By Sally Grande
Don’t be fooled into thinking Toronto-nians have all the fun. Out here in Durham, the vegetarian scene is bustling too. DurhamVeg recently hosted a packed dinner at the newly opened location of Rawlicious in Whitby, and we were thrilled to contribute to Oshawa’s “foodie guide for new restaurants”, helping them to highlight vegetarian options in the area.
We are also fortunate to be the home of Gabriella Budani’s Nourished On the Go, a fledgling company based in Oshawa, that believes veganism is the future of the food.
Born in North York, Gabriella Budani, or “Gabby” went to high school in Whitby. While she excelled in sports, she exchanged a promising career in soccer for culinary arts at Kingston’s St. Lawrence College. Having conquered chef’s school as a staunch vegetarian, Gabriella settled in Oshawa and began to build her new business around a vegan lifestyle.
Today, under her future restaurant’s name, she provides a vegan lunch catering program; she holds vegan cooking classes and she also rents a professional kitchen in a local community centre with restaurant-style seating to offer an oasis of vegan culinary delights. These events revolve around a vegan “themed” menu, for example, November’s dinner featured the tastes of Jamaica.
She is one of many young chefs at Durham College’s Culinary Arts program trying to carve out a career in the veg-raw world.
In February 2014, Gabriella will be a part of Oshawa’s HotRoots Festival partnering with DurhamVeg to offer a North African-Moroccan feast in keeping with the HotRoots theme of expressing Black History through cuisine. This event will be Saturday, February 8th, 6:30pm at the new South Oshawa Community Centre. Details will appear on veg.ca and online registration will be available at http://www.nourishedonthego.