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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.

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Upcoming Events

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all-day VegMichigan’s July Allen Park Co... @ Allen Park Community Center
VegMichigan’s July Allen Park Co... @ Allen Park Community Center
Jul 1 all-day
Please check out our library display located at the Allen Park Community Center, 15800 White Ave., Allen Park, Mi. 48101. ... Read More >
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VegMichigan’s July Oakland Commu... @ Oakland Community College Library
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Please check out our library display located at the Oakland Community College Library, 2900 Featherstone Rd., Auburn Hills, Mi. 48326. ... Read More >
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9:45 am Ann Arbor 4th of July Parade @ Downtown Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor 4th of July Parade @ Downtown Ann Arbor
Jul 4 @ 9:45 am – 10:45 am
Ann Arbor 4th of July Parade @ Downtown Ann Arbor | Ann Arbor | Michigan | United States
Come and show your Veggie Pride!  Walk with VegMichigan in the Ann Arbor 4th of July Parade. If you would like, ... Read More >
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10:00 am Garage Sale Benefiting VegMichigan
Garage Sale Benefiting VegMichigan
Jul 9 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Garage Sale Benefiting VegMichigan @ Highland Charter Township | Michigan | United States
A VegMichigan member has kindly offered to hold a garage sale with the proceeds donated to VegMichigan.  If you are in ... Read More >
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6:00 pm July Dinner Club @ GreenSpace Cafe
July Dinner Club @ GreenSpace Cafe
Jul 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
July Dinner Club @ GreenSpace Cafe | Ferndale | Michigan | United States
Please join us for our July Dinner Club at GreenSpace Cafe. GreenSpace is a special place, it is an artisanal ... Read More >

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