The first ever “Burger Bash” kicked off on September 8th at the University of Notre Dame. Council Representatives, Katie Preis and Steve Solomon, were there to not only bring the “Burger Bash” to life by talking with students and educating them on the many benefits of mushrooms, they also handed out t-shirts and created excitement around the three burgers being served.
The festivities, taking place in the North Cafeteria on Tuesday and the South Cafeteria on Wednesday, engaged students with a variety of mushroom related activities. Council Representatives quizzed students on their knowledge of mushrooms and were awarded with free Mushroom Mania t-shirts, while Chef Lance Avery ran a simple sauté station, sampling a variety of cultivated mushrooms. The “Burger Bash” dinner service offered three delicious burgers; Jehangir Mehta’s Graffiti Burger, a Malai Chicken Mushroom Burger, and a Salmon Mushroom Burger. Students were so enthusiastic about trying the new menu features that The Salmon Mushroom Burger sold out both nights!
Students also had the chance to meet celebrity Chef Jehangir Mehta while he demoed The Blend and prepared Graffiti Burgers. He kept students engaged in the learning process by inviting them to jump on the grill to assist.
The celebrations ended with a special “invite only” four course meal, prepared by Chef Jehangir Mehta for a select group of student-leaders and foodservice staff. From appetizers to desserts, the lucky bunch savored a variety of mushroom dishes; Mushroom Scallop Ceviche; Lemongrass Black Cod, Shitake, Black Trumpet Dashi; Duck Breast over Zucchini & Enoki Noodles; and an Umami Chocolate Panna Cotta, Maple Bacon Crisp.
Thousands of students enjoyed The Blend at The University of Notre Dame’s “Burger Bash” event, learning more about the growing process and cooking with mushrooms.