Kahiau’s Whiskey BBQ Mushroom Burger Wins PETA ‘Top 10’ Spot

For National Hamburger Week, Local Eatery Is Honored for Exquisite Oyster Mushroom–and-Portobello Patty

For Immediate Release:
May 9, 2019

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David Perle 202-483-7382

Virginia Beach, Va. – PETA has selected the 2019 winners of the Top 10 Golden Burger Awards from restaurants across the country—and Kahiau’s Bakery & Cafe has nabbed a spot on the list for its Whiskey BBQ Mushroom Burger.

The award-winning burger is available throughout the summer and consists of an oyster- and portobello-mushroom patty marinated in a whiskey BBQ glaze. It’s topped with smoked gouda and ranch dressing (both vegan) as well as grilled pineapple and caramelized onions, and it’s served on house-made herb focaccia bread.

“With its exciting mix of pineapple, portobello, and more, this tropical extravaganza is perfect for summer,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “All the satisfying burgers on PETA’s national Top 10 list are proving that compassion can be a delicious business.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—opposes speciesism, which is the human-supremacist view that other species are nothing more than commodities. The group notes that sensitive, gentle cows destined to become hamburger patties are transported to slaughterhouses in all weather extremes. Then, they’re strung up by one leg and their throat is slit, sometimes while they’re still conscious. Eating meat and other animal-derived foods has been conclusively linked to a higher risk of suffering from heart disease, strokes, diabetes, obesity, and cancer. Every person who goes vegan saves the lives of nearly 200 animals every year.

Kahiau’s Bakery & Cafe will receive a framed certificate. Other winners include the Bac’n Cheezeburger at Arlo’s Curbside Kitchen in Austin, Texas; the Black Bean Burger from Sunspot in Knoxville, Tennessee; the Hippie Stuffed burger at Stella’s Lounge in Grand Rapids, Michigan; and the Big WAC at Green New American Vegetarian in Phoenix and Tempe, Arizona.

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