Born and raised in California, Gia Hughes was introduced to the concept of veganism as early as her teenage years. What first felt like a daunting challenge, led her to a steady, cruelty-free lifestyle. Gia produces shows at Los Angeles-based venue, Hotel Café
, which has two stages and is located in the heart of Hollywood. She enjoys putting on a good secret show and loves music discovery. Gia also spends some time writing for Life & Thyme
, a community-driven publication documenting food culture around the globe with a focus on storytelling.
“I'm constantly giving myself personal challenges. I’ll see if I can do something for 30 days. I read Jonathan Safran Foer’s 'Eating Animals,' and it always resonated with me. He has a great quote from the book that states, “Not responding is a response-we are equally responsible for what we don't do.” No action is an action. I no longer wanted to contribute to animal cruelty and wanted to diminish my contribution to environmental issues. So, I decided to challenge myself and go vegan for a month to see how I felt, and I never went back." - Gia
VEGAN COMPANY PLUG
I’m a big fan of Farm Sanctuary
and the work they do. Plus, they’re located in my hometown of Acton, CA!
I’d be remiss if I didn’t plug Hotel Café
and its amazing music community. Located in the heart of Hollywood, we have music on two stages seven nights a week. It’s a place where many songwriters cut their teeth, and you never know what artist might pop up for a secret show. Plus, for the songwriting community, it’s like Cheers. No matter what night of the week you show up, you’ll run into someone you know. It’s a special place.