(US/nc) A new vegan community kitchen set to open
- On a recent weekday, Laura Neff, co-owner of the vegan and vegetarian
food delivery service Nourish, scrolls through photos on her phone,
proudly showing off the meals her team has prepared.
"Most people would show you pictures of their kids," Neff says with a
laugh. "I'm showing you pictures of my food."
In the last two years, Charlotte has seen a spate of new eco-conscious
establishments, including Eco-licious, a cruelty-free and eco-friendly
retail shop in Plaza Midwood, and the vegan and vegetarian restaurant
Luna's Living Kitchen on South Boulevard. Now, Garden of Veg*n, the
area's first vegan kitchen community, opens this month on Sardis Road
North, with spaces for three local businesses specializing in healthy,
plant-based, natural food. Chelly's Cakes-n-Pastries (a vegan
wholesale bakeshop), Viva Raw (a raw foods and juice shop) and Nourish
have pooled their resources for a larger purpose: to prepare healthy
foods for hungry people.
"It was a shock when I came here from the D.C. area," says Wilson,
whose all-natural gourmet desserts would fool non-vegans. "I thought,
surely a city like this has vegan options ... but it's impressive how
quickly options have become available."
That's because the demand is growing everywhere. According to a 2011
Harris Interactive study commissioned by the Vegetarian Resource
Group, the number of vegans in the country has doubled since 2009 to
2.5 percent of the population.
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