Come Out and Enjoy Vegan Victuals in Clarksville
What’s the health-conscious, trendy renter to do?
He or she goes to Great Sage in nearby Clarksville, that’s what they do. Great Sage is a vegan wonderland and part of Conscious Corner, a group of establishments that conscientiously tell you how to live!
I ate at Great Sage, and it’s really good. It can be a bit expensive, but you get what you pay for. The restaurant has garnered a lot of press and awards, and it’s about the crunchiest thing this side of a supersized pretzel in the Jolly Green Giant’s mouth. I’ve enlisted Columbia resident and lay natural chef Karolina Tittel to tout its wonders.
Although I am a carnivore, I love to experiment with raw vegan cuisine, and Great Sage is on board with me on that. They offer fantastic, diverse gourmet vegan and raw vegan cuisine. So, don’t expect a chunk of meat or dairy but perhaps a twist of flavors that can surprisingly mimic them. Moreover, their menu changes seasonally, and most of it is adaptable to anyone who cannot handle the kick of gluten, soy or nuts. Basically, many of the dishes can be customized to the client’s needs and wants. Lately, my favorite ones are Vietnamese spring rolls, black bean and roasted corn quesadilla, roasted vegetable wrap, raw California salad, raw zucchini Alfredo and Indian red lentil curry.
The staff is very laid back, helpful and friendly. Some of them have become my close friends.
I love Thursday nights there with live music. Here, for a few hours, suburban Clarksville turns into an urban extravaganza as one loses oneself in fabulous food and connects with people while listening to classic or contemporary songs. Some very talented artists perform here, like two of my favorites, Momentary Prophets and Bo Lozoff.
What’s also impressive about Great Sage is that it’s part of Conscious Corner, a group that supports organic farms, small businesses, artisans and socially responsible companies. In addition, they host benefits in support of animal welfare.
But most importantly, I recommend Great Sage for anyone who loves to eat!
Karolina Tittel is a graduate architecture student and wellness consultant living in Columbia.
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