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Head chef Daniel Humm at Eleven Madison Park in 2008. Photo: Chris Goodney/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Daniel Humm, the chef at Eleven Madison Park, one of New York's lauded fine-dining institutions, announced Monday that the restaurant will go meatless upon its June reopening.

Why it matters: Humm cited environmental concerns as one of the motivating factors for the change, stating, the "current food system is simply not sustainable, in so many ways."

  • Others in the business have done the same. Last month, Condé Nast announced that its food publication Epicurious would eliminate beef recipes due to environmental concerns.

The big picture: Humm is best known for his meat and seafood dishes, and the decision to go meatless comes after more than a yearlong closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Wall Street Journal reports.

  • The food at Eleven Madison Park, which was awarded three Michelin stars, will now be entirely plant-based, and Humm noted in his statement that his staff is working to develop "fully plant-based milks, butters and creams."

What he's saying: "When we set out on this journey we promised ourselves that we would only do this if the meal could be as delicious as it was before," Humm told the Journal.

  • "It is time to redefine luxury as an experience that serves a higher purpose and maintains a genuine connection to the community," Humm said in his statement.

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Exclusive: Houston mayor to lead Black mayors group

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner speaks during a private funeral for George Floyd. Photo: Godofredo A. Vásquez/Pool/Getty Images

The mayor of the city where George Floyd was raised is taking over a group that represents 500 Black mayors in the U.S. amid national pressure to revamp police departments.

Why it matters: Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner will become the new president of the African American Mayors Association as municipalities across the country examine police reforms and deal with the economic fallout from the pandemic.

Delivery industry sees biggest monthly job losses in more than 20 years

Data: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; Chart: Axios Visuals

The pandemic's biggest job winner is losing steam.

Driving the news: People who deliver packages to businesses and homes — classified as "couriers and messengers" by the Labor Department — saw the industry's biggest monthly job losses in more than 20 years in April.

FDA authorizes Pfizer COVID vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds

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The Food and Drug Administration authorized the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for 12- to 15-year-old adolescents, the agency announced on Monday.

Why it matters: The emergency authorization marks a critical milestone in the push to get more Americans vaccinated and fully reopen schools for in-person learning this fall.