Austin, Texas-headquartered Gathered Foods, makers of Good Catch plant-based faux seafood, has announced its most recent foodservice partnership with Bareburger, the organic and clean-comfort food restaurant chain with 38 units in five states. From February 26 through March 10, Bareburger will add two new fish-free burgers to the menu featuring Good Catch’s Plant-Based Classic Fish Burger: The Gulf (a vegan option stacked high with fresh vegetables and signature spinach-based green goddess dressing), and The Bay (which delivers a spicy kick from jalapeños and chipotle buttermilk ranch).
The products are also available as a protein option on the “Be My Burger” section of the menu, so consumers can customize their own burger. These limited time menu items will be found at two locations in New York City: Bareburger Astoria (33-21 31st Ave, Queens) and Upper West Side (795 Columbus Ave, Manhattan), with more locations coming later in the spring.
This collaboration with Bareburger is Good Catch’s first foodservice partnership for the faux fish burger, which is part of its existing frozen line of appetizers and entrees. Seasoned with green onion, celery, sea salt and pepper, the product is high in protein and free of dairy, GMOs, mercury, and toxins. Its proprietary six-legume blend (peas, chickpeas, lentils, soy, fava beans and navy beans) offers a texture that mimics the flakiness of seafood.
“We are so excited to partner with Bareburger,” said Chad Sarno, co-founder and chief culinary officer of the Austin, Texas-headquartered company. “We pride ourselves on working with like-minded people who are focused on bringing plant-based and sustainably-sourced food to consumers. Bareburger is a natural fit for us as we continue to grow our foodservice footprint.”
Since its inception in 2009, Bareburger has worked with a network of sustainable farmers and partners to supply local, ethically-sourced, organic and sustainable menu items including burgers, salads and sandwiches made from clean ingredients to its restaurants. The operator’s sustainability efforts go beyond food, as each outlet is crafted with reclaimed and recycled materials.
“We’ve,always strived to be at the forefront of culinary innovation,” said Bareburger Culinary Director Jonathan Lemon. “Now, with Good Catch we can showcase that innovation to all of our guests who are looking for something different. Not only will customers be able to try our two new signature burgers, but they can create their own flavorful combination by using our patented ‘BeMyBurger’ option as well.”
Good Catch has been steadily growing its foodservice as well as retail store footprint throughout the last year. In October 2020, the brand announced a partnership with Veggie Grill for an exclusive tuna melt. Last month, it began supplying Whole Foods Market with plant-based deli-style tuna salad sold from prepared foods departments across 10 states.
Additionally, in its home state of Texas the company launched in TellUs Joe, a local Austin plant-based restaurant. The deli-style faux tuna salad is available on the menu in a Tuna Sandwich. Plans call for continued foodservice expansion throughout 2021.