Ferndale-based Green Space Café, a plant-based vegetarian and vegan restaurant owned by Dr.
Joel Kahn, a cardiologist, will host Michigan’s first speed dating event where participants can learn about and explore new markets, educational and recreational activities, and business opportunities.
“I don’t have meat in my home, go to zoos, wear clothing made from animals, or eat at restaurants that serve meat, so it’s important to me to have a partner who shares my lifestyle choices,” said Brighten, who specializes in vegan events.
“Then there’s no explaining or defending to do, you’re both on the same page.” Wednesday night’s meetup was aimed at heterosexual adults 21 and over, though Brighten hopes to hold events for gay folks in the future. For those who left “looking for luv” to the last minute, tickets at the door cost .
Brighten worked hard to keep the genders evenly balanced, capping female sign ups until more men bought tickets.
In the end, there were a couple more guys than gals in a group of about 40.
What, pray tell, does one wear to a speed dating event for vegetarians, vegans, and the veg-curious searching for their perfect match? vegetarian (as long as you don’t count the occasional lapse in her mostly plant-based diet of some 30 years), it made sense to go undercover.
This reporter flirted with donning her son’s “Meat is Murder” T-shirt, which felt a tad obvious and then promptly opted for her typical uniform (jeans, shirt, boots, all slogans) and headed to the vegetarian Saturn Café, the site of the meatless speed dating meetup. Can you imagine how awkward it would be for speed daters to have a reporter with notebook in tow chronicling, for public consumption, their attempts at meeting a soulmate over vegetable taquitos?
After all, according to marketresearch.com, the dating services business is now a .1 billion industry in the U. alone, with niche websites gobbling up ever-larger slices of that pie.“There’s a really big need for these events because romantic relationships form, but also friendships, which is a nice bonus.” Brighten adds that narrowing guests to those that are vegetarian or vegan helps her guests focus on other things they’re looking for in a relationship or friendship during their five-minute dates.Guests will be notified of their matches electronically within 24 hours.I stare at the blank form on the website — the one that invites me to open my heart and pursue my soul mate via a labyrinth stocked with eligible men. I was more than capable of getting into my own romantic scrapes and didn’t need a website to exacerbate my bad decision making.I breeze through the questionnaire: How “green” am I? But just recently, I heard of an entirely new niche in the online dating market, for “conscious singles.” In this case, being conscious means living life in a thoughtful way, following a spiritual path, valuing nonsuperficial things when seeking a life partner. Perhaps my age (middle) and shape (no longer thin) and strong personality (pitta, remember?