Food & Drink
Best Vegan Test Lab
Published: July 30, 2014
2808 Edgewater Drive, 407-898-3353, artichokered.com
If you read about some new vegan product in VegNews or on Isa Chandra’s Twitter feed that you’re just dying to try, no need to special-order it from Abe’s Market or Food Fight Grocery – chances are you’ll find it in College Park at Artichoke Red. Owner Sam Cardon keeps the new products cycling through his all-vegan store, from innovative pantry basics like Daiya “cheese” shreds and the Vegg, a vegan egg-yolk imitator, to animal-free junk food like Earth Balance “cheddar” puffs and Luna & Larry Coconut Bliss salted caramel ice “cream.” Products that don’t meet a great reception are mercilessly dropped, but if customers show love for something, Artichoke Red will find a long-term place for it among their crowded shelves and refrigerated cases.