2nd Vegan Restaurant Week Comes to Baltimore Next Month

Charm City looks like the place to be for Valentine’s Day this year as Baltimore Vegan Restaurant Week (it’s actually ten days), which runs February 9-18, is challenging the city’s restaurants to show plant-based food some love, too.

Baltimore Vegan Restaurant Week kicked off last August and planned its second event for the week of Valentine’s Day, the event’s co-founder Samantha Claassen told Baltimore Business JournalClaassen hosted a similar event at her Hampden restaurant, Golden West, “we would do it over Valentines Day because when we started there weren’t a ton of options for vegans,” Claassen said.

Making it a city-wide event has restaurants of all kind adding vegan options to their menus as interest in vegan food is at an all-time high. More than two dozen restaurants will participate this winter, down slightly from 40 that took part in August. Restaurants that did participate reported a boost in sales after the first Vegan Restaurant Week.

2nd Vegan Restaurant Week Comes to Baltimore Next Month

The city will also see a new vegan business arrive in Hamilton-Lauraville this spring.

The Baltimore Business Journal reports that Donut Alliance will open a storefront serving vegan doughnuts in the Northeast Baltimore neighborhood.

Donut Alliance began operation a year ago selling vegan treats to local area restaurants. The business idea came after doing relief work for Chilis on Wheels, a vegan emergency food relief nonprofit.

“We made a lot of different stuff, but people always wanted more doughnuts,” co-founder Jeff Arenberg said. “There was just not really accessible, yeast-raised vegan doughnuts in the area.”

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