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NEW YORK, NY, December 07, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Veggie Hunter takes the lead in discovering the best vegan eats nationwide on a mission to prove that plant-based meals don't lack in taste or in adventure. From restaurants to food trucks, street "no meats" to bakeries, the web series highlights delicious varieties of vegan foods, chefs, in-kitchen recipes and eateries. Co-hosts Emmy award-winning news anchor and personal trainer, Regina Mitchell, and cancer survivor, radio host and celebrity DJ, CherishTheLuv, travel the country interviewing chefs, restaurant owners and sampling delicious foods along the way. The show, produced by KOI Media, is not targeted just for vegans - Veggie Hunter appeals to all foodies alike with the goal of introducing new audiences to healthier food options, without sacrificing the flavor.
Now streaming on YouTube, Season 1 episodes include vegan food profiles of some of NYC, New Jersey and Philadelphia's top-ranked vegan eateries including historic Italian restaurant, John's of 12th Street, Cinnamon Snail, Veganized, Mundo Vegan, Om Sweet Home bakery and Latin restaurant Bar BomBon. The foodie-enthusiast show also features an interview with best-selling cookbook author and chef, Pamela Elizabeth, restaurant owner of soul food spot Urban Vegan Kitchen and the popular Blossom, dubbed the "vegan queen of NYC." A special edition episode will take on the hip-hop vegan movement in an interview with rapper, entrepreneur, author and vegan Comega at Brooklyn's Ital Kitchen. Newark, NJ Mayor and vegan, Ras Baraka, is also tapped to appear in the season finale episode at Newark's Blueberry Cafe to release on December 31st, 2017.
"Ten years ago it wasn't easy having a plant-based diet and going out to eat was next to impossible. Now there are vegan and vegetarian restaurants popping up everywhere! And not just on the East and West coasts...but in middle America too!" - Kamilah Lewis, CEO of KOI Media
According to a June 2017 report by research firm Global Data, 6 percent of the U.S. population now identifies as vegan, a 600 percent increase from 2014. Vegan is the number one health trend in the US, beating the likes of the paleo, 5:2 and gluten-free diet for the top spot. With the rise of vegan documentaries like What the Health and Cowspiracy; and trending celebrity spotlights on vegan lifestyles, many people are transitioning to plant-based diets, creating a rapidly growing market and demand for all things vegan. While most mainstream food magazines, blogs and network shows mildly cover vegan food content; Veggie Hunter seeks to add a healthy balance to the underrepresented vegan food scene and dispel misconceptions that the vegan food scene is bland and boring.
Veggie Hunter recently launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to cover additional production costs for Season 2. To donate to the crowd funding campaign, visit https://igg.me/at/veggiehunter. The last day to support the kickstarter campaign is January 12th, 2017.
To watch Veggie Hunter and to learn more about the web series, visit Veggie Hunter YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrhWEhvRuDg&list=PLhkuqJWITHshjrPgcatObxKdaMN2zUoAc). Connect with Veggie Hunter on Facebook and follow Veggie Hunter on Twitter @theVeggieHunter. Follow the online conversation with the hashtag #VeggieHunter. For images, bios and other Veggie Hunter press assets, visit http://bit.ly/VeggieHunterDB. For all Veggie Hunter press inquiries, please e-mail Jasu Sims at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT DJ CHERISHTHELUV
Cynthia Cherish Malaran, aka, DJ CherishTheLuv, is a reverend, radio host and celebrity DJ and is a cancer survivor. After surviving cancer and a double mastectomy, DJ CherishTheLuv has been on a quest for healing through food and music. As a DJ she has produced music, custom mixes, and DJ'd for numerous concerts, shows, weddings and events, having worked with Ryan Seacrest, CIVIC, Samantha Bee, Amy Schumer, Nile Rodgers, the We Are Family Foundation, Viacom, Comedy Central, TEDtalks, The New School for Social Research, Goddard Foundation, Heritage Radio Network, You Can Thrive!, Vanity4Humanity, Project1Voice, and more. She has brought her goodie bag of music out for corporate celebrations, white parties, ladies nights, birthdays and galas, sharing the booming sound system with legends such as Nile Rodgers, Chic, Sister Sledge, Bono, Elvis Costello, Oprah Winfrey, and Talib Kweli, M-1 of Dead Prez, the Peace Poets and many more. DJ CherishTheLuv is the official DJ of the Nile Rodgers We Are Family Foundation's Three Dot Dash Just Peace Summit. To learn more about DJ CherishTheLuvl, visit djcherishtheluv.com.
ABOUT REGINA MITCHELL
Originally from Long Island New York, Regina Mitchell earned her Journalism degree from Temple University and began her television news career at WTXF Fox 29 in Philadelphia. With over 10 years in journalism, Regina has anchored her own morning show in Dayton, OH and has been honored with an Emmy for her work. While working her way up the ranks as a writer Regina was acknowledged for her producer skills on the "Good Day Philadelphia" show before becoming serving as a reporter and anchor in the Poconos' local cable station Blue Ridge Cable 13. Although Regina's background is in news, she has always had a passion for health and nutrition. In 2015 Regina returned to Philadelphia and became a certified personal trainer and aerobics instructor, specializing in helping people manage their diet by replacing one meal per day with a plant base meal. She dedicates herself to a vegan lifestyle, training her clients & being a wife and mom.
ABOUT KOI MEDIA
KOI Media was founded in 2015 by tri-state freelancing phenom, Kamilah Lewis. Through the media and event production company, Lewis has freelanced with Banyan Productions NBC Sports, CBS Sports, ESPN, the famed Showtime at the Apollo, BET, the Miss America competition and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week before landed a staff position at Viacom Media Networks where she discovered her passion for producing. The New Jersey native knows the importance of a healthy lifestyle as she is also the co-founder of Neighborhood Health, a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization that promotes health awareness to underserved communities. Currently, Kamilah working in television and event production while continuing her health initiative.
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