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Episode 458: Francesca “Sol” Chaney and Liz Dee

By Jasmin and Mariann — October 20, 2018

This week, Jasmin talks to Francesca “Sol” Chaney, owner of the Bushwick-based vegan restaurant Sol Sips, about the idea of “food apartheid,” the obstacles lower-income people face when trying to eat healthy, how healthy food is a survival tool for endangered bodies, and her partnership with State Farm. Sol Sips is a plant based vegan restaurant started by 22 year old activist, Francesca ‘Sol’ Chaney. Sol Sips is located in the heart of Bushwick,Brooklyn and provides the community with an affordable plant based vegan menu. Sol Sips is known for their sliding scale brunch where a full plate of food and drink can cost as low as $7 in total. The inspiration of the Sol Sips sliding scale brunch came from Sol growing up in a food desert in East New York, and not having easy access to affordable plant based foods.

Also in this episode, Mariann catches up with our dear friend Liz Dee to talk about the Halloween goings-on at Smarties, including their #SmartArt campaign where they are partnering with designers and creators to create cruelty-free art made from Smarties candy, and an update on Vegan Lady Boss and Baleine Bjorn Capital.

Jasmin and Mariann talk Mariann’s recent trip to the Animal Law Conference, the ramifications of the recent UN climate change report and what it means for the future of optimism and hope, and an update about last week’s Dove’s announcement.

We’ve also got Rising Anxieties from Mariann.

This week’s episode is brought to you in part by V-Dog.

As always, the award-winning weekly Our Hen House podcast is hosted by Mariann Sullivan and Jasmin Singer.


This episode is brought to you in part through the generosity of A Well-Fed World. A Well-Fed World provides the means for change by empowering individuals, social justice organizations, and political decision makers to embrace the benefits of plant-based foods and farming. Learn more at

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