Nestled in Philadelphia’s historic Tiger Building is Vedge, the latest incarnation from husband and wife team Richard Landau and Kate Jacoby – chefs and owners of the much-loved and critically-acclaimed Horizons off South Street. Vedge is a sprawling space with two 20+ seat dining rooms, a bar and a cocktail lounge with four functional fireplaces and an elevator for wheelchair access. The duo has taken their vegan restaurant concept and raised the standard on the local food scene by offering a classically elegant dining experience with an innovative approach to cooking. The restaurant is successfully becoming a haven for foodies alike, omnivores, vegetarians, vegans and yes, even carnivores.
“I think what they’re doing is phenomenal. They’re both so talented, and we love how they represent the mission and the message: veganism, great food, great taste, fresh from farm to table.” – Joy Pierson, Candle Café
Richard Landau has been a forward-thinker on the vegetarian dining scene since 1994. With his ambitious mission to take “the carnivore palate he grew up with and use it to translate vegetarian cuisine to a broader audience,” he has infiltrated our often meat-fixated dining culture, which is exactly why Landau and Jacoby were given the prestigious honor of serving the very first and second vegan dinner at the James Beard House in New York City. Jacoby has also evolved and refined her pastry skills and approach to desserts while bringing the same focus and enthusiasm to Vedge’s bar with its cutting-edge cocktail list built around all things housemade (bitters, infusions, etc.) and thoughtfully chosen wine list.
The fledgling restaurant which recently opened its doors in November is already poised to take Philly’s vegan throne. However, we think that Vedge’s influence will also help to alter the city’s culinary landscape paving the way for others of its kind to receive the respect that they so rightly deserve from a “broader audience.”
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