I’m Ellie.

My favorite food is broccoli (seriously).

I was a touring musician until I gave up the rocker life to pursue a career in the culinary arts. The shift in my professional trajectory left me more and more concerned as I became aware of the volume of food waste and overuse of animal products in the restaurant industry. I took a break to gather my bearings and decide what my next move would be, but nothing brought me a sense of joy quite like working a busy line. I relocated to Nashville with my partner and jumped back into the game, working for several restaurants in town until it was time to branch out and try something on my own.

I launched Ghost Vegan in the fall of 2019 with the vision of serving folks gourmet, plant-based comfort food that everyone—regardless of dietary persuasion—would love. My process is simple: follow the flavors the Earth gives us. Dirt is the deity from which deliciousness is born. It’s not about eliminating animal products, it’s about tasting something so delectable we forget they were ever a factor.

I hope to share a stalk of my favorite leafy green with y’all soon.


I also have an obnoxious addiction to assonance and alliteration. Apologies.