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Meatless in the Marigny


  Feelings Cafe (2600 Chartres St., 945-2222; usually serves a Creole menu full of meat and seafood, but the Marigny restaurant has branched out lately. The latest twist is an all-vegan holiday dinner planned for Wednesday, Dec. 7, from local freelance chef and caterer Anne Churchill.

  The meal is called the "Vegan Festivals of Light," and it begins with a selection of hors d'oeuvres in Feelings Cafe's courtyard and moves on to four courses of dishes like Sri Lankan borscht and hearts of palm stuffed with marrow beans and cashew cheese puree.

  Churchill isn't a vegan herself, but she says she finds special inspiration in this style of cooking. She's had plenty of recent opportunities to explore it. Earlier this year, she was the vegan chef for cast members of Glee Live, a touring concert based on the popular TV show.

  "It's easy to make something taste great when you're using pork fat, but it's a little more challenging to get an interesting, satisfying meal without using animals and I like that challenge," she says.

  Churchill hosted a similar vegan dinner at Feelings in October and future editions may be on the calendar soon. Wednesday's dinner costs $60, plus tax and tip, with wine pairings available for another $20. Seatings are at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Call Feelings Cafe for reservations.

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