It’s that time of year again when you can tell us vegetarians, vegans (and those who just like to eat meat-free) are actually a big part of the population. The third annual NYC Vegetarian Food Festival is March 2nd and 3rd at the Metropolitan Pavillion (125 West 18th Street). The festival draws huge crowds. I love mixing and mingling with those whose eating habits are similar to mine!
I’m happy, for the third year in a row, to be speaking at the event. I love chatting with my fellow vegetarians and vegans. In 2011 and 2012 I talked to a nice crowd of people about how I try to spread the word about meat-free food through the media. From appearing on the Food Network’s Chopped to winning TLC’s Dinner Takes All I’ve made it my mission to get this fabulous food out there to the mainstream. This year my message is bigger than ever, as I’ve taken a new leap in my career. I’m now doing public relations with a focus on vegetarian and vegan companies.
My mission was always to blend my career as a Chef with my career as a TV host/producer. After I served as Lightlife’s spokesperson in 2010-2011, I knew I wanted to promote other companies that were helping make it easier to be meat-free! During my time with Lightlife I booked about a dozen appearances/stories to promote the lifestyle. That success gave me the confidence to branch out and help others.
Now one of my favorite clients is Blossom du Jour. This is a fabulous vegan restaurant chain in NYC. In just two short months I’ve gotten Blossom du Jour everywhere from CBS’s “Live from the Couch” to the Daily News to Foodista (a site that has 332,000 twitter followers alone).
I can’t wait to speak to folks at the festival about how we can all get the word out about vegetarian and vegan food. It’s up to all of us to lead by example and I know my friends in the community are great leaders!
See you March 2nd at 11am. Looks like I’m the first speaker at the festival. I can’t wait to kick things off.
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