We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Eastin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarah, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
So my specialty is vegan food and I think what outsiders may be unaware of is that vegan food can actually be quite delicious and intriguing! I think restaurants, shops and other online retailers also may not realize how much of a demand there is now for environmentally conscious, sustainable plant based cuisine and products made without animal parts. Especially since covid started, more people have come to realize how animal agriculture is harming the planet, our health and is also linked to the current pandemic and could cause more in the future.
Restaurants also aren’t aware that there are people, like me, that have expertise and can help an establishment add intriguing and buzz-worthy vegan food to a menu and and help spread the word about it! It can be a great thing to do right now while things are a bit slow. You’ll have a unique offering for your current customers and new ones when people start dining out more. Also, if you or someone you know needs help integrating more plants into your diet or cooking meals yourself, I can help with that too! Through my cooking and health coaching.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Since 2018, I’ve supported restaurants by organizing pop up dinners, conducting training workshops on plant-based culinary arts, providing detailed menu consultations, recipe development, vegan-oriented press and vegan product launches. In addition to those services, I organize Vegan Restaurant Week in Denver and Boulder which is a great way to market vegan options and would love to connect with more restaurants who would like to participate in this week-long celebration of plant-based dining! I hope our next Vegan Restaurant week will take place May 2021.
I went vegetarian when I was 12 and struggled for years to find plant-based options in the community and when traveling. Now that many people are going vegan for their health, the environment and for the animals I recognize that hospitality services may need some assistance having the best cuisine available in this changing food landscape. I can help with that! I also offer Health Coaching and I like to say that I help people feel their very best by coaching them to thrive on a healthy vegan / plant based lifestyle as well as create and enjoy tasty foods through this work. I do this by offering health coaching classes, cooking classes, and in-home vegan kitchen, healthy home, vegan closet makeovers & shopping trips.
The path I’ve taken with this business has been quite challenging, it has been so so so much work, often times stressful and even painful but it’s definitely a labor of love. I love that I am able to use my creativity and blend my love of food, art and community to host some fun events or help people have new experiences.
Friends often remind me that even though sometimes things don’t always turned out the way you had planned, it’s important not to always look at it as a failure. Its important to have hiccups along the way so you are constantly learning and can help you improve your craft in the future!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well, I love outdoor adventures so the week would likely consist of snowboarding, hiking, mountain biking, camping or some other type of recreating. I also love concerts at Red Rocks. Or maybe a nice drive up Mt Evans, to the Continental Divide or Rocky Mountain National Park. I also lived in Colorado Springs for quite some time and love exploring Red Rocks Open Space, Garden of the Gods or Palmer Park.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d say that the people who have supported me the most and helped me succeed are the wonderful small plant based businesses I work with, restaurants and the community who is always so excited for my events or food or health information I share. There are really too many to name them all, but I am so very grateful for every single person and business who has supported, encouraged and collaborated with me along the way.
Hannah King, ABC Provisions – the charcuterie board. Most of the other photos were taken by me or my boyfriend, who said he doesn’t require credit 🙂