I submitted a web form on Panera Bread’s website saying the following
Please consider changing the recipes for some of your soups that don’t have meat to make them vegetarian. The Broccoli Cheddar would be a really easy switch. That was my favorite before I went vegetarian. Anywhere you could substitute vegetable broths for meat broths would be appreciated. I only have 2 soup options since I hate cilantro.
I received a reply back the same day, which was nice, but the answer was more of what all vegetarians get everyday. A whole lot of who-cares-that-you-can’t-eat-this-we-won’t-change.
The email specifies that I shouldn’t copy it anywhere so let me paraphrase for you:
They said that due to Broccoli Cheddar being their most popular soup, they didn’t feel they should change the recipe. What they are not considering is that currently they are excluding vegetarians from eating this soup, but if it were vegetarian MORE people could eat this soup making it MORE POPULAR…HELLO! It’s yet another closed minded view of food that most meat-eaters sadly have. Most meat-eaters eat whatever so why would they care if meat broths were substituted with vegetable broths?
Here is my plea to anyone who has a free moment, please go to Panera Bread’s contact us page and submit a form asking that they make the Broccoli Cheddar vegetarian. They appear to think I’m alone here and have no idea how many vegetarians are out there.
Would you eat Panera’s Broccoli Cheddar soup with vegetable broth instead of meat broth?