Six years ago, Mary Beth King began living a vegan lifestyle and thought she would probably never eat dessert again. But since she’s resourceful and loves to bake, she learned to craft delicious vegan baked goods and desserts. In 2009, she took a giant step and started Sweet Peace Bakery, (www.sweetpeacebakery.com), while still working at her day job for Community Shares.
Sweet Peace Bakery doesn’t yet have a store front, but Mary Beth’s tempting desserts can now be found at specialty stores and coffee houses around the city, including Coffee Emporium, Sidewinder’s, Park & Vine and Sitwell’s. For a complete list of locations, consult her website and look for her every month at Second Sunday on Main or City Flea. In addition, she’ll create special-order cakes and desserts for birthdays and other occasions. They’re not only vegan but also great if someone has wheat or egg allergies. Even carnivores go out of their way to get her goodies. Personally, I love her Butterfinger Bars and Coffee Cake Muffins.
CityBeat: What is the last great meal you ate and where did you eat it?
Mary Beth King: I live in Northside and love the vegan options. Melt is fantastic and I eat there all the time, but I really love the vegan pizza at NorthSlice. I just love the crust and it’s the best vegan pizza in the city.
CB: What does it mean to you to be a vegan?
MBK: I do a lot of yoga and I practice what is called Ahimsa, which means, “Doing the least amount of harm.” As a vegan I believe that I am doing as little harm as possible to the earth, to other beings and to my body.