I’ve been baking waffles at annual waffle parties since 1998, starting in a tiny apartment in Baltimore, MD. Through this website, I seek to promote friendlier, healthier, and more sustainable living in fun ways via the following:
- offering vegan waffle recipes for anyone who wishes to try a vegan waffle for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, snack, or special occasion
- catalyzing vegan waffle party events as fun and non-threatening ways to celebrate and generate broader awareness, and to decrease prejudice on several levels
- offering supportive resources (party-throwing tips, recipes) for those who wish to throw a vegan waffle party
We focus specifically upon vegan waffles and waffle parties for several reasons. Credit for spreading the word goes to other individuals and organizations who have also hosted events. We continue to have fun with our own annual home waffle party, but the most exciting part is hearing about what others do with the concept.
I (Dave W.) currently reside in Portland, Oregon. Along with the The Global Vegan Waffle Cookbook and Vegan Chocolate Seduction, I authored Naked Idealism, a self-empowerment guide for socially conscious people. I manage Idealist Coach, a strategic life consulting business for individuals who wish to gain more clarity and direction.
My earliest jobs included grilling burgers rapidly and in large quantities, at the 666 Lexington Springmill Road McDonald’s. I later discovered that many of the skills and techniques could be applied to baking vegan waffles on multiple irons simultaneously. (Now that’s “irony” on a few different levels.)
As far as creators of vegan cookbooks and events go, I’m a bit of an oddball in that I don’t call myself a vegan. “Conscious consumer” is probably more accurate. In a nutshell, I believe that there are many compelling reasons to adopt a mostly plant-based lifestyle, and that we can vastly improve the manner in which we treat other sentient beings. Vegan events and books are powerful tools for encouraging these important changes. However, while I’ve drastically reduced my animal product consumption, vegetarianism and veganism don’t resonate with me as they approach their most consistent levels. (My more detailed personal opinions are here if you’re really interested.)
I’m also interested in sustainable communities, having visited a number of ultra-green housing sites around the U.S.