I am dedicated to bridging cultural gaps and empowering individuals to realize that their voices and their actions matter. My advocacy efforts as Veggie Happy (formerly called Soy Happy) were initiated with this belief in mind. We all count. If every one of us realizes this, amazing things can happen!
Veggie Happy celebrates what's positive and what's possible. When I advocate for plant-based options on mainstream menus, I only encourage items with proven appeal and popularity among all food lovers. A win/win proposition.
I began my quest in 2000 when I found out that no Major League Baseball stadiums offered veggie dogs. I contacted stadium foodservice managers and offered liaison services to facilitate samples and provide more information. I also created this website and the Venue Vegetarian Guide for fans to use as easy reference. One by one, stadiums responded and today, almost all MLB stadiums offer a veggie dog on the menu.
Today, ballparks compete to be the most diverse and expansive menu providers.You can nosh on vegetarian sushi, vegan "cheese steaks," veggie burgers, "cheese" pizza, gluten-free/vegan cookies and more.
Veggie Happy continues to offer free consultation and liaison assistance for large foodservice establishments. Affiliation and promotional services are also offered to viable food companies and supportive organizations..
Johanna (pronounced "yo-hah-nah") McCloy lived in Spain, India, Japan and Venezuela before attending Duke University and receiving her degree in Comparative Area Studies and Anthropology. She studied acting with Sanford Meisner in Los Angeles and is a SAG-AFTRA actor with starring and guest starring credits in film, television and theatre. She also freelances as a writer, editor and researcher and assists producers in the areas of development and production. In addition, Johanna is the co-creator and editor of Dare To Be Fabulous, featuring women's personal stories of daring, joy and empowerment. Johanna's essays and articles have been published in newspapers, magazines and book anthologies.
Veggie Happy is Soy Happy, too. Soy Happy is a federally registered trademark ®