Sarma Melngailis is the Bad Vegan blowing up the internet, now landing on Netflix couch-bingers’ TVs, in the streamer’s appropriately named Bad Vegan: Fame. Fraud. Fugitives, out now.
But who exactly is Sarma Melngailis, why is she on the minds of social-media sleuths, and what does it all have to do with a certain shady husband and the Baldwins? Well, here’s the breakdown of the true story behind the latest true crime tale hitting screens, and the woman at the center of it all.
Sarma Melngailis’s life seemed pretty sweet at the height of her success as a raw vegan chef and restaurateur in the early 2000s.
As Eater reports, she reigned over New York City’s since-shuttered Pure Food & Wine, which was gaining traction with celebrities including Owen Wilson, Bill Clinton, and, yes, Alec Baldwin, along with a well-heeled crowd joining the vegan raw food movement, albeit given a posh gloss.
Where Is Sarma Melngailis Now? ‘Bad Vegan’ True Story
New York’s “hottest vegan,” as the New York Post naturally dubbed Sarma Melngailis, is free again. She and Strangis both took plea deals in their cases, according to The Independent.
In May 2017, Melngailis pleaded guilty to grand larceny, tax fraud, and a scheme to defraud. She served four months in the infamous prison system on Rikers Island wearing a gray jumpsuit and subsisting on a diet of “peanut butter sandwiches, bananas, apples, and fresh-sliced cucumber.”
She was released in October of that year with five years of probation. She has said she’s ready to return to the culinary world. And from the looks of it, Netflix’s Bad Vegan scored an interview with the criminal vegan of the moment herself. Pull out the pizza.