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Take us out to the ballgame! We won’t even mind the crowds if it means trying the brand new vegetarian cheesesteak available at Citizens Bank Park. But before you knock it, we should tell you that Questlove made it.
The food aficionado and musician has made the impossible possible, putting a vegetarian spin (or vegan if you ditch the cheese sauce) on one of Philly’s favorite sandwiches.
Questlove, frontman for The Roots, has his roots in Philadelphia. Plus, he’s no stranger to the world of food, having been nominated for a James Beard Foundation book award for his book, “Something to Food About: Exploring Creativity with Innovative Chefs”. Though he’s definitely not committing himself to a fully vegetarian lifestyle, he recognized a serious gap when it comes to the green offerings at your local ballpark. Plus, he was so impressed when he tried Impossible Foods “meat”, he knew he had to spread the word.
That’s why he spent the past year designing Questlove’s Cheesesteak, featuring Impossible 2.0 meat, white cheese sauce, and a signature pepper relish all on an Amoroso roll. Plus, if you’re a proud vegan, you just ditch the cheese sauce and this sandwich is totally plant-based. Mouth watering yet? Ours too.
Just like Rome wasn’t built in a day, neither was this sandwich. Once Questlove nabbed the bakery of his dreams for the rolls (who else but hometown hero, the aforementioned Amoroso’s Bakery?) and developed the signature flavor of Impossible Meat, he ran countless taste tests on friends, family, fellow chefs, and even the SNL cast.
But it wasn’t until the Phillies home opener (during which he threw the first pitch) that he was up against the toughest test of all: our home crowds. And when the response from the health-minded Phillies fans was a resounding “FINALLY!”, he knew he’d done the impossible: pleased notoriously suspicious Philadelphians.
What’s more? He’s bringing his plant-based steak to 40 Live Nation concert venues too, soon to be available all across the country!
In an environment like a ballpark that’s known for their meat-based dishes, from hot dogs and burgers to cheesesteaks, it can be challenging to be a plant-powered person. But, with efforts from innovative minds like Questlove, that might not be the case for much longer. Find the all-new take on cheesesteak behind Sections 108 and 120 at all Phillies home games and concerts.