An all-vegan BUTCHER shop?! Yep, it’s a thing. The Herbivorous Butcher, the first all-vegan butcher shop in the United States, opened its doors in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2016 to lines out the door. Given the demand for a vegan butcher shop concept, Ashouraita Khoshaba and Cole Bright hope to bring a similar eatery to Chicago! The Anti-Butcher would be an all plant-based butcher and deli, serving up sandwiches made entirely out of faux meats!
Khoshaba and Bright currently operate The Tiny Vegan, where the duo serves up cruelty-free meat and artisanal cheeses at local food festivals, as well as run a wholesale retail business.
Currently, you can find their products in New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Online store Vegan Essentials and New York’s Orchard Grocer currently stock their products.
The success has been so overwhelming, they are planning on opening up a storefront! Khoshaba and Bright have set up a Kickstarter campaign to help bring their yummy vegan meats and cheeses to the masses. If you’d like to support this awesome project, click here!
“Food has been my passion since I was a kid, and as long as I have spices and herbs available to me, I’m always ready to cook up something delicious,” Khoshaba notes on the Kickstarter campaign.
Knowing more and more companies are bringing plant-based food to the public has us head over heels. The majority of Americans, 65 percent to be exact, believe that plant-based protein can be just as hearty and satisfying, if not more, as animal protein, so it’s no wonder The Tiny Vegan plans to expand to a storefront.
The Tiny Vegans’ commitment to expanding the idea of protein to include plant-based options is also undoubtedly a great move for the planet. Factory farming is one of the most environmentally destructive industries on the planet and we need to start shifting away from animal proteins and towards plant-based alternatives, if we want to create a truly sustainable food system that will be able to support our growing population.
The good news is there is a rising demand for plant-based products, and collectively, we spend around $600 million annually on meat alternatives. With innovative companies like The Tiny Vegan entering the meat alternative category, there’s no denying that future of food is already here — and it’s plant-based. For more information on The Tiny Vegan, check out their website.
To learn more about the environmental impact of our food choices as well as trends and developments in the plant-based food space, check out our podcast #EatForThePlanet with Nil Zacharias.
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