Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, has been a well-liked summer season haven for wealthy Chicagoites. After the Nice Chicago Fireplace of 1871 many moved right here and beginning to ring the 20.6 miles of shoreline with their swanky mansions. These days, it’s an all-season vacation spot for summer season boating, fall foliage, winter snow sports activities and spring rest. Whereas Lake Geneva just isn’t vegetarian central, vegetarians and vegans can eat properly in the event that they know the place to go. Listed here are the locations I found on a current October go to.
Glowing Lake Geneva. Photograph by Teresa Bergen.
Tuscan Tavern and Grill
This lunch and dinner spot had pumpkin fever after I visited. Pumpkins festooned the entryway, making for a heat and festive autumnal look. As you’d guess from the title, Tuscan Tavern and Grill focuses on Italian meals. As quickly as I advised the server I used to be vegan, she skillfully took over. I used to be the one vegan in a big group. However the server made positive the mozzarella was on the facet, so I might eat the eggplant caprese appetizer.
Eggplant caprese at Tuscan. Photograph by Teresa Bergen
She directed me towards some vegan bread to pair with the bruschetta topping. I had the Mediterranean salad, minus the feta and pita chips. Vegans may also order dairy-free wood-fired pizzas. Extremely really helpful.
Mediterranean salad at Tuscan. Photograph by Teresa Bergen.
Proprietor David Scotney began making wood-fired pizzas in his Chicago yard as a interest. Then he’d ship his follow pizzas free to his neighbors. However when a well-liked Lake Geneva diner went up on the market in 2015, he determined to go professional.
Proprietor David Scotney reveals off his oven. Photograph by Teresa Bergen.
Oakfire is a best choice for vegans, and has a blinding lake view. The unique Native American title for the lake is Kishwauketoe, which I’m advised means “the water has gentle.” Certainly, you may watch it sparkle from Oakfire.
Pizza with a view at Oakfire. Photograph by Teresa Bergen.
And there’s vegan pizza proper on the lads. “That pizza happened as a result of a number of vegans had been requesting pizza,” Scotney advised me. He studied dough making beneath a grasp in Chicago. The trick is make the dough out of flour, salt, water and yeast, then let it sit for 24 hours. At 1200-1500 levels, the Oakfire oven is so sizzling that pizzas prepare dinner in 90 seconds. And an excellent factor they do, as a result of in summer season Oakfire serves as much as 1500 folks a day. The kale salad minus cheese is one other good vegan selection.
Grand Geneva Resort
I by no means thought I’d be sitting on the nation’s first Playboy Membership Lodge consuming a gourmand vegan meal. These days, it’s known as the Grand Geneva Resort. There are now not younger ladies in bunny ears and rat pack artists performing within the lounge, however there’s nonetheless a particular bunny head-shaped pond, and different souvenirs from the resort’s previous.
Govt chef and long-time Wisconsin resident Nelly Buleje oversees the large resort’s a number of eating places. I obtained to fulfill him and he was extraordinarily variety and pleased to arrange probably the most stunning vegan delicacies for me, full with edible flowers!
Too fairly to eat? I ate it anyway. Photograph by Teresa Bergen.
Additionally, I felt comfy sufficient with him to ask him to throw in some chili peppers which made my risotto rather more thrilling.
Risotto a la Chef Nelly. Photograph by Teresa Bergen.
The resort’s menus will not be overtly veg-friendly. Nonetheless, they’re dedicated to accommodating many diets, so when you inform your server firstly of the meal, the Grand Geneva will whip up one thing veg-delicious.
In the event you like bikes and/or espresso, you’ll wish to cease by Avant Cycle Café whereas visiting Lake Geneva. This mix regional biking middle and occasional store fixes bikes, rents bikes, advises on native bike routes, and serves up espresso roasted in small batches. I appreciated the a number of nondairy choices for my cappuccino. They even hire fats bike tires for snow rides, when you occur to go to Lake Geneva in winter.
Drink espresso, experience bikes. Photograph by Teresa Bergen.
Sprecher’s Restaurant & Pub
With a little bit of creativity, you may get an excellent vegan meal at Sprecher’s. The Southwest Salad is a large, filling entrée. Simply maintain the cheese and swap out ranch dressing for balsamic and you’ve got a vegan lunch. Or order the Asian chop rooster salad, maintain the rooster, and also you’re left with an infinite plate of cabbage, veggies, peanuts, mandarin oranges and sesame seeds tossed in ginger-garlic sauce. In addition they provide vegan patties for his or her burgers. In the event you like sodas, don’t miss their line of craft sodas brewed in a gas-fired kettle.
Maintain the rooster. Photograph by Teresa Bergen.