Vegan cooking demonstration to take place in Maple Hall

Vegan cooking demonstration to take place in Maple Hall

Vegan cooking demonstration to take place in Maple Hall
November 20
19:33 2014

Christian Boschult / Contributing Writer

Student organization Mean Greens for Animals will hold a vegan cooking demonstration from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday at the vegan cafeteria in Maple Hall to show the ease and sustainability of eating and cooking vegan.

Most people are surprised to learn that vegan food actually tastes good,, Mean Greens for Animals president Lila Friedlander said.

“As far as nutritional value, I think most people think it’s pretty healthy, which, I guess is usually true,” Friedlander said. “I know people go into Maple [Hall] and they’re surprised that the food is good.”

Blake Geary, advertising major and vice president of the organization, said she agreed.

“I think people automatically think ‘flavorless’ or ‘boring’ when they hear the words ‘vegan food,’” Geary said. “Just because it’s not going to clog your arteries and lead you to an early grave doesn’t mean it tastes bad.”

Mean Greens in Maple Hall is the only dining hall on campus that is completely vegan and the demonstration will target students who dine there regularly.

“We’re hoping people who go to Maple [Hall] can actually see how the food is made so they can get an idea of how to cook this food on their own,” Friedlander said.

Friedlander said the purpose of the organization is to educate people about veganism as well as provide support for vegans and vegetarians on campus.

Geary said the organization also aims to teach people about the environmental benefits of veganism.

“The mission of the Mean Greens for Animals is to inform and educate the student body and community about how factory farming impacts our lives and health, the lives of billions of animals and the well-being of our environment,” Geary said.

Geary said the difference between being vegetarian and vegan is the consumption of animal products.

“Vegetarians primarily abstain from eating animal flesh – beef, pork, chicken, fish – but additionally, vegans don’t consume any animal byproducts such as milk, eggs, cheese or honey because animals still must suffer to get these things,” Geary said.

She said there are many reasons why people become vegan.

“The reasons people go vegan runs the gamut from wanting to be healthier, lose weight, reverse disease, protect our environment or save the lives of animals, but all are benefits,” Geary said.

Art major Naomi Ruiz said she plans on going to the cooking demonstration

“I’m a vegetarian right now, and I know that I should make the conscious decision to become vegan, but I don’t know how to prepare my own food,” Ruiz said. “I don’t know what’s important to a vegan diet.

Ruiz said she attempted a vegan lifestyle a few months ago but was unsuccessful.

“I think maybe I wasn’t eating enough energy-packed foods,” she said. “I just didn’t feel good.”

Mean Greens For Animals president Lila Friedlander helped organize a vegan cooking demonstration on Nov. 24 in Mean Greens at Maple Hall. Photo by Christian Boschult  

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