Liquid Riot to participate in James Beard Foundation Blended Burger Project


Liquid Riot to participate in James Beard Foundation Blended Burger Project



Portland, Maine – Liquid Riot has announced today that it will be participating in The James Beard Foundation’s (JBF) Blended Burger Project, a 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.

Liquid Riot to participate in James Beard Foundation Blended Burger ProjectChef de Cuisine Scott Whelan has chosen to feature a burger named “Spore Uproar” through July 31, 2017. 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
  • You can also visit Liquid Riot through July 31, 2017 and ask for the “blended burger”
  • Post your Spore Uproar burger photos to social media with the hashtag #liquidriot #blendedburgerproject to spread the word!

When the promotion concludes at 11:59pm EST on July 31st, 2017, the five (5) chefs with the most online votes will win a trip to the historic James Beard House in New York City where they will showcase their blended burgers at an exclusive event in 2018.

New this year, customers who vote for their favorite blended burger online will also be entered to win an all-expenses paid trip for two to the 2018 Blended Burger event at the James Beard House.

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


Liquid Riot
250 Commercial Street
Portland, Maine 04101


The Liquid Riot “Spore Uproar” blended burger features Hen of the Wood, Pink Oyster and Lion’s Main mushrooms and beef on a buttered and grilled brioche bun, topped with VT Creamery fresh goat cheese, a green tomato and poblano relish, and Liquid Riot Bierschnaps mushroom pate, red-veined sorrel and pickled red onion. It’s $17 and comes with house cut fries.


New England’s only brewery, distillery and resto-bar under one roof, Liquid Riot is named for those who fought for their beverages of choice in the 1855 Portland, Maine, Rum Riot and Chicago Beer Riot. Liquid Riot’s bar specializes in craft cocktails featuring Liquid Riot Distillery whiskeys, rums and other spirits, all distilled onsite. Well known for its beers – Liquid Riot Blushing Star earned a World Beer Cup Gold Medal in 2016 – the tap lineup consistently tops a dozen or more beers ranging from easy drinking lagers, hoppy IPA’s, bold Imperial Stouts and beyond. Liquid Riot resto-bar serves seasonal, savory and delicious comfort food and the daily menu emphasizes house cured meats and housemade sausages, as well as locally-raised and farmed meats and vegetables. Liquid Riot spirits and beers are available at Maine Spirit Agency stores, finer beer retailers and on-premise in Liquid Riot’s retail shop. Liquid Riot is located at the top of Union Wharf on Portland’s waterfront, 250 Commercial St., in Portland, Maine. Open daily at noon.

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 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 FacebookTwitter, 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.