About Vegan Grand Rapids
In 2010, Jon and Kolene, who had just recently taken the leap from vegetarian to veganism, met and created Vegan Grand Rapids. Using their love of food, writing, and technology, they created Vegan Grand Rapids to explore the City and guide others to the best spots for plant-based eating.
Since 2010, Vegan Grand Rapids has evolved to help shape and grow the vegan community. While advocates of a healthy, sustainable, and compassionate diet, Jon and Kolene use an inclusive, non-judgmental, educational approach to every outreach effort. Today, Vegan Grand Rapids is more than a restaurant guide, but a lifestyle guide to plant-based living. Whether it's attending one of Vegan Grand Rapids cooking classes or shopping events, using the website to find groceries, or meeting other like-minded individuals, Vegan Grand Rapids is here to help you on your journey.
About Kolene & Jon
Kolene is fueled by her love of the city and planet to build a better world for all. During the day, she works for the Environmental Services Department of the City of Grand Rapids, using her passion to create a smart, sustainable city of the future. A lifelong lover of exploration, food, and creatures led her to create Vegan Grand Rapids with Jon. Kolene has been getting her protein from plants for almost twenty years.
Jon is passionate about creating a better world for all animals, including humans. As the Technology Evangelist for Best Friends Animal Society, Jon uses technology to work towards their mission of ending the killing of cats and dogs in America’s shelters. Jon has always enjoyed cooking, but since becoming vegan in 2010, he’s found cooking to be more enjoyable - a fun challenge to create flavors and textures using sustainable, healthy, and cruelty-free ingredients.