Jay Z announced on his website that he and Beyonce would be going vegan for 22 days, writing:
"On December 3rd, one day before my 44th birthday I will embark on a 22 Days challenge to go completely vegan, or as I prefer to call it, plant-based!! This all began a few months back when a good friend and vegan challenged me to embrace a 'plant-based breakfast' everyday. It was surprisingly easier on me than I thought. Why now? There’s something spiritual to me about it being my 44th birthday and the serendipity behind the number of days in this challenge; 22 (2+2=4) coupled with the fact that the challenge ends on Christmas day…It just feels right!
So you can call it a spiritual and physical cleanse. I will post my progress… Any professional vegans out there that have any great food spots please help out! Please ha. I don’t know what happens after Christmas. A semi-vegan, a full plant-based diet? Or just a spiritual and physical challenge? We’ll see…
P.S. B is also joining me."
Well, that has their pal Gwyneth written all over it.
While there are plenty of great vegan restaurants around the city, Jay Z and Beyonce have some favorite spots that aren't entirely "plant-based," namely Buttermilk Channel, where the two have enjoyed chicken and waffles time and again. The restaurant does offer a stellar vegetarian menu to accompany their meat-based one, but we reached out to owner Doug Crowell to find out what vegan options the two may enjoy there. He tells us:
"We have always offered a separate vegetarian menu so we're ready for them! Ryan (the chef) actually just introduced a really wonderful new vegan entree (note: the vegan version is served without the egg on top). It's an heirloom bean stew made with beautiful beans from Rancho Gordo in California, and some gently cooked braising greens over a thick slice of grilled sourdough bread. Rancho Gordo sells some truly special beans. We know Jay Z and Beyonce don't mess around. If they're going to eat beans for dinner, Goya will just not do."