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BiGA Participating in Blended Burger Project™

09 July 2018   Mary Gendron


Prescott, AZ. July 2018. – BiGA is participating in The James Beard Foundation’s (JBF) Blended Burger Project ™, a nationwide initiative that challenges chefs to make a "blended burger" by blending ground meat with finely chopped mushrooms to create a delicious, healthier, and more sustainable burger.

Chef John Panza is featuring his James Beard entry, The Blended Burger, $14, through July 31, 2018. Like most of the menu items on BiGA’s menu, the burger showcases local ingredients and Chef Panza’s talent for combining flavors and elements that make for one delicious burger. Chef Panza selected beef from Broken Horn D Ranch, local shiitake mushrooms, Hassayamapa Farm “Hassiago” cheese, and Whipstone Farm arugula. The Chef created a smoked tomato pesto that compliments the flavors and adds a juicy, smokey bite to the burger.

The James Beard Foundation states that 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 ™ :

▪ Visit 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 

▪ Post your burger photos to social media with the hashtag #blendedburgerproject to spread the word.


In August, a prestigious panel of judges on behalf of the James Beard Foundation will review 20 restaurants receiving the most votes to select the five top winners, based on most creative use of mushrooms, best flavor profile and presentation. Judges are:

● Andrew Zimmern, TV personality, chef, writer and teacher.

● Antoinette Bruno, CEO and Editor in Chief,

● Susan Westmoreland, Culinary Director, Good Housekeeping.

Chefs from the top five restaurants will win a trip to New York City to cook their blended burger dish during a special fall event at the historic James Beard House.

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


BiGA, 623 Miller Valley Rd, Prescott, Arizona 86301


BiGA is a New American Restaurant featuring fresh, modern and local cuisine.

About the James Beard Foundation (JBF)

The James Beard Foundation’s mission is to celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone. For more than 30 years the Foundation has accomplished this mission through programs that highlight food’s central role in our lives. In addition to hosting guest-chef dinners throughout the year at the historic James Beard House in New York City, the Foundation administers the James Beard Awards; grants scholarships for culinary students; produces national events that include our Taste America tour; and creates educational programs for the culinary community and food lovers. The Foundation addresses the growing challenges facing our food system through its Impact Programs, which include the Leadership Awards; Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change; Issue Summits; and Culinary Labs. Industry issues, such as gender imbalance and diversity in culinary leadership, are addressed through our Industry Programs. For more information, please visit and follow @beardfoundation on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook .

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