Best Vegan Role Model

Annie LePage


Best what? Really we just wanted an excuse to trumpet Annie LePage, whether you’re looking for a vegan to idolize or not. If you’re not a convert to the strict no-animal-products diet (adios, dairy and eggs!), one glance at the recipes on her catering and cookbook website or Twitter feed might change your mind. What’s not to love about Fiesta Quinoa with cilantro dressing? Mmm. What’s more, LePage isn’t just a body-beautiful example of a healthful diet, she’s a badass poker player (the jury is out on the effects of cheese on poker—but she’s making a case). Plus, she’s working on a cookbook, and is well-versed in the health benefits of a plant-based diet: decreased risk of heart disease and cancer. Makes us want to be a vegan.

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Jason Strauss


Jason Strauss

The tastemaker and nightlife impresario is a partner of Tao Group, a leading restaurant and nightlife company that develops, owns and operates numerous high-profile food and beverage facilities nationwide, including Tao, Lavo and Marquee. Along with his partners, Strauss was named Hospitality Operator of the Year by Nightclub & Bar in 2006, and their work with Marquee has been profiled as a case study by Harvard Business School.