Brooklyn Brawl Champion, Omowale Adewale, Hosts A Vegan Rooftop Party In NYC And YOU’RE Invited!

by Danielle Bussone


Ask Me Again, WHERE Do I Get My Protein??



Omowale Adewale’s vegan challenge, GoVeg 2014,  is well into it’s fourth month and the results have been nothing short of remarkable. Since January, there has been a steady influx of people signing on to his blog wanting to rid their bodies of animal products and reclaim their health. Wale gets participants to talk about their experiences, their concerns and questions and he offers recipes and exercise tips to help people meet their goals. Wale offers guidance and support and encourages participants to interact. And they do!

One delighted GoVeg participant, Tamrah Little, lost 50 pounds in her first four months of the challenge. Another, Julie Chang Schulman, has lost 30 pounds to date.  As a fellow vegan, I visited the site and was heartened to see the level of participation among the group. They offer one another recipes, vegan resources, links and mutual support. It’s a beautiful thing.


Tamrah Little Lost 50 pounds since beginning the GoVeg 2014 challenge in  January

Tamrah Little Lost 50 pounds since beginning the GoVeg 2014 challenge in January


One member writes from Portugal that he worries he is too thin and will lose even more weight on a vegan diet. Wale tailored a  program of eating to help him gain weight while abstaining from eating animals, and the response from fellow participants blew him away, “Wow! I read, when I found out about this group, that Omowale Adewale was here to encourage people, but I never thought that you would be so awesome! Thank you all for your comments, really!”

Omowale Adéwale leads by example. “Many people,” he explains, “are encouraged to go vegan because they’ve seen me fight and seen me doing well. Especially since my last fight on March 15th, against Nick Olson. It’s been incredible. A lot of fighters who are champions now say that they want to go vegan. A videographer told me he has been cutting out animal products in his diet.  Fighters, too. It’s been amazing. They know about the campaign. They see me on facebook, Instagram, and other social media.

Athletes always look to curb their meat before going into a fight because they don’t want to be sluggish and slow. Yet, they still eat meat weeks before the fight. So it makes sense to just go vegan from the start. When they see me as a vegan, they just go ahead and do it because it just makes sense. What it says to me is they would have been vegan long ago, their heart and brains want them to be vegan but their tastebuds are trained over the years to like animal products. This is coming from everybody, everybody I talk to.”


Omowale in Ring

Omowale confessed he used to be thin, too, and was able to put on weight with exercise and a vegan lifestyle. To put on muscle, exercise is key.


Now, Omowale is gearing up for the next goal of this challenge. He is hosting a rooftop party in Manhattan for vegans and non-vegans. The purpose is to get people talking about what a vegan lifestyle has done for them, have non-vegans try animal free foods and see for themselves how delicious, as well as healthy, compassionate eating can be.

The party is free of charge and limited to 100 people. I can assure you, they will fill quickly. I’ve called dibs on two spots and you’d better be a fighter if you think you can wrestle them away from me! 🙂 You must be 21 or over to attend. Sorry, no children allowed this time. Dress is casual. I asked Wale what that meant; casual shorts, casual jeans, casual after five attire? His answer was, “Yes!”  Make what you will of that, I’m going to be comfortable.

It is not a good idea to arrive fashionably late. Once 100 people have been admitted, that will be it!  Guests are encouraged, but not required, to bring a vegan dish and there will be plenty of great sponsors providing food as well. Among them is Tofurky and  Beyond Meat, both companies which produce delicious meat substitutes. Beanfields will be bringing a variety of vegan chips.


Cassoulet D'Argagnan, a favorite stew from southern France made with Italian Tofurky Sausage.

Cassoulet D’Argagnan, a favorite stew from southern France made with Tofurky Italian Sausage.

“Come and celebrate the heavily anticipated SPRING with the best vegan food NYC has to offer. Welcome Family, Friends, Comrades, Fighters and Vegans!!!”

“As a healthy and highly active vegan, I can say for certain, you don’t need meat, EVER.” Omowale Adéwale

Vegan Rooftop Party
Saturday, April 19 at 4:00pm
11 East 1st Street, Room 824, NY, NY 10003

On the day of the event, please tell the concierge you are here for Room 824. Stop at 824 or go straight up to the rooftop. RSVP at the link below!



Co-founder and editor of Veggin’ Out and About, Danielle writes restaurant reviews, profiles and interviews of people making a difference in the plant-based community. She is currently writing a cookbook for vegans called, “Time For Change: Whole Foods For Whole Health.”

Danielle’s region is SW Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina and anywhere she happens to stop for sustenance along the road. Contact Danielle  directly to share your restaurant finds, to make comments or just to say hello.


  1. I’d love to check out this party/feast — Let me know if I make the cut!
    ~= Thanks =~

    • Danielle Bussone

      All you have to do is click RSVP button at the bottom of the post and sign up. If the event is not filled, you’ve made the cut! You can also go to the top of this page and click on the RSVP For The Vegan Rooftop Party. Hope to see you there!

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