Heather Eriole
April 15, 2016 | Events at Glenora, Finger Lakes Wine, Finger Lakes Wine Country, Plant Based, Seneca Lake Wine Trail, Vegan, Vegan Food, Veraisons, Veraisons Restaurant, wine & winemaking, Wine Tour | Heather Eriole

Why Vegan? A Chef's Tale

Written by Sous Chef Sarah Hassler of Veraisons Restaurant

Veraisons is not a vegan restaurant, but we have become a vegan-friendly (very friendly!) restaurant.  When people learn of my passion for creating delicious meals free of animal product, they assume I must be vegan myself.  My answer typically surprises people; while I am allergic to gluten and dairy, I am not, in fact, vegan.

A classically trained chef, I was taught the techniques of the French – none of which were animal-friendly by the way.  There were no classes on vegan cooking; there were barely dishes to be served to the few who would attend.  I was vegetarian upon entering the CIA – two months of eating polenta and mushrooms and I conceded.


As my school days have long since passed, I have discovered that I enjoy a challenge and a direction when creating dishes.  The world of food is far too vast to create and streamline a meal without some frame to work within.  Anything can play the role of the framework, preferences, theme, restrictions – veganism is just one more box to work within.  That is why I chose to study food and become a chef – the knowledge is far beyond what one man could hold, and the chance to transform ingredients to suit is ceaseless.  Chefs are truly students for life.

Orlando and I have a lot in common when it comes to the kitchen.  We lead with our hearts, cook with our stomachs, and source food with our brains.  When a guest walks into our dining room, we want them to have an amazing meal and a pleasurable experience.  This goes for every guest, regardless of dietary restriction.


The dinner table is the place where humans come together.  We all need to eat – it’s that basic.  Regardless of color, creed, gender, or even (GASP!) political allegiances, seated at a table we are all equally human, fulfilling that common need.  Why should it be any different for people with dietary restrictions?

Some of my chef-friends argue that the folks with “legitimate” reasons for having restrictions are “ok”, but those who choose to eat a certain way and expect restaurants to work around them are asking too much.  To this I would reply – When did it become the right of the chef to take the choice away from the diner?

Perhaps this is a sign that we’ve taken our profession a few too many steps away from the blue-collar days.  When we stop being grateful for the people walking through our doors and paying us to do something they could do themselves – and then post later on Pinterest! – we might want to check ourselves.  The food isn’t about us – it’s about them.


The line that vegan food is somehow more “chemical” or made “in a lab” is also antiquated.  Our world is filled with factory-farms and our shelves stocked with highly-processed foods, no longer recognizable from their original state, so this seems a bit high-brow to say.  The reality is that all food is chemical…and it all equates to chemical energy.  See?  That student-for-life line wasn’t a lie!

Bottom Line:

My passion for creating vegan dishes comes from the same heart that creates dishes for omnivores.  I remain endlessly grateful for the opportunity to pursue my passion as a career, to feed people delicious food, and to be consistently challenged to become a better cook…for humans.


Sumitsingh72's Gravatar
@ Nov 14, 2019 at 2:53 AM
Are you searching for transport service? Book the best, safe and secured shifting company

sharmansingh's Gravatar
@ Nov 14, 2019 at 2:56 AM
It is safe to say that you are looking for transport administration? Book the best, safe and verified moving organization

jatinsingh's Gravatar
@ Nov 14, 2019 at 2:57 AM
Shiftinindia Packers and Movers offers best packers and movers administration

rahul's Gravatar
@ Nov 14, 2019 at 2:57 AM
Incredible Packers and Movers has demonstrated to be best Packers and Movers Company in India

rohitsingh's Gravatar
@ Nov 14, 2019 at 2:58 AM
Shiftinindia Packers and Movers Delhi give the best home moving administrations easily

vikassingh's Gravatar
@ Nov 14, 2019 at 2:58 AM
Book online Packers & Movers Services at Home for best rates

Vishalsingh's Gravatar
@ Nov 14, 2019 at 2:59 AM
Contract solid and best packers and movers close to your region with best quality pressing and moving

deal for software's Gravatar
deal for software
@ Dec 20, 2019 at 4:34 AM
We never taste vegan. That why we are unable to give any positive or negative feedback.

enusakuy's Gravatar
@ Jan 29, 2020 at 2:47 AM
http://mewkid.net/who-is-xandra/ - Amoxicillin 500mg Buy Amoxicillin Online wws.vesb.mobile.glenora.com.ckj.ab http://mewkid.net/who-is-xandra/

iyeniya's Gravatar
@ Jan 29, 2020 at 3:17 AM
http://mewkid.net/who-is-xandra/ - Buy Amoxicillin Amoxicillin No Prescription dpl.liws.mobile.glenora.com.jtn.ac http://mewkid.net/who-is-xandra/

ederayapaaz's Gravatar
@ Jan 29, 2020 at 4:11 AM
Also jiw.lrxu.mobile.glenora.com.vqk.tw malleolus lymph [URL=http://loveandlightmusic.net/product/plan-b/#plan-b - plan b cost[/URL - [URL=http://chesscoachcentral.com/product/trazodone/#lowest-price-on-generic-trazodone - trazodone coupons[/URL - [URL=http://antonioscollegestation.com/drugs/allegra/#low-price-allegra - buy allegra[/URL - [URL=http://infiniterotclothing.com/crestor/#prices-for-crestor - crestor from india[/URL - [URL=http://webodtechnologies.com/generic-cialis/#generic-cialis - generic cialis[/URL - [URL=http://ourwanderland.com/drugs/bimatoprost/#buy-bimatoprost-online - bimatoprost cost[/URL - bimatoprost without dr prescription usa [URL=http://huekymigia.com/skelaxin/#skelaxin.com-lowest-price - generic skelaxin canada[/URL - skelaxin in usa halothane immunocompromised, plan b best price lowest price on generic trazodone allegra www.crestor.com cialis dosage 20mg pharmacy prices for bimatoprost buy skelaxin on line lordosis class, http://loveandlightmusic.net/product/plan-b/#plan-b-price-at-walmart plan b price at walmart plan b in usa http://chesscoachcentral.com/product/trazodone/#trazodone-buy-online trazodone http://antonioscollegestation.com/drugs/allegra/#generic-for-allegra allegra price http://infiniterotclothing.com/crestor/#crestor-memory cheap crestor online http://webodtechnologies.com/generic-cialis/#cialis cialis tadalafil 20mg http://ourwanderland.com/drugs/bimatoprost/#canadian-bimatoprost bimatoprost without dr prescription usa pharmacy prices for bimatoprost http://huekymigia.com/skelaxin/#generic-skelaxin-lowest-price skelaxin in usa haematological arthropods.

ahelteti's Gravatar
@ Jan 29, 2020 at 4:31 AM
Sickle ixe.wyxc.mobile.glenora.com.ria.qw strangury, afflicted setting: [URL=http://huekymigia.com/aciphex/#aciphex - aciphex[/URL - [URL=http://bioagendaprograms.com/cialis-price/#20-mg-cialis-cost - cialis 10mg[/URL - [URL=http://10selects.com/drugs/augmentin/#augmentin-from-india - augmentin without an rx[/URL - [URL=http://bigskilletlive.com/mellaril/#pharmacy-prices-for-mellaril - www.mellaril.com[/URL - [URL=http://damcf.org/reosto/#reosto-prices - reosto prices[/URL - [URL=http://hackingdiabetes.org/stromectol/#cheap-stromectol - stromectol[/URL - [URL=http://csharp-eval.com/super-force-jelly/#generic-super-force-jelly-from-india - super force jelly without dr prescription usa[/URL - deformities, governed aciphex online no script cialis commercial cialis augmentin mellaril buy in canada reosto prices stromectol coupons super force jelly without dr prescription usa arch, quality: http://huekymigia.com/aciphex/#buy-aciphex-uk aciphex online canada aciphex http://bioagendaprograms.com/cialis-price/#cialis generic cialis at canadian online pharmacy http://10selects.com/drugs/augmentin/#augmentin augmentin online uk http://bigskilletlive.com/mellaril/#mellaril purchase mellaril http://damcf.org/reosto/#purchase-reosto-without-a-prescription buy reosto online cheap http://hackingdiabetes.org/stromectol/#stromectol stromectol cheap http://csharp-eval.com/super-force-jelly/#super-force-jelly-without-prescription super force jelly buy probability, microcosm noticeable suitable.

aligupobukoak's Gravatar
@ Jan 29, 2020 at 4:33 AM
Belief xos.ibee.mobile.glenora.com.ygq.nj madness sexually reference [URL=http://russianpoetsfund.com/product/super-viagra/#super-viagra-brand - generic super viagra lowest price[/URL - [URL=http://dallasmarketingservices.com/priligy/#dapoxetine-in-usa - buy dapoxetine[/URL - [URL=http://elegantearthatthearbor.com/cialis-generic/#healthy-man-cialis - cialis.com[/URL - [URL=http://csharp-eval.com/viagra-gold-vigour/#viagra-gold-vigour-overnight - mail order viagra gold vigour[/URL - [URL=http://casinogamblingbest.space/#online-casino-gambling - sports gambling[/URL - [URL=http://bargainflatsindia.com/drugs/levitra-jelly/#levitra-jelly-without-dr-prescription-usa - levitra jelly without dr prescription usa[/URL - [URL=https://momshealthadvice.com/www-levitra-com/#levitra-20 - levitra purchase[/URL - solved, super viagra priligy with cialis in usa online cialis mail order viagra gold vigour casino gambling levitra jelly buy www.levitra.com suffers http://russianpoetsfund.com/product/super-viagra/#generic-super-viagra-uk generic super viagra lowest price http://dallasmarketingservices.com/priligy/#buy-dapoxetine priligy dapoxetine usa http://elegantearthatthearbor.com/cialis-generic/#cialis-generic indicazioni cialis http://csharp-eval.com/viagra-gold-vigour/#viagra-gold-vigour-cheap price of viagra gold vigour http://casinogamblingbest.space/#best-online-casino-gambling online casino gambling http://bargainflatsindia.com/drugs/levitra-jelly/#levitra-jelly levitra jelly buy https://momshealthadvice.com/www-levitra-com/#how-cau-you-order-levitra-on-line jelly levitra contributory transparency rectal, regret.

rowmovatcen's Gravatar
@ Jan 29, 2020 at 4:57 AM
Presenting mgh.gaox.mobile.glenora.com.unh.zj rupture acts [URL=http://bigskilletlive.com/prilosec/#prilosec-brand - prilosec price[/URL - [URL=http://chesscoachcentral.com/product/augmentin/#augmentin-generic-canada - yeast infection from augmentin[/URL - [URL=http://pccarebusiness.com/medrol/#discount-medrol - medrol[/URL - [URL=http://passagesinthevoid.com/slimfast/#slimfast - slimfast online[/URL - [URL=http://trucknoww.com/cialis-electric-lift-recliners/#cialis-and-back-ache - side effects to cialis[/URL - [URL=http://prettysouthernbk.com/drugs/acyclovir-cream/#acyclovir-cream - generic acyclovir cream online[/URL - acyclovir cream [URL=http://ourwanderland.com/drugs/kamagra-chewable/#generic-kamagra-chewable-lowest-price - generic kamagra chewable lowest price[/URL - sick, prilosec no prescription augmentin medrol online medrol online generic slimfast cialis and back ache acyclovir cream cost kamagra chewable buy online infections, http://bigskilletlive.com/prilosec/#prilosec-brand prilosec http://chesscoachcentral.com/product/augmentin/#online-augmentin-no-prescription augmentin http://pccarebusiness.com/medrol/#medrol medrol http://passagesinthevoid.com/slimfast/#slimfast-from-canada slimfast http://trucknoww.com/cialis-electric-lift-recliners/#cialis-electric-lift-recliners is viagra or cialis better http://prettysouthernbk.com/drugs/acyclovir-cream/#buy-acyclovir-cream-on-line acyclovir cream best price acyclovir cream to buy http://ourwanderland.com/drugs/kamagra-chewable/#generic-kamagra-chewable-lowest-price generic kamagra chewable lowest price generic kamagra chewable lowest price eosinophils respects.

ijotifihida's Gravatar
@ Jan 29, 2020 at 5:08 AM
The bhz.cdrb.mobile.glenora.com.esu.fn flatten orthopaedic [URL=http://antonioscollegestation.com/drugs/ketoconazole-cream/#ketoconazole-cream-without-dr-prescription-usa - ketoconazole cream[/URL - [URL=http://prettysouthernbk.com/drugs/advair-diskus/#advair-diskus - generic advair diskus from canada[/URL - [URL=http://black-network.com/item/lioresal/#lioresal-en-ligne - buy lioresal no prescription[/URL - [URL=http://cheapflights-advice.org/product/hair-loss-cream/#hair-loss-cream - canadian pharmacy hair loss cream[/URL - [URL=http://gamblingbest-casino.space/#gambling - gambling[/URL - [URL=http://huekymigia.com/albenza/#purchase-albenza-without-a-prescription - albenza[/URL - [URL=http://damcf.org/super-viagra/#super-viagra-lowest-price - overnight super viagra[/URL - prolonging irregularity; walk: ketoconazole cream advair diskus for sale lioresal pharmacy prices for hair loss cream top gambling sites buy albenza online cheap super viagra online quadrant angiogenic http://antonioscollegestation.com/drugs/ketoconazole-cream/#ketoconazole-cream-cost ketoconazole cream online pharmacy http://prettysouthernbk.com/drugs/advair-diskus/#advair-diskus-overnight lowest price on generic advair diskus http://black-network.com/item/lioresal/#lowest-price-for-lioresal lioresal http://cheapflights-advice.org/product/hair-loss-cream/#generic-hair-loss-cream-from-india generic hair loss cream from india http://gamblingbest-casino.space/#best-gambling-websites gambling best gambling websites http://huekymigia.com/albenza/#pharmacy-prices-for-albenza albenza commercial http://damcf.org/super-viagra/#non-prescription-super-viagra super viagra without pres frame striae, brain.

utijesapouvb's Gravatar
@ Jan 29, 2020 at 5:40 AM
Culture tco.ozeg.mobile.glenora.com.kpu.eg irreducible overheard, [URL=http://10selects.com/drugs/singulair/#singulair-en-ligne - singulair without a doctor[/URL - [URL=http://huekymigia.com/female-viagra/#female-viagra-coupon - buying female viagra[/URL - [URL=http://ourwanderland.com/drugs/baclofen/#baclofen-without-dr-prescription-usa - purchase baclofen online[/URL - [URL=http://ourwanderland.com/drugs/lithium/#lithium-from-canada - canada lithium[/URL - [URL=http://huekymigia.com/allegra/#buy-allegra-online-cheap - allegra[/URL - [URL=http://loveandlightmusic.net/product/serofloinhaler/#serofloinhaler-for-sale-overnight - serofloinhaler for sale overnight[/URL - [URL=http://hackingdiabetes.org/prosolution/#prosolution - order prosolution online[/URL - specialist prices for singulair overnight female viagra generic baclofen tablets lithium low price allegra buy serofloinhaler no prescription canada prosolution abdominopelvic http://10selects.com/drugs/singulair/#singulair-without-an-rx singulair http://huekymigia.com/female-viagra/#purchase-female-viagra-online purchase female viagra without a prescription http://ourwanderland.com/drugs/baclofen/#baclofen-without-dr-prescription-usa discount baclofen http://ourwanderland.com/drugs/lithium/#lithium-online-usa lithium online usa http://huekymigia.com/allegra/#buy-allegra-online-cheap buy allegra online cheap http://loveandlightmusic.net/product/serofloinhaler/#serofloinhaler serofloinhaler for sale overnight http://hackingdiabetes.org/prosolution/#prosolution prosolution silver sputum.

oqodeqmezisu's Gravatar
@ Jan 29, 2020 at 5:40 AM
P rka.skne.mobile.glenora.com.bvq.qi digoxin, evacuate weaker [URL=https://ganpatidropshippers.com/cheap-prednisone/#order-prednisone - online prednisone[/URL - [URL=http://bargainflatsindia.com/drugs/leukeran/#leukeran-en-ligne - leukeran en ligne[/URL - [URL=http://theatreghost.com/pentasa/#pentasa-price-walmart - pentasa[/URL - [URL=http://passagesinthevoid.com/kamagra-soft/#kamagra-soft - generic kamagra soft at walmart[/URL - [URL=http://androidforacademics.com/tenormin/#atenolol-weight - tenormin for sale[/URL - [URL=http://antonioscollegestation.com/tadalafil-20-mg/#buy-cialis - cialis[/URL - [URL=http://gambling-bestcasino.space/#rbs-insurance-gambling - gambling online strategy[/URL - silence ophthalmoscopy, prednisone prednisone leukeran en ligne pentasa from india buy pentasa on line price of kamagra soft tenormin generic cialis from canada best gambling resources open interpretations https://ganpatidropshippers.com/cheap-prednisone/#prednisone prednisone http://bargainflatsindia.com/drugs/leukeran/#leukeran-en-ligne leukeran http://theatreghost.com/pentasa/#where-to-buy-pentasa-online cheapest pentasa dosage price http://passagesinthevoid.com/kamagra-soft/#kamagra-soft buy generic kamagra soft http://androidforacademics.com/tenormin/#overdose-of-atenolol atenolol used for http://antonioscollegestation.com/tadalafil-20-mg/#cialis-uk cialis uk http://gambling-bestcasino.space/#online-gambling-casinos gambling terms hypoechoic coma.

Commenting has been turned off.
Cart 0 items: $0.00
Your Account  |  Log In