If you haven't already, make a date to check out by Chloe.  Having only opened a few weeks ago, there are consistently lines out the door for lunch and dinner!  This new West Village staple is truly unique.  By Chloe is a fast-casual concept offering a plant-based, vegan menu- serving real food that does not sacrifice any flavor or satisfaction.  And for all you vegan skeptics, fear not.  This not your granola-crunchy, hippy dippy, kind of restaurant.  The menu features popular items such as a Guacamole Burger and Pesto Meatballs.

Chef Chloe Coscarelli is the brains and talent behind by Chloe.  A lifelong vegetarian, and vegan for ten years, Chloe is an award-winning chef and best-selling cookbook author.  Chloe first earned national attention after winning Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, as the first vegan chef to win a culinary competition on national TV!

I sat down with Chef Chloe to talk about her new restaurant, favorite foods, diet, and more!


How did you find your passion for food & cooking?  Being in the kitchen with my mom growing up!

Walk us through “a day in the life.”  What does your daily routine and diet consist of?  Most days now it consists of being at by Chloe - in the kitchen, interacting with customers.  When I can, I try to make it to a yoga class or just go for a long walk.  Luckily being at by Chloe, I’m never at a loss for delicious food!

What are you favorite foods? Vegan Mac & Cheese and cupcakes

What are the most popular items at by Chloe?  Avocado Toast & our Guac Burger

What’s your favorite item on the menu?  Our collection of homemade ice creams- they are made from almond milk, coconut milk, and agave!

By Chloe highlights locally sourced ingredients, what is your favorite ingredient right now?  Local sweet corn!! I like it grilled, in soup, salad, or even ice cream!

What made you decide to become a Vegan?  I was a vegetarian at a very young age and have been an animal lover my whole life.  Once I made the connection between animals and food, I went vegan and never looked back.

What tips would you give someone trying to be a vegan or vegetarian? Don’t get caught up in the labels and don’t overthink it.  Take it one day, or one meal, at a time and go from there.

What tips do you have for making things healthy without sacrificing flavor?  Fresh herbs and lots of avocado is the key to making anything rich and flavorful!

What’s a staple in your kitchen at home?  Fresh coconuts- have to hydrate!

Can you weigh in on the two opposing schools of nutrition- low carb vs. low fat?  Not a fan of low carb at all.  Not a fan of low fat either…hello avocado and cashews!  I like to go low meat and low dairy- viola!  You can eat everything delicious in that diet. 

 

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