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Ashouraita KhoshabaBy Ashouraita Khoshaba
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Ashouraita KhoshabaBy Ashouraita Khoshaba
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$5,245
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Funding Unsuccessful
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Eater Chicago • One Green Planet • Plant Based News

Our Mission

We have been creating artisan cruelty-free meats and cheeses in Chicago since the summer of 2015. It is our greatest passion, and with your help, we hope to go far with it. We have attended numerous events in Chicago within the past two years and changed many minds along the way with our delectable meats and cheeses. Our products are also available at a few stores across the country. It has been our dream since the beginning to become Chicago's first vegan butcher shop and deli.

Flavor is the most important aspect to vegan food. It can dictate whether or not a person will go vegan. We believe that our use of traditional spices and the accurate textures of our products really sets us apart. Our customers' reactions really proves it. We have positively impacted many vegans and non-vegans alike. One of the best feelings at every event we attend is when a doubtful omnivore absolutely loves our meats and cheeses. There is almost nothing better than those moments and we hope to experience them even more once we open our shop.

We hope to offer an array of vegan meats and cheeses in deli cases as well as a small menu of items such as sandwiches and charcuterie plates. We will have special roasts and meals for the holidays. We will also offer homemade Middle Eastern pickles like turnips, torshi, and other mezze items. Our shop will be perfect for those who want to dine in as well as those who want to quickly stop by to take some food home with them. We hope that a vegan butcher shop and deli in Chicago will help spread veganism more throughout the city and prove to people that vegans are not missing out in the slightest.

Chicago VeganMania 2016
Chicago VeganMania 2016

About Us

My name is Ashouraita Khoshaba. My partner's name is Cole Bright. We are the couple behind The Tiny Vegan, which will be called The Anti Butcher once we open our storefront. The Tiny Vegan started a little over two years ago. I was generally unhappy with the way my life was headed, so I decided to take some control by doing what I truly love, and started my own food business. I have been vegetarian since 2006 and vegan since 2014. I am Assyrian, and grew up on some of the most flavorful food imaginable, which has played a huge role in the products that I create. Food has been my passion since I was a kid, and as long as I have spices and herbs available to me, I'm always ready to cook up something delicious.

Cole is kind of the brains behind everything. He immediately became vegetarian when we began dating in 2012 and went vegan with me in 2014. He constantly has great ideas to make our meats and cheeses more realistic since he likes to get pretty scientific. He's definitely the troubleshooter behind our methods. He's always right by my side in the kitchen at some ungodly hour either cooking or packaging our products. While working at a machine shop together a couple of years ago, we would always try to sneak in some time to discuss our grandeur dream of a vegan butcher and deli in Chicago, but we never could have possibly imagined it becoming a reality. I couldn't have asked for a more hardworking and supportive partner. Combining both of our unique talents and creativity, we were destined for this.

Some of Our Products

Some of Our Facebook Reviews

"This is a rare find. I haven't eaten meat in about 15 years, and I don't usually like anything like this (that is to say, meat alternatives). I bought some Spicy Italian Sausage at Chicago VeganMania for my partner (who is not vegan), but I didn't sample it myself. He knew right away upon opening it, before even tasting, that he would love it just from the smell, and immediately asked me if he could buy it online. Tasting it was a confirmation, and he even suggested that I try it. And I actually really liked it! Whether you're a long-time vegan or you're not a vegan, I highly suggest trying their products. I'll be very interested to try their cheeses if I can ever get my hands on them!"

"Best sausage EVER! If I still ate meat, I would choose the Tiny Vegan's products over any animal product hands down."


"I keep buying their "sausage" and just had the opportunity to try thier sunflower heart cheese. So good on all the fronts. The "cheese" is decadent though and although I have not had cheese in over 5 years it reminds me of the real high quality fine hard cheeses I would get. I am drooling writing about it! "


"I bought the spicy salami and sunflower heart cheese. They are two of the tastiest things I have eaten in my life! And very good quality ingredients. Yum!"

Why Vegan?

We're mainly vegan for the animals, but veganism is also important for your health and the environment. Why not go vegan when delicious food like ours exists? By creating this butcher shop and deli, we hope that we can help make amazing cruelty-free meats and cheeses more accessible and approachable to people who may not even know much about veganism.

Here are some facts (thanks to Cowspiracy):

  • Animal agriculture is responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions, which is more than the combined exhaust from all transportation.
  • Growing feed crops for livestock consumes 56% of water in the United States.
  • 2,500 gallons of water are needed to produce one pound of beef.
  • Livestock or livestock feed covers 1/3 of the earth's ice-free land.
  • Animal agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution, and habitat destruction.
  • 70 billion farmed animals are reared annually worldwide. More than 6 million animals are killed for food every hour.
Preparing for Chicago Vegan Food & Drink Festival 2016
Preparing for Chicago Vegan Food & Drink Festival 2016

 

Risks and challenges

We understand that only a very small amount of first time business owners succeed, but two years of sales with a strong customer base has convinced us that we will have consistent support. We fully understand and have dealt with the challenges of running a business, but we will be able to persevere just as we have for the past two and a half years. We are more than willing to work hard for this and never give up despite the obstacles we may face. Chicago is an important city for veganism, and there is an obvious need for this specific type of business, so we believe that it will undoubtedly succeed.

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