It is unequivocally spring time in Chicago, with a forecasted high today in the lower 70s. Now, how should we celebrate the renewal and rebirth of verdant vegetation immanent to the season? By eating a ton of it, in buffet form! This evening, Lake Side Cafe is presenting a program of world music, dancing, and the aforementioned buffet of vegetarian and vegan selections. While we’re sure that world music and dancing are enjoyable to some - possibly even a disproportionate number of vegans - what interests us in this event is AYCE vegan food. Starting at 6pm ($17 advance, $19 at door), you can stuff yourself silly with what is normally fairly expensive food. After all, vegan cuisine relies on high quality ingredients which don’t come cheap. While “all you can eat” does seem to run counter to some of the basic conceptualizations of veganism (moderation, conservation), “all you care to eat” represents a somewhat more thoughtful approach, one we endorse for the purposes of this buffet. This will allow more dancing come 8pm, because surely you would not want to be weighed down by too much quince and quinoa. Incidentally, children are encouraged: under 11 for $10, and under 3 for free!