Garden Protein International Inc.

Garden Protein International Inc.

July 14, 2011 10:00 ET

Free Gardein Food Parties Encourage Chicago Residents to Go Meat-Free One Day a Week This Summer

Gardein, in addition to sponsoring the parties, will donate up to 10,000 meatless meals to charities in Chicago (Lakeview Pantry), Boston, Atlanta and D.C. for every person that pledges to go meat-free one day a week

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS--(Marketwire - July 14, 2011) - Garden Protein Internationial Inc. -

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WHAT: The 4-city traveling Gardein Party will visit Chicago Friday, July 15-Tuesday, July 19 to encourage local residents to go meat-free one day a week this summer. Visitors to the colorful Gardein Party truck will be treated to free delicious and nutritious samples of Gardein, a slow-cooked blend of vegetables, grains and garden grown proteins. For every person who signs up for Gardein's Meat-Free Summer Challenge online at and pledges to go meat-free one day a week this summer Gardein will, in turn, pledge a meatless food donation to Lakeview Pantry. Lakeview Pantry provides on-site food distribution, delivers food to home-bound clients, distributes free clothing and has a case management program that helps clients connect with other services they need to address the causes of food insecurity. Additionally, everyone who signs the meat-free pledge will be entered to win a dinner prepared in their home by Chef Tal Ronnen, author of the New York Times Best Selling cookbook The Conscious Cook, for themselves and nine of their friends.

WHEN: From Friday, July 15 to Tuesday, July 19. See for event locations and follow @Gardein on Twitter or on Facebook at for real-time updates.

WHERE: Gardein Parties will be held at various locations in Chicago from July 15-19 including the Winnetka Sidewalk Sale, Lincoln Park Arts and Music Festival, Whole Foods Market and Mariano's Fresh Market. Exact tour stops are listed at Chicago is the third stop of Gardein's 4-city meat-free tour this July which also includes visits to DC, Boston and Atlanta.

WHY: The average American consumes half a pound of meat every day, almost 50 percent more than the USDA recommendation. Yet, non-profit organizations like Meatless Monday point to studies that show how reducing meat consumption even one day a week reduces the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. To encourage Chicago area residents to add a meatless option to their diet, the Gardein Party truck will offer recipe ideas and free food samples including: Gardein Seven Grain Crispy Tenders, Gardein Mandarin Orange Crispy Chick'n, and Gardein's Ultimate Beefless Burger.

WHO: The makers of Gardein are helping people live better by bringing tasty garden grown protein to American plates. Gardein meatless entrees offer as much protein per serving as premium lean meat and are free of cholesterol and contain no animal ingredients. Gardein is available nationwide in the grocer's produce cooler and freezer aisle and served on the menu at restaurants and in collegiate, corporate and hospital cafeterias.

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