A new food truck dedicated entirely to vegan desserts will soon be rolling in Dallas: Vegan Noms will begin serving cupcakes, muffins, bars and other vegan treats in January.
Founder/owner Allison Catalani is a yoga instructor who's already been charming locals with her cooking and baking skills. Her description of the truck says that "no animals have been plundered in the baking of our nom-nom good treats — and you don’t have to be vegan to love Vegan Noms."
Her yoga practice led her to a vegan lifestyle. "When I took a 200-hour training course to become a yoga instructor, I studied the benefits of vegetarian and vegan diets and how the body stays lean, healthy and energized," she says. "Slowly, I phased out meat and animal products. I learned to cook up a storm while keeping it healthy."
Sweets were important. "No way was I going to stop eating sweets, and in a conservative, meat-hungry state, I discovered that vegan desserts are scarce," she says. "I hunkered down to research alternatives to dairy, eggs and butter."
Her standard menu features muffins in flavors such as banana nut and blueberry, cookies such as chocolate chip and snickerdoodle, red velvet cupcakes, brownies, and blondies.
The truck will be stationed at some of the obvious food truck spots, including Klyde Warren Park and the Truck Yard on Lower Greenville. But she'll also do orders for pick-up and make her truck on call to cater parties and events.
She most recently provided gingerbread cookies, peppermint fudge and other treats at all three locations of Uptown Yoga on December 15 for its "student appreciation day."
For those who keep tabs on the vegan food-truck scene, her truck is no relation to a similar-sounding truck in Austin. "They're 'The Vegan Nom,' and they are sandwiches and food," she says. "This is just desserts."
For now, she awaits permit approval and health inspection certificates from the city, but her stylish truck, painted a pale celery-seafoam green, has arrived.
"I decided to grab the bull by the horns," Catalini says in a blog post. "In this case, the 'bull' is thinking that vegan treats can't be outstandingly sweet. Personally, I am a partial vegan, and my food truck serves everyone — vegan and non-vegan and maybe vegan. I guarantee, when you try my treats, you won’t even know they're vegan."