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What's Happening in:  West Passyunk 

Feast of the Seven (Vegan!) Fishes

Vegan Commissary exterior. Photo by Daryl Peveto.

The Feast of the Seven Fishes, a seafood meal served on Christmas Eve, is a centuries-old custom brought to South Philly by southern Italians. For those who want to try a new, unexpected take on this feast, The Passyunk Post is proud to sponsor a special event with the Vegan Commissary, the beloved South Philly vegan market, caterer, and cafe. The Commissary’s Feast of the Seven Fishes will take place on Sunday, December 16th at DuJour Cafe, 20th and Market Streets. Doors open at 5pm, meal served at 6pm. A portion of the proceeds raised benefit the East Passyunk Community Center.

Vegan Commissary chef Steve Laurence started preparing, cooking, and savoring vegan food in 2010 in the midst of the recession. He founded a wholesale business at 11th and Morris Streets. Ultimately, Steve wanted a space that could hold catering and a cafe and moved the Vegan Commissary to 1429 Wolf Street.

The cafe does business all week long. Popular items include melt-in-your-mouth pesto gnocchi and the savory ‘meatball’ sub. The neighborhood has embraced this eatery and about 45% of the customers aren’t vegan, but continue to come back for the delicious, healthy food, friendly service, and laid back atmosphere. Steve, along with his team and head chef Damian Patterson, see food as a bridge to cross cultures and communities. You’ve may have also seen Vegan Commissary’s tasty treats at coffee shops all over the city.

Crab cake with zucchini, horseradish cream, basil oil and caramelized cabbage. Photo by Daryl Peveto.

The Commissary’s take on the Feast of the Seven Fishes will capture the inherent spirit of each traditional dish and translate it to a different medium. Diners will taste the ocean and brine in some dishes, and their tastebuds will resonate with sweetness and certain textures in others. This imaginative meal will leave vegans and non-vegans alike satisfied and enriched. The incredibly talented Damian Patterson has planned the dazzling menu below.

Vegan Feast of the Seven Fishes


Carrot Lox
pumpernickel toast l herbed almond cheese l candied radish

Watermelon Tuna Poke
carrot caviar l seaweed chip l mache l daikon l serrano relish

Hearts of Palm & Chayote Ceviche
coconut-sunflower seed broth l lemongrass l Aleppo pepper l tomato seeds

Trumpet Mushroom Calamari
fresh herb & cucumber salad l smoked avocado mousse

Tofish Fillet
black sesame sauce l beurre blanc l crispy lentils l swiss chard dumplings

Seafood Pasta
bucatini l ocean butter l smoked tomato sauce l oysters l clams l scallops

Italian Rainbow Cake l Pistachio Cannoli

To accommodate a larger crowd, the meal will take place at Du Jour Cafe, 2001 Market Street.

Can’t make the event? Each year, Vegan Commissary features a unique holiday sandwich with proceeds going back to the community. This season’s Moist Maker (yes, that is an old-school Friends reference) is vegan turkey, sweet potato mash, stuffing, gravy, shaved brussels sprouts, and cranberry marmalade piled on thick cut whole grain toast. The sandwich benefits farmers who have been negatively impacted by the Fair Food Farmstand’s closure.

Vegan Commissary
1429 Wolf Street


  • Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Friday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
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What's Happening in:  Newbold 

Miss Rachel’s Pantry opens vegan market at 1938 S. Chadwick St.

A vegan caterer called Miss Rachel’s Pantry now has an open-to-the-public storefront at 1938 S. Chadwick St.

Photo of the location prior to opening from Miss Rachel’s Pantry’s Facebook page.

While she still does her catering, this new space allows owner Rachel Klein to serve things like pastries and communal dinners.
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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Ever been to a vegan steakhouse? Here’s your chance, kind of

OK, so it’s obviously not a vegan steakhouse, but thanks to an intriguing partnership, Philadelphia Magazine decided to call this event by that name.

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The Vegan Commissary, which has been delighting meatless devotees since late last year, is pairing up with the chef of Center City’s Barcly Prime steakhouse for a “Foobooz After Dark” dinner at the restaurant at 1703 S. 11th St. on March 29 starting at 11:30 p.m.

Says the food blog:

Keep in mind, when we named this dinner “Vegan Steakhouse”, it was only because of the steakhouse chef. Now that we’ve seen the menu, it looks like the two of them have wandered pretty far from the vegan-in-a-steakhouse concept. All the way to edible chopsticks, it seems…

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

First Pics: Vegan Commissary now open at 1703 S 11th St.

The BYOB cafe called Vegan Commissary has opened at 1703 S. 11th St., the old location of the short-lived Lil Snuffs sandwich shop.

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Owner Steve Laurence has hired chef Leigh Needham to create a blackboard menu that changes according to “whatever is fresh that day,” Laurence said. Menu items when we stopped by included butternut squash gnudi, spicy miso soup, a poached pear salad, a spicy tofu bahn mi and polenta with root vegetables and melted greens. The full menu is below.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

The mystery vegan cafe will be Vegan Commissary, 1703 S. 11th St.

That mysterious vegan restaurant that we told you about a couple weeks ago will be called Vegan Commissary, and owner Steve Laurence is hoping to open before the holidays.

From meaty sandwiches to meatless delights

From meaty sandwiches to meatless delights

Laurence told us today that the cafe, which has the same name as his vegan wholesale business, has signed a deal to open at 1703 S. 11th St., the old location of the short-lived Lil Snuffs sandwich shop.

He said they’re planning dinner and weekend brunch at neighborhood-friendly prices – “nothing over $20.”

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