Diners may soon see more Vidalia onions on Georgia restaurant menus.
In a partnership with the Georgia Restaurant Association and the Georgia Department of Agriculture, the Vidalia Onion Committee is releasing an icon that helps diners identify dishes featuring the sweet onion.
Similar to a heart logo pointing to low-cholesterol entrees, the black and white onion and the letters VO helps draw attention to Vidalia onions and the creative ways chefs can work with them, according to a news release.
Restaurateurs taking the “Vidalia Onion Pledge” agree to label only Vidalia onions as such.
Taking the pledge doesn’t prohibit them from featuring other onion varietals in dishes. The pledge only assures the non-Vidalias won’t be labeled as Vidalias, according to the release.
“Our farmers work extremely hard year-round to produce Vidalia sweet onions for harvest in spring and summer,” Wendy Brannen, the committee’s executive director, said in the release. “We love this program because this unique agricultural product indigenous only to Southeast Georgia is clearly identified as being special.”
Karen Bremer, the restaurant association’s executive director, said the image provides subtle encouragement for diners to try dishes featuring Vidalia onions.