WHAT
Viera, Florida (5/26/18) – Pizza Gallery & Grill has announced today that it will be participating in The James Beard Foundation’s (JBF) Blended BurgerProject™, a nationwide initiative that challenges chefs to make a “blended burger” by blending ground meat* with finely chopped mushrooms to create a delicious, healthier, and more sustainable burger.

Chef Kyle Hash has chosen to feature his “Just Peachy” burger to showcase a healthier burger, from Memorial Day, May 28 through July 31, 2018. Blending meat with mushrooms reduces calories, fat, and sodium while adding important nutrients like vitamin D, potassium, and B vitamins. A blended burger
also brings more sustainable, plant-based items to menus allowing Americans to enjoy the taste and flavor of the burgers they love, knowing it’s a healthier and more sustainable preparation.

Diners can vote and support the Blended Burger Project™:
▪ Visit jamesbeard.org/blendedburgerproject to view the gallery of blended burger photos, and
cast your vote for the blended burger that best represents the most creaCve use of mushrooms,
best flavor profile, and most appetizing appearance
▪ You can also visit a parCcipaCng restaurant from Memorial Day, May 28 – July 31, 2018 (view
the enCre list at jamesbeard.org/blendedburgerproject/parCcipants) and ask for the “blended
burger”.
▪ Post your burger photos to social media with the hashtag #blendedburgerproject to spread the
word!
*Or other protein, see Official Contest Rules for details.

JUDGING
In August, a presCgious panel of judges on behalf of the James Beard FoundaCon will review 20 restaurants receiving the most votes to select the five top winners, based on most creaCve use of mushrooms, best flavor profile and presentaCon. Judges are:
• Andrew Zimmern, TV personality, chef, writer and teacher.
• Antoinece Bruno, CEO and Editor in Chief, StarChefs.com.
• Susan Westmoreland, Culinary Director, Good Housekeeping.

Chefs from the top five restaurants will win a trip to New York City to cook their blended burger dish during a special fall event at the historic James Beard House.

Visit jamesbeard.org/blendedburgerproject for a list of parCcipaCng restaurants and follow #blendedburgerproject on Facebook, Twicer, and Instagram.

WHERE
Pizza Gallery & Grill at The Avenue Viera

ABOUT THE RESTAURANT
Gourmet Pizza & EclecCc Entrees, Art Gallery, PaCo Bar and Lounge. Serving Brevard for over 27 years.
About the James Beard FoundaGon (JBF)
The James Beard Foundation’s mission is to celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone. For more than 30 years the Foundation has accomplished this mission through programs that highlight food’s central role in our lives. In addition to hosting guest-chef dinners throughout the year at the historic James Beard House in New York City, the Foundation administers the James Beard Awards; grants scholarships for culinary students; produces national events that include our Taste America tour; and creates educational programs for the culinary community and food lovers. The Foundation addresses the growing challenges facing our food system through its Impact Programs, which include the Leadership Awards; Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change; Issue Summits; and Culinary Labs. Industry issues, such as gender imbalance and diversity in culinary leadership, are addressed through our Industry Programs. For more information, please visit jamesbeard.org and follow @beardfoundation on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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