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Eat (and Dance) Compassionately This Weekend

If you want evidence that eating vegan is becoming more mainstream, just look at the 29 Arlington restaurants listed as vegetarian-friendly on VegDC.com.

“There’s no doubt that the popularity of meatless cuisine is on this rise,” said Erica Meier, Executive Director of  Compassion Over Killing, a D.C.-based animal advocacy group. “A growing number of restaurants in Arlington and throughout the D.C. area are dishing out more delicious and nutritious animal-friendly fare to meet the increase in consumer demand.”

One local restaurant is going all-out in its effort to meet that demand.

Toscana Grill, an eco-friendly restaurant in Courthouse, together with Compassion Over Killing, recently launched “Vegan Weekends in April.” Each weekend features a menu of exclusively plant-based dishes.

Timed to coincide with Earth Day, Toscana is also holding some special vegan weekend events. On Saturday, the restaurant is hosting a “dancing and drinks night,” featuring wine and all-you-can-eat vegan appetizers. Then on April 25, it’s Bring Your Dog to Brunch Day.

One poll estimates that, as a nation, up to 1.5 percent of the population considers themselves vegan. Going vegan is especially popular among younger members of our society, the poll found.

“As more and more people learn about the many benefits of choosing plant-based foods, they’re eagerly exploring the many vegan options available in and around the nation’s capital,” Meier said. She applauded Toscana Grill’s commitment to compassionate eating.

“By offering healthier and more humane versions of our favorite foods, such as vegan waffles, ‘chicken’ marsala, and grilled ‘steak’ salad, [Toscana Grill] is hoping to open up the hearts and minds of diners through their taste buds — one meal at a time.”

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