ONA Becomes the First Vegan Restaurant in France to Earn a Michelin Star

In the town of Arès, France—not far from Bordeaux—the vegan restaurant Origine Non-Animale (ONA) struggled to gain funding before opening in 2016, but persevered thanks to chef Claire Vallée’s determination. Vallée, who used crowdfunding and a loan from an ethics-oriented bank, has now received a Michelin star for her menu at ONA—making it the first vegan restaurant in France to achieve such an honor, as …

Manhattan’s Torch & Crown Brewing Company Opens

The borough's only brewery now welcomes guests to its restaurant garden

Stepping into Torch & Crown‘s now-complete 9,000-square-foot, multi-level SoHo space defies expectation. In a neighborhood known for pricey retail and residential nooks, one might not expect to find Manhattan’s only production brewery—let alone one so spacious and bright. And yet, from the heated outdoor seating to the taproom and restaurant to the underground expanse equipped with state-of-the-art machinery and custom subterranean fermenters, it’s evident that the …

Dishing Up Invasive Species as Locavore Delicacies

Scientists are increasingly looking to chefs to help save threatened wetlands, lakes, rivers and forests from invasive species by encouraging them to turn pesky vines like kudzu, ravenous lionfish, feral hogs and other unwelcome species into delicacies with a locavore flavor. National Geographic features several of the chefs, organizations and restaurants in the south tackling the problem of managing invasive species and the delights that …