KC: What do you hope people will take away from the movie?
MMW: I think the lowest bar I set is that people will leave thinking that vegans aren’t crazy and that veganism is not an extremism, that it’s not that hard. So [people who watch the film] won’t be scratching their heads and thinking, ‘Oh geez, how could I ever do that?’ because they will have just seen people do that.
On the larger scale, I’d say I want people [people who watch the film] to think more seriously about going in a more plant-based direction. I certainly don’t think it’s all-or-nothing, go vegan or die. I think for a society — for our society — to survive these environmental challenges, these health crisis, we need to absolutely go in a more plant-based direction.
KC: Here’s a fun one: What are your top 5 favorite vegan foods?
MMW: Well, I have a sweet tooth…I do love the Salted Caramel ice cream at Stogo in New York City. That is amazing as is the Cake Batter soft serve at Lula’s Sweet Apothecary. Those are tied. I love the Seitan Piccata at Candle 79. The pho at Land Cafe is really amazing… I don’t remember what I ate but two of the best meals of my life have not been at vegan restaurants. One was at an inn in England and one was at a bed and breakfast in the Birkshires. It was amazing because they don’t rely on meat and dairy substitutions, they just had a lot of fun with vegetables and fruits and grains. My husband and I were really blown away. The Bigger Mac at Madeliene Bistro in L.A. was amazing…and I love the All Hail Kale salad from Veggie Grill. I could live off of that.
[Ed. note: Stogo, Lula's Sweet Apothecary, Candle 79 and Land Cafe are in New York City. Madeline Bistro and The Veggie Grill are in Los Angeles.]
KC: What would you say to anyone out there trying to go vegetarian or vegan?
MMW: I would say: Enjoy the adventure. Because you’re going to try a lot of things. You’re not going to love everything, but keep trying new things. And if you don’t like something prepared this way, try preparing it another way and you might discover you like it. Tesla discovered she didn’t like tofu egg salad but she liked [tofu] prepared another way. You’ll discover a whole world of foods and you will grow to love them and crave them.
What I would say the biggest, most important thing to do is to connect with other vegetarians and vegans, because you’re not alone. There are millions of us here. It’s just a matter of plugging in online and plugging in to the community in your region. It will have a huge pay off and you’ll enter into this whole other dimension of beauty and joy that comes with living out your values. And it feels fantastic once you take that step to say, ‘I’m making a difference for animals and the planet and my health every single day, three times a day.’
Here are some ways that you can see the amazing film Veguated:
- There is one last sneak peek screening of Vegucated in Portland, Oregon on August 25;
- Sign up on getvegucated.com to be notified if the film is being screened in your area this fall;
- Buy the film through getvegucated.com or pre-order it through Vegucated‘s Kickstarter page.
In 2012, Marisa and the Vegucated team will be launching a community screening and house party potluck screening, where people will be encouraged to organize screenings of the film in their yoga studio, school, church, or other local, public arena, or even their own homes. They’ll share recipes to help people who sign up for vegan potlucks. Sign up to participate in these screenings so you’ll be contacted when the program is launched.
Click here to lean more about the Vegucated film.
Click here to contribute to the Vegucated Kickstarter and help them show the film to a wider audience.
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