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Every critically-acclaimed and delicious Strictly Vegan dish springs from the creative mind of Leonie McDonald.
After years of working in law firms in Los Angeles and Miami, an opportunity presented itself in June 2010, when Leonie, with 30+ years experience as a Legal Records Manager, was laid off from a major law firm in Century City. Her husband Lloyd McDonald, founding member of the legendary reggae group, the Wailing Souls, along with their son Jamhari McDonald and best friend Eloise Hay, encouraged her to start her own catering company. With a stroke of luck, Leonie recruited executive chef Wiletta Harmon and together they created some of the most sought-after Jamaican-style vegan meals in California and Nevada.
Leonie has used her managerial and organizational skills to form a well run business. Strictly Vegan’s Reggae Wrap, Love Salad, Hot & Spicy, Gluten Free and Curry Tofu dishes are favorites of festival goers. She has created some of her tastiest meals simply by using all natural ingredients from her native Jamaica and she recently added Ziggy Marley Organics (ZMO) coconut oils to prepare all her dishes. At least twice per year she travels to various vegan/vegetarian restaurants in Jamaica to pick up hints and tips. There is always something new to try whenever you visit Strictly Vegan’s food booth.
In her 5 years as the owner of Strictly Vegan Jamaican Cuisine, Leonie’s vegan cuisine has been featured on KTTV FOX 11/ Good Day LA – Citysearch and at some of the most popular eco-friendly/healthy food festivals in Southern California. No stranger to celebrities, Leonie’s food has been enjoyed by everyone from John Salley, Ziggy Marley, Leon, Debra Wilson (MADtv) and various Reggae entertainers such as Beres Hammond, Taurus Riley, Marcia Griffiths, Sister Carol, Sly & Robbie and Wailing Souls, to name just a few.
As creator of one of the most popular vegan cuisines on the West Coast, Leonie McDonald will undoubtedly be at the top of her game for many years to come. “Take care of your Mind, Body and Soul”