For Ambler Vegan Company’s Richard Rogers, it’s a family thing. The Blue Bell native grew up in a home where fresh fruits and vegetables were a necessity. About nine years ago, Rogers decided to take what, for him, was the logical next step: eliminating all meat from his own diet.
Rogers is adamant about inclusiveness and access to plant-based food that tastes good. “Even those who aren’t completely vegan can benefit from eating a wholesome meal a few times a week,” says Rogers, who recently received a Bridgett Medal for outstanding achievements as a person of African descent from his Franklin & Marshall College alma mater.
With its repurposed tables and chairs acquired from yard sales, Ambler Vegan Company’s small space certainly feels homey. Follow the whir of blenders to the kitchen, the source of a simple menu of bowls, smoothies, fruit whips and juices. Rogers likes to keep things as seasonal as possible, filling his signature bean bowl with a grain of the day, chopped greens, black beans, roasted sweet potato, tomato, hummus, mushrooms, avocado, nutritional yeast and cashew/pumpkin seed crema. The unique chickpea blend for his “Who You Callin’ Chicken Salad?” is served on fresh greens with veggies, balsamic dates and a seed crema.
Rogers can also be found baking and bagging sunflower power-kale chips, testing new beet burger recipes or chatting with customers. “Staffing has been the most challenging aspect of starting this business,” he says. “But I’m making connections with local trade schools to hopefully form intern partnerships.”
20 E. Butler Ave., Ambler, (267) 460-8066, amblervegan.wixsite.com