"There are times when I have $6 in my pocket, and I've found myself in need of my own pay-what-you-can dinners," says Kalmanowicz. "I live in Little Haiti, where you can get three pieces of fried chicken for two bucks, but an apple at Publix costs $1.70. If you're poor, what are you gonna choose?"

To fund the operation, the partners work as personal chefs. They use the extra cash from their private jobs to buy local greens and organic fruits for Love & Vegetables. After this year's season, which will operate from September to April, they plan to open a permanent pay-what-you-can vegan restaurant. "It's what I see that's needed," Kalmanowicz says. "No one believes that a nonprofit community café can work in Miami, but good, healthy, nutritious food shouldn't be inaccessible."

Kalmanowicz's partner Johnnidis also values affordable vegan fare. She moved to Miami six months ago after traveling the globe. The Harvard graduate, who became a vegetarian after living at a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Nepal, practices healing and holistic wellness counseling. Alongside Kalmanowicz, she has mastered vegan recipes that mimic dishes served at fine-dining restaurants, like shiitake mushrooms and leeks smothered in white wine-thyme sauce.


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"Miami is young in a lot of different areas, but that's what makes it so exciting for us," says Johnnidis. "There's a desire for good vegan food that's burgeoning. Those are the crowds that keep us moving ahead with it all."

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