Eleven Madison Park’s one of the most iconic dishes has been roasted duck with plum and daikon- it’s a speciality of the restaurant and one of its most persistent offerings. But when the restaurant opens this month after a long time, that dish, and many other dishes it is famous for, will no longer be available.
The three-starred New York restaurant will become completely vegan when it opens this month; it declared Monday- becoming one of the high-end restaurants to do so.
“I’m excited to announce that we’ve made the decision to serve only a plant-based menu in which we don’t use animal meat or products. Every single dish is made from fruits and vegetables, both from the sea and earth, as well as fungi, legumes, grains, and so much more,” owner and chef Daniel Humm, said in a statement.
The move indicates a growing trend in the food industry, as several restaurants transition toward more sustainable food practices and ingredients. Epicurious, a famous online food publisher, announced last week that it would no longer publish recipes that include meat, especially beef, because its production creates enormous greenhouse gas quantities and affects climate change.
As more vegan options have surfaced on menus across the world, gone are the days when veganism or vegetarianism were fringe diets. Daniel said that he thinks the future of restaurants is plant-based.
In an interview with USA Today, “How I built this,” Daniel said the way humans eat meat is “not sustainable” because of the same reasons Epicurious gave.