I know it really stinks that Pete Healey won’t be on the New Paltz Village Board (until he gets reelected in a special election when Mr. “I can’t speak or write a sentence that doesn’t include 50 ‘likes'” Kimbiz drops out or is kicked off the board, but, oh my oh my, this is so SO! much fun.
Also fun: two of you are actually doing the douche challenge! It’s triple-exclamation-point-worthy awesome!!!
Oh, and Kat at The Cheese Plate (the cheese shop where I sell my truffles) and Jacob and I were talking about how neat it is that I sell the truffles there. She was saying how she used to be “vegan-skeptic” but now she unhesitatingly recommends the chocos to people and never mentions that they are vegan. There is a tiny sign that mentions it, but most people miss it. I sort of like this, and so does she. She said that sometimes people come in and ask if there is anything vegan and they are super happy when they see a giant shelf of gorgeous (if I do say so myself) chocolates. I was saying how I once wanted to open a completely vegan restaurant or bakery or something and never breathe a word about it being vegan to anyone. This is pretty much what I do now, but I also want to make sure that vegans know that my food and chocolates are OK, so I’m sort of stuck in a bind. As a chef who primarily thinks of her food as activism, I want more nonvegans than vegans to eat my food. I love feeding vegans because it makes them so happy, but I’m even happier knowing that people are eating my food who would have been eating slaughterhouse meat or something.
So Kat had the great idea to create a secret symbol to put in the window of bakeries and restaurants (and, uh, cheese shops!) that would tell vegans that there was edible food inside but which wouldn’t scare away silly animal eaters who are more terrified of the word “vegan” than they are of “chocolate vulva.” I know there’s this, but it’s a little showy. I like the secret symbol idea. It’s not that I’m not proud of being vegan, it’s that I think we now need to make people understand that vegan food is just food, and maybe the way to do that is not to segregate it. I mean, I still think it should be segregated on grills and things, just not in crazy nonvegans’ heads (and is there any other kind?), you know?