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Eat this now: The Violette Club

The Violette Club
Christopher Smith
Christopher Smith

At Violette’s Vegan

8560 W. Desert Inn Road,

Of the two main categories of vegan food, Violette’s Vegan falls squarely into the first: versions of omnivore classics minus the animal products. The other — original, plant-based dishes — requires a creative chef and intrepid diners. But the risk of the traditional knockoff approach is that people expect Tofurkey to taste like turkey (it doesn’t). The Violette Club demonstrates how the 1-year-old organic eatery and juice bar wins with this approach. The sandwich has the toasty crunch, salty crackle, meaty density and juicy succulence of the traditional club sandwich, albeit through a combination of herb-baked tofu, tempeh bacon, thin-sliced avocado, cucumber, lettuce and tomato and three layers of crispy sourdough slathered with vegan mayo and hemp pesto. Like Violette’s interpretation of barbecue, biscuits and gravy and the Philly steak and cheese, its club will have you wondering, Who needs meat?

Desert Companion welcomed Heidi Kyser as staff writer in January 2014. In 2018, she was promoted to senior writer and producer, working for both DC and KNPR's State of Nevada. She produced KNPR’s first podcast, the Edward R. Murrow Regional Award-winning Native Nevada, in 2020. The following year, she returned her focus full-time to Desert Companion, becoming Deputy Editor, which meant she was next in line to take over when longtime editor Andrew Kiraly left in July 2022. In 2024, Interim CEO Favian Perez promoted Heidi to managing editor, charged with integrating the Desert Companion and State of Nevada newsroom operations.