Plant-powered dining: Discover DC Veg Restaurant Week, May 6 to 12

 Veg Society of DC has announced that Joseph ‘JB’ Blair, Assistant Coach of the Washington Wizards, and TV personality Bershan Shaw are the co-chairs of this year’s DC Veg Restaurant Week, which will take place from Monday, May 6 through Sunday, May 12. The week will kick off with a ticketed VIP party at Rooted3 in Bethesda on Saturday, May 4, at 6 pm. This third consecutive year of DC Veg Restaurant Week will feature the best of plant-based cuisine in restaurants across the DMV metropolitan region.

Coach JB is best known as “The Vegan Coach” and has been a vocal supporter of the vegan movement since going plant-based nine years ago. When asked why he is co-chairing this event, he responded, “It’s an honor to stand alongside so many amazing DC area restaurants to promote conscious plant-based eating and demonstrate just how diverse and delicious it can truly be. I hope, through my own experiences and expertise, to serve as a role model for anyone striving to live a more meaningful, fulfilling, and conscious life.”

Shaw credits a plant-based lifestyle with helping save her life, saying, “As a cancer survivor, I attribute being here today to going vegan. Being a part of [DC Veg Restaurant Week] is a great opportunity for me to share my love of all things veggies with the DC community.”

The growing list of restaurants offering deals, discounts, and specialty dishes includes AlmedaEl TamarindoEquinox on 19thBINGE BarDC Vegan, and Gingerbeet .

During the inauguration of DC Veg Restaurant Week in 2022, Mayor Muriel Bowser issued a proclamation officially declaring the week as a city-wide event to recognize the plant-forward food system’s role in supporting planetary health. 

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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