Coming up on Connections: Thursday, May 6

May 6, 2021

First hour: Discussing ATV and dirt bike laws and safety in Rochester

Second hour: Is the restaurant industry heading toward more meatless menus?

ATVs and dirt bikes are all over the streets of Rochester, and sometimes the drivers are ignoring traffic laws and safety guidelines. Local government is preparing to crack down harder on such activity. But the riders say they have nowhere to go, and they just want a safe outlet for their passion. So what’s the most sensible way to approach this issue? Our guests:

  • Rachel Barnhart, Monroe County Legislator
  • Jose Peo, Rochester City Council Member
  • Demond Meeks, New York State Assemblymember
  • Lorenzo Jones, ATV rider
  • Raheim Drisdom, ATV rider

Then in our second hour, one of the highest rated restaurants in the world, Eleven Madison Park in New York City, is removing all animal products from its menu. Eleven Madison's chef says the current food system is not sustainable, and his focus will be on a world-class menu that is entirely vegan. Is this a one-off, or a harbinger of more change? Even fast food restaurants now offer meatless burgers. New York Times columnist Ezra Klein argues that vegan and vegetarian options are still harder to find and often not very good. We examine the landscape. Our guests:

  • Chris Lindstrom, founder of CurAte, and founder and host of the podcast, "Food About Town"
  • Brian Van Etten, owner of The Playhouse//Swillburger