Newport Harbor High School started small with veganism on Monday, frying up only 12 meatless burgers in case sales went slowly. In the end, there was no need to have a cow.
The school, the first in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District to sell vegan food at lunchtime, sold out of the burgers within a few minutes and still had requests coming in, according to cafeteria manager Sue Lindsey.
As a result, she said the school would prepare twice as many vegan patties today.
"We've gotten orders already for some teachers," Lindsey said. "I'd say it's going to start booming."
Newport-Mesa announced plans last week to begin offering vegan food — which contains no meat, milk, eggs or other animal products — at every secondary school cafeteria in April.