Meatless Comfort Foods

March 13, 2016

For vegetarians and vegans, salad or pasta is often the sole option when dining out—hardly a reflection of a chef’s craftsmanship and more likely an afterthought.

With more and more diners going meatless—thanks, in part, to the Meatless Monday challenge to forgo meat consumption for one night each week—chefs are called to offer hearty comfort foods that stray from the norm. In many cases, the meatless option is a riff on a menu favorite.

At Azu Restaurant in Ojai, California, general manager Elizabeth Haffner devised the nearly impossible: a paella that vegans and vegetarians can eat. (Normally the dish features…