Elizabeth’s Counter launches its new menu this week, that includes cruelty-free meals from quiche to crab truffles.
How do you make vegan quiche? In the event you’re chef Robert Micciulla, you carry six years of expertise as a practising vegan, in addition to a various kitchen background to the recipe. Micciulla’s CV contains time at each Fig & Olive in DC and the Michelin-starred, now-rebranded The Oxford Kitchen in Oxford, England. So how did he wind up because the chef at an Alexandria doughnut store?
“I had initially been a patron of their enterprise,” Micciulla says of Elizabeth’s Counter, a vegan bakery owned by Rob Krupicka, previously of Sugar Shack Donuts. When he noticed an advert for a chef to develop the choices on the store, he jumped on the probability. “In all places I’ve labored I’ve tried to place vegan gadgets on the menu and have been profitable at that,” says Micciulla. “Once I first began within the culinary world, I didn’t get to select the place I labored on a regular basis. Now I’ve gotten to a spot the place I will be the place I would like.”
His predominant goal, says Micciulla, is to diversify the choices at Elizabeth’s, remodeling it from a doughnut store to a vegan café. Meaning a extra strong checklist of grocery choices, but in addition meals all through the day. At breakfast, diners can discover seasonal popovers, burritos (together with one stuffed with “mushroom carnitas”), and people quiches, that are made utilizing tofu custard. Lunchtime brings sandwiches made with fake hen and burgers. Among the many salads and bowls, Micciulla is most pleased with the celery-root cake, an animal-free tackle the crab cake.
Since Micciulla is now overseeing the kitchen, he’ll even have a hand within the doughnuts being supplied. New treats embody an Oktoberfest-themed doughnut that options a stout-reduction cake doughnut with a chocolate drizzle. There’s additionally “a maple-vanilla cinnamon-y, pumpkin-y, French-toast-inspired doughnut.” Micciulla’s menu formally debuts on October 6.
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