Wherever you look, it’s there. Fast food chains around the country are beginning to offer the animal-alternative. Supermarkets are now selling imitation meat and various other plant-meat alternatives right next to the meat selection. Heck, South Park had an entire episode on it. And, chances are, you have some kind of opinion on it. Maybe you think it’s a great alternative. Perhaps you’re a vegan and have been searching for other meal options. Or you’re on the other side of the fence and it’s just not for you. Wherever you stand, one thing is for sure: plant-based meats and meat alternatives are not going anywhere anytime soon.
So wouldn’t it be great to learn how to cook with it?
Because plant-based meats do not have the same makeup and fat content as regular meat, it is different to cook with, and you can’t necessarily season the meat in the same way. Many plant-based meats already have a hefty sodium input in order to help with the taste, so the extra salt might not be the answer.
Well, if you’ve been looking to cook with plant-based meats, especially in the use of tacos, you are in luck.
On Saturday, May 15 there will be a Plant-Based Potential Cooking Class here in Tucson, specifically in regards to how to use it in the creation of your favorite tacos. Of course, you will need to be conscious about other products you use in your tacos if you want to stay vegan because many tortillas are made using lard (fat). But with a careful eye, you can make completely plant-based tacos, and this class aims to show you how to do that.
This is a “get your hands dirty” kind of cooking class, where you will have all of the ingredients right there in front of you. Even if you're skeptical about cooking with plant-based meats this is a good way to experiment and to learn. Put on at the House of Bard’s, which is located at 4915 East Speedway Blvd here in Tucson, there will be everything you need to learn how to make the plant-based tacos.
The cost for the event is $35 per person, and the class will begin at 11 AM.
If you haven’t been to the House of Bard’s before, this is usually a live music venue. This means there will be plenty of space to maintain social distancing (and to ensure everyone has their own ingredients to use). The hour-long class takes place in the mural room at the House of Bard’s.
You will need to purchase your space ahead of time. This allows Delia, the host of the event, to buy the products and make sure there is space for everyone. The event will last an hour and, as you cook and learn, you will be able to enjoy the offered mimosas or the other adult beverages that are served. It is designed to be a fun, enjoyable experience where you learn how to cook vegan-friendly food.
And if you like this particular class there will be others going forward. While the exact recipe or food type has not yet been decided, the next “Cooking the Vegan Way” class will be on June 5 (same time and place).
And, if you are interested in learning more about what is going on at the House of Bard’s, make sure to check out the events schedule on their website. There is something going on almost every night, including comedy open mic nights on Tuesdays, singing open mics on Monday, plus a number of evening events like Texas Hold ‘Em and musical performances.