Support these businesses owned by powerful plant-based women.
Orlando is a hot spot for plant-based culinary innovation and women are leading the charge! This Women’s History Month, consider supporting this list of Central Florida-based vegan restaurants, food trucks, and pop-ups and the powerful women who have founded them.
Orlando-based Latin kitchen Tume specializes in all vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, refined-sugar-free, organic patisserie. Pre-order their Half-Dipped Alfajores for an explosion of coconut and chocolate flavors. These almond shortbread sandwich cookies are filled with manjar blanco, with half rolled in organic coconut threads and the other half dipped in house-made raw chocolate. Or opt for their Peruvian-inspired Turrón Cookie with toasted anise and sesame seeds, naturally dyed with turmeric powder and topped with a housemade tahini maca icing.
Karelyn’s Vegan gained national attention last year by being voted #1 Plant-Based Burger at the 2023 Seed Food & Wine Festival in Miami. This beloved Soul Food vegan pop-up serves fan favorites that will have you salivating: Philly Cheezestayk, Lasagna, Crispy Fried Tenders, Mac N Cheese, and more!
Vegan Scoops is a 100% vegan food truck with a range of allergy-friendly options, including gluten-free ice cream, fresh-made waffle cones, and peanut-free toppings free from artificial dyes, colors, and flavors. Heavily inspired by the Cuban culture of the owners, their popular Cuban Cafecito ice cream on a warm brownie Hot Plate is just the treat we’re looking for. With over 30 topping selections, customers can customize their desserts to their liking. Vegan Scoops is also eco-friendly, using sustainable packaging and materials, including bamboo fiber bowls, cups, and spoons that are 100% compostable and biodegradable.
Get your sweet fix with Buku Vegan’s Afro-Caribbean-inspired rotating dessert menu featuring Carrot Cake jars, Biscoff Cheezecake, and even Hot Chocolate Bombs! Chef Jenny Chicoye has a firm commitment to offering can’t-believe-it’s-vegan sweets using only the best ingredients, like organic cane sugar, homemade oat milk, and the best quality of spices out there.
Flora Plant Based Cuisine serves Ecuadorian-inspired organic meals using non-GMO ingredients as much as possible. Feast on their “Animal” Burrito featuring a flour tortilla coated in homemade potato cheese and topped with sauteed portobello mushrooms (with muhammara sauce), turmeric brown rice, Mama Black Beans, and fresh fixings (like lettuce, tomato, and onion). Flora is passionate about creating transformational experiences for their customers and building a more regenerative society.
Former chef of Blink-22, Mary Westfal, has amassed major attention for her cult-favorite vegan chicken sandwiches at Winter Park Biscuit Co. Give their Death Valley Chik Sandwich a whirl, featuring a crispy chik cutlet, dry spice, pickled jalapenos, and mayo on a toasted brioche bun. Get to Winter Park Biscuit Co. early, the line quickly forms around the block!
Pop-Up (South Eola storefront opening next month!)
Veteran Latin vegan pop-up Earthy Picks is opening a brick-and-mortar location just two blocks from Lake Eola in Downtown Orlando next month! Dig in with their bestselling “Crazy About You” bowl, which comes with warm rice, beans, caramelized plantains, creamy avocado, greens, vegan ground beef, sprouts, and a refreshing cilantro sauce! You’ll love their fresh, light space with colorful handpainted murals and warm wood accents.
Home of the vegan Crunch Mac crunchwrap, Leguminati is famed for their rich, indulgent vegan fare. Enjoy the aforementioned crunchwrap filled with seasoned vegan beef crumbles, mac ‘n’ cheese, tostada, sour cream, diced tomato, and lettuce to become inducted into the Leguminati.
Enter a sugar high on Valhalla’s deliciously sweet cakes, pies, and Instagrammable rotation of layered bars. Stop by today for their bright blue Cookie Monster bar, composed of a cookie topped with chocolate chip cake, sprinkled with cookie dough, and covered in silky vanilla blue frosting with crunchy cookie crumbs. Valhalla is also locally known as a go-to wedding cake purveyor for plant-based couples!
Jamaican vegan restaurant DaJen Eats is located in historic Eatonville, the first Black-incorporated city in the US. Get your fix of vegan hoax tail, jerk chick-n, or brown-stew cauliflower in sandwich or salad form. Or enjoy a sweet treat at their in-house ice cream parlor. Choose between Rollout the Red Velvet Cheesecake or (Sour)Sop the Madness in scoop or milkshake form!