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VegFest 2016! A Big Success!

Big crowds came out to enjoy great food, informative presentations, and cruelty-free shopping!  

Attendees browse the many unique vendors

The Best Mac and Cheese in Michigan from Detroit Vegan Soul

The Best Mac and Cheese in Michigan from Detroit Vegan Soul

John Salley talks about living a better life.

John Salley talks about living a better life.

Let them eat cake!

Free cake samples! Yum!

The Carnival Room was fun for the kids!

The Carnival Room was fun for the kids!

The Lunch Room

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The Lunch Room

by Renee Ratliff

DSC_0016Ann Arbor’s popular eatery, The Lunch Room, sprung from the desire to offer quality vegan food at economical prices. Phillis Englebert and Joel Panozzo wanted to show that there is a market for an all-vegan restaurant and that vegan food can have wide appeal among the public.

A fast casual restaurant, orders are placed at the counter and food is brought to the tables. Mouthwatering baked goods greet you as you walk in the door. Recipes, made with quality local ingredients, grace the menu. With a staff that is friendly and eager to answer any questions, The Lunch Room demonstrates the perfect balance of atmosphere, service and quality food.  DSC_0005

The Lunch Room started as a pop-up restaurant around the Ann Arbor area. Englebert and Panozzo would prepare meals in Phyllis’ kitchen and then transport them to a local business, morphing it into a restaurant for several hours. The pop-up meals were offered in all different settings including homes, a floral shop and a tattoo parlor. Cafeteria trays were used to serve the food, providing a casual and fun way to present five different courses in each section on the tray.

Engelbert and Panozzo started their food cart May 2011 at Mark’s Carts. Leaving the food cart scene after the 2012 season, they decided on a restaurant as their next step. The restaurant officially opened in August 2013 in Kerrytown. Engelbert and Panozzo put their hearts into this completely custom space with 35 seats inside and 20 outside. An inviting atmosphere, a lot of the elements you see in the restaurant were carefully hand-crafted including cutting table tops, dipping skewers for decorations and painting.

“The best-part or the restaurant is the customers. Having people eat our food, watching the joy it brings.” says Panozzo “It makes all the difference to have hand-made food, and having people recognize that.”

DSC_0018On this completely vegan menu, some of the favorites include BBQ tofu sliders, tempeh Ruben, pad thai and the southwestern salad. All sandwiches can be made gluten-free, and so can many other menu items. Panozzo and Englebert strive to feature a dinner special each night of the week. Specials so far have included a UP night with pasties, sushi night, pizza night and sliders night. Located next to Ann Arbors farmers’ market, there is a commitment to purchase local food and produce. Dinner specials are adjusted to what is in season. Local fruit ends up in the bakery for seasonal creations.  On farmers-market days breakfast is served and there is brunch on Sundays.

The Lunch Room is a community place for all to come and enjoy really tasty, made-from-scratch vegan food. VegMichigan members receive a 10% discount by showing their membership card.

Please Visit our Restaurant of the Month

 

On Main St. in downtown Ann Arbor

You will surely find something wonderful.

Give them a try in August.

Save room for dessert!

Upcoming Events

Aug
27
Sat
6:00 pm Farm to Fork Dinner @ Willow Pond Farm
Farm to Fork Dinner @ Willow Pond Farm
Aug 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Enjoy a four course vegan meal and presentations featuring Carolyn Trapp, director of diabetes education and care with the Physicians ... Read More >
Sep
1
Thu
all-day VegMichigan’s September Mason, M... @ Mason MI. Library
VegMichigan’s September Mason, M... @ Mason MI. Library
Sep 1 all-day
VegMichigan is expanding its reach promoting a plant-based diet at the Mason, MI. branch of the Capital area district libraries.
all-day VegMichigan’s September Royal Oa... @ Royal Oak Public Library
VegMichigan’s September Royal Oa... @ Royal Oak Public Library
Sep 1 all-day
Please check out our library display located at the Royal Oak Public Library, 222 E. 11 Mile Rd., Royal Oak, ... Read More >
all-day VegMichigan’s September Southgat... @ Southgate Veterans Memorial Library
VegMichigan’s September Southgat... @ Southgate Veterans Memorial Library
Sep 1 all-day
Please check out our library display located at the Southgate Veterans Memorial Library 14680 Dix-Toledo Southgate, Mi. 48195. Contact: Joyce ... Read More >
Sep
5
Mon
4:00 pm College Outreach @ Eastern Michigan University
College Outreach @ Eastern Michigan University
Sep 5 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
 

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