Cut to today, and a younger generation, the sense of dignity is still alive, as much as ever! And that brings me to Drea Smith, founder and creative chef of The Uptown Vegan in the Bronx.
My palette can unequivocally attest to just how delectable her baked goods are from my personal experience in sampling a few - namely her vegan chocolate and sweet potato cupcakes. Exquisitely moist with rich and velvety frosting, not even the most discerning palette would ever guess these sweet goodies are vegan!
Well, her story starts out as a professional in the finance industry, when baking was merely a leisurely fancy. However, her friends didn't see her talent for creating amazingly delicious vegan desserts that way. In fact, they encouraged Drea to pursue her advocation as more than just a hobby, as they believed she had something special to offer to the public.
Taking a leap of faith is what this skilled, self-taught chef decided to do. In fact, she is very passionate about her mission to provide amazing vegan delights to all, and in her own words, "put to bed any misconceptions people have about vegan desserts and prove that you can have great tasting sweets, without the traditional animal-based ingredients like milk and eggs."
For now, all orders are via email through her website.
Long gone are the days when vegans and those who enjoy a plant-based diet have a shortage of options! Thanks to chefs like Drea, the choices are just beginning!