ROANOKE, Virginia – In our two years of doing Tasty Tuesday, we’ve never visited a place that focuses solely on vegan food. We try it out with the woman who knows how to do it best in the Roanoke Valley.
Shaqueena Snyder, aka Chef Queen, is the owner of Queen’s Vegan Cafe. She says going vegan a few years ago boiled down to two things.
“Make sure I’m a better human being for my little one. Hearing about the things they put in our food kind of put me off.
As she changed her lifestyle, she found that it had many other layers. A professional chef, she launched Queen’s Vegan Cafe and made sure she never sacrificed flavor. She also teaches people: “Holistic remedies that you can make at home and still be tasty. “
She adds, “That’s all my thing. We don’t want to be vegan and miserable. Basically what I do is season my food like it’s not vegan. Knowing that I personally appreciate this and share it with Roanoke, I was like… they’re going to appreciate it, you know?
It really is quite the creative process. On her menu, she offers nuggets, fillets and Chick and waffles. The Chick is often a substitute for fungus. Put it in a wet and dry paste, cook it in oil and voila!
You can dip it in four of his homemade sauces or put it on a sandwich, just like you would with his King’s Ransom Burger. She says for a “Patty or something, I could make a black bean patty.”
The colors of each dish are obvious to you as well, which makes it all the more appetizing. Snyder says one of the cool things about his experience is that 80% of his customers are not vegans.
Beginners will usually say something like, “I didn’t know it wasn’t meat. They are literally flabbergasted. “
Make sure to follow ‘The Queen’ on Facebook or Instagram to see where she appears next. Snyder goes to festivals around the Roanoke Valley and in the past has done a lot of education on how to go vegan without giving up good taste.
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