I just have to share this because I'm bursting with excitement about this!
My city has a few pizza places that do have a vegan crust and sauce but none of them carry any kind of vegan cheese or anything like that. Personally, I'd rather just make a cheeseless pizza at home than go out for one. When we want cheesy vegan pizza we have to drive up to Seattle for it.
I decided to contact a place that turned out to be a chain (I thought they just had two local locations, I'd never paid attention to the fact that they are in several States) and asked if they might be interested in carrying a vegan cheese such as Daiya since they already have a vegan crust and sauce. I included information and stuck more to the health/dietary side of the reasons why carrying it might be a smart business idea. I also included statistics from polls on how often people will choose veg*n meals when dining out, the fact that vegan restaurant owners that I know think about 50% of their customers are non-vegans and that many avoid dairy because they are allergic, intolerant, watching their cholesterol or for other health reasons. So not only would vegans order a vegan cheese alternative, especially one that melts and tastes so similar to cow milk based cheese. The manager emailed me back immediately and was incredibly receptive to the idea of it. He checked with his supplier and found that they had Daiya and ordered samples. He then invited myself and a couple friends in for dinner on them to try out the vegan pizzas. They also veganized their cheesy bread for us and it was all amazing!
The manager said that they would keep the daiya on hand for people who come in and ask for it and that when they make their next menu change that he thinks they'll add it on to the menu. It turns out that the location in my city is also the test kitchen for the entire chain. So menu items on the test kitchen menu that are successful might go on and be added to the menu at most or all of their locations!
I put the word out immediately (along with pics I took) and the next day they already had someone buying pizza with daiya. My friend went in yesterday to buy pizza and cheesy bread and someone called while he was there because they heard they had daiya and wanted to order a pizza. And a few others have already gone in from what I've heard as well.
I am so freaking excited! Yay for the cows!
And on unrelated news, I just found out last week that I'm pregnant! Totally unplanned and a complete surprise but we're happy about it.