The Bistro at Topsail’s blended burger, “The Goomba,” receives top five placement in The James Beard Foundation’s (JBF) Blended Burger Project™. Voting ended July 31, 2017 for this nationwide contest and challenge to make a "blended burger" by blending ground meat with finely chopped mushrooms to create a delicious, healthier, and more sustainable burger.
Chef Bud Taylor featured “The Goomba” Burger during the contest. His special burger includes local grass fed Mills Family Farm beef blended with confit oyster and portobello mushrooms. Toppings include havarti cheese, shiitake bacon, lemongrass aioli, heirloom tomato and baby arugula on a house baked bun.
As one of the top five winners, Chef Bud Taylor will be traveling to the historic James Beard House in New York City to showcase his blended burger along with the other winners at an exclusive event in January 2018. More details to follow from the James Beard Foundation.
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.
Visit jamesbeard.org/blendedburgerproject for a list of past participating restaurants and follow #blendedburgerproject on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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ABOUT THE BISTRO AT TOPSAIL
The Bistro at Topsail, a fine-dining farm to table restaurant holding the recent distinctions of Open Table’s 2016 Diners Choice award, Wine Spectator’s 2017 Award of Excellence and Winner of The James Beard Foundation’s 2017 Blended Burger Project, is located in the heart of Surf City, North Carolina on Topsail Island. The restaurant serves a seasonal menu with a focus on North Carolina product and high quality ingredients, many of which are grown on Executive Chef and Owner Bud Taylor’s farm in Holly Ridge, North Carolina. Inspired by his childhood spent learning to cook in his family’s Southern kitchen, Chef-Owner Bud Taylor incorporates Southern foods and flavors into his menu at the Bistro at Topsail.
ABOUT THE JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION (JBF)
Founded in 1986, the James Beard Foundation celebrates, nurtures, and honors chefs and other leaders making America's food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone. 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, 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, or subscribe to the free digital newsletter Beard Bites. Follow @beardfoundation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Snapchat. Watch the James Beard House Kitchen Cam, James Beard Awards, and more on the Foundation’s Livestream channel. Find more JBF-related video on the Foundation’s YouTube channels.