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Brentwood’s Cody Elkins plans for a vegan revolution at 10th birthday party

 Jaden, 13, Cody, 9, Madison, 7, manager on left Lyndsey Perry, and Diana at Westwood Veggie Grill.
Jaden, 13, Cody, 9, Madison, 7, manager on left Lyndsey Perry, and Diana at Westwood Veggie Grill.

By Anne Hansen

Wouldn’t you love it if your kids were telling you to eat more veggies?  Well, Cody Elkins, a nine-year old vegan from Brentwood and racquetball champion, hopes to make that a reality by having his 10th birthday party at Veggie Grill in Westwood.

His 30 guests will dine on all plant-based foods and probably not even realize it, thanks to the familiar style of food available at Veggie Grill.

Cody is recommending that his guests try one of his two favorites, mac and cheese or the Santa Fe Grilled Chik’en sandwich.

“This is a revolutionary party for a nine-year old,” said Veggie Grill manager Lyndsey Perry, who also happens to be vegan.

The friendliness of Perry and her staff, along with the bright décor of Veggie Grill make it not only a healthy choice but also a fun destination.

Cody’s older brother, Jaden, held his Bar Mitzvah at the location earlier this year and introduced many meat eaters to a healthier way of living.

Cody hopes to follow in his brother’s footsteps, inspiring his friends to make healthier choices while doing good for the environment and animals.

Food stores are offering greater varieties of vegan foods as people become more aware of the benefits of a plant-based diet. Even Costco, a meat eater’s paradise, now sells large tubs of vegan mayonnaise.

Happy Birthday Cody and thank you for reminding us all to eat more veggies!

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Comments
  • Kudos to Coby Elkins for this wonderful initiative. I hope many others will follow his example because how the production and consumption of meat and other animal products violate basic Jewish mandates to preserve human health, treat animals with compassion, protect the environment, conserve natural resources, and help hungry people, and that animal-based diets and agriculture are causing an epidemic of diseases in Jewish and other communities, and contributing significantly to climate change and other environmental problems that threaten all of humanity. I believe it is essential that the Jewish community address these issues to help shift our imperiled planet to a sustainable path.

    In addition, veganism is the diet for Judaism’s two ideal times, the Garden of Eden (See Genesis 1:29) and the Messianic Times, according to Rav Kook, based on Isaiah 11:6-9, “the wolf will dwell with the lamb, …, the lion will eat straw like the ox, …, and no one shall hurt nor destroy on all of God’s holy mountain.”

    For further information about Jewish teachings on vegetarianism, please visit the Jewish Vegetarias of North America website (www.JewishVeg.com), and please see our acclaimed documentary “A Sacred Duty: Applying Jewish Values to Help Heal the World” at ASacedDuty.com.

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