NYC Chef says "no" to Meatless Mondays

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Christian Ragano, executive chef of New York Central restaurant in the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City, is cooking up his own alternative to “Meatless Mondays.” Instead of going vegetarian, his Monday menu features a meat-filled extravaganza.

According to the NY1 all-news channel in New York City, Ragano and his team cook up a special three-course meal centered on meat ranging from mainstream protein to exotic meat including bison, ostrich and elk. Diners can even add a fourth meat-filled course to the menu with a meat-centered dessert, such as prosciutto in chocolate.

Diners can enjoy menu items such as cornish hen in cumin-scented jus served on yogurt and eggplant jam and topped with scallions; crispy pork belly braised in white wine over pea puree and garnished with fresh mint alongside polenta with a fried egg; and beef cheeks with oxtail ravioli, baby leeks, radish salad and truffle. Ragano and his team rotate the meaty menu weekly.

"[Diners] can expect to see touches of foie gras, different kinds of hams from Spain, Italy, France, different kinds of game -- pheasant, guinea hen," Ragano told NY1.

Meatless Monday began in 2003, and since then has become a new health and environmental trend. Sodexo, a North American food service provider, offers Meatless Monday options at many of their client sites.  They serve approximately 10 million consumers daily at 6,000 sites.

Source: NY1, Sodexo

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kansas  |  July, 26, 2011 at 10:27 AM

Hurrah! Finally someone with a backbone who'll stand up to bureaucratic Nanny-Statists. Good for him in not being intimidated by dim-wits spewing pseudo-scientific "research" promoting a weakening of the American diet. I hope his restaurant is packed all day on every Monday. Kudos & Thanks to the unbowed, freedom loving, free-thinker Mr. Ragano!

carl wild    
syr ny  |  July, 28, 2011 at 09:15 AM


carl wild    
syr ny  |  July, 28, 2011 at 09:15 AM


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Colo  |  July, 26, 2011 at 11:16 AM

Micheal, gotta agree with you 100%. Hope Mr Regano starts a movement and the rest of the sheeple follow.

Los Angeles, California  |  July, 29, 2011 at 12:21 PM

Awesome!!! Paleos will love you!!

Chandler, AZ  |  July, 29, 2011 at 01:57 PM

Our country has been influenced for far too long to - across-the-board - vilify healthy, protein-rich meat. Certainly, we need to ensure that our meat products are as Omega-3 rich as possible and not weakened by practices that drive up Omega-6 properties. Omega-6s cause inflammatory problems and wheat (not meat) is one of the greatest pro-inflammatory elements of the American diet. If you want to eat in a more healthy manner - cut out the rolls, pasta, bread, muffins, cake - etc. Not meatless Mondays - but a Wheatless week instead. That would be a Paleo-approved way to go.

California  |  August, 01, 2011 at 03:25 PM

This is ridiculous. You know why? It's because Meatless Monday isn't some sort of demand that anybody is being forced into doing. It's a recommendation for a healthier lifestyle and possibly a healthier environment. But you commenters are spouting on about a topic I'm sure none of you have researched. Remembering the food pyramid of the 90s doesn't make you an expert on nutrition. Am I an expert? No, but I've done a lot of research into the works of Esselstyn, Campbell, McDougall, etc, and the facts speak for themselves. No one is forcing you to take up a diet you don't want to do. Eat what you want to eat; that's acceptable. But clinging to your fairy tale beliefs is not. The real American way is getting all the facts and making the choice that you can live with. Not tweaking the truth because of your own bias and agenda.

zurich  |  January, 25, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Love this Guy. Hurray Paleo. He had some great Meat ideas. Those pale thin Vegans needs to consider the Hyatt!

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