Where we began...
Owner & Chef Mel Boudens became vegan nine years ago. With not much cooking skills Mel began finding her way in the kitchen and creating her own meals and desserts from scratch, mostly 'veganizing' the classic dishes we all know and love. She soon discovered she had a true passion for creating vegan food that could change people's perspective of what plant based food can do for our taste buds and health.
She began cooking for friends and family, making desserts for small birthday events and soon decided she would start a business out of her new found passion.
Grow Your Roots officially began in 2013 as a Food Vendor at the Carp Farmers' Market just outside Ottawa. Her husband and family members joined her every Saturday at the Market to serve her scratch made burgers, sausages, famous beer battered avocados & a variety of desserts- all vegan of course!
From there, Mel began selling items in local coffee shops, grocery stores and began booking all vegan catering events, all with the goal in mind to eventually open a full on restaurant.
In August 2016 we opened our first brick and mortar location and we couldn't be happier. We hope you join us on our journey of growing our roots and advocating a vegan lifestyle!