The first vegan butcher shop in the U.S. has just been successfully funded through Kickstarter. The brainchild of dynamic brother-and-sister duo Aubry and Kale Walch, The Herbivorous Butcher will be opening its doors in Minneapolis around April, 2015. After blitzing their Kickstarter goal, the siblings will set up a commercial kitchen and retail shopfront, and best news of all, their delicious-looking vegan ribs, sausages and deli meats will be available for delivery throughout the U.S. Read on for details.
The Walches started their business in June of this year, operating from a stall at the Minneapolis Farmer’s Market. They have sold out of their stock every day since day one. They currently spend one day a week in the kitchen preparing for the market, making their protein-rich, cholesterol-free products from scratch, using locally sourced, sustainable and organic ingredients whenever possible. They say of their product, “We have carefully crafted 100% vegan, cruelty-free meat alternatives that capture the best flavors, textures, and nutrients that meats have to offer without their negative impacts on health, animals, and the environment.”
Aubry has been a vegetarian for 18 years, while Kale turned from omnivore to vegan more recently. Having grown up in Guam where meat and seafood were a major focus of the dinner table, they have worked hard to perfect their vegan meat products and have created “complex and flavorful products that will satisfy any herbivore, omnivore, and even self‐proclaimed carnivores.” They have five mainstay product lines — Smoky House Ribs, Pepperoni, Teriyaki Jerky, Italian sausage and deli bologna — and also have daily specials such as maple-glazed bacon, Andouille sausage, Scarborough chicken and Mexican chorizo.
Of their Kickstarter ambitions the pair wrote, “A shop would provide us with enough space to make more weekly specials, as well as vegan cheeses, deli meats, meat rubs, marinades, breads, and regular gluten-free products. We would also feature take-and-bake items, ready-to-eat daily specials, and let’s not forget Thanksgiving turkeys and holiday hams.” They originally set a Kickstarter goal of $50,000, but achieved that with plenty of time to spare on the campaign, so they extended it to $60,000 in order to buy a commercial-grade steamer and a smoker. The extra equipment increases their capacity and means that they will be able to deliver cross the U.S. Keep an eye on them through their website or Facebook for further details on when the shop is up and running.
Via Food and Wine
Photos by The Herbivorous Butcher