• Natural Gourmet Institute (map)
  • 48 W 21st St
  • New York, NY
  • United States

Celebrate the Kickoff to the 5th Annual NYC Vegetarian Food Festival with this fine dining experience featuring the innovative vegan creations of Chef Jay Astafa. Enjoy seasonal, local, fresh, whole ingredients in an intimate yet lively setting.


TICKETS:  https://nycvff-kickoff.chirrpy.com


1st course-

white asparagus panna cotta, shaved aspargus, morels, wild ramp vinaigrette

king oyster mushroom scallop, english pea puree , creme fraiche, carrot bacon caviar  

chilled potato leek soup shooter with chive foam  gf

2nd course

cauliflower steak chimichurri, purple cauliflower puree, beluga lentils, rainbow chard, almond romensco  gf

3rd course

“carrot cake” cheesecake, carrot coconut gelato, walnut crumble, pineapple coulis, crystallized ginger     gf   


The evening features two ticket options:

VIP Dining Room Tickets

6-7pm Reception with hors d’oeuvres, live comedy from BET-star Alex Carabano, and seasonal feature beverage (non-alcoholic)

Hors d'Oeuvres for VIP hour only:

  • Crostini with mint-sorrel pesto, green peas, and cashew parmesan
  • Chipotle and coffee-braised carrot mini tacos
  • Mini beet burgers

7-8:30pm 3-course dinner, Sparkling KeVita drinks 


General Dining Room Tickets

6:30-8:30pm 3-course dinner, Sparkling KeVita drinks