Until recently, the idea of vegetarian food was an all-or-nothing affair. 
But lately, the line between those who eat meat and those who don't has 
gotten blurred: Concepts such as flexitarianism and Meatless Monday 
http://www.meatlessmonday.com/ are gaining serious traction. And they owe 
their popularity in large part to the most outspoken meat lovers around: 
chefs. Mario Batali http://www.mariobatali.com/ gave the movement legs 
last year when he started offering meatless specials at his restaurants on 
Mondays. Chef John Fraser of New York City's Dovetail 
http://www.dovetailnyc.com/ followed suit with a week-starting 
all-vegetable menu. But now meatless has gone beyond the first day of the 
traditional workweek: In Philadelphia, Meritage Restaurant 
http://www.meritagephiladelphia.com/ prepares an elegant Tuesday-night 
vegan prix fixe. In Healdsburg, California, at Cyrus 
http://www.cyrusrestaurant.com/index.html restaurant, multicourse paeans 
to the garden share equal billing with traditional meat-and-fish-filled 
tasting menus on a nightly basis. In Las Vegas, Wynn Resorts 
http://www.wynnlasvegas.com/#dining/ recently added vegan options at all 
the restaurants in its two casinos--even its steakhouse, SW, where grilled 
royal trumpet mushrooms now have a place on the menu. Driving the trend 
forward again, Batali's new Italian Food emporium, Eataly 
http://tastingtable.com/entry_detail/nyc/2124/An_all-Eataly_recipe_for_home.htm 
(pictured), has a dedicated vegetarian restaurant, Le Verdure, that lets 
diners veg out any time. Chef Fraser, too, is rumored to be opening an 
all-vegetarian outpost in the near future. Pork belly, watch your back.
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Until recently, the idea of vegetarian food was an all-or-nothing affair.

But lately, the line between those who eat meat and those who don't has gotten blurred: Concepts such as flexitarianism and Meatless Monday are gaining serious traction.

And they owe their popularity in large part to the most outspoken meat lovers around: chefs.

Mario Batali gave the movement legs last year when he started offering meatless specials at his restaurants on Mondays. Chef John Fraser of New York City's Dovetail followed suit with a week-starting all-vegetable menu.

But now meatless has gone beyond the first day of the traditional workweek: In Philadelphia, Meritage Restaurant prepares an elegant Tuesday-night vegan prix fixe. In Healdsburg, California, at Cyrus restaurant, multicourse paeans to the garden share equal billing with traditional meat-and-fish-filled tasting menus on a nightly basis.

In Las Vegas, Wynn Resorts recently added vegan options at all the restaurants in its two casinos--even its steakhouse, SW, where grilled royal trumpet mushrooms now have a place on the menu.

Driving the trend forward again, Batali's new Italian Food emporium, Eataly (pictured), has a dedicated vegetarian restaurant, Le Verdure, that lets diners veg out any time. Chef Fraser, too, is rumored to be opening an all-vegetarian outpost in the near future.

Pork belly, watch your back.
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