Vegan Eating: Changing Menus, Changing Minds
Between Meatless Mondays sweeping the nation from Washington, DC to the Los Angeles, restaurant industry reports of the growing demand for vegetarian meals, and fast food giants Subway testing new vegan options, it’s no wonder that meat-, egg- and dairy-free menu items are showing up at restaurants across the country. And yet many people state convenience and lack of vegan restaurants as a major factor in preventing them from seriously exploring vegan eating.
Our restaurant outreach campaign works to show the growing number of interested diners just how easy vegan eating can be by working closely with individual restaurants and chains to present delicious animal-friendly fare to vegans and non-vegans alike.
In addition to publicizing already animal-friendly restaurants, the campaign focuses on providing assistance to eateries looking to attract the growing number of people choosing meat-free foods. By providing recipes, menu ideas and samples of mock meats and vegan cheeses, we work hard to ensure that plant-based options are widely available and easy to find.
A Winning Dish
Our campaign has resulted in more than 125 restaurants displaying our “Proud to Serve Vegetarian & Vegan Meals” decal in their windows. Because of our efforts, more than two dozen DC-area eateries now serve delicious vegan cuisine including Bread & Brew, Julia’s Empanadas and Busboys & Poets, as well as national chains including Pita Pit.
What’s more, we’ve partnered with veg-friendly restaurants to host monthly benefit events. One day each month, these restaurants donate a portion of the vegan sales to help our efforts to promote cruelty-free eating. If you live in the DC area or are visiting, be sure to join us at Bakeshop on the third Sunday of each month for a benefit!
Want to get more restaurants in your community to add vegan options? Here are a few ways you can promote vegan eating: