This week, The Buona Firms (father or mother firm of restaurant chain Buona) launched a vegan model of its Authentic Italian Beef sandwich. Bouna partnered with Chicago-based vegan model Upton’s Naturals to craft the seitan-based vegan beef for its new Plant-Based mostly Italian Beefless Sandwich which incorporates a alternative of scorching or gentle giardiniera and is served on French bread. The vegan beef sandwich is paired with a vegan gravy Buona created completely for the launch from vegetable broth, Buona’s Italian spices, and olive oil. 

“Whereas Buona is understood for our Authentic Italian Beef, we needed to broaden our plant-based menu choices to serve the rising variety of vegans and vegetarians who be part of their households at our eating places. We needed one thing that felt true to our institutions, menu providing, and household recipes, which is why we determined to make use of our signature dish as inspiration,” Candice Jordan, director of promoting at Buona, mentioned. “All of us felt Upton’s Naturals was one of the best match as a accomplice. We needed the sandwich to be all pure like our authentic Buona Beef and being native was the gravy on high. We’re excited to be one of many first multi-unit eating places capable of supply an genuine plant-based Italian ‘beefless’ sandwich.”

The sandwich will probably be on the menu at Buona’s 24 areas and retails for $7.99. Buona is making ready the vegan sandwich individually from non-vegan merchandise to make sure that there isn’t any cross contamination.

Making vegan Italian beef with seitan

Buona selected to make use of Upton’s Naturals’ seitan for the brand new vegan beef sandwich as a result of vegan meat’s capacity to soak up taste whereas sustaining a beef-like texture. Whereas there are vegan choices galore in Chicago, Buona’s new choices makes it potential for plant-based eaters to pattern Chicago’s most iconic sandwich. 

“When vegans exit to eat, they crave the identical selection and savory meal choices as anybody, simply with out the meat to go along with it,” Upton’s Naturals Founder Dan Staackmann mentioned. “There’s a lot alternative to serve the neighborhood of individuals embracing a plant-based food plan, which stretches far past having a vegan burger on the menu. The Buona Beef household understands that, and with our slices of seitan, we’re so joyful to have the ability to assist them bringing a 100-percent vegan tackle the standard Italian beef sandwich to Chicago.”

Whereas Buona is simply providing the brand new Plant-Based mostly Italian Beefless sandwich by way of the summer season of 2021 (for now), the brand new vegan choice has already proved common and bought out at a number of areas earlier than 12:30 pm on launch day. After at some point on the menu, Buona bought greater than 1,800 kilos of vegan beef and positioned a double order of Upton’s Naturals’ seitan to meet demand.

“Our purpose for 2021 was to discover extra plant based mostly choices on our menu total,” Jordan informed VegNews. “We’re undoubtedly exploring including this merchandise to our full time menu in addition to different vegan sides. We’re targeted on studying from the vegans/vegetarians suggestions and welcoming everybody to have a seat at our institutions, regardless of for those who eat meat or not.”

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