Friday, April 11, 2008

Making a Difference

You will all recall yesterday's whiny post about trying to get vegan food at an upscale restaurant. The comments and commiseration starting coming almost immediately, but I was really challenged by Natjenn's observation that "I don't think improvement can happen if we don't speak up." Natjenn was right, of course. Although a good cry fest about about veganophobia certainly is cathartic, it does not create change. So, I emailed the restaurant asking for the addition of a vegan entree to the menu, and providing some links to recipes on my blog. The owner responded today saying, and I quote, "I think it is time that we make room on our menu for at least one fantastic vegan dish." And, in the short term, if I give them a bit of notice that I am coming, they will "come up with a creative vegan dish" just for me. This is great news!

11 comments:

Jenn said...

I am delighted to see that they are open to change - it seems so many other restuarants are not. I went to CinCin in Vancouver here for a staff Christmas party - $70 a head, and with 4 months notice my vegan dinner was plain edamame appetizer, pasta with an over salted tomato sauce, and sorbet. My server who happened to be a vegan was mortified and apologized profusely. Me? Well I guess like so many times before I was just too frustrated to send a letter to the restuarant. Since I don't intend on ever returning there I'm not sure if I will now, but I am going to send on to Moxie's here - been there twice now, while they've been nice enought to check every label, it seems they have next to nothing in their kitchen veggies aside that are vegan...

VeggieGirl said...

This is FANTASTIC news!!!! Hooray!!!! I had a similar experience, and I was able to get a top chef at a steakhouse (yes, a steakhouse!) to prepare a scrumptious vegan meal. I blogged about it in September, I believe :0)

Kudos to you for speaking up!!

jessy said...

hooray! i'm so happy to see they're open to creating a vegan dish (or two, or maybe three). a very good point indeed on speaking up. what a great idea! i'm going to have to do that! :)

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Noelle said...

That's so inspiring! Great work! I guess at the end of the day, they're running a business, and serving their customers, and all they needed was a suggestion.

magpie said...

That's so exciting! I never even thought to give a restaurant feedback like that, but I'm so glad it worked! That makes me very happy and maybe I will start doing the same :)

Beazle said...

That's really wonderful! Hooray for speaking up and hooray for the manager being so open-minded. I hope whatever they create for you is fantastic!

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

Woo-hoo! You've inspired me to keep this approach in mind as well. I think vegan food will be as accessible as vegetarian in restaurants one day, but it will take a while.

Veg-a-Nut said...

Fantastic! I am so glad that the owner opened his eyes and is willing to make a change. I hope you go back so we can all hear about the great meal you will have this time. Great job, Vegan Dad!!!

Happy Herbivore! said...

Boston was extremely un-veg friendly when I moved there. So I always complained when there were no options except the $10 crappy iceberg lettuce salad... and then THANKED the manager when there was a veg option on the menu. Sometimes I got free meals out of it! Other times I received discounts, etc. By the time I left Boston the majority of restaurants had at least a veggie burger on the menu. I'm not saying I'm responsable but I do think my "speaking up" helped!

Way to go!

Natjenn said...

That is great news! And a lesson to all of us to speak out and be clear with what we want. I better take my own advice! :)