Chef Lauren Von Der Pool

MY MEMORIAL DAY DINNER PARTY

Chef Lauren Von Der Pool shares her go-to playlist and vegan menu.

If you’ve never been into the idea of going vegan, LA-based chef Lauren Von Der Pool might convince you otherwise. She recently launched the popular food truck Food Art by Lauren, and her plant-based eats were go-tos for artists such as Cardi B at Coachella. 

When kicking off the summer this Memorial Day, Von Der Pool will remember America’s fallen warriors. “I’m going with a southern-inspired menu to honor the often overlooked black soldiers who fought in the Civil War,” she says.

Here, Von Der Pool shares what guests will be eating, drinking, and listening to at her dinner party.


  • A Change Is Gonna Come Sam Cooke

  • Having a Party Sam Cooke

  • Strange Fruit Billie Holiday

  • Forbidden Knowledge Raury, Big K.R.I.T.

  • Mack the Knife Ella Fitzgerald, Lou Levy Quartet

  • Little Bitty Pretty One Frankie Lymon

  • What's That Smells Like Fish Blind Boy Fuller

  • Ride or Die 2Pac

  • Let The Wind Blow Fertile Ground

  • The People Common