From an email from Leslie Armstrong, who owns Plant with chef Jason Sellers and Alan Berger.
“Well, as you know — I don’t think Anthony Bourdain will be eating at Plant (in case you missed it, Armstrong is referencing this exchange from the Xpress interview with Anthony Bourdain below).”
Plant’s Jason Sellers wants to know if you would be willing to visit his vegan restaurant to “quell some of that open animosity with some open-mindedness.”
Listen, I’m perfectly OK with vegetarians practicing whatever they want to do. I just think they make for bad travelers. That’s what pisses me off. If you’re eating vegan for religious reasons, fine. What you do in your home — or hometown even — in the industrialized world, I’m OK with that. That’s your personal choice. I think the notion that you can travel — and I’m not talking about Rome or Paris, of course you can call ahead and say, “do you have any vegetarian options?” You can’t do that in the developing world without offending people … It’s awkward and hurtful to go to grandma’s house and turn down the turkey. I just see it as rude and incurious.
“…BUT we were so excited to have Moby join us yesterday for lunch and dinner.
Moby and Shannon, his assistant, came in for lunch and they brought his band and crew back for dinner. Moby was as nice as he could be, down to earth, gracious and complimentary. We had a great conversation about the growing consciousness regarding a compassionate diet and his efforts to effect this change. We also discussed Forks Over Knives (he wants everyone to see this important film!) and his fondness for vegan ice cream (he seemed to really really enjoy Jason’s banana macadamia nut ice cream and the black out pie it was served with). Thanks again to Moby for supporting Plant and for all the work he does to make the world a better place. Oh, and of course that includes bringing so much joy to all of us with his music! Moby – you’re the best!”