BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — They had no trained chefs, no wait staff and their restaurant sat in a former machine shop at the dead end of a residential street in Bridgeport, of all places.
But somehow Bloodroot, a most unusual vegetarian/vegan restaurant and feminist bookstore, has endured and will celebrate its 40th anniversary next week.
Perhaps the reason is the delicious and ever-changing menu, which is featured Wednesday in a story about owners Selma Miriam and Noel Furie and the restaurant’s fascinating history in the New York Times Food section .
Over the years, Bloodroot has gained a fierce following, with many feminists and vegetarians from across the country making a pilgrimage or pitstop to the legendary eatery.
In order to accommodate all the fans who want to help celebrate Bloodroot’s birthday, the restaurant is hosting a series of special events throughout March and April.
The official celebration dinners will take place on March 21, 22 and 23, with each evening featuring champagne and a raffle. Reservations are required.
In addition, Bloodroot is drawing attention to other great vegetarian restaurants across Connecticut, which will be cooking up some of their specialities and menus. Upcoming events include: Jamaican vegan delicacies from Hartford’s Fire and Spice and Bridgeport’s Shondal on April 2; Claire’s Corner Copia of New Haven on April 5; and Fairfield’s Catch a Healthy Habit on April 12.
Related art exhibitions include Furie’s photography from March 19 to 26, a selection of Myriam Fougere’s sculpture and ceramics from April 11 to 16 and Sudie Rakasin’s oil paintings from April 25 to 30.
At 4 p.m. on March 26, Bloodroot will host a conversation with renowned Australian feminist Sheila Jeffreys, author of “The Spinster and Her Enemies,” “Anticlimax” and “Lesbian Heresy.”
To reserve your space at these events, call Bloodroot at 203-576-9168. To view the full list of activities, visit the website .