Create a Local Dining Guide
A lot of times we’re so eager to tell people why they should go vegan that we forget to tell them how to do it — for example, where they can go to get delicious vegan food. A printed or online guide to local restaurants and grocery stores that carry vegan items is a great tool for spreading that information and making vegan eating even easier. You’ll be amazed at how quickly carnivores and vegetarians alike will grab a copy!
Step 1. Compile your list
Put together a list of restaurants, grocery stores, bars, and bakeries in your area that offer vegan items. The goal is to make vegan eating as easy as possible, so include restaurants that offer even one or two good vegan entrees on the menu and grocery stores that have a halfway decent vegetarian or natural foods section. Visit VegGuide.org to find an initial list of places in your area, and then add any additional locations you can think of. Ask vegetarian friends for their recommendations. Be sure to include the address, phone number, hours of operation, and a few sentences about each business.
Step 2. Let us help
Style matters a lot, and we have slick templates for both printed and online local guides that we’re happy to share with you. We’re also happy to do the work of designing and publishing a guide for your area to the extent our schedule allows. To make sure you’re committed to distributing it, we do ask for a donation to help cover the costs of a printed guide. (Online guides have no cost.) Interested? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to chat about it. Totally broke but want to make a printed guide on your own? Email us anyway. We can send you the template to use. If you are making your own guide, please click the tab at the bottom of this page for all of our advice for creating your own local restaurant and grocery guide.
Step 3. Promote, promote, promote
Local guides won’t make much of a difference unless people are seeing them. For printed guides, there are many businesses that will let you leave guides out for their customers. We’ve had success with places like health food stores, yoga studios, coffee shops, music stores, libraries, bookstores, and veg-friendly restaurants. See our advice page for more tips on distributing printed guides. For online guides, reach out to local newspapers, local food bloggers, your local tourism center, and other online sites that may be willing to link to your guide or do a story about it. You could also post flyers at area businesses with pull-off tabs promoting the website.
For more helpful advice on creating a local restaurant guide, click through to page two by using the numbered boxes at the bottom of the page.