Cleveland Vegan Opens In November

I wil be opening my locally-owned catering service, Cleveland Vegan, in a storefront and café in the west end of Lakewood by the end of this month.

The location, at 17112 Detroit Avenue near the Beck Center for the Performing Arts, will be Lakewood’s FIRST ALL-VEGAN café. It will offer daily takeaway selections such as salads, soups, smoothies, sandwiches, fresh juices, bakery sweets, and a sit down brunch service on  Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

I couldn’t be more excited to bring people healthy, nurturing, and accessible meals. This storefront is the fruition of several years of hard work and we cannot wait to provide a healthy option for people.

Cleveland Vegan is a Lakewood-based business and has been in operation as an all-vegan catering company and personal chef service since August 2012. Its offerings exclude animal products such as meat, dairy and even honey, since it is produced by bees. We have catered events from weddings to corporate lunches to private parties. We also offer a specialized meal delivery service for individuals and families who need assistance in meal planning and preparation.

There is a growing demand for this kind of eating as people become more conscious of their personal health, and also the negative impacts of animal farming on the environment and of course the animals themselves.

I also am a yoga teacher; I own and run the business with my husband, Justin Gorski. He has gained a local following as DJ Kishka spinning polka records at The Happy Dog Tavern as well as co-founding the rapidly growing Polish festival, Dyngus Day. We live with our son, Eli, and our daughter, Simone, in Lakewood.

Cleveland Vegan will offer a wide variety of dishes from house-made butternut squash pierogies to cauliflower lasagna to avocado green curry. Our menu will also change on a monthly basis to keep offerings seasonal and refreshing to customers. All dishes incorporate locally-grown and organic ingredients whenever possible.

The storefront will be open for takeaway customers Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4p.m., as well as during brunch hours: Friday 10a.m. to  4 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to  2p.m., and Sunday  9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The brunch menu on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be broken into three courses. Patrons will be able to choose from each course for an all-inclusive meal or can select items a la carte.

My husband and I will continue Cleveland Vegan’s catering and personal chef services, which have won raves from customers.

“Their food was fantastic and service was exceptional,” says Karalyn Bord, who hired the company to cater their recent wedding. “Our guests were not vegan and they were pleasantly surprised that the food was the best they’ve had in a long time. People are still talking about the pierogies!”

Laura Ross

Publisher, Lakewood Observer, Inc.

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