Founded in 2012, Cleveland Vegan began its operation as solely a catering company.
Laura Ross & Justin Gorski, founders of Cleveland Vegan never imagined their little catering company to grow into what is today. With over 30 staff and growing, what makes their food, service & experience exceptional is the incredible team behind it all.
Learn more about their culinary, operations and management team below:
Justin has been cooking his whole life, although it took him about 35 years to get it right! 🙂
Besides cooking, cleaning, managing, leading the culinary catering team, picking up orders and washing random things at the shop, Justin hangs out with his amazing wife, Laura (bless her soul) and three crazy & amazing children…Eli, Simone & Hugo. Justin has been playing music almost as long as he has been cooking, he loves milkshakes, pizza and anybody that will cook food for him. He meditates every day, or at least tries to, and wants to continue to travel the world, record more albums, own an old 50’s pick-up truck! I guess we will see what happens…
Laura Ross brings a diverse background to her work with Cleveland Vegan. She has been sharing the beautiful practice of yoga/meditation since 2005 and currently teaches at Inner Bliss Yoga Studio. Her work before taking over the management and operations of Cleveland Vegan was in the social work field where she coordinated the Volunteer program at a local domestic violence organization.
Outside of working closely with the management team at Cleveland Vegan, Laura is joyfully involved with Eli, Simone & Hugo, her 3 beautiful children. She loves to read, travel and eat vegan food. She meditates daily and attributes her spiritual practice and plant-based diet to the reason she is able to manage the demands of her schedule. She is a strong advocate for veganism and is thrilled to offer an accessible way of eating for so many.
Julian began his culinary career in 2009. After delving into different styles of cooking and working with numerous restaurants throughout Cleveland, he landed a position creating vegan food! Ultimately being able to please all sorts of people is the final goal and that’s made possible with Cleveland Vegan.
In his spare time, he loves getting together with his friends to watch sports, tossing darts or just listening to music with them.
Kylynn’s (aka KY) baking career started here at Cleveland Vegan and has been growing exponentially over the last three years. Fascinated with cake and cupcake decorating at a very young age, Ky quickly realized that her passion was here in the bakery. Over the years, Ky has pushed herself to learn new techniques and ways to take vegan baking to new heights. Her favorite style of cake decorating is in her words described as “gaudy.” We like to describe it as victorian, elaborate, or vintage. Regardless of what you call it, her cakes are stunning. In Ky’s spare time she loves to bowl, be in nature, look at art, and eat delicious vegan food.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Julianna has been with the Cleveland Vegan family since 2013. Her passion for sourcing local organic food has come to fruition with the help of many great local distributors and farmers. She hopes to make Cleveland Vegan even more sustainable from year to hear. When she’s not creating new menus or whipping up batches of biscuits, she’s at home cuddling with her cat Arnie.
Emily has a marketing degree and a love of vegan food which lead her to starting a plant based blog emilyhappyhealthy.com. After working for a food gift retailer in Chicago, Emily moved back home to Cleveland in the hopes of working for a vegan company. In her free time you can find Emily practicing photography, going for walks in the park, reading or doing an OrangeTheory workout. She has 2 cats Sanderson & Kiwi.
FRONT OF HOUSE MANAGER
Mandy has been in the restaurant industry for the last fifteen years with three years of management experience along with it. She started at a local diner at the age of fifteen and hasn’t left the industry since! From bartending to fine dining and everything in between, Mandy’s worked almost every front of house position imaginable. She is the definition of a people person and absolutely loves connecting with guests on a daily basis.
Outside of work Mandy is extremely passionate about veganism. She is happily engaged to her fiance Wayne, has a beautiful daughter named Eden, and two vegan dogs named Queso and Mr. Beef. In her spare time she enjoys meditating, cooking and sharing her food with friends and family, gardening, reading books, and playing outside.
Kitchen Catering Coordinator
Taylor has been working at different restaurants in the Cleveland area for 13 years. He has experience with a wide variety of cooking styles. He is passionate about cooking and food science. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and relaxing with his wife and their two cats.
Eli started his culinary career in the Chef Training program at Polaris Career Center, where he had the opportunity to be a member of a competition team that competed at a national level. Since then, his passion for cooking and veganism has grown exponentially. He loves being able to cook amazing vegan food for a locally owned business. He brings a positive attitude to the Cleveland Vegan kitchen.
When Eli’s not working or cooking food for him and his partner, he is chasing his cats, Mocha and Cocoa, around their apartment, listening to music, reading comics, or playing Dungeons and Dragons. Eli considers himself an activist, avid concert goer, animal lover, and all-around nerd.
Front of House Shift Manager
John is a lifelong Clevelander and has been plant-based since 2014. He was a regular customer of Cleveland Vegan and loved the food and all the team members and wanted to join the crew of this special place! He has been working here since 2018 and loves the people he works with and the customers. He is also a certified health coach and works for PLANTSTRONG as a health coach and events coordinator spreading the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle. In his spare time, he loves outdoor activities, spending time with his kids and close friends.
Front of House Shift Manager
Sadie has grown up in the Cleveland Area her whole life and worked making vegan ice cream just before coming to Cleveland Vegan. Being able to offer cruelty free, sustainable dining in her hometown is very rewarding to Sadie.
When she is not at work, you can find her listening to records, painting, enjoying nature, or spending time with my dog Layla.
Front of House Shift Manager
Kaleb has been vegan since 2019. He strives to foster and nurture a lifestyle that emphasizes both compassion and respect for all life. After working in the restaurant industry for a long time, he’s extremely excited to work in a place that not only aligns with his values, but also one where he can eat everything on the menu!
When he’s not at work you can most likely find him in a hammock, hiking through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, longboarding around town, or reading a book.
Huge fan of traveling, he recently touched all four corners of the United States in one year by car and dreams of one day seeing other countries like India, Greece, Japan, and Morocco. Big fan of all things Comic Book, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy related. Role Models are Bruce Lee and Kid Cudi.