Eventually, Addington was able to show her family that it’s possible for a meal to be vegan and still have a truly Southern, down-home feel to it, and they’ve come around -- even her mom. These days, through Chef Addington’s V-Grit’s food truck, meal delivery service, and the restaurant they plan to open in the Portland neighborhood in spring 2017, she’s been part of a movement that’s showing Louisville and beyond what’s possible in vegan cooking.
Vegan culture has always been a little fringe. Vegans have often been perceived as folks who clutch tightly to their morals, without much concern for appeasing the mainstream (or folks’ tastebuds). But that’s not what the vegan movement in Louisville looks like in 2016. Vegan chefs like Addington are making their meat- and dairy-free diet mainstream by appealing to diners’ desire for nostalgia -- but with a healthy twist.