Soul Vegetarian: Celebrating Health, Transforming Life

A basket of spring vegetables( — Soul Vegetarian is Life. Soul Vegetarian Restaurant is the aspiration of spiritual and philosophical inspiration. Guided by the principles of the Village of Peace Community in Dimona, Israel, Soul Vegetarian has imbued the holistically plant based precepts of the worlds largest and longest lived vegan community into healthy soul food designed which promote environmental accountability and nutritional empowerment. Over 3,000 men, women, and children have dedicated themselves to the practice of a spiritually based naturalism, well before the trends of green had made veganism cool or even accepted.

In doing so, they have transformed a community of people, traditionally beset by diabetes, hypertension, obesity, asthma, and other preventative maladies, into a vibrant, affliction free social system that have learned to eat to live, rather than living to eat.

Borne of a four decade long commitment to vegan excellence, Soul Vegetarian expanded to Atlanta, Chicago, and Washington D.C in 1982, and in Tallahassee, FL in 1995 in an effort to bring healthy, nourishing and whole food options to these cities.

Soul Vegetarian has prided itself on leading the way regarding personal, social, and global health. Now, as the links between diet, dis-ease, and the health of the environment becomes evident, we are proud to continue to share with our valued customers foods rich in taste and nutrition, yet low in carbon footprint. It is becoming clearer by the day, that our food choices affect more than ourselves, but in fact every living thing on this planet.

We are honored to provide our valued customers, with high quality plant based cuisine that allows us to continue to serve our objectives of service and sustainability. In every Soul Vegetarian dish that is prepared, we intend to share the international legacy of vegan excellence that provides the framework for our love of life itself and the maintenance of the life we love.

Soul Vegetarian was designed to inspire healthy eating for all people. You don’t have to be vegan to eat vegan food. The Creation of a myriad of vegan dishes from our famous split pea soup, garvey burger sandwiches, down home greens and gourmet dinners to sweet potato pie, banana nut breads, carrot cakes and even non-diary ice cream has set a standard for vegan cuisine. Your Health is your Wealth.

“According to a UN report, a global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and the worst impacts of climate change” – UK Guardian, June 2, 2010.

By Yafah B. Israel, Soul Vegetarian Founder

Yafah B. Israel is a dynamic, international leader in nutrition and driving force in the Soul Vegetarian life support family. With over 25 years of experience as a nutritionist, vegan chef, holistic health coach, and restaurant dietary consultant, Yafah has shared her talents and insight through radio and television interviews, community nutrition programs, health seminars, vegan cooking demonstrations and workshops around the globe. Among those who have experienced her practical and inspiring message have been major organizations including Morehouse College, the National Council of Negro Women and UNICEF. She has been featured in the traveling African American Women on Tour speakers’ series. And her recipes have been published in several magazines such as Essence, Vegetarian Times, Upscale, and Heart and Soul. She has made appearances on networks such as CNN and Paramount Studios.

Yafah serves as an Elevated Crown Sister, the highest leadership position for women among the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem. Her international travels have provided a platform to exhibit her culinary versatility in creating in dishes desirable to the cultures of the world. They all carry the Soul Vegetarian characteristics of being great-tasting and good for you. Sampling her creative experience in these recipes, it is not hard to understand why Soul Vegetarian remains the largest and most popular vegan-food restaurant chain in the world and a home for all those – vegan, vegetarian or not — who love good food and living a healthy, vibrant life.