As restaurants across the country begin to reopen after a particularly devastating year, a three-Michelin-starred New York restaurant says it is turning a new leaf by no longer serving meat.
Eleven Madison Park, which was crowned the world’s best restaurant for 2017, announced Monday that it will reopen in June with an all-plant-based menu in an effort to be more eco-friendly and sustainable.
“It was clear that after everything we’ve all been through this year, we couldn’t open the same restaurant,” said chef Daniel Humm, who took over the Manhattan restaurant in 2011, in a statement posted on his website. Web. “It’s time to redefine luxury as an experience that serves a higher purpose and maintains an authentic connection with the community.”
Since the elite restaurant was forced to stop serving indoors early last year due to the coronavirus, Eleven Madison Park has produced meals for local hospitals, first responders and people in the need.
“We would carry food to people’s apartments and just learn to experience New York in a whole new way,” Humm recently told the Wall Street Journal.
In 2017, the chef co-founded the non-profit Rethink Food, which turns restaurant excess food into meals for local communities. But when he began to consider reopening Eleven Madison Park, famous for its Honey Lavender Roast Duck, he said he couldn’t get back to the situation.
“Our animal production practices, what we do in the oceans, how much we consume: it’s not sustainable,” he told the Journal. “If Eleven Madison Park is truly at the forefront of food and culinary innovation, it’s clear to me that this is the only place to go.
The new menu will include vegetable broth and broth and all-vegetable milk, butter and cream. The restaurant will not be entirely vegan, however. Humm told the Journal that he would continue to offer milk and honey for coffee and tea.
Studies have shown that plant-based diets can reduce carbon emissions as well as water and land use. Animals generally need a lot more food, water, time, and cleared farmland to thrive compared to plants. Cows also emit high levels of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.
“If every person in the United States gave up meat and dairy products on one or more days of the week, ideally every day of the week, we would save the environment from thousands of tons of carbon emissions,” he said. writes a health official. Registered Dietitian Dana Hunnes for UCLA Sustainability.
“We would save intact habitats (rainforests, swamps) from destruction to produce more feed for livestock, and we would create less pollution in our waterways, streams and oceans which indirectly threaten them. human, animal and plant life, ”said Hunnes.
Nationwide plant-based diets appear to be successful among Americans, with 28% of respondents reporting eating more plant-based protein in 2020 than in 2019, according to the 2020 Food Survey and the health of the International Food Information Council. A 24% increase in plant-based dairy products and a 17% increase in plant-based meat substitutes were also reported from the previous year.
Globally, however, the demand for meat has more than tripled in the past 50 years. A country’s meat consumption increases as it gets richer. The same can be said for the consumption of dairy products, according to Our World Data.
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