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Cinnamon Snail and Vedge Chefs Anchor the Institute of Culinary Education Cooking Stage at the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival

New York, NY, April 22, 2016 --( Popular Cinnamon Snail food truck chef, Adam Sobel, as well as the husband-and-wife duo behind Philadelphia’s Vedge Restaurant, Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby, will headline the Institute of Culinary Education cooking demo stage at the New York City Vegetarian Food Festival, May 7-8, in Manhattan’s Metropolitan Pavilion.

Sobel has won numerous awards for his all-vegan food truck which serves New York City and New Jersey. He recently opened a brick-and-mortar outlet at the Pennsy Market in the city. In addition to demonstrating how Festival-goers can prepare his Chinese steamed bao buns, he will have on hand copies of his new cookbook which contains stories of the trials and tribulations of the food trucking life.

Landau and Jacoby first shook up Philly’s meatless eating scene with a restaurant named Horizons. An even wider fan base has followed them to their upscale plant-focused restaurant Vedge, which has won accolades from the likes of Food & Wine and GQ magazines. Their latest dining outlet is called V Street, a casual bar and street-food concept. Festival attendees can plan to sample the pair’s fresh creations and also pick up hard copies of Vedge: 100 Plates Large and Small That Redefine Vegetable Cooking.

The emcee for the Food Demo Stage is a well-credentialed chef in her own right, Kristina Carillo-Bucaram. She founded the largest raw, organic produce cooperative in the U.S., FullyRaw. She also created a non-profit organization called Rawfully Organic and started another company, called FullyRaw Juice. Her journey to a raw vegan diet began at the age of 18, in a successful attempt to rid herself of hyperglycemia. Nowadays, in her spare time, she runs up to 8 miles per day.

Another food-medicating chef scheduled to appear at the Festival is Charles Chen, who was recently seen on The Food Network’s Chopped series. Chen lost more than 100 pounds and reversed the symptoms of diabetes by eating his own vegan creations. He is currently on a wellness cooking tour organized by Whole Foods Market, William Sonoma, and the American Heart Association.

Television also appears on the resume of Dustin Harder, who will present a talk at the Festival entitled “Life is a Highway: Keeping it Vegan While on the Go.” Harder served as a recipe developer in the test kitchen of Cupcake Wars winner Chef Chloe Coscarelli. He’s the host and creator of the web series The Vegan Roadie, works as a plant-based personal chef, and is a graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute.

The Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) will also be represented at the Festival. One of the largest and most diverse culinary schools in the world, ICE will sponsor the appearance of several different chefs throughout the weekend.

Rounding out the cooking roster will be a demonstration by Chefs Jenne Claiborne and Isabelle Steichen. Claiborne is a vegan personal chef, cooking instructor, health coach, and creator of (a vegan food blog). Steichen transitioned from an omnivore to a vegan several years ago and now holds a plant-based nutrition certificate from e-Cornell. Her blog is called The Plantiful.

In addition to the celebrity chefs, the Festival will present over a hundred vegan and veg-friendly vendors, physicians’ talks on the health benefits of a plant-based diet, tips from animal rights activists, motivational speeches from professional athletes, live entertainment, kids activities, non-profit info tables, and free food samples and show specials throughout the building. There will also be a raffle benefiting U.S. Veg Corp’s official 2016 charity beneficiary Mercy For Animals.

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