Vegetarian and Vegan Cuisine
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Cider Press Cafe placed in top 12 Nationwide in 2017.
Can they beat that in 2018 with the Kale-lemon Me Softly Burger?!

KALE-lemon ME SOFTLY BURGER | “Beyond Meat” patty blended with portobello mushrooms, onions, and garlic, topped with charred kale, herbed provolone, red onion, tangy lemon aioli, smoked sea salt, served on a Kaiser roll.

[ST. PETERSBURG, FL]  Local vegan restaurant, The Cider Press Café dares once again to enter a burger contest to prove that a vegan burger can hold it’s own against a beef burger. Chefs from around the country join a movement that strives to make burgers healthier and more sustainable by blending ground meat with mushrooms.

“We were surprised with the excitement our burger entry sparked last year. As a vegan restaurant, our mission is closely tied to sustainability, eco-friendliness, and compassion for animals. Although meatless burgers got a bad rap in the past, advances in food technology make the new patties nearly indistinguishable from conventional burgers,” commented Cider Press Café owner Johan Everstijn. “The response from our community has been so great that we’ve added both last and this year’s James Beard Blended Burger entry to the menu!”
From Memorial Day through July 31, voters cast their ballots on the burger’s creative use of mushrooms, flavor profile, and appetizing appearance. (And are entered to win a trip to New York City!) 
A cookbook author and teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge about food, the late James Beardwas a champion of American cuisine. He helped inspire generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts by instilling in them the value of wholesome, healthful, and delicious food.

Today The James Beard Foundation 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.

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.

Diners can vote May 28, 2018 until July 31, 2018 at:

Get out there and taste the Cider Press Café entry, the contest ends in July. As the owners say, “We challenge die-hard omnivores to try our burger and taste for themselves. Our motto is “vegan for all”; our burger can change minds and eating habits, no compromise in taste required!”

The Right Thing to Do. The Right Way to Make a Difference.


Nate Bohn, Chef