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Event Recap: FEAST Smoked!

The pouring rain and soggy grass didn’t stop Portlanders from wanting a taste of Chef Hugh Acheson’s blended burger at FEAST Smoked! this year. Smoked!, the only FEAST event to solely focus on grilled meats and vegetables, is a foodie dream. Some of the best chefs from Portland and beyond set up shop at The Fields Park in The Pearl District for the northwest’s famous culinary event. Featuring everything from smoked sweet breads and duck-heart kebabs to goat tacos, there was no shortage of adventurous eats.

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The crowd favorite? The Top Chef Judge’s Cremini-Lamb Burger with charred scallions, Boursin Cheese, pickles and fresh tomato. The line was wrapped around the corner as Hugh and his team busily served the freshly-made burgers to hungry patrons. One bite of this juicy, umami-packed burger and they were hooked.hugh-2

Big thanks to Hugh Acheson and his team for making this an event to remember!

Didn’t get enough of the Cremini-Lamb Burger at FEAST? Click here for the recipe!

Chef Spotlight: Michael Gottlieb, Wood’s Kitchen

Meet Michael Gottlieb, co-chef at Wood’s Kitchen in Bloomingdale, GA and one of five winners of the 2016 James Beard Foundation Blended Burger Project. He is a part of our Chef Spotlight series, which offers a behind-the-kitchen look at the inspiration behind chef-created blended burgers.

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Born into a food family that’s been operating in Georgia since 1870, Chef Michael Gottlieb and his brother, Laurence Gottlieb are co-chefs at Wood’s Kitchen, a southern-rooted BBQ restaurant with Gullah and Cajun/Creole inspirations.

His motivation for participating in this year’s James Beard Foundation’s Blended Burger Project? “It was an opportunity to bring something a little healthier to our menu and educate our customers how eating a touch healthier can still be fun!” They had a great experience right out if the gate and really loved how their community supported them and their blended burger from start to finish.

Their blended burger is a mouth-watering Worcestershire Glazed Double Mushroom Burger with Charred Vidalia Onions served on a Mushroom Salted Brioche Bun. The burger uses Hunter Cattle “Wood’s Blend” ground beef, a rich earthy local beef, and cremini mushrooms.

Michael and his brother enjoy cooking with mushrooms given the flavor and textures differ from variety to variety. “We love cooking with chanterelle, morels, and Hen of the Woods – but they are all so good it’s hard to pick a favorite.”

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Turn Up the Heat: Mushroom & Cheese Stuffed Jalapenos

Welcome fall and football season with bell’alimento’s Mushroom and Cheese Stuffed Jalapenos.

Mushroom and Cheese Stuffed Jalapenos

 

If you’re looking for a quick and easy appetizer that’s perfect for fall and football season, look no further. These mushroom stuffed jalapenos will disappear faster than you can make them.

We’ve used white button mushrooms but feel free to use any fresh mushrooms you’d like.

When selecting your jalapenos, try to get them as close to the same size as possible so that they cook at the same rate. To save time you could even make the mushroom/cheese mixture in advance, stuff the jalapenos and then bake them just before you’re ready to get your nosh fest on.

Although we’ve listed the crispy prosciutto and chives as optional, they are highly recommended.

Mushroom and Cheese Stuffed Jalapenos

Yield: 24
Prep Time:  15 minutes
Cook Time: 20-25 minutes

Ingredients: 

12 jalapenos, halved, seeds removed
8 ounces button mushrooms, finely minced
1 clove garlic, minced
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup grated aged cheddar
kosher salt/black pepper

optional:
2 slices prosciutto, crisped
chives

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat. Place jalapeno halves on top. Set aside.

Into a large bowl combine: mushrooms, cream cheese, cheddar. Season with salt and pepper.

Scoop mushroom mixture into jalapeno halves. Bake for 20-25 minutes OR until cheese is bubbly and jalapenos have softened.

Garnish with prosciutto and chives if desired.

Chef Spotlight: Adrian Cruz, The Orchard Lounge

Meet Chef Adrian Cruz, one of five winners of the 2016 James Beard Foundation Blended Burger Project. He is the third in a series of Chef Spotlights, which offer a behind-the-kitchen look at the inspiration behind chef-created blended burgers.

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“The Concha Burger is the new kid on the block,” says Chef de Cuisine Adrian Cruz of The Orchard Lounge in McAllen, Texas.

New kid on the block, indeed. What makes Cruz’s blended burger so unique? Aside from its delicious toppings like homemade strawberry-fig jam and Applewood bacon, the burger is sandwiched between a Concha bun – a sweet yeast bread roll that can be found in many Mexican markets. As a child, Cruz spent summers at his grandparents’ house in Texas, and would purchase Concha every morning from a bakery truck that was parked across the street. Sharing Concha with his mom and brother over a steaming cup of coffee is one of Cruz’s favorite childhood memories.

Inspired to mimic the sweet and savory flavor profile of Concha dipped in coffee, Cruz decided to experiment with the idea of using Concha as the bun for his blended burger – and it was a hit. For the burger, he uses a blend of beef, pork chorizo and shiitake mushrooms, then tops it with the strawberry-fig jam, chipotle aioli, pickled cucumber, butter lettuce, a duck-fat fried egg, applewood smoked bacon, tomatoes and string mushrooms. What intrigued Cruz most about joining the Blended Burger Project? The opportunity to create a healthier burger with some of his favorite ingredients. He loves the flavor and texture that mushrooms bring to a traditional patty.

“Participating in James Beard’s Blended Burger Project isn’t about becoming famous, it’s about inspiring other chefs and proving that dreams do come true,” says Cruz. He grew up cooking in his mother’s kitchen at the age of 12, and has honed his skills while training at various restaurants in the Rio Grande Valley. Cruz is excited to show off his chops at the James Beard House this October, or has he calls it, “painting on plates.”

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Chef Spotlight: Logan Guleff, Junior Chef/Logan’s Underground Supper Club

Meet Chef Logan Guleff, Junior Chef/Logan’s Underground Supper Club and one of five winners of the 2016 James Beard Foundation Blended Burger Project. He is the first in a series of Chef Spotlights, which offer a behind-the-kitchen look at the inspiration behind chef-created blended burgers.

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Memphis-based Junior Chef Logan Guleff has been cooking since he was two. His favorite recipe is always the next one he creates because he enjoys the journey of being creative and getting to share his dishes with others. He loves mushrooms (in fact, when he was two his favorite food was mushroom pizza!), so when he learned about the James Beard Blended Burger Project, participating was a no brainer. “Being a premier young chef comes with a lot of responsibility. I want to be on the fore-front of sustainable, healthy, nutritious food. I live in an urban city and I see food deserts and hunger. Being able to produce a delicious burger that both delights diners and helps turn a burger into a meal we can continue to enjoy for generations is very important to me,” said Guleff. “Plus, it’s James Beard! How could I not join in on the fun?”

Logan’s signature blended burger, “The Mushroom Monster,” consists of half portobello mushrooms and half locally-sourced ground beef. After cleaning the mushrooms, he then cooks the mushrooms until they are dry, which allows him to trim the beef by 50 percent. He uses his spice blend “Logan’s Rub” to marry the flavors and tops it off with fontina cheese, lettuce, tomato, and bacon.

Fun Fact: Logan is the youngest certified judge to judge in The World Championship Barbeque. One of his recipes has been served at the White House, where he met the First Lady and President Obama.

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