Ferndale-based GreenSpace Café, a plant-based vegetarian and vegan restaurant owned by Dr. Joel Kahn, a cardiologist, will host Michigan’s first speed dating event where participants can learn about and explore new markets, educational and recreational activities, and business opportunities.
Kahn was recently approached by Veg Speed Date founder Karine Brighten about hosting a speed dating event at GreenSpace, which opened in 2015. The event will be held at the restaurant on March 22, and will include an appetizer, beverage, and conversation starters, as well as a brief discussion on plant-based living by
“Year one for us was to survive and put out consistently good food that met our customers’ expectations and brought them back, and we’re happy to say we did that,” says Kahn. “Year two is now about new innovations to the food, as well as expanding our platform as a meeting place, an educational place, and a hub for plant-based life, coaching, health, and helping people maintain that in southeast Michigan.”
Brighten founded the company five years ago, after friends in San Francisco lamented that it was difficult to find vegan partners in the traditional dating scene. The company has recently launched a North American tour, hosting 15 events in 15 cities over five days.
“It’s hard depending on where you live to meet other vegetarians and vegans, so that’s definitely something that would be a deal-breaker for some people,” says Brighten. “There’s a really big need for these events because romantic relationships form, but also friendships, which is a nice bonus.”
Brighten adds that narrowing guests to those that are vegetarian or vegan helps her guests focus on other things they’re looking for in a relationship or friendship during their five-minute dates. Guests will be notified of their matches electronically within 24 hours.
Tickets to the event at GreenSpace are $35 until Feb. 28, and can be found here.