Would the real Squiggy please stand up?

Who exactly is Squiggy?

asparagus/fresh tomato/peeled and pickled tomato/corn milk/broccoli sprouts Squiggfeast
SQ7: asparagus/fresh tomato/peeled and pickled tomato/corn milk/broccoli sprouts

He has joined us on more than a few of our brunching adventures, often running to brunch and even making wonderful suggestions like Zocalo.

The Squiggs doing his thing! Squiggfeast
The Squiggs at home in the kitchen

Born and raised in Burlington, his first passion was the theatre. After getting a BFA in theatre production from Ryerson University, he spent six years freelancing and touring the world. He took a break from the theatre scene to take George Brown’s one year chef certificate program. Though it was less pay, worse conditions and longer hours, he’s found his happy home in the kitchen.

The Squiggs preparing us for the meal ahead. Squiggfeast
The Squiggs preparing us for the meal ahead.

He recently did the 7th edition of his own pop-up Squiggfeast. I chatted with Squiggy about this month’s dinner held at the Depanneur, and the genesis behind Squiggfeast 7 – extraVEGANza:

smoked tofu/cider tomato chutney/puree of carmelize onions/charred lime/arugala Squiggfeast
SQ7: smoked tofu/cider tomato chutney/puree of carmelize onions/charred lime/arugala

What inspired you to start a pop-up?

I had done an arts festival (Squiggfest) for friends in what I called a “previous life” and that just carried over into doing my own events. The inspiration came from just wanting to cook for friends on a bigger scale. 

SQ7: Savoury popcorn dressed with olive oil, nutritional yeast and parsley
SQ7: Savoury popcorn dressed with olive oil, nutritional yeast and parsley

Who inspired you to do a Vegan menu?

Well, unofficially, a friend. Back at George Brown I had to write a review of a restaurant and she joined me for an article I titled Carnivore in the Den of Vegans. She has since moved out of the country and was visiting around the time when I was planning my next Squiggfeast. It seemed the ideal timing for the challenge.

Jerk TVP on Rice Cracker
The standout of the night… jerk tvp/rice cracker
The rose water & peach hot sauce was to die for!

What were the challenges you placed on yourself when creating the menu?

I wanted to create vegan food that didn’t feel like eating vegan food. I know when it feels like I’m just eating a bowl of sprouts. My next challenge was to create vegan food that wasn’t trying to recreate meat. Vegan food is just food, no need for it to be a meatless burger or anything like that.

Smoked Tofu Plated Squiggfesat
smoked tofu/cider tomato chutney/puree of carmelized onions/charred lime/arugala

What surprised you about this Squiggfeast?

How well the seats sold to non-vegans. of the 21 seats sold, 18 of them were omnivores. People were excited to try my food and support me even under an umbrella that they normally wouldn’t go out for.

Spaghetti Squash Plated Squiggfeast
soy/spaghetti squash/beet relish

What dish did you get the best feedback about?

I think the best feedback was about the jerk tvp/rice cracker dish, especially during the post-meal munchies. 

Chris enjoying some rice crackers and TVP Squiggfeast
SQ7: Chris H enjoying some rice crackers and TVP

What’s next for Squiggfeast 8? 

The next event will most likely be sometime in October which means that a Thanksgiving theme may be next. Although ‘the hunt for (red meat) october’ has also been suggested.

Look at all that wine! And that's not even half the table!
Look at all that wine! And that’s not even half the table!

How can people get notifications or subscribe for the next event?

People can check out what I’m doing and my projects by friending me on the facebook or following me on twitter

Full House - Diners at Squiggfeast 7
Full House – Diners at Squiggfeast 7

Where can we find you to enjoy your eats in the mean time?

Right now I’m honing my craft at the Drake and the Farmhouse tavern, both places I highly recommend.

Brunchosaurus vs Squiggy
Brunchosaurus vs Squiggy

Brunchosaurus will be visiting Squiggy for brunch at Farmhouse Tavern very soon! Hope to see some of you at Squiggy’s next pop-up in October!!

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