By Janay Laing
The first breezes of fall may have officially blown, but it's never too late to take a retrospective on this past epic summer. First, we'll look back to July 15, when America's first plant-only butcher shop, The Herbivorous Butcher, made a splashing debut on The Food Network.
Since they launched their ambitious, animal-free meat shop at the beginning of the year, the Herbivorous Butcher has been mobbed by the mainstream press, many of whom seemed to struggle getting the very idea of animal-free meat. But Kale and Aubrey Walch, the brother and sister team behind the concept, happily showed how it was done. By taking high-quality plant proteins, and adding their own mix of oils, spices, and seasonings, they cook and hand-craft delicious burgers, ribs, sausages and more, completely from scratch.
All the white-hot attention soon caught the eye of the Food Network, who commissioned an episode of the popular "Diners, Drive-In's and Dives" to feature the Minneapolis eatery. Soon after, host and chef Guy Fieri journeyed up to Minnesota to interview the Walches and get an up-close look at their very unique enterprise.
He then journeyed into the kitchen to witness food alchemy in action, as Kale demonstrated their technique for turning high-protein wheat flour into impressive stacks of seasoned deli turkey and pastrami. Fieri seemed wowed by the results and gave Kale an official congrats for being the "Columbus" of plant meat exploration. Enjoy the full episode here.
Up next for Summer Rewind 2016 - Willow Cup launches premium cow-free milk!