Archive for April 2021

Part I: Andrea Young, Sweet Vegan, A Chocolate Experience!

Chef Andrea Young, founder of Sweet Vegan returns to It’s All About Food to share what she has been up to during the pandemic. Caryn Hartglass and Gary De Mattei get to try Sweet Vegan’s Spring Break box of Energizing Espresso, Raspberry Royale, Strawberry Sensation, Tanjin Spice truffles.

Andrea Young grew up cooking in an Indiana kitchen with her grandmother, Georgia May, where her love of creating beautiful and delicious treats began. She started Sweet Vegan in 2016 out of a desire to combine that early love of caring for loved ones through food with her focus on healthy eating.

Transporting people to their happy place and creating a sense of delight is what drives Chef Andrea’s creativity and her mission to make mouthwatering chocolates one can indulge in guilt-free.  Sweet Vegan chocolates rival non-vegan options, while also offering chocolates that are dairy, soy, nut, gluten and always preservative free. They are packed with flavor, real fruit and fresh ingredients.

Andrea is a certified vegan chef as well as a graduate of Parsons School of Design. After a long career as an interior architect, she began working as a part-time private chef for celebrities.  Here she developed her signature vegan chocolate recipes and began her journey making healthy food good for the mind and the body.

Sign up for a Sweet Vegan Class!
All Events
April 27: Blueberry Bliss Bite Chocolate Making Class (Virtual)

Follow Sweet Vegan:
Instagram: sweetvegannyc
Twitter: sweetvegannyc
Facebook: Sweet Vegan Chocolates

David Blatte, The Vegan Imperative
David is a former animal law attorney, executive director of Vegan Action, cofounder of Dharma Voices for Animals, and director of the film Animals and the Buddha. He has been advocating for veganism for over 30 years.
Hartglass & De Mattei continue the conversation about The Vegan Imperative. They’ll talk a bit about Earth Day and Caryn’s birthday!
Links mentioned in the program:
Crafting Seitan, Skye Micheal Conroy

Jeff Chilton, Organic Mushroom Extracts
Jeff Chilton, raised in Pacific Northwest, studied ethno-mycology at the University of Washington in the late sixties and started working on a commercial mushroom farm in Olympia, Washington in 1973. During the next 10 years he became the production manager, responsible for the cultivation of over 2 million pounds of agaricus mushrooms per year and was also involved in the research and development of shiitake, oyster and enoki mushrooms which resulted in the earliest US fresh shiitake sales in 1978. In the late seventies he was a founder of Mycomedia, which held 4 mushroom conferences in the Pacific Northwest. These educational conferences brought together educators and experts in mushroom identification, ethnomycology, and mushroom cultivation.
During this period Jeff co-authored the highly acclaimed book, The Mushroom Cultivator, which was published in 1983. In the 1980’s he operated a mushroom spawn business and in 1989 he started Nammex, a business that introduced medicinal mushrooms to the US nutritional supplement industry. He traveled extensively in China during the 1990’s, attending conferences and visiting research facilities and mushroom farms. In 1997 he organized the first organic mushroom production seminar in China. Jeff’s company, Nammex was the first to offer a complete line of Certified Organic mushroom extracts to the US nutritional supplement industry. Nammex extracts are used by many supplement companies and are noted for their high quality based on scientific analysis of the active compounds.
LINKS mentioned in the program:
Register NOW for the 10th Annual Food Revolution Summit taking place April 24-May 3, 2021.

Skye Michael Conroy, Crafting Seitan, Creating Homemade Plant-Based Meats

Skye Michael Conroy began his journey as a vegan chef as a hobby but he evolved as he studied the culinary arts in depth, and in 2014 he received the plant-based professional certificate of completion from Rouxbe Cooking School taught by chef Chad Sarno. For more information visit the


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