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And the #BetterBurgerProject Winners Are…

The burgers have been served, the plates have been cleared, and the ‘grams have been counted.

After more than two months of the Better Burger Project™, a challenge that invited chefs to create a more healthy, delicious, and sustainable burger by blending ground meat with finely chopped cultivated mushrooms, we’re excited to reveal our five winners.

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The chefs whose burgers appeared in the most Instagram photos, uploaded by their customers, emerged victorious. Our winning chefs are:

1.  Quaff ON!, chef Dan Nichols – Bloomington, IN
2.  Blue Southern Comfort Food, chef Carolyn Manning – Shreveport, LA
3.  Belly Acres, chef Rob Ray – Memphis, TN
4.  Bachi Burger, chef Lorin Watada – Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA; Pasadena, CA
5.  Burgh’ers Restaurant, chefs Kiel Campbell and Fiore Moletz – Harmony, PA

In October, these chefs will travel to New York City, where they will serve their “Better Burgers” at the official welcome reception of the 2015 JBF Food Conference, taking place Sunday, October 18, at the historic James Beard House.

“This year’s conference will look at the future of food through three lenses: the farm, the kitchen. and health,” says JBF’s Kris Moon. “In keeping with the future-focused theme, the Better Burger Project was an inventive contest that challenged the culinary community to create new versions of an American standard, working toward a better tomorrow for food lovers nationwide.”

For more information on the winners, visit BetterBurgerProject.org. You can find Better Burgers by all participating chefs by searching for #betterburgerproject on Instagram.

The View Gets a Peek at The Better Burger Project’s Secret Ingredient

The Better Burger Project is red hot and heating up the summer! Council Representative, Maneet Chauhan, spent the afternoon on-set at The View talking to Whoopie, Raven-Symone, Rosie and Nicolle about how to make a better burger this summer using a secret ingredient…

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You could feel the excitement in the studio as all the audience members put on their “Better Burger Project” aprons. Soft whispers could be heard throughout the live audience; “oh this is going to be yummy,” “what is that amazing smell?” and “what is the Better Burger Project?” Little did they know celebrity chef Manueet Chauhan was on hand to answer their questions!

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As The View ladies gathered around the table, Maneet took her seat next to Michelle Collins. Chatting quietly amongst themselves before going live, Raven leaned in to tell Maneet that she’s a huge fan and actually learned a lot about cooking from her. It’s amazing when a celebrity is star-struck by another celebrity! At that moment the lights brightened, the music started, and Whoopie welcomed Maneet, asking her to share the Better Burger Project’s mysterious secret ingredient… MUSHROOMS!

Of course we couldn’t let our audience members go home empty handed… Maneet graciously offered up food processors for all, encouraging them to try making a blended burger at home!

The Better Burger Project is currently running in over 200 restaurants nationwide, so check the participant list on BetterBurgerProject.org and get out there a try a better burger!

Lighten Up American Classics with The Blend

As a crisp chill makes its way into the air, weekends are now abuzz with the seasonal overlap of sports such as Baseball and Football. Whether you’re cheering on your alma mater, or making the most of baseball playoff games, meaty All-American foods pair perfectly with your game-day spread. And it’s no secret that mushrooms and meat go hand in hand!

Showcasing the best way to include mushrooms in meals, Culinary Institute of America chef, Bill Briwa, and Mushroom Council president, Bart Minor take a closer look at using blending to boost the flavor of timeless American classics:

Beyond extending portion sizes and ramping up the nutrition in your favorite recipes, blending ground meat with mushrooms’ meaty, umami-rich flavor takes any meal to the next level! From a comfortable bowl of chili to a saucy sloppy joe, with a season of sports in full-force, we’re thrilled to share our favorite healthy takes on foods as American as apple pie:

  • Mushroom Chipotle Chili – seasoned to perfection, this blended chili’s lighter flavor makes it a perfect base for all the fixin’s.
  • Inside Out Mushroom Burger – filled with mushrooms from the inside out, this blended patty packs a powerful punch!
  • Sloppy Joes – combine ground beef and mushrooms to get a lighter take on this childhood favorite
  • Mushroom Meatloaf with Mushroom Gravy – double the mushrooms for double the taste! With meaty mushrooms topping and blended throughout, this meatloaf is sure to shine

Do you have a blended recipe that makes your whole family cheer? Submit your favorite blended recipe to our #ShroomTember contest hosted with Life of Dad for a chance to win $500! And don’t forget to join our #ShroomTember Twitter Party on September 23 for a chance to snag even more great prizes.

 

Celebrating Success: Recipe Redux 2014

From succulent portabella steaks to crunchy vegetarian nuggets, our 2014 Recipe Redux contest participants amped up the mushrooms and packed on the flavor in 37 delicious recipes! As part of the Council’s recent partnership with registered dietitians Regan Miller-Jones, Deanna Seagrave Daly and Serena Ball of The Recipe Redux, we tasked their community of 217 registered dietitians and health bloggers with revamping classic dishes by adding meaty mushrooms to the mix.

From blending fresh, diced mushrooms seamlessly with hearty ground meats in classic bruschetta and tender burgers to replacing meat altogether in crisp spring rolls and zesty, loaded nachos, the creativity was endless. The best part is that their efforts produced delicious, healthier alternatives to our favorite meals.

Let’s celebrate our contest winners!

Congratulations are in order to all participants as we celebrate all the amazing recipes we received featuring the mushrooms we all love. Thanks from the Council for a deliciously successful program!

 

See below for a full list of recipe entries


A Mushroom (Pinterest) Gathering

Mushroom Holiday Pin Party

Before the ovens start to preheat, friends and family start to gather and you savor that first bite, the holiday menu has to be planned.  In between decorating, school events for the kids and shopping it can be a challenge to carve out time for discovering recipe ideas. This season the Mushroom Council decided to put that time on the calendar for you and we’re bringing the recipes directly to your Pinterest feed with #AMushroomGathering Pin Party.

From stuffed mushrooms to savory entrees, we’re dedicating an entire hour to mushroom recipes that are perfect for any party. The best part about this party is that you are ALL INVITED.  Simply be on Pinterest at 7PM CT on Tuesday, December 10th and follow along with the Mushroom Channel, A Spicy Perspective and The Little Kitchen as we share mushroom recipes for #AMushroomGathering. One lucky participant will even walk away with a Mushroom Apron and a $25 American Express gift card.

The hour will be broken into four categories to suit all of your holiday planning needs.  What does that leave you to do between now and Tuesday? Start following our Mushroom Gathering Pinterest board and create a mushroom board of your own to repin all of the delicious recipes to!

See you there!

Pin Party Schedule:

Holiday Pin Party Mushroom Appetizers

Holiday Pin Party Stuffed Mushrooms

Holiday Pin Party Mushroom Side Dishes

Holiday Pin Party Mushroom Entrees