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South Beach Food & Wine Festival Features A Vegan Dinner

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Chefs Matthew Kennedy and Jamie Bissonnette are breaking bland vegan food stereotypes at the upcoming South Beach Food and Wine Festival.

According to InStyle magazine, vegan food is what’s right now! – so it’s no surprise that the food festivals Future of Food Dinner will be totally animal free. Kennedy is a well known vegetable advocate, with his own plant-based culinary school and a slew of restaurants. He’s been hard at work creating a menu with Scott Winegard, a chef and the director of culinary operations at Plant Food + Wine, one of Kennedy’s most successful vocations.

The two are joined by Bissonette who is often referred to as a “nose-to-tail” chef, which is really just a more snooty term for someone who cooks with all parts of an animal. His addition may seem like a puzzling one, but the challenge of working without his staple ingredients is one he seems excited to take on. I think it’ll only be a matter of time before more chefs like Bissonette see the popularity of vegan food, and start transferring their skills to another subject.

According to the SOBE website, the team will “explore the versatility of vegetables and grains and impress you with the flavors, textures and combinations that can be conjured out of your backyard garden.” And all for only $200 a person. Highlighted in the InStyle interview, Kennedy has said that the menu will feature a take on a Miami staple, the cuban sandwich. In place of the ham? The aptly rhyming and equally dense yam.

It doesn’t take a lot to make real food taste good, but it’s pretty incredible to see vegan food being celebrated on a platform like this. How long until the entire South Beach Food and Wine Festival goes vegan?

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