This New Mexico City Needs to Enhance Tourism With Vegan Meals

Nestled on the New Mexico-West Texas border, the quaint mountain city of Ruidoso has discovered itself at a crossroads. Within the coronary heart of this picturesque ski village, change is brewing, spearheaded by Carolyn Scott, a seasoned advisor with a mission to veganize the city. 

Ruidoso, unaccustomed to the plant-based revolution, finds itself prepared for a metamorphosis.

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Scott, tv host of The Wholesome Voyager, journey professional, and vegan chef, has been employed by the city’s Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Board. The city has acknowledged the necessity to modernize its culinary choices attributable to an inflow of tourism. Scott’s job is to work with six native eating places and a serious on line casino, guiding them towards a extra vegan-friendly menu.


The primary steps concerned Scott organizing a “retreat” the place restaurant managers and cooks gathered to be taught concerning the significance of including vegan and gluten-free choices. Scott showcased the benefit and tastiness of vegan dishes, going over current menus to assist create inexpensive and interesting plant-based choices. 

“I made a ton of vegan meals to showcase how straightforward and attractive it’s, and the attendees had been blown away,” Scott tells VegNews. Scott has already deliberate for follow-up visits within the spring. 

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The city’s tourism board and council performed an important function in sponsoring the mission, recognizing the significance of those developments not just for attracting vacationers but additionally for the well-being of the area people.

“Their tourism board and their city council sponsored this mission and I’ve to commend them on seeing the significance and want for these developments not just for tourism but additionally for their very own neighborhood,” Scott says.

Modernizing restaurant menus

Tourism is the lifeblood of Ruidoso, and Scott believes that veganizing the city’s choices can have an enormous affect. Households with kids with meals allergic reactions and younger urbanites looking for snowboarding or summer season adventures usually struggled to search out appropriate eating choices. Scott is aware of that offering strong vegan dishes is not going to solely appeal to these vacationers but additionally create a brand new market.

Already, the success of a restaurant providing a gluten-free pizza was a testomony to the demand for different choices. “One restaurant began providing a gluten-free pizza a short time in the past and they’re doing gangbusters as a result of vacationers and locals haven’t had any choices on the town outdoors of cooking for themselves, in order that they know they are going to be flooded as soon as they provide strong vegan dishes,” Scott says. 


The eating places that attended the retreat expressed pleasure on the prospect of assembly the rising want for vegan selections, anticipating a surge in enterprise. “The eating places that got here to the retreat all expressed the fixed and rising want for choices, in order that they had been tremendous excited and grateful to be taught that it may very well be performed affordably and simply.”

As for the on line casino’s fine-dining restaurant in Ruidoso, Scott plans to collaborate with them within the spring, bringing her experience to create attractive vegan choices. In the meantime, within the native eating places, a wide range of plant-based dishes are being crafted, starting from hearty stews to artistic salads and mouth-watering desserts.

Vegan choices at resort chains

Past Ruidoso, Scott’s mission extends globally. She has additionally been tapped to seek the advice of and collaborate with the manager cooks of three main world resort chains. The primary part entails 5 motels in Mexico, together with a flagship resort in Puerto Vallarta. 

“Every resort has six eating institutions on [the] property and vary from sushi to steakhouses to conventional Mexican, and every shall be providing not less than one, if not a number of, vegan choices,” Scott says. “It’s going to be an enormous mission.”

Whereas Scott can’t but reveal many particulars earlier than the mission begins subsequent yr, she says the flagship location would be the first in that chain to endure a vegan transformation. And the opposite motels she’s working with are below the conglomerate of one of many largest resort and resort firms on this planet.

Touring as a vegan

For Scott, the importance of providing vegan choices extends past the borders of Ruidoso. Vegan, vegetarian, and dairy-free vacationers have gotten a considerable a part of world tourism, she says. Scott, a seasoned vegan traveler herself, emphasised the need for motels, resorts, eating places, and different hospitality companies to cater to this rising demographic. 

“I’ve been vegan for 25 years and created [The Healthy Voyager] present in 2005 particularly to showcase how vegans may journey the world simply, and I’ve seen it go from tremendously tough to nearly too straightforward now,” Scott says. 

The truth is, The Wholesome Voyager not too long ago premiered on Go Traveler, the world’s largest journey channel. It’s the first vegan journey present on the channel, being broadcast alongside well-known journey exhibits akin to Anthony Bourdain, Rick Steves, and extra. 

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Scott makes a compelling case for the mixing of vegan choices, particularly in main motels and eating places. It isn’t only a culinary revolution; it’s a strategic transfer for companies to remain related and thrive in a altering world.

“Not just for buyer satisfaction and loyalty however for their very own progress as a enterprise, it’s completely important for motels, cruise traces, eating places, theme parks … to have the ability to provide dishes that accommodate this shortly rising group of worldwide residents,” Scott says.

As Scott continues her work in Ruidoso and past, the city and the resort chains are on the cusp of a culinary transformation, embracing the plant-based wave that’s sweeping throughout the globe.

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