After going vegan in high school, Brennah Lambert opened herself up to a world of new foods and fresh opportunity. Without many vegan-friendly options readily available, her new diet propelled her into cooking and preparing her own food. Once Lambert delved into getting creative with plant-based ingredients, her cooking got the attention of friends and family members, and a meal-prep service was born.
Like most high schoolers and young college students, Lambert was unsure of what the future held for her, but she did know she didn’t want to work for anyone else. Motivated to be her own boss one day, Lambert leaned into the opportunity presented when people began taking notice of her food.
“Cooking was never at the center of my life, until now,” says Lambert. “I just fell in love with feeding people.”
Every week through her meal-prep business, Lambert would release six new meals for plant-based eaters, delivering them herself. After two and a half years, she realized the important connection between food and personal happiness. Lambert began to envision a place where people can have a positive experience for both their bodies and minds.
Last week, Lambert opened her plant-based cafe, LesbiVeggies, in Audubon. The name is closely linked to the chef/owner’s identity. What started as a fun Instagram handle turned into the staple name for Lambert. As a queer, Black woman, she has been excited to see such tremendous support from the community.
“Everyone is really excited to support Black businesses, and rightfully so,” says Lambert. “It’s definitely been a positive reaction for sure.”
LesbiVeggies is one of few vegan eateries in the area, and Lambert’s goals don’t end with serving good food. “It’s more about taking care of yourself while not having to sacrifice flavor or cravings,” says Lambert. Though plant-based eating has the stigma of having to sacrifice good food to eat right, Lambert is using her skills and unique flavorings to prove that mindset wrong. Her new menu will be playing with authentic meals to make them vegan-friendly, including classics like eggplant parmesan and birria tacos. A new brunch menu will also be available with brand-new items, like breakfast tostadas, that Lambert has been working on in the kitchen.
Lambert, 23, has built her businesses from the ground up. With LesbiVeggies opening its doors to the public, the Audubon community will be able to learn more about her passion through delicious, nutritious food.
“This is a big accomplishment for me,” says Lambert. “I’m just looking forward to opening up the doors and seeing people be happy and enjoying themselves.”
LesbiVeggies is located at 112 W. Merchant Street in Audubon, and serves creative plant-based and gluten-free meals, prepared by chef/owner Brennah Lambert. Indoor dining and take-out are available. Check out more details online and follow along on Instagram for updates and more on Lambert’s food journey.