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KINDRED Cultivates Vegan Cheese Program With White Labs

The local yeast company gets cheesy.

KINDRED, which is bringing "vegan food made for meat-eaters and the veg-inclined" to South Park, is just putting on its finishing touches and should be open by mid-December in the former Alchemy space. The design, by BASILE Studio, will include the sculpture in progress shown here — the restaurant's spirit animal — a four-eyed, snake-horned wolf totem by Kihl Studios.

The vegan cocktail bar, whose kitchen will be overseen by executive chef Jeremy Scullin, just revealed that it has partnered with White Labs, the well known local yeast company, to develop a custom and unique blend of cultures for a tree nut cheese program. Owner Kory Stetina shared that a dedicated room in KINDRED's kitchen has been set aside for fermenting the cheeses, which will have a protein base of cashews, almonds and macadamia nuts flavored with various spices. Scheduled to roll out in a few months when the cheeses have aged properly, they will be featured on a cheese board with housemade condiments; Stetina says that the eatery's menu will also include a vegan charcuterie board loaded with shaved orange-fennel and red chile seitan, smoked golden beets, herb-crusted miso cashew ball, whiskey mustard glazed onions, kale- pepperoncini pesto, horseradish aioli, pickle, fresh fruit, spicy lemon-tomato spread and warm baguette.


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