Welcome to Strictly Vegan Jamaican Cuisine!
Thank for your visit!Every critically acclaimed and delicious Strictly Vegan dish springs from the creative mind of Leonie McDonald. Here is her story!
After over 30 years of working as a Legal Records Manager in law firms in Miami and Los Angeles, Leonie was unfortunately laid off during the financial crisis in 2010. Being the eternal optimist that she is, Leonie saw this as an opportunity to pursue her passion of health-inspired creative vegan cooking. Her delicious vegan culinary dishes became such a hit that 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 gained throughout her law office career to form a well run business. Strictly Vegan Jamaican Cuisine offers dishes such as the Reggae Wrap, Love Salad, and Hot & Spicy Gluten Free and Curry Tofu dishes which are overwhelming favorites for festival goers and culinary enthusiasts. She has created some of her tastiest meals simply by using all natural ingredients from her native land of Jamaica, and recently added Ziggy Marley Organics (ZMO) coconut oils as an ingredient in all her dishes. At least twice per year she travels to various vegan/vegetarian restaurants in Jamaica to pick up hints and culinary tips. She manages the very popular Strictly Vegan Jamaican Cuisine booth at major entertainment events and festivals.
There is always something new and delicious to try whenever you visit Strictly Vegan’s food booth! Here are a few event locations we maintained a booth.
Swallows Parade, San Juan Capistrano CA
Rolando Street Fair, San Diego CA
Coachella Valley Music, Indio CA
California Roots Music Festival, Monterey CA
Reggae in the Desert, Las Vegas, NV
Santa Barbara Solstice, Santa Barbara CA
San Jose Jazz, San Jose CA
Reggae Pon De Mountain, Topanga CA
Monterey Jazz, Monterey CA
Life is Beautiful, Las Vegas NV
Abbot Kinney Festival, Venice CA
Ojai Day, Ojai CA
December Nights, San Diego CA
In her 6 years as the owner of Strictly Vegan Jamaican Cuisine, Leonie’s vegan food has been featured on KTTV FOX 11/ Good Day LA – Citysearch and at some of the most popular and 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 Jamaican cuisines on the West Coast, Leonie McDonald will undoubtedly be at the top of her game for many years to come. She fully exemplifies healthy eating, living well and her passion to feed the mind, body and soul.