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Veggie Grill Co-Founder, T.K. Pillan

Awesome Vegans with Elysabeth Alfano

Release Date: 11/12/2019

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Awesome Vegans with Elysabeth Alfano

Dr. Scott Stoll, founder of the Plant-based Nutrition Conference,  part of the Plantrician Project, joins me to explain that doctors often don't get the nutritional information needed in medical school.  Enter The Plantrician Project!  

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Awesome Vegans with Elysabeth Alfano

Vegan Cardiologist, Past President and trustee of the American College of Cardiology and Head of the Cardiology Department at Rush Medical Center, Dr. Kim Williams joins Elysabeth Alfano in Chicago. They dive into the scientific facts about plant-based diet. Dr. Kim discusses the four properties in animal-based products that cause heart disease, his 7 indicators for heart health, and his favorite party trick. Finally, Dr. Kim shares why it is “our patriotic duty" to be vegan. More ElysabethAlfano.com

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Awesome Vegans with Elysabeth Alfano

This podcast is a cross between Awesome Vegans and Marketplace. T.K. Pillan , co-founder of the largest vegan/vegetarian restaurant chain, Veggie Grill, joins me to dish on the numbers behind the plant-based traction in the marketplace. Veggie Grill has 34 locations, including a recent opening in Chicago. T.K. is also a partner in PowerPlant Ventures which invests in a growing number of plant-based businesses. For more information visit http://powerplantvc.com and http://elysabethalfano.com.

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What’s the best plant-based ingredient to cook with?  It is the one that has paved the way for the plant-based revolution that we have today. Dan Curtin, CEO of Field Roast and Lightlife, joins me on the pod to discuss my all-time favorite product: Tempeh and the history and future of the plantbased movement! 

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COO of Illinois’ Cook County Department of Public Health, Dr. Terry Mason,  sits down with Awesome Vegans Podcast Host Elysabeth Alfano to explain what our bodies need.  Comparing our bodies to machines that need care and upkeep, just like with a car, Dr. Mason explains that you need to give it the right inputs for it to run well. 

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Bonus Podcast! From the star-studded red carpet at the premiere of The Game Changers movie, I speak with 9-time NBA champion, Chris Paul who explains how he dropped the bomb on Lebron James that he is vegan! PLUS NFL star Tony Gonzalez, Academy Award-winning director, Louie Psihoyos, Suzy Amis Cameron and Dr. Dean Ornish. The movie follows over 20 plant-based athletes on their road to breaking records. Info: http://ElysabethAlfano.com and movie tix for the 9/16 public premiere http://GameChangersmovie.com

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Today’s podcast is a cross between Awesome Vegans and Marketplace. No one has their finger on the pulse of the plant-based food business world like guest, T.K. Pillan!  The co-founder of Veggie Grill, T.K. joins me to dish on the numbers and the growth behind the plant-based food businesses and jobs that are gaining traction in the marketplace, including his own.  In fact, Veggie Grill just launched restaurant #34 in Chicago this week and is the largest vegan/vegetarian restaurant chain in the U.S.

In addition to Veggie Grill, T.K. is one of the partners in PowerPlant Ventures which invests in plant-based businesses, which are enjoying an explosion in growth and start-ups. He is busy to say the least, but this understated guy is as smart as they come.  For more information, visit http://powerplantvc.com and http://elysabethalfano.com