Interview: Eric Farone

faroneThis cool cat runs a local improv theater in Denver called the Bovine Metropolis Theater, a play on the city’s old nickname, “Cow Town.” Eric spends his (some of which is my) hard-earned money on McDonald’s and meat sandwiches, even though there’s a pretty good Indian restaurant right next door. He’s probably never even had papadum. Non-vegans are so weird. Let’s talk to him anyway.

Meet Eric Farone.

What is your name?
Eric Farone

How long have been a non-vegan?
Since I was about six months old.

Why have you decided not to be vegan?
Bacon mostly, but also laziness because meat and cheese are in everything. You ever try order a salad? They keep putting cheese on it and eventually I just wore down. So, peer pressure mostly. All of my friends in college were eating ribs and stuff, so eventually I saw how easy it was and I started too. Also, I like to drink and I am afraid that some alcohol is non-vegan.

Where do you get your protein?
Everywhere, I have protein in my mouth right now. This is America!

What vegan food do you fear you’re missing out on as a non-vegan?
Quinoa and other weird foods that spell check does not recognize. Maybe one of those things will be delicious? But it sounds like a lot of effort.

Do you eat fish? You eat fish, right?
Damn right…Filet-o-Fish sandwiches with cheese!

What do you do for a living? Describe your eating habits while at work?
I own a theater with my wife. There is a 7-11 across the street and two more two blocks away in both directions. There is also a McDonald’s next door and there are three sandwich shops within a stone’s throw. I eat well.

Are there any animals in your life, such as pets or funny neighborhood squirrels? Tell us a story about them.
A squirrel got into our kitchen this summer on two separate occasions. I think he smelled the bacon. We cooked him up with some white rice.

What do you do for fun besides eating meat and dairy?
Drink. You give me a plate of ground beef nachos and a beer! PARTY!

Do you have any upcoming projects you want to plug?
I am the co-owner of Bovine Metropolis Theater; everything we do is a project I want to plug. So come on down and take a class; if you’re in Denver for just a night, come see a show; or we would love to do your company’s next team building. And don’t worry about lunch, we have three sandwich places just a stone’s throw from our door.

Make up a question of your own and answer it.
On occasion, but usually I refrain.

Song: “Born in the U.S.A.” by Bruce Springsteen
Recipe: Egg McVegans

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