facts about the invention
of the Gardenburger by Paul
Wenner in 1985.
||GardenChef Paul Wenner™ created
the Gardenburger® Original veggie patty in 1981 at his vegetarian
restaurant, The Gardenhouse, in Gresham, Ore. Impressed by the
overwhelming customer demand for his creation, Wenner began to offer it
to other establishments. Eventually, he closed the restaurant and in
1985 founded Gardenburger, Inc., formerly Wholesome & Hearty Foods, Inc.
|The company went
public in 1992, and in 1993 it became the fastest growing publicly
traded company in America. In 1997, the company's products became
available in retail nationwide. The company reached record sales of
$100.1 million during 1998.Gardenburger® brand veggie patties are
distributed to more than 35,000 food-service outlets throughout the
United States, Canada and abroad. Retail customers include more than
25,000 grocery, natural-food and club stores nationwide.
History of Snacks and
from The Great Idea Finder
ON THE BOOKSHELF:
Diet for a Small
Planet (20th Anniversary Edition)
by Frances Moore Lappe / Paperback: Ballantine Books;
Revised & Updated edition (1992)
Twenty years ago and three million copies later, the
extraordinary book that taught America the social and personal significance of a new way
of eating is still a complete guide for eating well in the '90s. This 20th anniverary
edition offers an all-new, even more fascinating philosophy on changing ourselves--and our
world--by changing the way we eat.
Heal Yourself Through Low-Fat Meatless Eating
by Paul Wenner / Paperback - 368 pages / Fireside - 1998
Paul Wenner created the Gardenburger, a mushroom-based veggie burger sold in food stores
and restaurants all over the U.S. He is also a messianic advocate for eating a vegetarian
diet and a businessman who believes "a dream too big is just the right size."
Short-Cut Vegetarian: Great Taste in No Time
by Lorna J. Sass / Paperback - 176 pages / William Morrow & Co Paper - 1997
In addition to the recipes, Sass names specific products useful for making speedy, tasty
meals and recommends ingredients to keep in the pantry and freezer so there's always
something to work with in the house. To prove that quick, good eating doesn't depend on
recipes alone, Sass offers time-saving principles: adapt them and you'll quickly move from
needing recipes to easily creating your own.
The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World
by John Robbins, Dean Ornish MD / Paperback: 340 pages Conari Press; (July 11, 2001)
Robbins, heir to the Baskin-Robbins ice-cream empire (he rejected it to live according to
his values), takes on fad diets, the meat industry, food irradiation, hormone and
antibiotic use in animals, cruel animal husbandry practices, the economics of meat
consumption, biotechnology and the prevalence of salmonella and E. Coli.
ON THE WEB:
The official site of Gardenburger, Inc., formerly Wholesome & Hearty Foods,
Paul Wenner Biography
Paul Wenner is the inventor of the Gardenburger veggie patty and the founder of
Gardenburger, Inc., which produces the world's most popular low-fat and no-fat meatless
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Food For Thought
How persistence and passion turned a new idea into a multimillion-dollar
business. From Entrepreneur magazine - March 1997 by Paul Wenner/
Gardenburger founder Paul Wenner has been at the
forefront of nutrition and healthy living since the mid 1960s. After 14 years teaching
college cooking classes and presenting seminars on healthy eating, he opened The
Gardenhouse, a vegetarian restaurant in Gresham, Oregon in 1980. One of the most popular
items on The Gardenhouse menu was The Gardenburger® veggie patty, a moist and savory
meatless burger made with whole grains and vegetables. Wenner began to offer the The
Gardenburger® veggie patty to other eating establishments with great success. In 1985, he
sold the restaurant and founded Gardenburger, Inc., dedicated to the healthy food product
DID YOU KNOW?:
- Gardenburgers are now available in 14
countries in more than 35,000 food-service outlets around the world.
- Today, the company says over 400
million Gardenburgers have been sold.
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page revised March, 2005.
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