The Plantbased Business Hour

Awesome Vegans Podcast & Vlog

The time has come for a show that focuses on the leaders creating solutions to the industries that are crippling our health and our economy: meat and dairy.

During this strange time of social distancing, I am creating a pop-up show: The Plantbased Business Hour that will run weekdays at 1p PT on the Jane UnChained FB Live Page. The Plantbased Business Hour will be reposted to my YouTube page, my Elysabeth Afano Radio Show FB Page, my LinkedIn page, the Awesome Vegans Podcast and below.  I am creating this show, not just because there is a need for content right now; but because I feel that there is a need for a certain kind of content that is missing.  I want to offer a platform for consumers and investors to hear from the leaders that are shaping our future and providing hope for solutions to our health and environmental crisis, and of course, for animals.

Concerned that people are not making the connection between eating animals and the Coronavirus pandemic, on the Plantbased Business Hour, I will be talking to the plantbased business leaders who are working on a safer food supply for our future: plant-based meats. Tune in to hear from venture capitalists, CEOs, inventors, analysts, entrepreneurs, start-ups, and more.

Plantbased Business represents big money. Plant-based Business also represents the big solution. I think we can all agree, as we stay home and cannot even travel to see loved ones in this strange time, that we need large-scale solutions to the meat and dairy industries as we pay a heavy, heavy cost on our health and the health of the planet during the Coronavirus, just as we have during other meat-borne pandemics.

So join me LIVE at 1p PT every weekday for the Plantbased Business Hour. Share your comments, questions and time with me and the business innovators and leaders of our time. The Plantbased Business Hour is the best way to keep your finger on the pulse of the dynamic, impact-oriented, money-making, plant-based business world!

March 27: How Are Vegan Restaurants Surviving During COVID-19 Crisis? Andrew Kalish of Sam & Gertie’s and Kāl’ish and Jennie Plasterer of Kitchen 17 are two of very few Chicago vegan restaurants which have not closed…in fact they have reinvented themselves, forging ahead with new business models to keep vegan food, their businesses and hope alive. Tune in to listen to these two business leaders braving the frontlines of Coronavirus!

Thursday, March 26. On The Plantbased Business Hour with Elysabeth Alfano, Dr. Dean Ornish, Father of Lifestyle Medicine and author of UnDo It on how hospitals are coping with Coronavirus, how to boost your immune system with a plant-based diet and on changing the healthcare system to be in the business of promoting health, rather than sickness.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Grammy Award Winning Baritone and Vegan Opera Singer Lucas Meachem talks about surviving as a performer when all performances are cancelled. Plus, he compares Coronavirus to the Spanish Flu of 1918 and talks about the increasing demands of opera: you have to do more than just sing!

Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Firecracker and Powerhouse Rachel Konrad of Impossible Foods joins me on The Plantbased Business Hour to discuss Impossible Pork, the expected swift shift of consumer food trends and if an IPO in the future? Rachel also explains in great detail how studies show that people don’t like to have their food coming from dead carcasses.

Monday, March 23, 2020. Claire Smith, CEO of Beyond Investing and Chairwoman of Beyond Animal, talks about the bottleneck for bank loans for vegan businesses.

Next, Founder of Before the Butcher and current Presiplant of #UnCut Burgers, Danny O’Malley joined me to discuss 1) how being acquired has helped his company weather the Coronavirus, 2) if grocers are considering plant-based meats when meat supplies have run out, and 3) if we have come to a saturation point for plant-based burgers.

First up is Curt Albright of Clear Current Captial. Curt and I discuss 1) the power of impact investing, 2) contract manufacturing deficit for plant-based businesses and 3) the individual potency of the consumer. Watch below and share.

In addition to the Plantbased Business Hour, a series in my overall Awesome Vegan podcast, I continue with my weekly radio show. The Elysabeth Alfano Show airs every Sunday 4p ET live on the WCGO-Chicago,, The Smart Talk Radio Network, The JaneUnChained News Network, Vegan Magazine and Alexa. To hear more of The Elysabeth Alfano Show, click here.

And please, help me make the first and only syndicated plant-based radio show in the nation a huge success! Tell YOUR local station to pick up The Elysabeth Alfano, available across the nation through the Smart Talk Radio Network or by contacting me at Elysabeth at

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Thank you, also, to VegFund for supporting this podcast! In addition to my weekly Sunday radio show (4p ET on WCGO) you can catch me live on WGN Radio, WCPT Radio, WLS Radio and periodically on WGN-TV, WCIU-TV, iHeart Radio, Good Morning LALALand, Bagels Over Broadway, Splash Magazine Worldwide and NPR’s KCRW as a plant-based expert.

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