Vegan Chef Rich Landau On Meat Cravings, Burger King Fries

Rich Landau, photographed by Jamie Leary.

Behind the Line is Foobooz’s interview series with the people who make up Philadelphia’s dynamic bar and restaurant scene. Click here for the full archive.

When you’re talking about vegan restaurants in Philadelphia, the conversation must revolve around Rich Landau, who, along with his wife Kate Jacoby, now own Vedge, V Street, and Wiz Kid, which just debuted in Rittenhouse. Landau has been operating vegan restaurants in Philadelphia since well before you realized it was cool to eat vegan, and here, he tells us all about it. Read more »

Philly’s (and the Country’s) Best Vegan Chefs Are Taking Their Vegetable Wizardry to D.C.

Kate Jacoby/Facebook

Kate Jacoby/Facebook

First came Vedge, the fine dining vegetables-only restaurant in a Locust Street brownstone. Then came the more casual V Street, a vegan globetrotter specializing in cocktails and street foods, located just off Rittenhouse Square. Vegan cheesesteak shop Wiz Kid was next — first in the new Rodin Square Whole Foods and a second opening (eventually) right next door to V Street.

And now, Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby are on to new cities.

Read more »

Rich Landau Opening a Fast-Casual concept

V Street will take over the EYEsite building on 18th Street.

V Street will take over the EYEsite building on 18th Street | Photo by Arthur Etchells

A liquor license application in the window of V Street shows that Rich Landau’s vegan empire is expanding next door. The building is the current home of EYESite, which is moving around the corner to 17th Street.

Read more »

V Street Opening for Christmas Eve Brunch

Special Christmas Eve brunch at V Street.

Special Christmas Eve brunch at V Street.

Looking for some sustenance before one last crazy day of shopping or just looking to celebrate being done work for a bit, V Street’s brunch will be available on Christmas Eve.

Rich Landau’s Rittenhouse bar (and #12 restaurant in Philadelphia magazine’s 50 Best list)  is offering a special vegan menu and boozy holiday drink specials plus egg nog soft serve.

Read more »

Almanac Beer Co. Brings West Coast Seasonal Brews To Philly

Almanac Beer CoSan Francisco’s premier farm-to-barrel brewery is coming to Philadelphia to crack open their most exciting beers for the very first time.

Almanac Beer Company specializes in creating seasonal artisan ales and “unusual” craft beers made from locally-sourced products. The brewing company partners with Northern California farms to use the best locally sourced fruit in their process to create home-brews with flavors specifically based to complement local cuisine and seasonal tastes.

From October 6th-10th, the beer company will be hosting events to christen their unique West Coast brews all throughout the city, but most notably, they’re going to be rolling into V Street late next week.

Read more »

Rich Landau Wants You to Eat Your Vegetables

Kate Jacoby, co-owner, manager and pastry chef of Vedge and V Street, with her husband, Rich Landau, at Vedge. Photograph by Gene Smirnov

Kate Jacoby, co-owner, manager and pastry chef of Vedge and V Street, with her husband, Rich Landau, at Vedge. Photograph by Gene Smirnov

No tattoos. No cursing. No meat, no fish, no eggs, no dairy. No drama. This is a successful chef?

Rich Landau plops a pile of spongy, chalk-colored tofu into a big stainless steel bowl. “This is the most clichéd part of my job,” he says, leaning into the bowl with both hands and tearing the tofu limb from limb, or whatever it is you do to the curd of soybeans. Landau calls tofu “the evil icon of vegetarianism,” and it’s obvious he’s worked with it a few times — check that; a few hundred thousand times — before. Read more »

V Street Starts Brunch

v-street-brunch-waffle-400

V Street is now serving brunch.

Brunch begins this weekend at V Street. Of course one brunch staple that won’t be on the menu at Rich Landau’s and Kate Jacoby’s vegan restaurant is eggs. But with dishes like Togarashi Home Fries; Pho Spiced Mushrooms and Biscuit; and Waffles with Ponzu Maple Syrup you won’t go wonting.

And since brunch is just breakfast without booze, V Street is offering a special breakfast cocktail of La Luchadora (tequila, tomato, house grenadine and hot sauce). And to get the day going, there will also be Horchata Iced Coffee.
V Street Brunch Menu »

« Older Posts