thirty minutes. Some varieties are vegan including:

  6. If prepared and cooled, most of these mixes can be used on a cold appetizer or salad buffet table. Prepare and served hot, these mixes are excellent accompaniments to savory entrées or used as stuffings for mushrooms, onions, zucchini, tomatoes, and peppers. Visit their website.

Excerpts from the Summer 2002 Issue:
Catering Weddings and Other Big Events
Food Service Hotline
Vegetarian Quantity Recipes
Fennel and Tomato Gratin
Vegan Chocolate Cake
Orange Chocolate Bread Pudding with Maple Rum Sauce

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