PHOTO CAPTION: Pesto breadsticks from Fruits & Roots are toasted flatbreads spread with pesto and topped with house Parmesan cheese. (PHOTO BY RENEE ATHAUSER/FRUITS & ROOTS)
Amber Eichling, like many vegans in the area, thought she had limited food options when dining out.
She could order salad without meat or cheese, but after a while that was boring.
She also was concerned about cross-contamination. If chefs were not careful or unaware the dish was for a vegan diner, they might use the same kitchenware used to cook a burger.
So Eichling, a former Terra Fermata bartender and mother of a 6-year-old daughter, opened her own vegan café, Fruits & Roots Juice Bar + Vegan Cafe, in March.