Food Network’s Guy Fieri recently taped an episode of the travel show at the Minneapolis-based vegan shop The Herbivorous Butcher.
Last week, The Herbivorous Butcher closed shop for two days to film a new episode of Food Network program Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Hosted by Guy Fieri, the long-running travel food show features local restaurants around the country and has Fieri sampling their most popular dishes while interviewing the owners in the kitchen. While Fieri has made a name for himself eating mostly carnivorous fare, The Herbivorous Butcher sibling owners Kale and Aubry Walch report that the host loved their vegan offerings, revealed that members of his family had recently eschewed meat and dairy from their diets, and commented about the positive health aspects of veganism. During his visit, Fieri sampled the Turkey and Dill Havarti Sandwich and the Italian Cold Cuts Sandwich—made with pastrami, ham, pepperoni, and mozzarella served on a hoagie bun with pickled cherry peppers, mayonnaise, dried oregano, oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper. “My favorite thing is when he said the Italian Cold Cut sandwich was good even by a meat sandwich standard,” Kale told VegNews. In regard to Fieri, Aubry revealed, “He said that most of the time he cooks just vegetables at home. People think he’s a crazy, hard-core meat eater, but he’s a pretty awesome dude.” About their upcoming appearance on national television, the duo agreed it would bring veganism to a new audience, and, as Aubry stated, “make it less scary.” The vegan butcher shop has received much acclaim since its opening early this year with features in TIME and Eater, and on National Public Radio. VegNews covered the story of The Herbivorous Butcher in the May+June edition of the magazine.