Perhaps vegan has been trending on the East and West coast, but going meatless has finally spread to the middle of the country. Grant Achatz and his Next: Vegan menu in Chicago suddenly gave all chefs permission to think vegetables are cool and worthy of highlighting. Last year, only one best new chef bravely plated a veggie-centric dish. This year, three out of 10, and that doesn't include the slew of other chefs that showcased veggie dishes this weekend.
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