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James Beard Foundation Promotes Plant-Heavy Burgers

The prestigious non-profit is challenging chefs to create healthier burgers with smaller environmental footprints.

The James Beard Foundation, a non-profit organization known for bestowing some of the country’s most coveted cooking awards, is partnering this summer with the Mushroom Council to promote restaurants’ creative uses of mushrooms in burgers. The result is the Better Burger Project, which challenges chefs to create burgers with at least a 25 percent base of mushrooms before July 31. Even though JBF does not require burgers in the contest be vegetarian, they recognize that using vegetables (and, in this case, fungi such as mushrooms) in classic meals make them “more delicious, healthy, and sustainable,” underlining plants as integral elements of the best-tasting and healthiest dishes. JBF also encouraged restaurants to feature “sustainable, plant-based menu items” to “enhance” menus, a statement that could impact fine-dining and casual restaurants across the US.

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Chef Chloe Coscarelli Opens New Café in Miami

Beloved vegan chef Chloe Coscarelli is back with new eatery, Chef Chloe and the Vegan Café, in highly anticipated St. Roch food hall in Miami's design district.
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Team Canada Wears All-Vegan Uniforms at Olympics

Animal-rights activists praise apparel brand Hudson's Bay Company for outfitting this year's Olympians in animal-free outwear.
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Photographer Creates the Most Vegan Proposal Ever

Popping the question with the help of an avocado is gaining traction thanks to Amsterdam food stylist Colette Dike.
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Tyson to Launch Plant-Based Meal Bowls

The meat company is disrupting itself to stay competitive as consumer habits shift toward animal-free foods.
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Pregnant Sisters Launch Vegan Dessert Sushi Brand

Vegan Rice Krispies Treats stand-in for sushi rice, and gelatin-free candies replace fish in creations made by sisters Kasia Mierzejewska and Emilia Augustyn for their allergen-free brand Sweet Sushi Factory.
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This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

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