There’s a new vegan pop-up in town. Have you heard? Turntable was created by chefs Denise Miller and Paul Vugteveen. The events are held at Green Door Distillery and feature live music, delicious food, and small-batch spirits. We had the privilege of sampling the dinner and chatting with the culinary geniuses behind the operation, and to no surprise everything was wonderful.
First things first, we needed to understand the concept behind Turntable. Chef Paul shared that he and Chef Denise chose the name “Turntable” because they are turning the table on what people think about food. Their vision is to uplift the community through intentionally created, socially just [and tasty might we add] food.
We started with the Charcuterie board consisting of Chef Denise’s house-made vegan chorizo and pepperoni accompanied by hand-made mustard infused with Green Door Distillery White Whiskey and served with spent grain artisan crackers. The Perfect Cheese Plate consisting of Chef Paul’s house-made vegan herbed mozzarella and brie, artisan crackers, and fresh raspberry jam was a huge hit at out table. We also tried the Bites and Bitters, Chef Paul’s house-made vegan bar cheese created with Green Door Distillery Woodland Bitters and served with hand-made soft pretzel sticks. It was just as delicious as it sounds.
On to the entrees. We tried the Cakes and Slaw, Chef Denise’s house-made vegan crab cakes served with a spicy rémoulade, Louisiana red beans, and a fresh, local vegetable slaw. The Sweet and Spicy Pulled Pork Sandwich was a hit as well. This dish consisted of house-made seitan coated with a mixed berry sweet and spicy barbecue. The Simple and Seasonal Salad contained mixed greens, fresh beets, and a tangy vinaigrette. And as for the Sweets, we tried Turntable’s vegan berry cheesecake. Need we say more?
Chef Paul told us each pop-up will consist of the Charcuterie, The Perfect Cheese Plate, and Bites and Bitters. There will always be rotating entrees, a salad option, and a dessert ranging from chocolate tortes to shortbread to cheesecake.
Didn’t get a chance to stop by? Don’t worry. There is more Turntable to come. These events will be offered the third weekend of the month. For now, the dates include March 17th and 18th as well as April 14th and 15th. Turntable also offers brunch on the following Sunday. Brunch will not be offered, however, in April as it conflicts with Mother’s Day. Read more on this delicious brunch in an upcoming VegOut article.
Turntable shareables pair well with the handcrafted spirits that Green Door Distillery has to offer. All but the honey whiskey are vegan, and the bitters, extracts, and other additives can also be enjoyed. Green Door features a cocktail list each week, and while some are crafted with egg or honey, many are vegan! Cheers.
For more information on Turntable, check out their website.
Green Door Distillery is located at 429 E. North St. in Kalamazoo.
Photos: Anthony Houtrow