Man vs. Cleanse

The Knife & Fork Project extends a warm welcome to our guest blogger, The Vegan Roadie. This post is the second in a series that Dustin Harder will be contributing as he creates a road map across America for the vegan and veg-curious. Check out his website and his videos at veganroadie.com.


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Often when you travel for a living, your eating habits, schedule and rituals can get a little mucked up from time to time. I’m constantly trying new restaurants and food for my blog at veganroadie.com and I often let my brain convince me that because I am doing this it’s okay to order that appetizer AND dessert along with my entrée. Amazing how your brain can hijack you like that, isn’t it? Being on the road is an extreme circumstance put on your life; you are away from your circle of friends, your loved ones, your pets and your schedule is ever-changing. Nothing is stable; you have to create your stability. Some people do it, though it’s a difficult task. When you are faced with these extreme circumstances, for many people food and alcohol become a comfort. This is not something that only happens to working travelers, I’m aware. But believe me when I tell you the cravings are intensified when you are on the road, and all too often we gypsies give in and order that pizza at 11:00 PM because we just did a show, we feel lonely, we feel an intense desire for comfort, everybody else is doing it and gosh darn it…we’re just HUNGRY.

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Introducing: The Vegan Roadie!

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One of the great things about entrepreneurship is that it’s easy to interact with people who have passion and a creative spark. We love to see people going out into the world and creating new ways for others to connect to their food. That’s why we are excited to announce our partnership with The Vegan Roadie!

Dustin Harder, the host of The Vegan Roadie, tackles the challenge of eating vegan while traveling across the country. This web video series and supporting blog offers insight into holding on to your eating preferences despite being in unfamiliar territory, thinking outside the pre-packaged food box while on the go. Episodes of The Vegan Roadie will include spotlights on local eateries across the country as well as “The 5 Ingredient Challenge“, which demonstrates recipes so easy you could make them in a hotel room!

Dustin and I met in high school through the after-school drama program. We were cast in Fiddler on the Roof – Dustin as Tevye, and myself as one of his youngest daughters. Shprintze. Or Bielke. Whichever one had fewer lines. During that experience, I felt that Dustin was a kindred spirit, and was glad to have been placed into the same hodgepodge of a theater family as him.

Dustin went on to major in musical theater, and now lives in New York, working in various roles in the Broadway circuit. When he decided to become a vegan, he attended the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Chef Training Program to be better equipped for his new eating style, particularly when faced with the constraints that occur when being in a theatrical production. We’re interested to learn what wisdom The Vegan Roadie will have to offer us about maintaining our eating preferences in such challenging circumstances.

Beginning in 2015, The Vegan Roadie will have a guest column on The Knife & Fork Project blog, keeping you up-to-date as new episodes become available, and sharing special blog posts only available on Sound Bites!

We love the concept, and were very impressed with what the pilot has to offer, which you can view below. If you like what you see as much as we do, please support The Vegan Roadie’s Kickstarter campaign. You have until September 7 to donate, but the sooner the better to help encourage others to jump on the bandwagon. Check out their pilot episode and trailer and keep your eyes peeled on Sound Bites for more updates from Dustin’s travels!

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