Vegetarian Tasting Extravaganza!

A week ago on Sunday, I participated in the annual Vegetarian Tasting Extravaganza (VTE) that took place at Centerville Seventh-day Adventist Church here in Ohio.  This has been going on for over a decade and is very popular with the vegetarians/vegans in the community.  (There is a health fair that goes on at the same time.)  Between guests, cooks, helpers, and medical folks from the health fair, 300-350 are typically fed from each cook’s table.  Flyers go out to the community, as well as signage being displayed about the event.

Each cook prepares enough of her dish (published in a simple unbound cook”book” available for purchase by guests) to provide 1-2 oz. samples for each of the 300-350 people going through line.  (There are 2 sessions, so that there is enough seating for everyone.)  A salad bar is also provided.  I prepared Southwestern Skillet.

This year was very exciting!  Most of the dishes were vegan or had vegan versions available upon request!  (It’s a good thing, because we actually were visited by the local Meet-Up Vegan Dayton group.)  Also thrilling to me were the number of people who made gluten-free versions of their loaves, crackers, etc.

Live piano music is played in the fellowship hall where the serving is done.  My scheduled time to play for this was at the last half hour.  Unfortunately, by the time I closed up my music and dashed back to the food line (cooks eat last), many of the items were gone!  (We served a very large crowd this year.)  Those I did get to sample were wonderful.  My teen sons and grown daughter gave me the run-down on the rest of them.  🙂

Here are some photos from the VTE ~ by no means all of them.  Click on each photo to see a large version of them.  Thanks go to my son who took the pictures while I was serving my dish. The lighting was relatively dim for photography, but he did a good job.  (Decorations are at the discretion of each cook – from simple place settings showing how their food would be served, to displays of ingredients used, to gorgeous, talented decorations appropriate to their dish.)