Next-generation meat alternatives
You'd think that vegans would try to avoid even the appearance of a butcher shop, but the beauty of food innovation in 2017 is that the two don't have to be mutually exclusive. Master chefs are coming up with insanely authentic-tasting creations from plants and other vegan-friendly ingredients that taste just like smoked meat, BBQ, and juicy hamburgers. Gone are the days of vague veggie patties thrown together with loose carrots, mushrooms, and soy.
Take the Impossible Burger, for example -- a genius combination of wheat, potatoes, and other vegan-friendly ingredients, made to taste, feel, and even bleed like a traditional hamburger. The Impossible Burger isn't the only new-generation meat alternative: Vegan butcher restaurants have also been popping up.
The Herbivorous Butcher opened in Minneapolis in 2016 thanks to a guy named Kale (naturally), and there's another Brooklyn eatery called Monks set to open in early 2017. As more people become aware of the dietary and environmental implications of eating meat, be sure to see much more of this trend in the coming year. This is not your mother's Tofurkey. That's probably gone bad by now.