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:

Laura Ross


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.

Justin Gorski


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…

Julianna Lutz


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.

Julian Coley


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.

Emily Double


Emily has a marketing degree and a love of vegan food which lead her to starting a plant based blog 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 and reading. She has 2 cats Sanderson & Kiwi.

Sadie Dohar

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.

Brooke Pettry

Front of House Shift Manager

Brooke was born and raised in NE Ohio. She went plant-based in 2018 shortly before she started practicing Bhakti Yoga. She and her partner left Ohio to travel the West Coast for a couple of years, and while she definitely learned plenty of life lessons and found joy in lots of different places, she’s more than happy to be back home doing something she loves and cares about. Sharing vegan food with people and helping them discover how truly delicious vegan meals can be is so rewarding. Brooke lived at a cow sanctuary during her travels, and cows are very special to her. In her free time you can find her crocheting or spending time with cows at the temple.

Martin David Tapia

Assistant Kitchen Manager
Martin David Tapia works by day as a dedicated assistant kitchen manager at the Cleveland Vegan and has been a committed team member since 2018. By night he dreams away, imagining worlds of wonder and cultivating the sparkle in his heart.