“I have almost no time to breathe,” exclaimed Susan Herhold, owner of the Leaf and Seed, excitedly from a window in her new food truck. It’s been such a success that she’s served about 1,200 meals in the past eight weeks, often selling out even before a lunch shift is over.
The Leaf and Seed is a family-owned business that debuted in September by offering meal delivery service with a twist: made-from-scratch vegan comfort foods.
“That was our concept, with doing comfort food,” said Mrs. Herhold: “You don’t have to give up your favorite foods to eat with a conscience.” No animal products are ever used: no butter, milk, eggs, honey, meat, poultry, or fish.
Just a few of the dishes Mrs. Herhold prepares are black bean, brown rice, and quinoa burritos topped with tomatoes and guacamole; Reubens; no-meat loaf with mashed potatoes and gravy; a TLT (tempeh, lettuce, and tomato) salad featuring fresh local greens; and barbecued jackfruit sliders with a chipotle maple barbecue sauce. Bean and corn chili-laden hot dogs come topped with cole slaw – a tribute to the cook’s West Virginia roots – if desired.
And Mrs. Herhold would never forget dessert, which ranges from chocolate chip cookies to lemon cake with a raspberry buttercream sauce.
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