Vegan speed dating
People are becoming vegan to be kinder to their bodies, to lose those extra pounds or just have a bit more of a guilt-free conscience!
However, being vegan does throw in a few curve balls when it comes to socialising as there are largely fewer choices on menus which might make your date judge you slightly when you’re asking for all the dishes!
The most recent was in Morristown at the Laundromat, a fun speakeasy with washing machines and dryers upstairs and a bar with lots of space for vendors (and a live band) downstairs.
According to Arnold, the most popular vendors have been Yeah Dawg, Freakin Vegan, and Screamers. Freakin Vegan is owned by two brothers who create dozens of dishes including vegan crab cakes, tamale cakes, pesto pasta, sweetheat chili, BBQ pulled porkless sliders, chik’n veggie pot pie, Spanish tarts, zucchini tarts, shepherd pie, buffalo chik’n sliders, and much more. All of the candidates are vegan or vegetarian so you will meet people with similar mindsets and values, or at least people who seek out restaurants with plant-based options.
The Vegan Nest — Vegan recipes and videos Vital Eats — Fantastic sauces, falafels, veggie burgers, roasted beets, roasted Brussels sprouts, and artisan fries Yeah Dawg — Vegan hot dogs Warmth Soy Candle Co.
Their website says that three out of four people find love at their first speed-dating event!
If you don’t meet your soul mate during your first speed-dating experience you can just attend another.
Founder Karine Brighten even provides a list of ten quality questions that will help you gather important information and insights about the possible mate sitting across from you. ——————————————————————— Here is a complete list of vendors: NJ ANIMAL SAVE MOVEMENT– Featured non-profit By Ren Jewelry — Jewelry, accessories, clothing, shoes, home and living, and much more Chocolate Calling — Variety of tempting vegan chocolate bars, chocolate covered pretzels and potato chips, cookies, and more Corn Krush, LLC — Sweet corn cuisines: side dish, chocolate krush, and pumpkin and ginger The Fanciful Fox — Hand crafted soap made in small batches, moisturizers, bath soaks and fizzies, and lip tints and balms.
In addition to the edibles you’ll find vendors of jewelry, handbags, shoes and clothing, a cookbook, a vegan recipe kit, candles, lipstick, t-shirts, briefcases, backpacks and skincare.
Morristown residents Kendra Arnold, founder of Bike & Walk Morristown and Morristown Vegan, and Marissa Sweeney, registered dietitian and owner of the Morristown wellness center Be Well, have been organizing these Pop Up Shops since 2016.