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Yesterday in New York City, The Examiner had the opportunity to attend an exclusive tasting event with Wendy’s and Celebrity Chef and Television Personality Antonia Lofaso to introduce Wendy's newest Ciabatta Bacon Cheeseburger. The tasting was held at the Tasting Table Test Kitchen & Dining Room where guests were given a “lunchervention.” Examiner.com had the opportunity to talk exclusively with Chef Antonia Lofaso, and she couldn't stop gushing about her passion for for creating dishes that are delicious and nutritious, "It is so important to keep healthy ingredients in mind when preparing any dish, and I love that Wendy's included some fresh and natural toppings for their consumers...I really think that they are going to enjoy it, and I enjoyed working with them on this project." The new burger rolls out this Monday, but in the meantime check out some interesting facts below about it, and make sure you visit your local Wendy's.

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Wendy’s Ciabatta Bacon Cheeseburger Facts:

What:

Wendy’s Ciabatta Bacon Cheeseburger provides the perfect combination of flavors and textures to create a Mediterranean-inspired sandwich you’d expect to find at an upscale bistro.

Why:
This innovative sandwich reinforces Wendy’s commitment to differentiate itself from competitors with higher quality menu items to change what consumers should expect from QSR. The new Ciabatta Bacon Cheeseburger is another example of the consumer-driven brand transformation at Wendy’s.

Where:

Wendy’s restaurants in the U.S. and Canada

When:

For a limited time only, beginning January 27, until March.

The Bread:

The simple, traditional ciabatta bun has a light, airy texture and a thin, delicate crust. Each ciabatta bun is produced on an artisan line and is sliced and baked on sheet pans, meaning no two ciabatta buns are the same. Its simple flavor provides a perfect canvas for rich, intense ingredients.

Artisan breads continue to dominate food trends and the Ciabatta Bacon Cheeseburger is on-trend with what consumers are craving in 2014.

The Ingredients:

Wendy’s Ciabatta Bacon Cheeseburger features Mediterranean-inspired flavors and premium ingredients:
· A warm, toasted artisan ciabatta bun
· Fresh ¼ pound of hot and juicy, fresh never frozen North American beef*
· Creamy rosemary garlic aioli
· Natural aged Asiago cheese
· Thick Applewood-Smoked bacon cooked in our restaurants
· Sweet roasted, chopped tomatoes
· Fresh spring mix with nine different greens

Like all Wendy’s sandwiches, the Ciabatta Bacon Cheeseburger is made to order with your choice of toppings.

*Fresh beef available in contiguous United States and Canada. Approximate weight before cooking.

Price:
The recommended price is $4.79. Prices will vary by market.

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