Starting May 7th, Virginia’s Loudoun County will join Aspen, Raleigh-Durham, Northern Kentucky and other communities across the country in going meatless on Monday. Loudoun Meatless Monday is being spearheaded by advocate Sue Sedlazek, who hopes the campaign will encourage citizens to try some of the many healthy, vegetarian items available in area restaurants.
“We’re telling [restaurant managers], you can make it whatever you want. If all you say is,’Try our veggie sandwich,’ you’re still doing your part to raise awareness.”
Over a dozen eateries have already signed on, offering special dishes, discounts and even a lottery for free meatless meals. Cindy Printz, Marketing Director for local restaurant Tenderjacks, says she looking forward to the promotion:
“Many folks enter our restaurant for healthy vegetarian options. This one day in particular we can showcase what we have to offer and show our customers that we [can] meet their vegetarian needs.”
In addition to the wide range of eating options, Loudoun citizens can share their recipes and recommendations on the group’s Facebook wall, or visit LoudonMM.com for more information about local events. Mayor Kristen C. Umstattd celebrated the town’s participation on April 24th with an official Meatless Monday proclamation.