Minneapolis Eatery Nabs PETA’s National ‘Vegan Roast Boast’ Award

For Immediate Release:
November 10, 2022

Robin Goist 202-483-7382

Minneapolis – More people than ever are expected to celebrate a meat-free Thanksgiving this year, and local eatery The Herbivorous Butcher has won a national Vegan Roast Boast Award from PETA for its stuffed “turkey,” part of its Turkey-Free Feast, which includes a 2.5-pound stuffed seitan roast along with an array of other vegan meats and cheeses, marshmallows, and a savory gravy mix—a succulent solution to 2022’s soaring turkey prices and rampant bird flu outbreaks.

Hailed for its delicious animal-free meats and cheeses, The Herbivorous Butcher is run by siblings Aubry and Kale Walch, who credit their family ties to Guam with introducing them to a wide variety of flavorful foods—and after going vegan, the brother-sister duo spent years fine-tuning their now-beloved vegan versions of the food they enjoyed as children.

“Juicy and seasoned with sage, the holiday roast at The Herbivorous Butcher is the perfect centerpiece for a compassionate holiday table,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “This ‘ThanksVegan,’ PETA is celebrating local businesses that make it easy as dairy-free pumpkin pie to enjoy a bird-friendly feast.”

Not only are vegan roasts free of saturated animal fat and cholesterol, they also spare animals immense suffering: More than 45 million turkeys will be killed for this Thanksgiving alone. During their short lives, they’re forced to stand in their own waste and inhale ammonia-laden air inside dark warehouses. The birds are even genetically manipulated to make them grow unnaturally large, which causes their legs to break beneath them.

The other nine honorees include Green New American Vegetarian in Phoenix; Three Girls Vegan Creamery in Guilford, Connecticut; Monk’s Meats in Brooklyn, New York; and Planted Table in Oakland, California. Each eatery will receive a framed certificate from PETA, which offers a “ThanksVegan” guide.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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