A new vegan takeaway service is open for business in the Buckinghamshire village of Padbury. Called Vego Foods, the takeaway specializes in serving plant-based and 100 percent gluten-free fast-food.
Local news source The Bucks Herald reports that the business is the brainchild of 22-year-old Chelsea Taylor. She was inspired to launch Vego Foods while attending university in Brighton.
“There was a vegan food service in Brighton which was very successful,” Taylor said. “My university course helped me to understand the ethical side so I set up Vego with the mission to make ethical, nutritional and tasty food that is accessible to all. When I returned to Buckingham I saw there was a gap in the market and decided to set one up here.”
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In addition to catering to the local demand for vegan takeaway, Taylor also recently held a pop-up dinner at Twigs Nurseries, a Buckingham-based business, where she featured her autumn menu. Options include tomato and basil bruschetta, plant-based burgers, battered cauliflower “wings,” and comforting foods like Thai red curry and dairy-free chocolate fudge cake. Taylor also offers classic dishes such as vegan fish and chips and a meatless and gluten-free Sunday roast, featuring “carved” Vego “chickon” with roast potatoes, nondairy cauliflower cheese, stuffing balls, a broccoli and sweet potato mash, peas, and gravy.
The event was a hit with the local crowd. “We were astonished and amazed at the turn out, it was far bigger than we ever expected. However, due to the incredible support, we completely sold out of our dishes and packaging before 3pm,” said Taylor.
Taylor does all of the cooking for Vego Foods herself and she has a help from “a couple of guys” who take on delivery. On top of serving environmentally friendly dishes, the young entrepreneur ensures that even the packaging is kind to the planet: “Our dishes are not only made from the earth but returned to the earth because our packaging is 100% compostable.”
Taylor is not alone in starting up her own vegan takeway business in the UK. In Newcastle upon Tyne, Junk It Up offers plant-based versions of comfort foods like fried chicken and kebabs for takeaway.
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