Chef Greg Daniels competes at the James Beard House


Chef Greg Daniels competes to showcase his Haven Breakfast Burger at the historic James Beard House in New York City

Haven Gastropub in Old Towne Orange has introduced the Haven Breakfast Burger in conjunction with The James Beard Foundations (JBF) Blended Burger Project, a nationwide contest and challenge to make a “blended burger” that combines ground meat with finely chopped mushrooms to create a delicious, healthier, and more sustainable burger. Executive Chef & Partner Greg Daniels is offering this new burger during weekday Lunch and weekend Brunch service now through July 31, 2017, during which time guests can vote for the Haven Breakfast Burger online at At the conclusion of the promotion, the five chefs with the most online votes for their burgers will be asked to present their blended burgers at the historic James Beard House in New York City during an exclusive event in 2018.

The Haven Breakfast Burger contains more than 25% mushroom chorizo, combined with Haven’s custom grind, Tillamook sharp cheddar, maple coffee braised bacon, fried egg, arugula, and Haven ketchup, on an OC Baking Company double egg-washed brioche bun.

“My culinary team and I had a lot of fun creating a blended burger for the James Beard Foundation. Blending meat with mushrooms reduces calories, fat, and sodium while adding important nutrients like vitamin D, potassium, and B vitamins,” explained Chef Daniels, whose original Haven Burger has received national acclaim. “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.”

Haven Gastropub is asking guests to post photos with the hashtags #havenbreakfastburger and #blendedburgerproject. All guests who vote for their favorite blended burger online will also be entered to win an all-expense paid trip for two to the 2018 Blended Burger event at the James Beard House. More information and a list of all participating restaurants can be found online at

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