Seattle has long been an epicenter for vegan food. Before eating kale was cool, Cafe Flora, Plum Bistro and Wayward Vegan Cafe were leading the charge in all eats egg- and animal-free. Then came fast-casual and now we can’t keep up.
Vegan cooking is now infused with bold flavors, broader use of ingredients and associated with some pretty great chefs. There’s even a web TV series.
The Vegan Roadie is a plant-based culinary travel web series on YouTube in which host Dustin Harder travels around America - already hitting Denver, Austin, San Francisco and St. Louis - a la Diners, Drive-In’s and Dives making veggies exciting and accessible.
Harder will visit Seattle to film Season 2, with visits set for Cycle Dogs, The Cookie Counter, Wayward Cafe and Cafe Flora the week of April 4. Seattle’s Field Roast Grain Meat Company is throwing in a van so he can travel around the country.
But he still needs help. The Harder and the YouTube Channel are crowd-sourcing funding for the 8,000-mile journey across the United States to film 8-10 new episodes. You can donate to the Kickstarter campaign or attend the official campaign party tonight, Feb. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Field Roast Grain Meat Company’s headquarters on 7th Avenue South.
It’s free, as long as you RSVP to the Facebook page. There will be cook-out style burgers, franks, and a signature dog created by Seattle’s own Keaton Tucker of Cycle Dogs. Enter the raffle to win gift certificates for Cafe Flora, Wayward Cafe and Pizza Pi Vegan Pizzeria.