INTRODUCTION TO THE TOOLKIT

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Many Pod members have reported that they have had great success getting their favorite local restaurants to add healthier, vegan, and whole food, plant-based (WFPB) meals to their menus. This Toolkit is crafted primarily as a “How-to” guide for Pods and Pod members to make change happen in their communities with the ultimate goal of getting more restaurants everywhere to offer healthier options generally, and vegan/WFPB dishes specifically. It is structured as a Campaign – with an eye toward Group Leaders engaging Pod members to participate and report successes that will be used to fuel a larger national Advocacy Initiative. Check out the Dining Out Toolkit for valuable information and resources about dining out.

Getting Started – The Restaurant Campaign

This Action Sheet provides an overview of the Campaign and guidance about how the various documents in the Campaign Toolkit fit together. It is particularly useful for Group Leaders of Pods.

Identifying Candidate Restaurants to Approach for The Restaurant Campaign

While anyone in any restaurant at any time can explore the possibility of making a temporary or permanent shift in a restaurant’s menu offerings, it is likely that certain characteristics would make some restaurants more or less likely to be interested in and able to accommodate this request.

Implementation Strategies for The Restaurant Campaign

Many Pod members have reported great success getting their favorite local restaurants to add healthier, vegan, and whole food, plant-based (WFPB) meals to their menus. These Implementation Strategies are offered as a guide to support efforts to take an initial conversation with a waiter and turn it into a menu item.

Restaurant Certificate

Restaurants that add a healthy meal to their menu are invited to apply for an official Certificate that reflects their participation in the PlantPure Communities Restaurant Campaign.

Writing Reviews on Happy Cow and Other Apps

Suggestions on how to write a compelling, effective review from a health perspective on apps like HappyCow, and a list of other apps you can use to get the word out about plant-based meal options.

Supporting Veg Restaurants and Encouraging Healthier Options

While the Restaurant Campaign is mainly focused on restaurants with no vegan/WFPB options, it is also important to support vegan and vegetarian (“veg”) restaurants, and find ways to work with them to incorporate healthier menu options.

“Tips for Designing a Meal” Card

Print this card, share it with others, and bring it with you when you dine out for inspiration when ordering.

 

WFPB Diet Explained for Restaurant Owners/Managers

Information on WFPB Diets and tips for adding WFPB meals to the menu, for Restaurant Owners/Managers.

Maximizing Participation in the Restaurant Campaign via Happy Cow

This Info Sheet is a summary guide for restaurant owners/managers who have added plant-based meals to their menu, possibly at the request of their customers, and have been encouraged by their customers to submit a request to be listed on HappyCow.

The Restaurant Campaign Reporting Form for Pods 

Group Leaders, print this form to fill out or pass around at Pod meetings. When you’re ready, submit the report electronically to PPC (using the form listed in the “Reporting” section below).

Please use the Restaurant Campaign Reporting Form to report on healthy meals that have been added to restaurant menus – including electronic menus, special inserts/cards, specials boards, and traditional menus. Note: This form may be used to report on menu changes at more than one restaurant.

Please share your questions with us so that we can include them in this section! Email info@plantpurecommunities.org.

The HappyCow website and app is a worldwide guide to vegan-friendly restaurants and health food stores.

VeganXpress is an on-the-run guide to what’s vegan at fast food and chain restaurants in the USA and beyond. iPhone users can purchase the app ($1.99) to assist them in finding vegan options at restaurants like Chipotle, Olive Garden, Applebee’s and more!

VegGuide.org is a worldwide, community-maintained guide to veg-friendly restaurants and shopping.

How to Explain You’re Vegan in 83 languages – printable cards which are free to download, developed by MaxLearning.

Leave a Card to Thank Your Chef – cards you can order through VistaPrint for a fee, developed by the Humane League.

Restaurant Comment Cards – leave a card for the restaurant to rate and/or ask for more plant-based options, developed by PETA. A free pack of 10 cards will be shipped to addresses within the U.S. and Canada.

Healthy Dining-Out Tips recommended by the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine.

“Dining Out When You Must,” recorded lecture from Mary McDougall, 2/15/2017

145 Vegan Chain Restaurant Menus Every Vegan Needs to Know (article)

How to Eat Vegan at Any Restaurant (article)