FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — In honor of World Vegan Month, 12 local restaurants kicked off the Summit City's second annual Vegan Restaurant Week.
“Today starts Fort Wayne Vegan Restaurant Week,” Event Organizer Heather Dahman said.
Dahman's mission is to prove that vegan cuisine is so much more complex than a bowl of lettuce.
“I wanted to showcase how great our city is for vegan options and give our residents something a little different, something fun, something that you normally don’t get,” she said.
Dahman is the founder of the Facebook group Fort Wayne Vegans and Vegetarians, an online community of over 2,000 Hoosiers who share her love of plant-based food.
From Nov. 2-8, participating restaurants will serve specialty vegan options that they created for the event.
This year looks a little different than the past.
Due to COVID-19, restaurants are encouraging patrons to take their favorite vegan foods to-go, rather than dining in.
One of those businesses is B. Antonio's Pizza.
Managing Partner Brad Frecker said he's been slowly adding meat alternatives to the menu over the last two years.
"I’ve seen the trends here in Fort Wayne and I've noticed that we're getting a lot more vegan people," Frecker said.
Frecker says there's been a high demand for vegan options at his restaurant, and even folks who aren't vegan are interested in taking a bite.
"A lot of times people come in and they see vegan options. They know somebody that has gotten it before and they just want to try it and they’re shocked," he said.
For a full list of participating restaurants and menus, visit fortwaynevegan.com