Pensacola, Florida
Saturday December 16th 2017

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The Vegan Veteran

With Jen Knight-Shoemaker of End of the Line Cafe

End of the Line Cafe has been a unique fixture of the Pensacola food scene since its opening in 2002. As head chef and owner, Jen Knight-Shoemaker has grown the business from a coffee shop to a thriving spot for organic vegan cuisine, as well as a hub for art and community gatherings.

“We have seen so many new places open and so much talent and art coming out,” said Knight-Shoemaker. “It’s amazing.”

While running a successful small business in Pensacola for 15 years, Knight-Shoemaker hasn’t found that gender played a significant role in her experience.

“I think the restaurant industry is a struggle no matter what. You work hard and devote all of your time and energy to this one giant, beautiful art project that is your life,” she said. “I think the only struggle for any gender is the work/life balance. If you find that, then you can be centered.”

With mainstream food culture turning towards organic and vegan options in recent years, Knight-Shoemaker recognizes this potential shift in lifestyles towards some of the guiding principles of End of the Line Cafe.

“People are becoming more aware of ‘I am what I eat,’” she said. “The food and mindfulness of farm-to-table ideas are becoming more prevalent in the common home. This is such a great movement.”

She’s hopeful that the influence of what she’s built will help to shift the paradigm of vegan and organic cuisine from a dietary restriction to an inventive and enticing dining option.

Her advice to women chasing a culinary dream: “Go for it. Find your style and carve it from there.”

End of the Line Cafe
610 E. Wright St.
eotlcafe.com