The same people who at one time brought meat donuts to 15th Ave East are swinging the dial in the other direction. Starting later this month, Linda Derschang’s sibling food and drink providers Oddfellows and Smith will feature meatless menus every Monday. We’ll dispatch with the tease right away — both restaurants will continue to feature their standard meat-y menus on Mondays. But diners should expect some special vegetarian treats every week as part of the Meatless Monday movement to embrace “a day off from meat.”
Oddfellows Café + Bar and Local Author Kim O’Donnel Partner to Launch Meatless Monday in Seattle, Monday, November 29
Seattle restaurateur Linda Derschang is joining the growing list of chefs and restaurants nationwide that are embracing a day off from meat. Beginning Monday, Nov 29 at 6 p.m., two of Derschang’s restaurants, Oddfellows Café and Smith, both on Capitol Hill, will launch Meatless Monday. In addition to their regular menus, Oddfellows chef Thomas Schultz and Smith Chef Chris Howell will offer vegetarian-only specials every Monday.
Meatless Monday is a non-profit initiative in association with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The focus of the campaign is to start each week with healthy, environmentally friendly meat-free meals. The goal is to help reduce meat consumption by 15% to improve personal health and the health of the planet.
America’s massive appetite for meat, currently at 70 billion pounds a year, takes an enormous toll on natural resources. According to new research from the Environmental Working Group one half of all U.S. crop land — 149 million acres, — is used for growing livestock feed, which requires roughly 17 billion pounds of nitrogen fertilizer. When combined with soil, the resulting nitrous oxide is a greenhouse gas that is 300 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Cutting out meat once a week can reduce our carbon footprint and lead the world in the race to reduce climate change.
Seattle food writer (USA Today, Culinate) and author Kim O’Donnel (The Meat Lover’s Meatless Cookbook), will join Derschang and Schultz on Nov. 29 to kick off the program at Oddfellows. O’Donnel will sign copies of her book (6-8 p.m.) while Schultz prepares some of the recipes from her book for the evening specials.
What better day to kick off the campaign than the first Monday following America’s traditional meat feast, Thanksgiving.
Oddfellows Café + Bar,1525 10th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122; (206) 325-0807; Daily from 8am, open late, www.oddfellowscafe.com
Smith, 332 15th Ave. East, Seattle, WA 98112 (206)709-1900 ; Monday through Friday 4pm – 2am; Saturday and Sunday 10am – 2am, www.smithseattle.com