The Veg Speed Dating night was hosted by Berkeley-based Karine Brighten, 29, a vegan who met her husband (also vegan) online.

Brighten believes that finding a partner who shares the same politics of the plate is one of the keys to a happy relationship.

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What, pray tell, does one wear to a speed dating event for vegetarians, vegans, and the veg-curious (there’s a punch line waiting to happen) searching for their perfect match? vegetarian (as long as you don’t count the occasional lapse in her mostly plant-based diet of some 30 years), it made sense to go undercover.

This reporter flirted with donning her son’s “Meat is Murder” T-shirt, which felt a tad obvious and then promptly opted for her typical uniform (jeans, shirt, boots, all slogans) and headed to the vegetarian Saturn Café, the site of the meatless speed dating meetup. Can you imagine how awkward it would be for speed daters to have a reporter with notebook in tow chronicling, for public consumption, their attempts at meeting a soulmate over vegetable taquitos?

Two women dropped out because they’d found themselves in relationships since they purchased tickets. The assembled crowd, mostly Caucasians in their early 20s through to early 60s from around the Bay Area, mingled over appetizers in the Space Lounge, an area separate from the restaurant.

(A word on the food: mostly fried and fatty, with salsa laden with raw onion.

Brighten worked hard to keep the genders evenly balanced, capping female sign ups until more men bought tickets.

In the end, there were a couple more guys than gals in a group of about 40.

After some preliminary schmoozing, the women were asked to sit on bench seats and men sat opposite.

Each “pair” had a chance to chat for three minutes. After the allocated time, each male slid down a seat and a new conversation began. At the end, each guest could jot down the names of any person/s of interest, which were then passed on to Brighten.

Unluckily for him, she recently found her own match.) Hennings speech was brief, upbeat and encouraged folks to keep things light. Talking to 20 men, three minutes apart in rapid succession can make your head spin, throat parched, and keep even a professional listener on her toes.