Garden Protein International Inc.

Garden Protein International Inc.

May 11, 2011 09:02 ET

Gardein to Showcase New Delicious and Convenient Meat-Free Foods at NRA Show 2011 in Chicago

New York Times best-selling authors Kathy Freston and vegan Chef Tal Ronnen to demonstrate the benefits of adding meat-free options to the menu on May 22 during NRA Show

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 11, 2011) - Gardein Protein International, the maker of Gardein, an award-winning line of great tasting healthy and convenient meat-free foods, will showcase its new delicious meatless foods specifically developed for the food service industry at the National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show 2011 May 21-24 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Made from a slow-cooked blend of vegetables, whole grains and garden grown proteins, Gardein offers as much protein per serving as premium lean meat. "Gardein is simply a healthier version of the foods people love," says Yves Potvin, CEO and founder of Garden Protein International.

"Our meat-free foods are loved by consumers of all ages and are a convenient and tasty alternative to chicken or beef," continues Potvin. "Adding Gardein inspired appetizers and entrées to the menu will delight customers and are perfect for Meatless Mondays and for that matter – any day of the week!"

Attendees at this year's NRA Show will have a first-hand opportunity to eat a wide-assortment of Gardein, which deliver on taste and texture with every bite, including:

In addition, New York Times best-selling authors Kathy Freston (The Veganist) and Chef Tal Ronnen (The Conscious Cook) will present and demonstrate the benefits of adding meat-free fare to any restaurant or food service menu, both from the customer experience and revenue generation point of view. Freston and Ronnen's presentation and cooking demonstration will take place as part of the NRA's World Culinary Showcase on Sunday, May 22 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. followed by a book signing.

Today, Gardein is served on the menu at more than 80 restaurants and food service establishments across North America including Yard House and Chipotle and soon will be featured at the highly anticipated opening of LYFE Kitchen this summer. Gardein samples will be available for NRA Show attendees at Booth #4847.

For more information about Gardein Food Service, please visit http://www.gardein.com/food_service.php.

About Gardein

Gardein (garden + protein) is a line of delicious meat-free foods that are healthier versions of everyday foods. Made from a slow-cooked blend of vegetables, whole grains and garden grown proteins, Gardein offers as much protein per serving as premium lean meat. Gardein is also free of cholesterol and contains no animal ingredients.Today, 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. For recipes, visit www.gardein.com.

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