January 1, 2013
by Trista Cornelius, Contributing Writer
Field Roast original grain meat company began in 1997 and is still located in Seattle, Washington. While working in a bakery in the 1990s, David Lee, owner, was developing a vegan wrap and looking for a protein. All around him, people were forming artisan loaves of bread with careful craft and what David calls “hand energy.” This is what inspired the beginnings of Field Roast grain meats.
Even though machines are used in the process of creating Field Roast products, they’re “not all stamped out.” All products have “hand energy,” and people interact with each product in crucial parts of the process.
Maybe that’s why my favorite Field Roast product is their sausages because you can see chunks of vegetables, what David calls “textual variance,” in the savory grain meat. David designs products for everyone, but each product also expresses his point of view. For example, his Spicy Chipotle Sausage is truly spicy and not for everyone since the “whole idea of spicy has been dumbed down,” he said.
Of course, for any festive event, the Celebration Roast of grain meat and stuffing satisfies even meat-eaters. If you want to be truly fancy, serve the Hazelnut Cranberry Roast En Croute, which means the roast comes wrapped in a flaky, rich pastry. My mom served this a few years ago, and we still rave about it.
Equally festive, especially for kids and post-celebration lunches, is the new Frankfurters. If you attended VegFest, you may have tried them, identical to animal-based hotdogs in texture, flavor, and look with none of the cruelty. David thinly slices the Frankfurters and sautés them with zucchini and mushrooms and puts this on top of beans and rice. They’re also perfect folded into the traditional hot dog bun of course!
Find Field Roast products at Fred Meyer, Whole Foods, Safeway, Zupan’s, New Season’s and many small, local delis, shops, and restaurants.