Fast Food

Taco Bell Adding Plant-Based Meat To Menu As Soon As This Year

With several fast food heavyweights such as Burger King, Subway, and even Del Taco diving into the plant-based meat game, it was a little odd that the oft-innovative Taco Bell hadn’t joined in on the vegetarian trend.

Newly minted CEO Mark King seems to have had enough, and proclaimed that the chain would start incorporating plant-based meats “in the next year,” according to Bloomberg.

King even said he met with both Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, the two biggest names in plant-based meat, and the go-to producers for most of these big fast food chains who have adopted veggie meats.

While King hinted at using Beyond or Impossible, it is a bit of a surprise since Taco Bell has actually put together its own proprietary blend of plant-based meat, which has been used in locations throughout Europe.

The oat-based meat, known as the “Oatrageous” taco or burrito, consisted of pulled oats, legumes and standard Taco Bell seasonings.

The oat meat was scheduled to be available at all Europe Taco Bells by summer 2020, and a U.S. transition only felt natural.

Whichever way Taco Bell decides to go, it’s about time they made the move, as they have always had an inadvertently vegetarian-friendly menu, but had fallen behind in the plant-based meat wars.

Culture News

Morrissey Forces Fans To Eat Vegan At Concert Venue

Singer Steven Patrick Morrissey is in the midst of an arena tour, as the slightly racist, and very vegan artist will be gathered around thousands of his loyal fans.

However, if those loyal fans want something to munch on during the concert, they will not be able to do so with any meat-based products. At least not at the Five Point Amphitheater in Irvine, California.

As the tour makes its way to California, buzz around So-Cal has been building, and we got a tip about the vegan-friendly shows.

Concert-goers at the October 5 Irvine show are being prompted that it is “a meat and seafood free event!”

The FivePoint Amphitheatre is one of the several Live Nation-backed venues that actually serves plant-based Impossible Food, so it is probably an easier transition for them to get the plant-based Impossible Burgers or Questlove’s Impossible Cheesesteaks at all their food vendors.

While it is not clear if this vegan stipulation applies at all of his shows, it is entirely possible that vegan themes are still shared throughout, as he has been known to play slaughterhouse footage, and even stop concerts when seeing fans eat meat.

It isn’t the first time he has made his show vegan-friendly, as it was reported in 2016 that Morrissey requested that no meat be served at a show in Manchester.

What do y’all think? Should artists have that much power over their shows?