I recently caught up with Karine Brighten, the Founder of Veg Speed Date. She's a bonafide vegan entrepreneur who's been hosting speed date events for vegans and vegetarians in the San Francisco Bay Area, and in Ottawa for over 5 years. Impressively she's also planned the San Francisco Iron Chef competitions and many other vegan-centric events!I asked her some questions abour her own vegan choices and she obliged with some very cool answers. The coolest insight, in my view, is her take on why choosing a partner with the same vegan lifestyle can lead to better long-term compatibility. And as luck would have it, she is hosting a Veg Speed Date event this coming Saturday August 19th from 7-9pm in Ottawa for men and women matches ages 25-40! If you're single, check it out - only a few spots remain.Other upcoming events will also take place in Victoria, BC and in the U.S. in Oakland & LA, California, and in NYC. Check out the full schedule of events here. Karine and her team curate events that cater to the LGBTQ community as well. Describe your personal style in 5 words or less.Comfy and stylish :) Number of years as a vegan.10What has been the most rewarding part of launching Veg Speed Date?The opportunity to bring single vegetarian and vegans together all over North America!How has the reaction been so far?The reaction has been very positive and the match rates have been incredible. In some cities the match rate has been as high as 92%, and the average across the board is 74%. People often tell us that the events are not as intimidating or scary as they thought it was and that they are very glad they have tried it. We provide a truly unique experience and I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to do this.Do you think that having the same lifestyle i.e. vegan/plant-based/vegetarian makes for better compatibility in a couple in the long-run? If so, why?YES! Being vegan isn’t just about what you eat, it’s a whole lifestyle. From what your wear, types of activities you do, companies you support, etc. Relationships are already hard to start with, and having a like-minded partner just makes things much easier on that front. I’ve had vegan friends tell me horrible experiences about being with a non-veg partner.What kind of attire do you suggest that participants wear to your events? Feel free to talk about shoes. We love shoes.I highly suggest that they dress to impress, but of course staying true to their personality. I always love seeing a man in a suit with some nice looking vegan shoes :) And ladies, if you don’t usually walk in high heels, I don’t recommend giving it a try for the first time at an event, last thing you want is looking all awkward. [Good point, Karine. Luckily, we have lots of flats available at SOULiers Studio!].What do you see as the biggest vegan or ethical trend right now?Purses and accessories made out of pineapples and all kinds of crazy vegan materials.What is the craziest myth you’ve heard about being vegan?That we don’t get enough protein lol.Most inspiring activist/role model.I don’t have one specific person in mind, I look up to anyone who is vegan and trying to live their life as ethically as possible. Top 3 things you’d take with you to a desert islandMy dogsLifetime supply of chickpeasKindleWhat is your hope for the vegan movement in the next 5 years?I hope that it will continue to grow and that it will become even more accepted everywhere!