‘Veganuary’ monthlong event promotes vegan-friendly eateries

January is the month of the vegan in Las Vegas.

The Las Vegas vegan website, Vegans, Baby and the United Kingdom-based charity Veganuary have partnered with area restaurants to offer special vegan dishes and menus through Jan. 31 as part of the “Veganuary” event.

A portion of the proceeds from each dish, determined by each restaurant, will be split between the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Veganuary organization.

The goal is encourage people try veganism for the month of January, said Vegans, Baby founder Diana Edelman. By taking the vegan pledge through the Veganuary website, participants can receive daily emails with vegan recipes, meal plans and tips on how to live vegan.

“I’ve been wanting to figure out how to bring attention to the Vegas vegan dining scene,” Edelman said. “I wanted to create something. We have Restaurant Week, but it’s not necessarily vegan-friendly.”

Edelman has not eaten meat since 2012 and became vegan in 2015, she said. Her change to vegetarianism occurred when she lived in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and worked for an elephant-rescue organization.

“When I was (in Thailand) I was exposed to a lot of horrible things … in regards to animals and the way they were treated,” she said.

Edelman wanted to try veganism, but “living abroad is tough and being vegan adds some challenges,” she said. Upon returning to the Las Vegas in 2015, she decided to try veganism.

She started Vegans, Baby because there weren’t many resources for vegans in the valley, she said. The website includes a blog, dining guides and deals and coupons to vegetarian and vegan restaurants and businesses. Edelman also consults with restaurants on creating vegan dishes, social media strategies and vegan-friendly events like tastings and launch parties.

Of the 15-plus restaurants participating in Veganuary, several are in the southwest valley.

Go Vegan Cafe in Spring Valley offers a create-your-own “Breakfeast” or “Rawfeast” for $15. Pancho’s Kitchen on West Charleston Boulevard, which already has a vegan menu, offers loaded nachos, chile relleno and mole enchiladas. Violette’s Vegan Organic Cafe & Juice Bar on West Desert Inn Road has spicy cauliflower bites, a teriyaki burger and country-fried seitan steak.

In the Summerlin area, Panacea, Makers & Finders and Hussong’s Cantina (also at Mandalay Place) also have special menus. A full list with photos is available at

Jorge Melatti, owner of Veggy Street on South Fort Apache Road, said he was ecstatic to participate in Veganuary. He opened Veggy Street in September as a vegetarian restaurant and recently changed his menu to make it vegan.

Melatti, 53, switched to veganism at age 50, when his 14-year-old son began having problems with high blood pressure.

“He was eating junk food,” Melatti said. “I tried to make him eat some healthier food by taking him to health-food restaurants. He hated it; he said it didn’t have any flavor.”

Melatti had been considering opening a business and thought about starting a bar with slot machines. But once he and his son had a desire for tasty, healthy food, he thought: Why not open a healthy restaurant with a plant-based menu?

Veggy Street offers vegan hot dogs, burgers, falafel and chicken wraps. One of Veggy Street’s Veganuary specials is “Chicken Tacopioca”: vegan blackened chicken, quinoa, vegetables, cheese and yogurt cucumber sauce on a tapioca dough tortilla.

Melatti said people in the vegan community look out for each other. Other vegan restaurants have directed business his way when they’re closed, and he does the same for them, he said.

“I think (Veganuary) is great because it gets us together,” Melatti said. “It exposes us to the valley and to the community, and it makes people aware that vegan restaurants are here.”

Participating restaurants

Border Grill, Forum Shops at Caesars and Mandalay Place

Go Vegan Cafe, 5875 S. Rainbow Blvd.

Hussong’s Cantina, 740 S. Rampart Blvd. and Mandalay Bay

Hummus Bowls and Wraps, 10895 S. Eastern Ave.

Makers & Finders, 2120 Festival Drive

Panacea, 750 S. Rampart Blvd.

Pancho’s Kitchen, 5201 W. Charleston Blvd.

Slice of Vegas, Mandalay Bay

The Pasta Shop Ristorante and Art Gallery, 2525 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway

Turmeric Flavors of India, 700 Fremont St.

Vegenation, 10075 S. Eastern Ave.

Veggieat Xpress, 390 N. Stephanie St.

Veggy Street, 5135 S. Fort Apache Road

Violette’s Vegan Organic Cafe & Juice Bar, 8560 W. Desert Inn Road

Whole Foods, Town Square, 6689 Las Vegas Boulevard South, and 100 S. Green Valley Parkway

For a full list of vegan dishes, descriptions and photos, visit the Vegans, Baby! website at

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12 Jan 2018

By Madelyn Reese

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