Ward of Wellness opens in Wide Street Market place, serves vegan foods with a twist

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Craig Ward at his stand in the Broad Road Current market.

If there’s ever been a fantastic time to be vegan in Harrisburg, it is now.

Craig Ward, operator of Ward of Wellness, opened on Wednesday in the Wide Avenue Market’s stone setting up. This comes just four months just after Dwelling of Vegans opened close by in Midtown.

“I’ve generally been into staying nutritious,” Ward mentioned. “I desired to determine out how to attain other men and women.”

He realized the way to do that was by presenting men and women with food items that did not essentially glance vegan.

Ward places his spin on lo mein, burgers, mac and cheese and tacos, to title a couple. His most well-known dishes are his “Crunch Wraps” and “Save a Crab Cake” sandwiches.

At the Industry, Ward sells grab and go things like wraps, grain bowls and smoothies. He also prepares meals for people today to get home and cook dinner.

All of the food items is plant-dependent and vegan, Ward explained.

“I have to be creative with what I’m providing to people today,” he explained.

As a child escalating up in Allentown, Ward discovered to prepare dinner from his mom and dad who have been caterers. He afterwards attended Milton Hershey School, where by he was a student cook dinner. Right after attending higher education in Baltimore, he moved to Harrisburg, where he was a cook dinner and manager at destinations like Friendly’s, Texas Roadhouse, Rubicon and Café 1500. But, for Ward, that wasn’t plenty of.

“I decided to bounce out the window and start my individual factor,” he reported.

When his mom was diagnosed with most cancers, Ward observed the optimistic result that consuming perfectly experienced on her overall health. This, alongside with viewing his daughter choose up some of his harmful consuming routines, brought about him to rethink what was on his plate.

About 5 yrs back, Ward begun cutting meat out of his diet and finally made the swap to develop into vegan.

“I commenced to see a genuine big difference in my overall health,” he said. “I was not as fatigued, and my allergy symptoms went absent. But the most difficult thing for me was finding vegan foods in our region.”

It’s been about a calendar year because Ward of Health’s inception. Ahead of opening at the Wide Road Sector, Ward fulfilled customer’s orders out of his home kitchen. He available meal prep and catering companies, as well. He also participated in a several pop-ups at La Cultura and marketed foodstuff at Minor Amps Espresso Roasters.

For the duration of the pandemic, Ward of Health gained reputation as men and women sought a much healthier life-style, Ward said. It was time to grow his organization, and the Marketplace was the ideal place to go.

“I’m trying to move my nutritious life-style to other folks,” he claimed.

The Broad Road Industry is open Thursday and Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. For far more data on Ward of Health, visit their website.

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