OGDEN — Kylee Hallows would like people to try the treats at her new vegan bakery before they form an opinion.
“I want to tell everybody that my treats are just as good as the treats you can get anywhere else,” Hallows said.
Next Saturday, Sept. 23, Hallows will officially launch Lavender Kitchen, an all-vegan bakery that will operate out of Kaffe Mercantile’s downtown Ogden location. Hallows, who co-owns Lavender Vinyl on Historic 25th Street, said the original dream was to operate a cafe within the record store.
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“Myself, my wife and two really good friends … we’re all super foodies, and we’re all into the components of baking and all that,” Hallows said. “We’ve been working really hard to make it happen over the last year.”
Lavender Kitchen will use Kaffe Mercantile’s kitchen to bake and package their treats, which will be sold at Lavender Vinyl and other Ogden businesses, she said. The goods they’ll be selling include cookies, scones, muffins, bread and candy.
One of Lavender Kitchen’s biggest sellers has been peanut butter cups, Hallows said.
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Hallows was a vegetarian for 10 years before she made the transition to becoming a full-on vegan in the last year. There are a lot of misconceptions about vegan food — for instance, that it tastes like cardboard, Hallows said — but she encourages people to try Lavender Kitchen’s food before they judge.
“What I want to say is, ‘No, taste this before you come to that conclusion,” she said.
Eventually, the hope is to open a brick-and-mortar store for Lavender Kitchen that will also serve breakfast and lunch, Hallows said.
A launch party for Lavender Kitchen will start at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at at Lavender Vinyl during the Harvest Moon festival in downtown Ogden. There will be giveaways, as well as a sale on records, Hallows said.
While Lavender Kitchen may be the newest vegan eatery on the block, other restaurants in Ogden have vegan or vegetarian food on the menu. Those include:
Funk ’n Dive Bar at 2500 Washington Blvd. in Ogden. Open from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Sunday, Funk n’ Dive has a full-scale vegan menu, complete with appetizers, salads, burgers and pizza. Their specialities include the “Fishless Fish & Chips” and the “Chili Verde Burrito.”
Thai Curry Kitchen at 582 E. 25th St. in Ogden. Open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Thai Curry Kitchen has two curry dishes and several Thai salads that are all vegetarian friendly.
Two-Bit Street Cafe at 126 25th St. in Ogden. Open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Two-Bit Street Cafe has dozens of vegetarian and vegan dishes on its menu.
A Good Life Cafe & Juice Bar at 274 25th St. in Ogden. Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, A Good Life Cafe has plenty of vegan options for lunch, including their “Viva Veggie” sandwich. They also offer vegan substitutes for their “Build Your Own Sandwich” section of the menu.
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