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Vegan Soul Food is for Lovers

Hooking up is a pretty basic human need. For some the only criterion for “getting primal” is a warm body and a heartbeat. For others it gets a little bit stickier.  

Anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski said that the primal human needs are food, sex and shelter. But for some, food choices have an effect on their love lives, and we don’t mean that whole garlic breath makes for bad kissing problem.

“I know some vegans who won’t date people who eat meat,” says Sierra Gabrielson of the Cornbread Café and local animal rights group Eugene Voices for Animals (EVA). 

If you don’t believe in eating honey, let alone steak, kissing someone who just wolfed down a hunk of salami might just be a dealbreaker. Luckily for local vegans, EVA is hosting a round of heterovegan speed dating Feb. 26 at Cornbread Café, where vegans, vegetarians and vegetarian-leaning singles can find a little deep-fried soul food oriented love.

EVA will be donating proceeds to Lighthouse Farm Animal Sanctuary, an animal rescue sanctuary outside Scio, and use a portion of the proceeds to fund some of EVA’s activities and promotional needs. Live music and appetizers will be on hand at the event (but paid for separately), and there will be a raffle for gift certificates to places like Brushfire and Sweet Life to encourage daters to stay connected and to take things to the next level. The group also plans on hosting homovegan speed dating at a later date. 

So, if you’re the type of eater who’s as picky about your partner as you are your tempeh and kombucha, then this is a surefire way to stay pure and ethical while getting down and dirty. 

Heterovegan Speed Dating takes place 7 pm Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Cornbread Café, 1290 W. 7th, $12. Advance registration required: wkly.ws/173