Green Executive Chef Mike Behrend puts a meat-free twist on Thanksgiving dinner — that means so turkey and no ham.
Green is a vegetarian restaurant in Texas. Every year, it hosts a vegan Thanksgiving feast so that plant-based eaters have a place to go all out on Thanksgiving Day just like carnivores.
“We think that our meal stands up to anybody’s traditional Thanksgiving dinner,” he said. “We did it mostly out of love for our customers and for our people, you know, out in the community, so they can have something to share with their family.”
Behred said it can be hard for vegans when the rest of the family is all about the meat, and having tasty alternatives can make a huge difference at dinner.
“As a sole vegan or vegetarian in your family, you know, some people they’re just used to kind of eating a sandwich or something for Thanksgiving,” he said. “ They’re not getting the fun and the feasting aspect of it.”
Green serves delicious meat-free staples like tofu turkey, cornbread stuffing, cranberry relish, and vegan ham.
“I miss the ham more than anything,” Behred said. “And the ham that we make for our vegan feast is the best.”