SURVEY: Results to be sent to the Virginia Beach Health Department - 1 Day Ago
I am currently writing a proposal to the Virginia Beach Health Department on a plan to get more restaurants to sport vegan options (and to mark them as vegan). I have a lot of the factual data already written down, but I'd like to include a survey concerning the hypothetical impact on vegans and nonvegans alike. If you could, would you please fill this survey out here? Or if you'd like, I can send it to you in an e-mail and you can reply that way. Thank you so much!
How often do you eat out? Roughly five times a month; Once a week
Are you vegan? Yes
If yes, please answer the following:
1. On a scale of 1 (easy) to 10 (strenuous), how difficult is it to find a place to eat out at?5 (That might be generous as I live in omni families, but I'm flexible, knowing that I can always get a snack of a side salad/baked potato and go home and eat.) However, there are several veg*n restaurants in the Columbus, OH area; I've just never been to them.
2. How often a week do you cook? ...eat prepared meals?I cook/make my own meals at least 15 times a week. 2.5-3 times (I live in an apartment complex that has weekly communtiy cookouts; I take something to share, in addition to my veggie burger; Since I am cooking, but am eather others shared/prepared foods, I don't quite know how to answer, especially since I've been taking potato chips that I do not want for myself...)
3. Would you be more likely to eat out if a restaurant advertised or clearly marked vegan entrees?Yes, but I'm fairly sure that my husband wouldn't if it was strctly vegan
4. Would you be more likely to eat out if a restaurant that didn't have explicit vegan choices noted which ones could be altered to be vegan compatible?As I said, I live in omni familes, so yes. Although it does get annoying that I'm the one who has to be flexible. Although my husband is usually supportive. Awhile ago his parents came to visit and he wanted to take them to a bbq restaurant. He asked if that was okay with me. I said, yes, knowing I could always make some real food at home. I looked at the menu on-line and was happily surprised to see that they offer a veggie wrap.
5. How many times have you refused to eat at a restaurant because it didn't have adequate vegan choices?I'm not sure. However, my husband and I were in Jacksonville Beach Easter weekend. We walked into a pizza place and asked if we could get half of a pizza with no cheese, or a calzone with no cheese. We were told no, that it would be extra work for the cook. (How eliminating an item from something is "extra work", we couldn't figure out.) So we walked out. I can't think of any, but I'm sure that there has been times when I've settled for a baked potato or salad, but that doesn't count as walking out.
6. How many times have you influenced a group to eat at out at a vegan restaurant? Zero. The closest I've come was suggesting the coffee/sandwhich shop that is almost next door to my church to my MIL. However, we wound up going to Tim Horton's instead where we got lously service and I got a horrible veggie sandwhich (lettuce, tomato and a cucumber on a white bun for $3. Fortunately, my MIL got $3 off the bill for them not having the chicken salad. I guess it evened out.) Also, Cosi, which is a smallish chain of gourmet sandwhich shops, to my MIL, aunt-in-law and SIL. We were at a local upscale mall and my MIL was thinking McD's as it was close to where we were. I was looking at a mall map (while being deathly bored while my SIL tried on clohtes after overpriced clothes) and found the Cosi. I couldn't stomach the thought of even going into McD's.
Approximately, how large was/were the group(s)? Zero
Virginia Beach is a tourism town. You might want to suggest that it would fare better for tourism if there are restaurants that offer substantial veg*n options. That's one of the things I like about NYC. My husband and I can walk into almost any resataurant and come out happy. (Never mind that some of the happy comes from alcohol...) However, being a smart vegan traveller, I brought alon my PB and fruit spread. I don't think I used it. Well, at least we can both be happy at Italian and Mexican and Chinese restaurants. And most pizza places (the one in Jacksonville Beach was the first that didn't) will make pizza with no cheese. I've even substituted another topping in lieu of cheese.
Okay. I'm done babbling.