Until now, Atlanta folks could only snag the Dulce Vegan’s amazing baked goods at local festivals, but soon we’ll be able to pop by their brick and mortar shop!
Full disclosure: I am a huge fan of the Dulce Vegan. It was love at first scone – a chocolate lavender scone, if we’re going to get specific. I look for their name at every local craft festival I do, because I can’t get enough of their delicious vegan treats!
Idalys and her partner Howell envision the new space as a place where locals, vegan or not, can come by and snag some tasty vegan sandwiches and treats, grab a coffee, and just hang out. In the midst of pre-launch craziness, they were kind enough to let me poke around their still unfinished space and answer a few questions about the bakery’s plans…
Eat Drink Better: Tell me a little bit about Dulce Vegan and your mission.
Dulce Vegan: Dulce Vegan specializes in 100% vegan and allergy friendly sweets free of processed sugars and hydrogenated oils. We believe that everyone deserves delicious and beautiful desserts, no matter what their dietary needs. Our sweets prove that there is no need to compromise taste to make cruelty-free desserts that you can feel good about eating.
With our retail store, we are also expanding our menu to include a rotating selection of soups, sandwiches, salads, coffee, and tea all made with organic, local, and fair-trade ingredients. The menu will be built around the seasonal availability of our ingredients, ensuring that our products are always as fresh and flavorful as possible. Food should nourish our bodies as well as our souls, and we strive for that with everything we serve.
EDB: What inspired you to make the leap from markets and catering to a brick and mortar location?
DV: Opening this store has been our goal and our dream for many years now. We wanted to open a café that makes the kind of food that we like to eat but have a hard time finding in Atlanta. Food that is fresh, local, and delicious as well as priced affordably.
EDB: You guys have been working on opening a vegan bakery here in Atlanta for a while now. Can you tell me a bit about that journey?
DV: The journey has been long and difficult, but not without its rewards. We are truly blessed to have wonderful customers who stuck with us through our days as nomadic bakers and are excited to support the new location. Truly we cannot thank all of them enough, as their support over the years have made this move possible.
EDB: You alluded in a recent interview that vegan baked goods get a bad rep. Can you talk a little bit more about that?
DV: As you know, vegan food made well and with high quality ingredients is the best tasting food out there. From the perspective of non-vegans, however, and those who have had bad experiences with vegan food in the past, it is something they are hesitant to try. The truth is that you don’t need to be a vegan or even a vegetarian to enjoy vegan food. Our focus is to make good food that makes you feel you’re not missing out on anything.
EDB: Are you guys doing anything else to keep it green at the bakery? I remember back when we first talked about you opening the shop, you mentioned compost and a kitchen garden – what ended up being feasible, and what are you planning to do in the future to reduce waste and the bakery’s foodprint?
DV: We are doing a number of things to keep it green at DV. The first is using organic and local ingredients whenever possible. We will be working to get as much of our produce as possible from local farmers, and our coffee and tea selections will also be organic and fair trade. We will be using only plant based compostable to-go cups, containers, and utensils. We will also be recycling as much of our waste as possible, including food scraps and coffee grounds that will go to the compost pile at the Kirkwood Community Garden (KCG). Finally, we are cultivating some garden plots at the KCG for the café, and we hope to grow organic herbs, tomatoes, peppers, and other summer vegetables in the coming months.
The new Dulce Vegan bakery should be opening in the next couple of weeks in the heart of Atlanta’s Kirkwood neighborhood. I can’t wait to have a cup of tea, a sandwich, and vegan cupcake!