Treats From The Earth
1977– A 7 year-old girl named Ilana makes a horrifying discovery: The meat she’s being served for dinner came from a real live adorable animal. It was just the day before that her dad went out hunting and a rabbit was the unlucky victim. The thought of eating this beautiful creature is unbearable. She declares herself a vegetarian, and begins learning to cook her way around her meat-eating family. 2002– Ilana moves back to Toronto and quickly discovers that there’s virtually nowhere to get vegan desserts in the city. She starts experimenting and baking vegan treats out of her apartment. She goes to restaurants and stores with samples, and even leaves a box of samples at a local health food shop, despite being turned away. Ten minutes later, she gets a call from the reluctant owner to place an order, declaring, “they were yummy!” Sweets from the Earth is born.