On Monday, September 25, 2017, Swarthmore area residents will have the opportunity to be the first in the state to bite into the now famous Impossible® veggie burger by visiting The Inn at Swarthmore. The uber-popular plant-based patty, which creates long wait lines and is being served in trendy restaurants in cities like LA & New York, will now be available for the first time in Pennsylvania, exclusively at The Broad Table Tavern at The Inn at Swarthmore.
So, where’s the beef? Well, that’s the point- there isn’t any, but according to Impossible Foods® it tastes, smells, feels, looks and grills up like meat- even bleeds like a traditional burger - but the patty is actually made from plants; mostly wheat, coconut oil, potatoes, and heme. The meaty taste and texture, and the ability to ‘bleed’ all come from heme, an ingredient derived from soybean roots, according to the company.
An Impossible Foods® release states “the Impossible Burger, uses about 75% less water, generates about 87% fewer greenhouse gases and requires around 95% less land than conventional ground beef from cows. It's produced without hormones, antibiotics, cholesterol or artificial flavors.”
Well fine, especially for the tree huggers among us- but let’s get to the meat of the thing- how does it actually taste? Is it a viable substitute for carnivores and meat lovers who might like to make a move toward a healthier or more ethical lifestyle? Or vegans who miss meat? Given all the rave reviews it sounds as if Impossible® is a winner- but you’ll have to be the final judge.
Chef Michael Dorris will be serving up Impossible Burgers® in The Broad Table Tavern starting Monday, September 25, 2017 - come in and give them a try. We’d love to know what you think. And remember to give yourself a pat on the back while enjoying your burger- according to the company you’ll be saving the equivalent of 10 minutes of showering, 18 minutes of driving, and 75 square feet of land. Good for you!