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AAS and Jonathan Bardzik announce national partnership to promote garden-fresh cooking with AAS winners

DOWNERS GROVE, USA: All-America Selections (AAS) has stepped forward with another first when promoting AAS Winners, this time in the form of cooking videos using vegetables/edibles that have performed extremely well in the AAS Trials. These days, a love of gardening is directly related to a passion for cooking. Tying the two together is a natural when marketing joys of cooking with fresh vegetables from the garden and farm market.

After eighty-two years of conducting trials where only the best performers are declared AAS Winners, the organization now has more than 325 individual varieties that have been “Tested Nationally & Proven Locally.” It is some of these many varieties that culinary storyteller, entertainer, and horticulture industry veteran, Jonathan Bardzik will use in a series of five videos demonstrating cooking techniques with AAS Winning herbs and vegetables..

“I am excited to partner with All-America Selections to show people across the country that AAS Winners perform as well in the kitchen as they do in the garden,” said cook and storyteller, Jonathan Bardzik. “Combining my passion for cooking with garden and farm fresh ingredients with recipes specially developed for AAS winning varieties will help people have more fun cooking at home and sharing that joy with friends and family.”

”After nearly two decades of hands-on experience cooking with farm fresh ingredients, I am truly humbled with this partnership,” said cook and storyteller, Jonathan Bardzik. “Together, we will be able to show Americans across the country the joy of cooking at home with ingredients that are fresh and – most importantly – taste good.”

The vegetables and produce for the AAS videos are being raised by Arcadia Farms, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a more equitable and sustainable local food system in the Washington D.C. area. Through this partnership, Arcadia will also introduce a new generation of gardeners to AAS Winners during their summer farm camps where kids have fun discovering where their food comes from through hands-on farming, cooking, and eating.

As a bonus, some AAS Winners from the ornamentals trial will be used as décor and props in the video backgrounds.

All five videos will be released and available for distribution by the end of 2015. All-America Selections will prepare an online resource where garden retailers can download the videos and related materials to help supplement sales of AAS Winners in their respective stores.

All-America Selections is a non-profit organization founded in 1932 to test new flowers and vegetables for home gardening. We utilize a network of 70 judges in over 40 trials grounds across North America to rate entries against comparisons. We then use an active publicity program to promote the best performers that are declared AAS Winners.

Jonathan Bardzik is a storyteller, author, and cook based in Washington, D.C. He combines his experience in cooking and his passion for a good story to engage, educate, and inspire audiences to use fresh, seasonal ingredients in their everyday cooking. Jonathan is best known.for hosting regular cooking demonstrations at historic Eastern Market, which inspired his first book, ‘Simple Summer: A Recipe for Cooking and Entertaining with Ease,’ available now. His second book ‘ Seasons to Taste’ will be out in November of 2015. Jonathan also serves as the culinary face of Footprint Edibles, a naturally grown and sustainably packaged line of herb and vegetable plants. For more information, or to purchase his books, please visit

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