Corktown café gives nod to Cade Cunningham featuring vegan ‘The Cade Stack’ sandwich

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It’s a product that scrambles and is touted as tasting just like eggs. And there’s a folded egg product, too, like those on fast-food breakfast sandwiches. But the “eggs” are made entirely from plants — not chickens — so there’s zero cholesterol. It’s also rich in protein.

And now it has the Detroit Pistons‘ newest star and vegan, Cade Cunningham, behind it. Cunningham, who follows a plant-based diet, recently teamed up with San Francisco-based Eat Just, as the brand ambassador for its JUST Egg products.

Cunningham has been vegan since high school, according to a VegNews report.

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To celebrate the Pistons No. 1 overall pick, Eat Just collaborated with Cunningham and Folk Detroit to create the vegan menu option “The Cade Stack,” according to a news release.

The vegan sandwich features the JUST Egg Folded product. Folk Detroit is a popular Corktown neighborhood café and is a 2019 Detroit Free Press Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers’ best new restaurant.

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Starting Wednesday, Folk Detroit will offer “The Cade Stack,” for a limited time. The vegan sandwich is $10 and also includes a shakshuka cheese sauce, lettuce leaf basil, greens, rosemary potato crisps nestled on Zingerman’s plant-based country bread. JUST Egg Folded is an egg product like the folded egg on many fast-food breakfast sandwiches. You can pop the Just Egg Folded egg in a toaster or microwave, it’s sold at stores nationwide. The JUST Egg product is pourable for making scrambles or using in recipes.

The main ingredient in JUST Egg products is protein-rich mung bean, the company’s website says. While mung beans have been around for thousands of years, Eat Just uses the legumes gelatin properties as a thickener and emulsifier in making its products.

Cunningham recently told VegNews, he decided to go vegan initially as an experiment.

“I think, bigger than anything, I just wanted to try something new for my body and see how my body reacted to it,” he told VegNews. “So, once I tried it, I did it for two weeks,” Cunningham explained that he ate at McDonald’s during a trip with Team USA to Greece in 2019 during the FIBA World Cup.

“We weren’t accustomed to the food that we had out there.” Cunningham said. “So, I started back eating burgers and things, (but) on that trip, I told myself, ‘I’m going back to vegan, and I’m sticking to it.’”

Folk Detroit is at 1701 Trumbull, Detroit; 313-742-2672.

Contact Detroit Free Press food writer Sue Selasky and send food and restaurant news to: 313-222-6872 or Follow @SusanMariecooks on Twitter.

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