Cate has a big, fat, red meat burger.
But she says she wants to avoid it.
“I just don’t like the taste of it,” she says.
So she’s trying something new: a coconut meat burger, made with coconut and a spicy mustard sauce.
Her friends don’t mind.
“You can tell it’s coconut because it’s so spicy,” says her mom, Susan.
“It’s a delicious burger!”
But she’s not convinced that’s what the burger is made of.
“The ingredients are so disgusting,” she explains.
“We don’t even know if they’re actually coconut meat.”
The first coconut burger came out of a restaurant in the U.K. in 2012, but this time the ingredients are from India.
Cate is one of the first vegan burger fans in the country.
Her family lives in a rural area and has never eaten beef.
“My mom’s mom would never eat meat,” she tells me.
“But I’m not against meat.
If it’s made of animal products, you know what, I can’t help but love it.”
But even she is skeptical.
“Coconut is so weird.
It’s the weirdest thing,” she adds.
“There’s nothing in it.
The only way it’s gonna be right is if they add some stuff.”
Cate’s mom is worried about her daughter’s safety.
She’s worried about the fact that her daughter is vegan.
“If they put a hamburger in there, she might eat it and she might have a heart attack,” she worries.
“And then there’s the other side of it.
You could get into a fistfight.”
The vegan burger company, Cateblanchett, was founded in 2012.
It is based in New York City.
In 2014, Cates mom started the website and blog VeganBagels.com, which encourages people to try vegan burger recipes and share their experiences.
VeganBags.com has now grown to more than 30,000 subscribers and the site is being used by a slew of vegan food blogs, including VeganBaker.com.
In May 2018, Cately posted an article on the blog that detailed her experiences making a coconut burger at home, and the comments were mostly supportive.
But one reader was upset by her post: “I’ve heard so many horror stories about vegan food and how terrible it is,” wrote Sarah, a customer.
“How would you feel if your vegan burger was the worst?
Sarah had a different take on the comment.
“She should have made it vegan and not put the meat in there,” she said.
But it turns out Sarah is not alone.
“People have really been very positive about my coconut burger,” says Cate.
“Some people have even taken to the blog to make vegan burgers and I’m really proud of that.”
She hopes that vegan burgers will one day be popular.
But until then, CATEblanchets mother says she’s worried her daughter won’t like it.
“I don,t think it’s really good,” she sighs.
“That’s not the vegan thing to do.”
But Susan Blanchets isn’t concerned.
“This is what I want,” she insists.
“No, I don’t hate it.
I just don,ve been really surprised at how many people are really loving it.”