“Elyse Clark, who got her start as a chef in the raw food scene at the late Live Island Café in Huntington before deciding to
seriously pursue culinary studies at the Natural Gourmet Institute. “I was a thorough believer that I could just learn on my own,” she says, “then I realized that I wasn’t challenging myself.” We spoke at Batata Café in Northport, where she’s spearheaded their vegan offerings, right underneath the restaurant’s massive “VEGAN MENU” sign, which beckons drivers in from 25A. She told me a story similar to that of Astafa’s: Once she started cooking up veggie burgers and seitan warps, sales outpaced the meati
er options. That sort of hybrid menu is where Clark sees the potential to change people’s minds about what vegan food is; you can appeal to both the yogi, who wants her microgreens and chia pudding, and the vegan-curious person who might opt to try a veggie burger rather than the standard when presented with the choice.”
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Would like to connect by email. Don’t have Facebook or anything like it. Have been vegan 34 years. Live in Long Beach Andean wondering if you do anything closer to there. Have no idea where north port is. Would like to take a day or too off from cooking. Thanks very much. Robyn
Hi Robyn! Thanks for reaching out, you can email me at email@example.com, I look forward to talking with you! 🙂
Hi Elyse! I used to go to Batata just to get your amazing vegan food! Your recipes have changed my whole experience with food. I love how fresh everything can be. I feel great after eating those dank Buddha Bowls. You rock! I am a huge fan. Thank you for sharing your skills with the vegan community.