Baltimore’s first vegan delicatessen The Greener Kitchen will open in the Pigtown neighborhood this September. The concept was developed by entrepreneurs Kyle Harvey, John Neavear, and Brenda Sanders, who own vegan food distribution company PEP Foods, Inc. The Greener Kitchen will feature a retail space complete with plant-based cheeses and meats, condiments, desserts, and grab-and-go meals, along with a deli counter that will serve vegan versions of American comfort food such as chicken and waffles, cheesesteaks, and hearty sandwiches. The 3,000-square-foot space will also serve as an incubator for new vegan businesses that can use the shop’s commercial kitchen to develop their products and sell the finished items in the retail space. Last week, The Greener Kitchen hosted “Waffle Sundae” where guests got a sneak preview of the menu items. Earlier this month, Baltimore’s Vegan Soulfest—which Sanders co-founded in 2014 with a mission of bringing plant-based education to low-income communities—welcomed 15,000 visitors and was headlined by award-winning vegan singer Mya.

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