Biltmore’s Cedric’s Tavern Chef Mark DeMarco competes in Blended Burger Project

Asheville – One of Biltmore’s restaurants, Cedric’s Tavern, is 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. The contest runs through July 31, 2017.

Chef Mark DeMarco of Cedric’s Tavern has chosen to feature his Biltmore Blended Burger, $17, to showcase a healthier burger. The burger is currently on the lunch menu at Cedric’s Tavern.

Chef Mark DeMarco of Cedric’s TavernThe Estate Raised Pork Burger is made from ground Biltmore-raised Berkshire pork with moonshine cremini mushrooms, roasted garlic and Benton’s bacon. It is finished with Biltmore-grown lettuce, pickled apple and vegetable slaw, pickled jalapeno mayonnaise on a toasted house-made burger bun.

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 Cedric’s Tavern in the Blended Burger Project™:

  • Vote for Cedric’s and Chef Mark DeMarco HERE
  • 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 a participating restaurant through July 31, 2017 (view the entire list at and ask for the “blended burger”
  • Post your burger photos to social media with the hashtag #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.

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.

Cedric’s Tavern
Biltmore Estate
1 Lodge Street
Asheville, NC 28803
Hours: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Chef Mark DeMarco is at the helm of Cedric’s Tavern, located on Biltmore Estate. This warm, relaxing tavern overlooks the village green at Antler Hill Village. The décor, ambience, and menu reflect Chef DeMarco’s updates on classic English pub fare. Enjoy live local music in the bar on select evenings alongside robustly flavored American and global cuisine presented with Biltmore flair. On tap are Biltmore’s own Cedric’s Pale Ale and Cedric’s Brown Ales in addition to award-winning Biltmore wines and a full bar. Outdoor dining is available in season.

*Guests must have a valid paid estate admission ticket, be a guest of The Inn on Biltmore Estate or Village Hotel, or be a Biltmore Annual Passholder to dine on property.*

A working farm has been part of Biltmore since beginning in 1895. That legacy continues today. Biltmore operates its farm and field-to-table program with estate-grown greens, berries, eggs, beef, pork and lamb, and partnerships with farmers in Western North Carolina for locally-sourced trout, cheese, beef, and pork for our restaurants.

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 Facebook, Twitter, 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.