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 that, amazing things can happen!
Veggie Happy celebrates what's positive and what's possible. When I advocate for vegan options on mainstream menus, I only encourage items with proven appeal and popularity among all food lovers, making them a win/win for venues and fans alike.
Ballparks have come a very long way since I started my quest in 2000. At that time, zero Major League Baseball stadiums offered a vegetarian hot dog on the menu. It seemed the obvious first choice for a plant-based food option, so I consulted individually with stadium foodservice managers and offered liaison services for samples and more information. I also created the Venue Vegetarian Guide for fans to use as easy reference, emphasizing the importance of customer feedback. One by one, Veggie Happy opened doors. Today, not only do 25 of all 30 MLB stadiums have veggie dogs/vegan frankfurters on the menu, many also have vegan "cheese steaks", veggie burgers, non-dairy cheese pizza, gluten free items, and more.
Veggie Happy continues to offer free menu consultation for sports venues and other foodservice establishments. Website Affiliation and advertising are also available 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 ®