International bakery and restaurant chain Le Pain Quotidien (LPQ) recently launched a “Plant Love” summer menu that features three new vegan options. The new seasonal items include a Flower Power Bowl with “flowerola” (a mix of cereals, beets, and lavender) served with coconut yogurt, cashew butter, and fresh watermelon, pineapple, and blueberries; Strawberry Toast Forever with cashew butter, poppyseeds, agave nectar, mint, and lemon on organic superseed bread; and Golden Coast Portobello Tartine made with freshly baked bread topped with heirloom tomato, cucumber, and turmeric ginger hummus. Its existing daily menu features an additional 12 vegan dishes such as Zucchini Noodle Pad Thai, Quinoa Tabouli, Crispy Quinoa Cake, and a Berry Muffin. In addition, each purchase of the new Good Karma Watermelon and Feta Salad (which can be made vegan upon request) means LPQ will plant a tree in national forests across the country. The campaign—which runs through September—is in partnership with The National Forest Foundation, which aims to plant five million trees in 2019—the largest reforestation effort to date. “As an international brand, we have the opportunity to help make a positive impact on the planet,” Lou Ramirez, President of the United States branch of Le Pain Quotidien, said. “Our ongoing mission at Le Pain Quotidien is to bring the community together to enjoy food that is both good for them and the environment. We are thrilled for the opportunity to expand our own community by partnering with The National Forest Foundation and working together to help our national forests thrive.” The international chain has locations across the US, including New York City, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, DC, Philadelphia, and Chicago.
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