Racquetball Champion Hosts Vegan Bar Mitzvah at Veggie Grill  

Cody Elkins, vegan advocate and Veggie Grill aficionado

Cody Elkins, a 13 year old student at Paul Revere Middle School in Los Angeles was not the usual Bar Mitzvah candidate. Cody was the second in his in is family to cerebrate this important milestone at Veggie Grill, a growing fast, casual vegan restaurant chain.

Scott Nicholson, Senior Vice President of Operations helped Cody plan the party for 100 guests in late October and it was an enormous success.  Scott enlisted his staff to work the event, preparing Cody’s special customized menu, highlighting many of Veggie Grill’s greatest hits.  As a special treat, Scott brought back Cody’s favorite dessert, a luscious chocolate pudding parfait for his special occasion.

Guests enjoyed a delicious appetizers that included Buffalo wings, Crispy Cauliflower and Tempura Green Bean Stacks.  Cody’s custom menu offered many of Cody’s personal favorites such as the Santa Fe Crispy Chicken Sandwich. Guests were delighted to try the the Sonora Bowl, the Masala Bowl, the Mediterranean Salad and the popular, Savory Kale Caeser.

Photos: Marc Blackwell, @blackwellphoto

Cody was born into a vegetarian family and went vegan at 2 years of age when his mom made the vegan life shift.  Cody enjoys educating his peers about the benefits of a healthy and compassionate vegan lifestyle and his Bar Mitvah project was the perfect example of that.

Cody spoke at his school about the connection between going Vegan and saving the planet.  He also shared his thoughts about his veganism in his Bar Mitvah speech at his Synagogue.

Cody is frequently asked about his vegan lifestyle by his non-vegan peers. One if the more frequent questions are about his sources of protein, and when he gave his talk he was sure to include the availability of protein in plant foods, comparing them with animal products.  Watch Cody’s Talk

Cody is also an accomplished athlete! He is a world champion racquetball player, one of the finalists for Great Vegan Athlete of 2017 and is the youngest Great Vegan Athlete listed on the site www.greatveganalthletes.com.

Cody has been able to combine the best of both worlds fueling his passion for racquetball with his favorite restaurant, Veggie Grill.

Cody is very proud to have hosted his vegan Bar Mitvah and is confident that he has influenced his guests to think more about what they eat and how it affects their health and the environment.

Cody hopes that he has also sown the seeds of compassion that may one day take root and inspire them to go vegan.  You can follow Cody @whatcodyeats on instagram and @vegansportskid on Twitter.

Marie Oser is a best-selling author, writer/producer and host of VegTV. Her latest book is The Skinny on Soy.  Follow Marie on Facebook and Twitter