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07/27/2009

Awesome new vegan website: VegTable!  »

A VERY PROFESSIONAL interview with the fabulous Sharon Troy, founder of the AWESOME new vegan restaurant and airport survival guide, VegTable! Please check out the interview and then go join VegTable and populate it and make it awesome and LET’S GO VEGANS TAKE OVER THE INTERNET.

Q: What inspired you to start VegTable?
A: I’ve been planning several trips this summer and I like to find the best vegan options when I travel to new cities. I usually end up having to cross-reference various travel and review sites out there. I wanted a site that was one-stop shopping for vegans. Like Wal-Mart. Except it’s a collaborative wiki, so it’s more like if your local co-op had the selection of Wal-Mart.

Q: How can users collaborate on the site?
A: It’s pretty easy to sign up for an account, and then you can contribute pages for restaurants (or other veg-friendly shops, etc.) and help build up listings in cities we don’t yet have. Right now we’ve mostly got major cities in there, but I want to get to the point where we’ve got small towns and highway rest stops. No corner of the globe uncharted!

Q: Why should people sign up to contribute?
A: Well, I’ve always found that the vegan community loves nothing more than to support one another and share resources. Members can contribute ideas as well as content, so there’s a lot of potential to expand it. I’m also thinking about member events, or ways I can work with restaurants to offer member discounts. The site’s only two days old, so we’ll see how it goes.

Q: Where do you see the site going?
A: The goal is to create one big mega-resource for all things vegan dining and travel related. I’ve started the “airport survival guides” to help frequent vegan flyers. I’m also thinking of creating pages that list some traditional foods native to particular areas, that are vegan (or perhaps more importantly, the ones that are not). There’s a lot we could do with it. If everyone who saw the potential use for the site contributed just one page, we’d have a rocking resource in no time.

Q: How long have you been vegan?
A: Four years, though I’ve been vegetarian for almost nine years.

Q: What’s the best airport for vegan eating that you’ve been in?
A: Salt Lake City, amazingly enough, has a restaurant with clearly marked vegan options that are pretty good (I need to add that to the wiki still!). I just flew out of the new JetBlue terminal at JFK and it had some decent options. I think the worst is Oakland, especially if you’re flying in the morning.

Q: Favorite vegan restaurant?
A: Is it cliched to say Millennium? I don’t care. It is sooooo good.

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