Breaking Vegan

by Sarah on October 24, 2011 · 11 comments

Life is a tangled web of irony and fate, isn’t it?

After mentioning in yesterday’s post (written on Saturday evening) that I was so happy not to have been invited to a fancy schmancy event during my month of veganism challenge, I received a text from a friend offering me a dining opportunity unlike any other.
My friend was supposed to attend a farm dinner for Outstanding in the Field, an organization that travels the country (and now the world) each year, organizing farm dinners with local chefs utilizing locally grown and sourced ingredients in an effort to “reconnect diners to the land…and honor the local farmers who cultivate it.”She was sick, she told me, and needed someone to fill in for her, take photographs, and blog on her PR blog about it afterward. Would I do it? For free?*
*These tickets cost $200. People sit on their computer the day they go on sale just to get them. (I’m not making this up. I met some of these people.)

Now, having known about this ‘trend’ of farm dinners for a couple of years now, and having it been something in the back of my mind that I’ve always wanted to do, I of course would have wanted to go. The odd irony is that just yesterday morning while at the gym, there had been a snippet in my magazine about these dinners, and I had sighed and thought, “Maybe someday….”

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Someday apparently came a lot sooner than I thought.

And so, I had to go.
(First I did a happy dance around my kitchen, of course.)

And I hate to say it, but after the sort of mental anguish that only can come from someone more competitive with herself than anyone else….well, I broke my vow of veganism.*
*And I hope they don’t kick me out of the VeganMoFo for it.
Truth be told, it was incredibly difficult to do. And even more enlightening, perhaps, is that the meat didn’t even really interest me all that much.Especially not when there was pumpkin soup served in a Texas pumpkin, chock full of locally raised basil, candied Texas pecans, and butternut ‘crisps’ made from the skin of butternut squash. (Waste not, want not!)I did find out that they had actually made an entirely separate vegan meal for a diner, but as I was a guest* without any life-threatening allergies, I didn’t feel like it was my place to really make any dietary demands.
*read: eating for free
But somewhere between sitting down to a meal with 150 other people……and talking with farmers* and artisans and the people who take this movement around the entire country…
*In an even MORE ironic twist of fate, I sat across from the owner of the Bastrop Cattle Company……sharing stories about life and food with people I’d never met but appreciated for their insight, and with whom I could share a laugh at the absurdity of trying to eat while holding an umbrella to keep off the Texas heat……and the light beginning to fade over the six-hour long event, and we went through course after course after course.*
*And yes, despite my trying to eat very small nibbles of meat and cheese and chocolate, I needed Pepto when I got home. Well, somewhere I realized that I had to do it. I had to have this experience because when would it ever come about in this way again? And just as most health magazines advise for any break from a diet plan, I will not beat myself up about it, but instead, I will pick myself up on Monday morning, wipe the slate clean, and start over again.*
*And I’ll blog about it in November. ;)

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Lauren October 24, 2011 at 7:25 am

How cool! That soup looks amazing :)

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Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean October 24, 2011 at 7:30 am

omg that looks like an amazing time! we have one of these around here and i've always wanted to go!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table October 24, 2011 at 7:32 am

That dinner looks worthy of a vegan break! I feel you on the tummy issue. I broke my cleanse this weekend and my stomach was not right all day yesterday. *shudder*

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http://brokencookiesdontcount.wordpress.com/ October 24, 2011 at 7:57 am

Too bad you weren't able to request the vegan version. As good as it was, the vegan options would probably have been amazing. You've been working very hard at this and it isn't an easy thing to do, especially when an opportunity like that drops into your lap.

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girlgonegrits October 24, 2011 at 8:18 am

What an amazing opportunity-I am so very glad you got to go.

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Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers October 24, 2011 at 9:02 am

What an interesting experience. I'd love to attend one of those (but I'm not going to since I'm not about to fork over $200 for dinner). I think VeganMoFo will totally understand!

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iheartvegetables.com October 24, 2011 at 9:19 am

Uhhhh I'm super jealous right now!!! And I'm pretty sure the mo fo's will forgive you. hahaha

That looks amazing though! You seriously get to do the coolest stuff!

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celeryandcupcakes.com October 24, 2011 at 12:29 pm

That soup looks lovely!

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Rebeccammendations October 24, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Amazing, amazing!!!!

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Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 24, 2011 at 12:35 pm

It's cool how just a few weeks of eating no meat can actually change our attitude about it. While I used to LOVE a huge rack of ribs, I can't see myself going back to it even if morals weren't involved. Looks like a fun time!

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Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) October 25, 2011 at 8:07 am

I would have been disappointed in you if you would have stuck to vegan month and missed this AWESOME opportunity! After all, how often do you get pumpkin soup in a pumpkin?! yum.

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