Episode 16: Maria Bahruth, the Vegan Restaurateur
Late one night two years ago, Maria Baruth, the owner of the High Note Café right here in Boise, Idaho, started watching the disturbing documentary, "Dominion." Narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, “Dominion uses drones, hidden and handheld cameras to expose the dark underbelly of modern animal agriculture, questioning the morality and validity of humankind’s dominion over the animal kingdom.” Just 15 minutes into the documentary, Maria found herself in tears as she considered not only the disturbing images and information that were shared in just the opening minutes of the film, but also about what she saw as her contributing to animal exploitation by serving meat and animal-derived products at her restaurant.
And what she did from there was extremely brave and quite frightening for a business owner. Practically overnight, she overhauled her entire menu, gave away or sold all the animal products, and became the first all-vegan restaurant in Boise. The support from the community--and the world--has been nothing short of extraordinary.
High Note Cafe website: https://highnotecafeboise.com/
"Dominion" trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgMWqAuQDKs
"Dominion" documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQRAfJyEsko Viewer discretion advised!