Editor’s Note: We spoke with Christopher and Kimberly Recchia, the owners of Seed to Table Vegan Eatery located at 2357 Tamiami Trail S. in Venice. Call 941-492-6232. Visit EatSeedtoTable.com to see their full menu and hours of operation.
Why is vegan cuisine important to health and longevity?
A whole food, plant-based lifestyle improves your health, boosts energy levels, decreases inflammation, lowers blood pressure, and prevents chronic diseases. Plant-based foods are higher in antioxidants which results in glowing skin, more energy, better sleep, and a stronger immune system.
When did you move to Venice and what’s your background?
We moved here two and a half years ago. We are classically trained dancers and have owned performing arts centers in New Jersey for 20 years. After moving here, we realized that the limited options for quality vegan cuisine was an opportunity to open our restaurant.
What are some of the most popular items on your menu?
The most popular lunch items are the Loaded Vegan Grilled Cheese with Avocado and Cashew Cream, Black Bean Quinoa Burger, Vegan Crab Cake with a Parsley Dill Cashew Aioli, and the Stuffed Portobello Mushroom. We have hearty soups along with fresh pressed juices and smoothies. Everything is made fresh daily. Our most popular desserts include Vegan Chocolate Mousse, Vegan Cheesecake, and Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Please explain your meal prep program?
We prepare 5 or 10 tasty plant-based meals per week. This gives customers the food they need to live a healthy, happy, plant-based lifestyle without all the work.
What are your options for family style vegan Italian dinners for 4-6 people?
Classic Marinara, Vegan Puttanesca, Vegan Lasagna, Vegan Stuffed Shells, Vegan Spaghetti Carbonara, Vegan Sausage, Peppers, and Onions, and Zucchini Boats. Each dinner includes a choice of one side: Sautéed Spinach, Seasoned Asparagus, Broccoli Rabe, or Garden Salad with Vegan Ranch Dressing. We require 24 hour notice for a new order.
What inspired you both to eat healthier?
We started researching alternatives to health and wellness 13 years ago. After extensive research, we decided the vegan lifestyle was the key to optimal health for our family and also ethically important for animals and the environment.
What would you like to share about your three children?
We have 2 sons, ages 16 and 13, and an 8-year-old daughter. They have grown up in the arts, studying dance and theater since they could walk. All three are kind, creative, passionate, and they share our enthusiasm for preparing and enjoying food.