Black vegan chef Mimi Williams is serving the only exclusively vegan tasting menu in Los Angeles. Williams became an owner at Counterpart Vegan in July wasted no time elevating the all-day vegan cafe in Echo Park with an eight-course tasting menu served only on weekends. Inspired by her Creole-Sicilian heritage, there are vegetable-driven takes on classic Italian dishes like carpaccio and bolognese and several handmade pastas and freshly prepared vegan cheeses. Her knack for flavour and seasoning are so precise that the marinated feta served with wide ribbons of beet pappardelle and shaved parmesan topping her mushroom lasagna bolognese could easily be mistaken for the real thing.
Counterpart is partnering with Tilda, a fantastic local natural wine shop, for a special wine list at dinner that includes unique bottles like a sparkling passetoutgrain red wine from Berkeley's Blue Ox Wine Co that's a lively accompaniment to Williams' food. Stop by during the day too for comfort foods like cauliflower mac n cheese and house cured carrot lox served with a bagel and cashew cream cheese.