The Vegan Chef Challenge in Sacramento

We’re highlighting 5 plant-based wonders from 35+ restaurants, bars, and pop-ups participating in the 13th annual event.


We’ve been noodling over which dish gets our vote.

Photo by @kaukau916

Sacramento’s vegan scene is on a remarkable upward trend, and that excitement might best be seen in the Sacramento Vegan Chef Challenge, with more than 35 restaurants and pop-ups asked to add at least one new vegan option to their menu.

With the event running now through Mon., Oct. 31, we’re highlighting five vegan plates, desserts, and drinks that made our stomachs growl.

A Google map with pins all over the Sacramento region

Use the event’s map to locate every participating eatery.

Tofu Hekka | Kau Kau
855 57th St., Ste. C, Sacramento
This Hawaiian soul food eatery has created a gluten-free delight with tofu, mixed veggies, and noodles in a sweet soy broth.

Soyrizo Con Papas Tacos | Darling Aviary
712 K St., Sacramento
Enjoy a pair of these tacos, topped with cashew avocado crema and pickled fresno atop a blue corn tortilla.

Nana’s Original Ice Cream Ball | Mode Brewing & Pasta a la Mode
9110 Greenback Ln., Orangevale
Indulge in this decadent treat that features a core of vegan vanilla ice cream surrounded by graham cracker, cinnamon, and peanut butter.

Karma | Balance Me Out Coffee
Multiple locations
Enjoy maple, caramel, and cinnamon flavors mixed with espresso and oat milk that combine to create a delicious beverage.

Sweet Plantain Empanada | Old Coyote
Stop by the Midtown Farmers Market to find these tasty gluten-free bites made of baked masa stuffed with walnuts, salted caramel, and spiced plantains.

Ready to vote for your favorite new menu item from this year’s battle? Dish it out.