Dharma Southern Kitchen seems to bring vegan food stuff to the masses

ORLANDO, Fla. – A past girlfriend to start with launched Shaun Noonan to the plan of switching to a vegan eating plan, but it is a life-style that has come to determine his get the job done.

“That (marriage) was young in my teenagers, so I had hardly ever definitely formed that common damaging viewpoint of vegetarianism,” Noonan recalled. “I grew up participating in ice hockey and martial arts and issues like that — and I was also consuming vegetables. So I in no way truly got that typical masculine issue that greens equivalent weakness or nearly anything like that.”


Noonan now owns and operates Dharma Southern Kitchen area, a vegan cafe chain aimed at turning Southern-impressed foods into entirely plant-primarily based foods.

“One-hundred percent plant-dependent and Southern cuisine was the most ridiculous factor that I could deal with,” Noonan said. “Plant-centered foods at the time — all people was hoping to sell you these like, carrot sticks and hummus dip and convincing you that these collard wraps were foodstuff, and I’m like, ‘Man, appear on. No a person has to consume that rubbish.’”


Noonan wished to carry people vegan food stuff that hit all the superior notes of cuisine — sweet, savory, salty, spicy and umami. He details out that quite a few dishes generally related with Southern food items are now vegan at their core.

“A large amount of it is accidentally vegan in the very first put, like mashed potatoes are mashed potatoes until finally you pour cheese and milk into it,” Noonan reported. “You know, that is just one thing that the dairy marketplace compelled us to do. Fifty yrs back, we all have been informed that if we didn’t eat dairy, in some way our bones were likely to liquefy or we weren’t going to expand up adequately or some nonsense like that.”

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Noonan said he also the natural way gravitated towards Southern cuisine for it “heartiness.” The chef lived about the environment and the state via his work in the culinary world and even before that as a self-explained “Army brat,” like stints in Central Florida.


“I was lifted primarily in an Italian home and so and I really like Italian cuisine. I just considered that Southern delicacies was gaining this kind of a standing of being meat-focused that I needed to be a disruptor brand,” he explained.

In the end, Noonan claimed he does not hope to change the masses into vegans. He also reported he doesn’t want to shame individuals for having and enjoying meat.

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His genuine objective is to make vegan food a part of the conversation.

“I just want it to be part of that dialogue, wherever it’s like, ‘Man, I haven’t had very good vegan foodstuff in like two months, let’s go get vegan,’” he claimed.

As he seems to be to grow that dialogue, Noonan not too long ago secured funding to develop Dharma’s footprint throughout Florida. Noonan hopes to have a few new places open up up by the end of 2022.


On the hottest episode of Florida Foodie, Noonan talks about his enlargement programs and his intention of franchising Dharma. He also shares his like of Bulgarian cuisine and why he is encouraged by quickly-food chains including plant-dependent alternatives to their menu.

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Florida Foodie is a bi-weekly podcast from WKMG and Graham Media that usually takes a closer appear at what we consume, how we try to eat it and the affect that has on us below in Florida and for anyone, everywhere. Discover new episodes on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or anywhere you download your favourite podcasts.


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