Millennials. According to TIME magazine they've been dubbed the Me, Me, Me Generation - lazy, entitled narcissists who still live with their parents. Ouch, Time magazine! (Well, if you actually read the article you'll see why that's not exactly true) And it's certainly not the case with our guests, Gigi and Ricky Gil, the brainchildren from Gold Lotus Brand. In fact, it's quite the opposite. Gigi and Ricky are young entrepreneurs who are laser-focused on making a mark in the Vegan clothing line game with their environmentally conscious, cruelty-free, PETA approved line of clothing. Ricky went all-in and quit his day time gig so he could dedicate his time to the brand he envisioned when he was still a beardless youth in high school. Together with his wife Gina (affectionately known as Gigi) they are the Gold Lotus Brand. Their headquarters is their home where they live with their cat Einstein (and not their parents!) and where all the ideas, work, orders, and hustle take place.
Although still in its infancy, Gold Lotus Brand is the type of brand the world needs more of and they're more than happy to carry the torch. Not only do they provide 100% certified organic, pesticide-free, made in the USA clothing, they will also have you thinking about where your clothes comes from, who made it, what materials were used, who or what was effected by making the product and how it impacts the environment, the animals, and the voiceless.
We hope you enjoy the podcast.
Alex & Jeanette
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What do you think a meat-free deli would sell? Would pastrami on rye come to mind? Or how about sausage marinara or burgers stacked high with tasty fixin's. This is exactly what Ryan Bauhaus had in mind when he founded Atlas Meat-Free Delicatessen. After meeting his vegetarian wife Amanda, Ryan slowly transitioned to eating less meat but struggled with giving up some of his favorite foods.
Having a love for cooking from a young age, he decided to get in the kitchen and figure out how he could still eat the foods he loved without having to go to the butcher. Ryan incorporated the seasonings and flavorings found in traditional meats (sausages, pastrami, burgers) and cheeses and made them all delicious and plant-based. He tirelessly tested recipes to make sure he wasn't calling a sandwich by a name it didn't deserve. If he was serving a pastrami sandwich, he wanted you to feel like you were eating pastrami. And because of his endless hours in the kitchen and dedication to quality, wholesome food, Altas Meat-Free Deli has gained a tasty reputation in South Florida and a legion of dedicated followers including us!
Atlas has been in business at the Yellow Green Farmer's Market for a few years and now Ryan has decided to expand the company with a food truck at the Wynwood Yard during the month of October as well as opening Miami's First Plant-Based Butcher Shop in Little River in early 2017. We were super excited to grab a few moments with Ryan and we think you are going to love our conversation.
Alex & Jeanette
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