The String Bean – A Southern Bistro in the heart of Belmont 704.825.3636

The String Bean has announced today that it will be participating in The James Beard Foundation’s (JBF) Blended Burger Project, a nationwide contest and challenge to make a “blended burger” by blending ground meat with finely chopped, cultivated mushrooms to create a delicious, healthier, and more sustainable burger.

We will showcase a healthier burger, from Memorial Day, May 30 through July 31, 2016. 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™ by:

  • 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 creative use of mushrooms, best flavor profile, and most appetizing appearance
  • You can also visit a participating restaurant from Memorial Day, May 30 – July 31, 2016 (view the entire list at jamesbeard.org/blendedburgerproject) and ask for the “blended burger”
  • Post your burger photos to social media with the hashtag #blendedburgerproject to spread the word!

When the promotion concludes at 11:59pm EST on July 31st, 2016, the five (5) chefs with the most votes by consumers will win a trip to NYC in October 2016 to cook their “blended burger” dish at the James Beard House.

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

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About the James Beard Foundation (JBF)

Founded in 1986, the James Beard Foundation celebrates, nurtures, and honors America’s diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire. A cookbook author and teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge about food, the late James Beard was a champion of American cuisine. He helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts, instilling in them the value of wholesome, healthful, and delicious food. Today JBF continues in the same spirit by administering a number of diverse programs that include educational initiatives, food industry awards, and scholarships for culinary students, publications, chef advocacy training, and thought-leader convening. The Foundation also maintains the historic James Beard House in New York City’s Greenwich Village as a “performance space” for visiting chefs. For more information, please visit jamesbeard.org. Get food news, recipes, and more at the James Beard Foundation’s blog. Follow the James Beard Foundation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.