Vegans descend on Bellevue

Gail Goldman, far left, and her daughter Marley, far right, help themselves to vegan food at Moksha Indian Cuisine.
— Image Credit: Allison DeAngelis

by ALLISON DEANGELIS, Bellevue Reporter Reporter
Jul 29, 2015 at 4:21PM

“A swarm of people in bright green T-shirts filled the main room of the 520 Bar and Grill in the Old Bellevue neighborhood with noise. Some were longtime vegans, while a few were carnivores looking to try something new. Altogether, the group was participating in the first Vegan Food Crawl, organized by Bellevue-based health coach and blogger Kirstin Wuhrman.

‘I just noticed, on the Eastside, there’s not a lot of vegan-advertised restaurants, but there is actually a lot available,’ she said. ‘My goal was just to expose Bellevue as a vegan-friendly city.’

After finding many clients, friends and others were interested in learning more about the vegan options available on the Eastside, Wuhrman organized the food crawl at four Bellevue restaurants: 99 Park Restaurant, 520 Bar and Grill, Moksha Indian Cuisine and Suite Restaurant and Lounge. More than 60 people from Bellevue, Redmond, Bothell, North Bend and Seattle quickly filled the available spots in the event.

Many participants echoed Wuhrman’s sentiments that it can be difficult to discover restaurants with vegan options in the Eastside…

The final 2015 vegan food crawl in Bellevue will take place on Saturday, Aug. 1, but with the positive response and good ticket sales, Wuhrman said it’s likely she will go on to make it an annual or bi-annual event.”