LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Jan 24, 2013) - Sisters Jenny Engel and Heather Goldberg, celebrity vegan chefs, founders of the popular West Coast-based Spork Foods cooking school and authors of Spork-Fed, featured Galaxy Nutritional Foods' new GO Veggie!™ Dairy Free vegan cheese products at an event at their cooking school located in West Hollywood on January 23, 2013, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. PST.
The event was held to launch Galaxy's new GO Veggie! brand, specifically its line of delicious dairy free vegan cheese available in shreds and cream cheese in a variety of flavors. GO Veggie! will soon be adding dairy free vegan slices and a parmesan grated topping to its list of offerings. The new 100% dairy free, vegan GO Veggie! shreds and cream cheese are now in grocery stores nationwide and can be found in the produce section clearly marked in the purple package.
"About 50 million Americans suffer from lactose intolerance, about 1 in 13 children in the U.S. have at least one food allergy and more and more people are choosing to live a vegan lifestyle," said Jamie Schapiro, Marketing Director, Galaxy Nutritional Foods. "These individuals either want to reduce or completely eliminate dairy from their diets but don't want to give up the cheesy foods they love. GO Veggie! will allow them to enjoy their favorite cheesy foods."
"We love Galaxy Nutritional Foods' Vegan products -- especially their delicious and rich cream cheese -- and use them regularly in our vegan cooking classes," said Heather Goldberg, Co-Founder Spork Foods. "We were so excited to learn that Galaxy was creating a 100% dairy free, vegan cheese product line as part of its new GO Veggie! brand and even more excited when they asked us to become their vegan Chef Ambassadors to help them make people aware of these yummy new products."
The sisters of Spork Foods treated guests to a Mediterranean-inspired cooking demonstration at 8 p.m. PST. The featured recipe was a Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwich -- a fresh twist on the traditional cheesy comfort dish so many of us love. The featured ingredient was the GO Veggie! Dairy Free Mozzarella Style Shreds.
Caprese Style Grilled Cheese
1 large vine ripened or heirloom tomato
1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
Dash sea salt
Dash finely ground black pepper
10-12 leaves fresh basil
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1-2 teaspoons neutral tasting oil, for cooking
1/2 cup GO Veggie! Dairy Free Mozzarella Style Shreds
4 large slices sourdough or whole wheat bread
Slice tomato 1/4 inch thick rounds. Place on a plate and drizzle with balsamic vinegar and dash sea salt and pepper. Set aside.
In a blender or small food processor, add basil, lemon juice and olive oil.
Blend until pretty smooth, about 5-10 seconds.
Heat a flat pan or griddle over medium heat and add neutral tasting oil. Add all 4 slices of bread to pan. Drizzle each piece of bread with 2 teaspoons basil oil. Sprinkle 1/4 cup GO Veggie! Dairy Free Mozzarella Style Shreds and 2 slices of tomato on 2 slices of bread. Enclose with remaining bread. Grill for 3 minutes. Flip over and continue to cook for 2 minutes or until golden and cheese is melted.
© Spork Foods, 2013
Additionally, guests enjoyed Mini Mediterranean Pita Pizza Bites, a Cream Cheese and Olive Tapenade Layered Dip with crackers and crudités and Saffron Scented Arancini with Mushrooms. Each delicious recipe highlighted one of the new GO Veggie! Dairy Free vegan products.
Guests also received a swag bag filled with wonderful vegan products and information. Items included GO Veggie! coupons, copies of Spork-Fed cookbook, lip balm from Crazy Rumors, coupons from Pressed Juicery, beauty products from EMANI, copies of VegNews Magazine, and vegetarian/vegan starter kits and the DVD Glass Walls from PETA. Guests of the GO Veggie! launch party also enjoyed vegan wine selections provided by Frey Vineyards.
About Galaxy Nutritional Foods and GO Veggie!
Galaxy Nutritional Foods, founded more than 30 years ago, has been America's leader in creating great tasting cheese alternatives. Today under Galaxy's new brand GO Veggie!, the company continues to innovate and offer consumers the best in cheese free choices. GO Veggie! has two product lines: GO Veggie! Dairy Free, the vegan cheese line, and GO Veggie! Lactose Free. Combined GO Veggie! has more than 40 products including shreds, slices, blocks, grated topping and dairy free cream cheese in a range of flavors. Whether a consumer is vegan, living with a food allergy or intolerance, or just trying to eat healthier, GO Veggie! allows them to say yes to yummy cheesy foods. GO Veggie! Lactose Free, in the green package, and GO Veggie! Dairy Free, in the purple package, can be found in the produce section of grocery stores nationwide. For more information: visit: www.goveggiefoods.com.