March 28, 2022

Bad Vegan: The Downfall of Pure Food & Wine


A vegan business icon, an immortal (?) dog named Leon, cult-like abuse, mass amounts of unpaid wages and debts, and the hero of our story… a domino’s pizza with a side of wings. This is the story of Pure Food & Wine and its founder, Sarma Melngailis.

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References

Melngailis, S (2018). NOTES FROM THE OTHER SIDE. https://www.sarmaraw.com/writing/2019/5/12/first-new-post  

Melngailis, S (2022). ABOUT BAD VEGAN: Part One. https://www.sarmaraw.com/writing/2022/16/3aboutbadveganpartone 

Michallon, C. (2021). A beloved celebrity vegan, a $2m fraud, and the Domino’s pizza that brought her down. Independent UK. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/bad-vegan-sarma-melngailis-netflix-b2032276.html  

Rubenstein, H. (2004). Raw Ambition. New York Magazine. https://nymag.com/nymetro/food/reviews/restaurant/9670/ 

Salkin, A. (2016) How Sarma Melngailis, Queen of Vegan Cuisine, Became a Runaway Fugitive. Vanity Fair. https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2016/11/how-sarma-melngailis-became-a-runaway-fugitive 

Smith, C (2022). Bad Vegan: Fame. Fraud. Fugitives. Netflix. https://www.netflix.com/search?q=bad%20vegan&jbv=81470938 

Vianna, C. (2019). Troubled Vegan ‘It Girl’ Sarma Melngailis Says She’d Revive Her Raw Food Restaurant. Eater. https://ny.eater.com/2019/1/22/18192853/sarma-melngailis-pure-food-wine-vegan-scandal-revival

 

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