“The main reason for Meat Free Monday is to reduce the consumption of animal proteins as we eat far too much of them anyway. If we can reduce the amount of meat and poultry that we eat, we can reduce our carbon footprint. Recent research is showing too that a meal higher in vegetables is far healthier than one loaded with animal protein and fats.” – Rosalind Rathouse
Rosalind Rathouse is the Principal of the Cookery School, an award-winning cookery school in central London which focuses on sustainable and seasonal home cooking. The school offers a wide range of courses and corporate events, and day and evening classes including its very own ‘Meat Free Monday – Vegan’ class.
The Priory Rooms Meeting and Conference Centre
“We encourage our customers to adopt a meat free menu whenever they make use of our venue on a Monday. Even if these individuals only eat a vegetarian meal whilst attending their meeting here, we believe these weekly actions all add up and help reduce our venue’s impact on the planet. We offer a wide selection of cold and hot vegetarian options and try to show that giving up meat one day a week can be simple, healthy and enjoyable.” – Andrew Callan
Andrew Callan is Conference Centre Manager at The Priory Rooms, a Quaker-owned, not-for-profit meeting and conference centre located in the heart of Birmingham. The venue is committed to operating in a sustainable and environmentally-friendly way and has a number of initiatives in place to achieve this including serving Fairtrade teas and coffees, using recycled office materials and harvesting rain water to flush a proportion of the toilets.
“We are proud to support Meat Free Monday and their brilliant initiative to engage and raise awareness of this important issue. For our health, our environment and our future, it is an exciting time of changing consciousness. All our products are vegan, not to mention incredibly delicious!” – Tina Michelucci
Tina Michelucci is co-founder of Sweet Freedom which produces Great Taste Award winning 100% natural Fruit Syrups, and a bestselling Choc Shot range of liquid hot chocolate, which you can now find in all supermarkets, Holland & Barrett and health food stores nationally. Visit their website for healthy meat free recipes.
“We want to change peoples’ perceptions of what a great British pie should be and encourage pie-eaters everywhere to give vegetarian pies a try. We used British Pie Week (7 to 13 March 2016) to launch a brand new addition to our vegetarian pie range and to launch the Meat Free Monday campaign in our restaurants.” – Jon Simon
Jon Simon founded Pieminister with his brother-in-law Tristan Hogg. The company makes award-winning pies using responsibly-sourced British ingredients. A brand new meat free pie was created to lead Pieminister’s British Pie Week 2016 celebrations. The new pie – the Saag Pie-neer – joined the company’s growing range of Vegetarian Society Approved pies and is now a bestseller in Pieminister’s restaurants and in Waitrose.
“Sunbeam Studios caters for many of the world’s most influential tastemakers and are proud to support the MFM campaign. We are also delighted that so many of our photographic and event clients have embraced our work towards further sustainability. At Sunbeam we are always looking for ways in which to evolve our food offering within our responsibility to the environment. Getting behind MFM is a natural step we are excited to take.” – Jonathan Crosthwaite
Jonathan Crosthwaite is the Catering Manager of Sunbeam Kitchen, the catering division of Sunbeam Studios – a photographic studio and events venue in London. Sunbeam Studios now offers a completely vegetarian menu to clients every Monday in solidarity with Meat Free Monday.
“Meat Free Monday is a fantastic way to support our planet and all the creatures on it. We believe the whole family should be able to join in, which is why we created our Wholesome Veggie Feast recipe for dogs.” – Henrietta Morrison
Henrietta Morrison is the Founder and CEO of Lily’s Kitchen. The company creates natural, delicious, wholesome food for dogs and cats because they believe that pets deserve to eat proper food that’s full of nourishing ingredients.
“We’re all for arguments about the ethics of meat consumption, but we also realise that the easiest way to encourage vegetarianism is to make it seem like less of a frontier and more of a transition. Meat Free Monday embodies that idea, encouraging and helping people to dip their toes into a lifestyle that may otherwise seem too daunting.” – Jamie Spencer
Jamie Spencer founded Leafcard with his colleagues Daniel and Craig. Leafcard is a vegetarian dining card with which holders can get free vegetarian meals at the best spots in London. In support of Meat Free Monday, Leafcard is offering any site users annual Leafcards for £1 with the code ‘MFM’ on their site, www.leafcard.co.uk.
Brand of Sisters
“Meat Free Monday is easy, fun, and healthy and it helps to raise awareness of the complexity of problems related to meat. With the belief that small steps lead to big outcomes, we at Brand of Sisters follow Meat Free Monday and the philosophy of flexitarianism.” – Martina Vondruska & Barbara Portaluri
Martina Vondruska and Barbara Portaluri are the Founders of Brand of Sisters, a Start Up Fashion Label and Social Enterprise. Their vision is to make beautiful products and to give something back to less fortunate girls and women around the world. Brand of Sisters thinks that every start up company today should act with responsibility and compassion towards a better world.
“Meat free based ‘diets’ are becoming more and more common as consumers learn more about the environmental impacts of our meat consumption habits and the health benefits of cutting down on our meat consumption. Whether its a health, lifestyle or religious motivated decision to reduce or give up meat altogether, there is much to be gained from taking a step in this direction. That’s why we support Meat Free Monday.” – Yinka Makinde
Yinka Makinde is the Founder & CEO of Vital Footprint, a technology focused, food-services business established by a senior management team working with nutrition specialists and food safety experts.
Original Meat Free Gourmet (OMFG)
“For us, Meat Free Monday is exactly what we’re all about – reducing the impact of livestock globally. Changing people’s habits by bringing them new and tasty food is a simple way to make this happen. Many people just don’t realise how good a meat free meal can be. It DOES make a difference if more and more people can do it every week.” – Declan O’Toole
Declan O’Toole is the managing director of Original Meat Free Gourmet Ltd. Set up in 2013, OMFG has created a meat free range of sausages that aren’t just a ‘meat substitute’, but very tasty gourmet sausages that just happen to be made with vegetables. They are available in Holland and Barrett across the UK.