Like many stories, it all began with a dream. In this case, it was the dream of a young woman who wanted to find a way to eat healthy and help others do the same. Now, 20 years later, Roni Shapiro is realizing that dream with the opening of Healthy Gourmet To-Go at 12 Market Street.

Shapiro, a vegan, said she began her quest for a healthier diet when she decided that she didn’t want to eat animals. After she learned of the adverse environmental impact raising animals for meat has, she was sold. She held a number of jobs in NYC vegan eateries before starting her own Healthy Gourmet To-Go business there, renting space in commercial kitchens and delivering her meals to fellow vegans and those looking to learn about the lifestyle. Her shop on Market Street is her first storefront.

After moving into the Hudson Valley, Shapiro began to travel throughout the area and came upon Saugerties.

“It’s a beautiful, wonderful town,” she said.

And when she saw that 12 Market Street, site of a number of previous restaurants, was available she jumped at the chance to lease it.

“It’s exciting,” Shapiro said of having her own place to cook, “and the people of the town have been so welcoming.”

She has also found a community that is interested in learning how to eat healthier. In addition to her delivery and take-out business, Shapiro also operates a catering company and is offering holiday platters, which can be ordered for company parties.

Who is her audience? Well, anybody who might want to “help end animal suffering, help end global warming, and experience optimal health and weight loss,” says Shapiro.

The shop is take-out only. She also does catering, with a delivery area consisting of Westchester, New York City, northern New Jersey, and Albany.

To read more of Shapiro’s story or find out more about all the food options available, visit www.HealthyGourmetToGo.com, or just call her at 914-388-2162.