Vegan Comedian Performs on Late Night | VegNews

SNL writer Julio Torres delivered a very vegan stand-up skit on the late night comedy show.

A recent episode of comedy sketch show Late Night with Seth Meyers featured vegan comedian Julio Torres. The comedian opened his four-minute skit by stating that he lives in a “vegan queer collective.” Torres sarcastically said, “I am vegan and I am so sorry,” before revealing that “the hardest part about being vegan is all of the apologizing.” Torres says he doesn’t miss animal products; instead, he states, “I miss being liked,” adding, “I don’t miss cheese, but I do miss getting asked to do things.” Torres’ deadpan, self-deprecating humor resonates with the audience and sheds a whimsical light on veganism. Torres recently became a writer on popular sketch series Saturday Night Live and will appear in his own half-hour special on Comedy Central this fall.

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Lenny Kravitz Hires Vegan Chef During NYC Visit | VegNews

24-year-old chef Jay Astafa prepared an array of plant-based dishes for the famed musician over the course of three days.

Famed musician Lenny Kravitz hired 24-year-old vegan chef Jay Astafa to cater his visit to New York City. During the three-day gig last weekend, Astafa and sous chef Rose Edelman created an array of all-raw vegan dishes, including a six-course dinner menu that featured mushroom mango ceviche, sorrel carrot soup, a market green salad, broccoli rabe and portobello zucchini lasagna, a housemade cheese plate, and raspberry chocolate cake with coconut ice cream for dessert. The ambitious young chef opened Long Island’s first vegan restaurant 3 Brothers Vegan Café in 2015, founded vegan catering company Jay Astafa Catering, and won the title of Vegan Iron Chef last year. Most recently, Astafa was a featured chef—along with Chloe Coscarelli, Cinnamon Snail’s Adam Sobel, and Daphne Cheng—at an all-vegan dinner hosted at the historic James Beard House. Lenny Kravitz—who previously wavered between vegetarianism and eating meat—will perform a tribute to late musician Prince during the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees ceremony in Brooklyn tonight.

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General Mills Invests in Vegan Breakfast Company | VegNews

Vegan company Purely Elizabeth received $3 million in General Mills’ latest plant-based investment.

Food corporation General Mills has made a sizeable investment in another vegan company, breakfast brand Purely Elizabeth. The vegan granola and cereal company received $3 million from General Mills’ investment arm 301 Inc., for a minority stake. Purely Elizabeth was founded seven years ago by Elizabeth Stein who wanted to create healthy foods from raw, nutrient-dense ingredients. “Purely Elizabeth is a remarkable brand with a premium breadth of products that have had incredible success in the natural and organic foods channel,” 301 Inc., general manager John Haugen said. “Our strategic partnership allows us to utilize the resources and support of General Mills to boost our new product development,” Stein said, “furthering our mission to redefine the standards of packaged foods.” Purely Elizabeth is the latest plant-based investment for General Mills, a list which currently also includes plant-based meat brand Beyond Meat, vegan cheesemaker Kite Hill, kale chip company Rhythm Superfoods, plant-based protein bar brand D’s Naturals, and probiotics brand Farmhouse Culture.

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