Baked Alaska has joined more than 100 other restaurants in the James Beard Foundation’s (JBF) Taste America Local Dish Challenge, a social media-driven competition.

Chef Chris Holen has chosen to feature The New Northwest Hot Pot to showcase the best of the local food scene in Astoria from now through Oct. 31. Baked Alaska will donate $1 from each dish sold to the JBF Taste America Education Drive, which supports JBF’s educational programs on topics surrounding the country’s food system.

Diners can support the JBF Taste America Local Dish Challenge by visitng Baked Alaska between now and Oct. 31, ordering The New Northwest Hot Pot, taking a photo of the dish and posting it to Instagram. The Instagram hashtags to use are: #jbftasteamerica, #bakedalaskaastoria and #AstoriaOregon.

The city with the most Instagram photo uploads will be declared the winner, and will receive a donation from JBF in the amount of $10,000 or 10 percent of the proceeds raised nationally, whichever is higher.

For information, go to www.jbftastamerica.org

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