15,000 Show Up for Plant-Based Dining

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Eleven Madison Park, a three Michelin-starred restaurant in New York City, made a big change before re-opening. Previously celebrated for dishes like Eggs Benedict served with smoked ham and sturgeon caviar, upon re-opening on June 10, they’ve cut all animal products from their menu.

Eleven Madison Park reopened as a vegan restaurant.

Of the 132 three Michelin-starred restaurants worldwide, none are vegan. This change is major. It is significant not just for Daniel Humm, chef & owner, of Eleven Madison Park nor just for the local New Yorkers who got the first taste of this new menu, but internationally. High-caliber, vegan food is vote for sustainably sourced food and an enjoyable introduction to plant-based eating.

Prior to reopening, Humm said, according to Guy Raz for National Public Radio, “the way we’re consuming our food, the way we eat meat, it is not sustainable. And that is not an opinion. This is just a fact.

Early in the conversation, when Humm’s announcement first hit social media and the news sources, it wasn’t clear how people would react.

According to Eater, Ariane Daguin, owner and CEO of D’Artagnan who previously supplied their meat products, said, “To not have any meat in there, it’s like the painter who doesn’t have all the colors on his palette.”

He later said, “I don’t think it will last.”

However, on opening day, the restaurant had a 15,000-person waiting list, according to Bloomberg. Reservations are few and far between still a month later. If you booked now, you’d have two weeknight time slots total in July and August combined to choose between.

It’s clear: people are excited about plant-based dining.

We’re excited too. We want to see the world change, and we can’t do that alone.

If you’re as excited about this news as us, you’ll fit in with the Empathy crew. Find us on Instagram (@empathyplantco) to join the conversation.

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