12 People Who Are Helping Shape Philly’s Awesome Vegan Scene
Meet the vegan vanguard.
Get to know the vanguard that helped establish our thriving vegan scene — and the folks who are making it next-level.
The Influencer: Caroline Ginolfi
A plant-based nutritionist who has worked with more than 300 clients, she’s also the brains behind @plantbasedblonde, an Instagram handle with nearly 60,000 followers that’s filled with delicious recipes.
The Restaurateur: Nicole Marquis
The Cheerleaders: Vincent Sulak and Erin Jaskiewicz
These Instagrammers populate their channel, @phillyvegans, with photos of all the amazing vegan eats they can find in Philly. They have 16,000-plus followers.
The Facilitator: Raquel Evita Saraswati
With her organic and vegan meal-prep service, Vegan Rahma, Saraswati makes living a vegan lifestyle easy and tasty. She’s also a nutrition consultant and an around-town vegan advocate.
The Pioneers: Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby
The Entrepreneur: Leroy Mapp
Alongside fellow Temple alum Rian Watkins, Mapp co-founded Gorilla Power, a West Philly plant-based energy-bar company. The mission: to make an on-the-go vegan lifestyle doable and accessible.
The Corner-Store Visionaries: Carmella Lanni and Carlo Giardina
The Community Builder: Sabrina Freeman
The Organizer: Nicole Koedyker
She founded Philly Vegan Restaurant Week, which runs every fall and spring and gets bigger with every iteration. She’s also a member of the Philly Vegan Lady Gang, a group that spreads the good vegan word.
Published as “Philly’s Green Thumbs” in the December 2019 issue of Philadelphia magazine.