Today, it’s become a popular dating site and social networking platform for vegetarians — as well as people who want to help create a more compassionate, understanding world for everyone interested in the lifestyle, whether or not they are already vegetarian or vegan.
I became a vegetarian in 2008, not long after I met my sister’s now-boyfriend.
As the Brewer family soon discover, life in Silverdale is neither dull nor simple.
“Veggie Date gives a comforting arena in which to be yourself and not have to defend your lifestyle.
You can just go there and be with people who get it,” he said.
A friend eventually recommended that he bring his passion and expertise into the online dating realm, and thus Veggie Date was born. Dave had actually used it himself for years and loved the concept.
Today, Steve still helps out on the technical side of things as Senior Developer, and Dave handles most of everything else — from approving new profiles to addressing customer service issues.
Upon sign-up, there’s also the option to choose less restrictive labels such as “vegetarian at home” or “almost vegetarian,” Veggie Date’s way of opening its arms to people.
“Sometimes in the vegetarian movement, certain people can get too militant,” Steve said.
Food is also a huge part of dating and relationships, with the first outing usually involving dinner and eventually expanding to cooking together as things progress. It’s not something as simple as one person loving ketchup and the other hating it; it’s about being on the same wavelength in terms of beliefs.
“Eating is an important part of our lives and our culture, and eating together is something that’s part of a lot of relationships.
I started off by forgoing meat while eating out, and soon I gave up beef, chicken, pork, fish, and eggs. We had the pleasure of speaking with Founder and Senior Developer Steve Urow and Manager Dave Rubin of Open Heart Dating, the current owner of Veggie Date, to learn more about the story that started it all, and the ways the site accepts and caters to a variety of people with a variety of diets.