Outside Frederick, many restaurants are now using “mock meats.” Founding Farmers—one of Washington, DC’s most popular restaurants—recently added an all-vegan menu including numerous mock chicken items and vegan “cheese” (the most popular and easy-to-use brand of which is Daiya). Even KFC Canada offers a vegan fried “chicken” sandwich using mock chicken. The most popular faux meat products are made by Garden Protein and Tofurky (for deli slices); they can be stored and prepared using the same methods and recipes as their meat counterparts, making adding meatless items easy for any kitchen.
Your food distributor should stock—or have access to – these products. For example, Sysco and US Foods offer a wide variety of mock meat products, like those listed above. In Frederick, Metropolitan Meats (“Metro Meats”) offers numerous mock meat products, including Gardein products.
Other restaurants simply keep their menus full of vegetable-based items. Ethnic vegetarian entrees including tofu and hearty vegetable combinations are popular. And national chains including Burger King, Johnny Rockets, Chili’s and Denny’s offer veggie burgers.