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Burger Battle Nirvana

Charm City Burger CompanyMy Favorites from the Riverwalk Burger Battle Fort Lauderdale had these qualities:

  • Well Seasoned Beef Patty
  • Perfectly cooked, charred outside – pink
  • Inside a buttered & grilled Fresh Bun with
  • BACON (and it came in many varieties) plus
  • Crisp and tasty toppings


There were 5 burgers that made me want to go back for seconds:
Charm City Burger Company‘s The Wizz Burger
ROK BRGR burger bar+ gastropub‘s Southern HospitalityGimme A Burger
Rosie’s Bar and Grill‘s Bacon Bitty Bang Bang Burger
Gimme A Burger‘s Bourbon Bacon Infused Burger had the BEST Deep fried Bacon Curls!
Grille 401′s Chipotle Southwest Ranch Burger

I splurged on the The Capital Grille – Fort Lauderdale, FL‘s Parmesan Truffle Fries with Roasted Jalapeño Mango Ketchup, Chipotle Maple Mayonnaise and Parmesan Garlic Chive Aioli. Ended the evening with Susie’s Scrumptious Sweets

Truffle Fries!Susies Scrumptious Sweets

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Posted by on June 5th, 2013 at 2:15 pm.

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My Guide to the Riverwalk Burger Battle™

Burger BelleAs part of Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale’s event committee since the inaugural Burger Battle™, this is my guide to survive the Battle and make the most out of your Burger Experience!

This is my fourth Burger Battle. For the past three Battles I have been behind the scenes creating and coordinating the Judging strategy.  I penned several Go Riverwalk Magazine articles and QPQ is the Riverwalk Burger Battle™ social media strategist. Yes, I have tasted all the burgers from burger joints to knife and fork burgers for the past three years, with returning judges Chef Director Jack Kane and Burger Beast, our hometown burger aficionado. This year, I passed the Judging duties to a new team and will experience the Battle as Burger Belle. I will share some insight to enhance your experience, from how to dress to how to get to the battle, including parking, check-in and more.

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Posted by on May 26th, 2013 at 2:41 pm.

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This Valentine’s Day… L❤VE in the Park presented by Publix Aprons Catering

Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale invites couples looking for a unique Valentine’s Day experience to attend the second annual LOVE in the Park Presented by Publix Aprons Event Planning Catering. Skip the busy restaurant lines and enjoy a romantic, all-inclusive evening under the stars with your loved one in Huizenga Plaza (32 East Las Olas Blvd, 33301). Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Continue Reading…

Posted by on February 4th, 2013 at 1:00 pm.

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✈ ✈ ✈Exclusive Special Offer: ‘Ban Cancer’ Concert Tickets

LastMinute Lauderdale is offering YOU a Fan Club Member Ticket Price…  LastMinute of course!

  • Ban Cancer Fan Club VIP Tickets: $99 (Reg $125) BUY TICKETS HERE>>
  • Gen Admission $30 (Reg $40) BUY TICKETS HERE>>



Claim your piece of the grass under the stars for a great night of fun, music, & food! The Richard J. Fox Foundation will kick-off prostate cancer awareness month with an outdoor concert, BAN CANCER: Worth It All…for a Cure. The event will feature award-winning Jazz and R&B artists Roberto Perera, Terry Wollman, Melanie Taylor, The Blue Fire Band, White Collar Crime, and Unusual Suspects. In an effort to promote awareness of all cancers, the Richard J. Fox Foundation is teaming up with the Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale to host this event.


BAN CANCERVIP Tickets: $99.00 (Regularly $125.00)

  • Reserved seating will be provided close to the stage.
  • Exclusive merchandise
  • Martini bar provided by Johnny V’s
  • Food provided by Ernie’s Bar-B-Q.


General Admission Tickets: $30.00 (Regularly $40.00)

  • First come, first served seating on the grass.
  • Please bring blankets or LOW beach chairs. 2 drink tickets provided
  • Additional beer, wine, and food from Gourmet Food Trucks will be available for purchase.


See Website for more DETAILS

Posted by on September 4th, 2012 at 2:28 pm.

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QuinnProQuo Q Branch Re-Creation

Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale LogoQ Branch recently finished Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale’s renovation project to refresh and revive this organization’s web presence.  We updated both the backend functionality and the content.  Check out some of the new features:



Posted by on August 12th, 2012 at 3:03 pm.

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Sold-out Riverwalk Burger Battle™ announces: Charm City Burger Company takes the Trophy!

On Friday May 11th, Riverwalk Trust presented their sold-out third annual Burger Battle™ hosted by Publix Apron’s Cooking School under the stars on the Riverwalk  at Huizenga Plaza. This sizzling event pitted twenty local restaurants against one another as they used all their creative juices and grilling skills to create the perfect Burger Bite (aka Burger Nirvana) for over 1100 hungry guests along the scenic New River.

Riverwalk Burger Battle™ III

The event exceeded fund raising expectations by $10,000.00 and will benefit the programs and initiatives administered by the Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale Trust.

Sponsors and VIP guests were treated to 2x Burger Battle winner Georgie’s Alibi sliders, paired with adult milkshakes, craft beers, and a dessert bar by Susie’s Scrumptious Sweets.  Guests enjoyed cool libations from Jack Daniels, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and Budweiser as they tried to sample all the burger bites presented by an amazing array of local chefs and restaurants. BIG 105.9 FM’s Doc Reno emceed the Battle as Master of Ceremonies and Community Property performed their unique blend of rock, blues, and soul throughout the evening.

 Returning for the Battle: Big City Tavern on Las Olas, Gilbert’s 17th Street Grill, Hard Rock Café – Hollywood Fl, Johnny V on Las Olas , Morton’s The Steakhouse, Pelican’s Landing at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six, ROK:BRGR, Tarpon Bend, The Capital Grille and Timpano Chophouse &  Martini Bar joined by New Contenders:  America’s Backyard, Charm City Burger Company, Duffy’s Sports Grille, Elevation Burger, Grateful Palate, Lauderdale Grill, Rosie’s Bar & Grill, Tap 42 Craft Beer Bar & Kitchen and Tundra Las Olas.

The Burger Battle chef-driven panel of judges awarded:

Charm City Burger Company

 “Best Burger” Trophy and bragging rights

Best ‘Burger Joint’ Burger Award and ‘Burger Nirvana’

Rosie’s Bar & Grill 

Best ‘Bar & Grill’ Burger Award  (2nd Place – Best Burger) 

The Capital Grille

Best ‘Knife & Fork’ Burger Award (3rd Place – Best Burger)


was chosen as the “Fan Favorite” by Burger Battle™ guests

with Timpano Chophouse in 2nd Place and Grateful Palate in 3rd Place

Riverwalk Burger Battle™ III

The Chef driven Judge’s panel included  Sef Gonzalez AKA Burger Beast | Eric Barton, New Times Editor | 2x Burger Battle™ Champ Chef Ron Kerr, Georgie’s Alibi | Publix Apron’s Resident Chef Wes Bonner | Art Institute Culinary Chef Director John “Jack” Kane | Executive Chef Ryan Fletcher, Brio Tuscan Grille | Executive Chef Udo Mueller, Coral Ridge Country Club | Jason Cotter, The Riverside Hotel’s Restaurant Director rounded out with ‘Foodies’ Susan Drinon and Jason Crush.

Presenting Sponsor:

Publix Apron's Cooking School

VIP Experience! Sponsor: JM Lexus

Slider Contest Sponsor: Krystal

Slider Sponsors:

Bank of America  | BB&T Bank | Greenberg Traurig LLP | QuinnProQuo | U-Pull-It | Workscapes

Event Sponsors
Premier Beverage, Jack Daniel’s, Barefoot Wines & Bubbly and Voss

Clear Channel 105.9 | 93.9 MIA

Stephens Distributing, Budweiser

Best Rental  | Brown Distributing | Downtown Development Authority | Georgie’s Alibi  | Middle River Arts | New Times Broward Palm Beach | O-B House | Signs By Tomorrow | Smith & Knibbs Public Relations | Stiles | Susie’s Scrumptious Sweets | The Downtowner Saloon | The City of Fort Lauderdale

BB Judge and Jack

 Find them on Facebook & Follow them on Twitter  and check-in at foursquare

Burger Battle committee: Brad Minto, Chair with Renee Quinn, Judging & Media Liaison, Blaire Lapides, Bryon Gold, Diana Metcalf, Katie Leibick, Kim Spellacy, Lee Feldman, Lisa Scott-Founds, Mark Budwig, Mike Weymouth, Stacy Schwartz


Posted by on May 31st, 2012 at 1:34 pm.

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Meet the Riverwalk Burger Battle™ Judging Panel

Riverwalk Burger Battle™ III Chef Driven  Judging Panel

Returning for their third year:

Burger Battle JudgeChef Director John “Jack” Kane – C C.C.A. C.E.C. C.C.E. C.H.E., is the Program Chair of Culinary Arts at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. Kane has more than 25 years experience in the food and hospitality service industry in a variety of top restaurants and resorts. He was chef instructor at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale from 2003 to 2004 and taught bachelor’s and associate’s degree seeking students. He then went to Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Miami where he was the Lead Chef Instructor.  In addition to his current position at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Kane currently serves as President of the American Culinary Federation Greater Miami Chapter and intends to begin a student chapter at the college.


Burger Battle JudgeClean Plate Charlie – Eric Barton is editor of New Times Broward-Palm Beach, a paper known for its investigative journalism, criticism, and extensive dining coverage. This includes New Times’ yearly award for Best Burger, which Eric is proud to help research. Eric isn’t new to food-related contests — he’s certified as a judge by the Kansas City Barbeque Society and has competed himself in barbecue contests (he makes a mean pulled pork). You can read his writing on the New Times food blog, CleanPlateCharlie.com.


Burger Battle JudgeBurger Beast – Sef Gonzalez, better known as Burger Beast, is a respected South Florida Food Blogger, with national reach, who writes about unique food experiences. Although his blog was originally created to find the best burger in Miami, it now represents a publication with the aim to shine light on the often overlooked, undiscovered, and unappreciated culinary gems of South Florida and other noteworthy destinations. Burger Beast has also written for Broward New Times, edible south Florida, The Miami Herald and Ocean Drive Magazine.  Make sure to check out the Press Page.


Joining the Judging Panel:

Burger Battle JudgeChef Wes BonnerPublix Apron’s Cooking School Resident Chef – Wes graduated summa cum laude from Johnson and Wales University in North Miami and was a member of the silver key honor society. He has more than nine years in the culinary field through various restaurants and the hotel industry. Upon graduating Johnson and Wales in 2002, Wes was first employed with the Ritz Carlton Coconut Grove, a five-star, five-diamond establishment. A year later he chose to move overseas and expand his experience with additional education in the pastry arts through Thames Valley University in London. While living in London, Wes joined the staff of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Hyde Park, and worked in the One Michelin Star restaurant, Le Foliage. After completing school and chocolate courses he returned stateside where he enjoyed developing various skills through restaurants and hotels, including the five-star, five-diamond Four Seasons Resort on Palm Beach. In early 2009 Wes joined the Publix Apron’s Simple Meals program while pursuing an education degree that would better support him in his various teaching roles. His passion for the culinary arts combined with his love for teaching paved the way for his success within the Publix Apron’s Cooking School. He has a strong and contagious desire for others to enjoy learning how to have fun in the kitchen.


Burger Battle JudgeChef Ron Kerr – 2x Burger Battle Champ Georgie’s Alibi – Born and raised in Naples FL, and a graduate of New England Culinary Institute, Ron Kerr is a professional chef well known in South Florida. Having worked in restaurants in NY, Miami, Islamorada, Naples and Palm Beach. He has won awards for creating wonderful food and delivering innovative parties. Chef Ron’s repertoire covers a number of cuisines including Asian, Italian, French and Cuban. The food will be the talk of the party you won’t be able to do without. Ron is owner of Bite Gastrotruck,  a concept that has a true love affair with food. The menu is simple food that will display skill, art, and flavor. A hip and urban take on contemporary American cuisine with influences from around the world. Bite Gastrotruck was just voted top 100 burgers in the country by Eater-Miami.


Burger Battle JudgeChef Ryan FletcherBrio Tuscan Grille – Chef  Fletcher brings 15 years of experience in the restaurant industry to his position of Executive Chef at BRIO Tuscan Grille at The Shops at Pembroke Gardens.In his position, Chef Fletcher is responsible for all back-of-the-house operations including food quality, team development, profit and loss performance and sanitation standards, as well as all banquet culinary operations for private events. Prior to joining BRIO, Chef Fletcher served as Executive Chef with Seasons 52 in Plano, Texas. Before that time, he was Executive Kitchen Manager with Grand Lux Café in Garden City, N.Y. for three years. He has also served as Executive Kitchen Manager with The Cheesecake Factory in Edison, N.J.; as well as Kitchen Manager with The Cheesecake Factory in Honolulu, Hawaii and The Ale House Corporation in Davie, Fla. Chef Fletcher also worked as General Manager with Roadhouse Grill in Columbus, Ohio. Chef Fletcher is originally from Costa Mesa, Calif., where he studied at Orange Coast College “My philosophy on food is to use the freshest ingredients possible, and showcase them on the plate,” he said. “It’s imperative to let the ingredients be the star of the dish. Keeping it simple with the freshest ingredients usually leads to exceptional cuisine.”


Burger Battle JudgeChef Udo Mueller – Executive Chef at Coral Ridge Country Club – Born in Germany, Chef Udo Mueller did his Hotel school training in the internationally renowned spa town of Baden–Baden, just a stone’s throw from Alsace-Lorraine, a region renowned for its delectable melding of French and German cuisines. He then fine-tuned his palate in a number of Michelin Star recognized restaurants and hotels in Europe.

After seven years as Executive Chef at the Newstead Hotel in Bermuda, Udo came to Fort Lauderdale and worked as Executive Chef at the Left Bank Restaurant. In 1996, Udo and partner Uli Dippon opened the comfortable Bistro Double U, here in Fort Lauderdale at the Galt Ocean Mile. After six years of running a successful restaurant, his partner went back to Germany to run the family owned Hotel Hirsch, near Stuttgart and they sold the Bistro. After which, he worked at the Boca Raton Resort & Club as an Executive Chef for the world renowned James Reaux. In 1993, Chef Udo was a Gold Medal winner at the Professional Culinary Exhibition in Bermuda, and in July 2000, was the featured chef at the James Beard House in New York City. For the past seven years, Chef Mueller is the Executive Chef at the Coral Ridge Country Club, a privately owned Golf Club here in Fort Lauderdale.


Burger Battle JudgeJason Cotter, Director of Restaurants at the Riverside Hotel. Having worked with a variety of prestigious Florida-based venues, he brings to the hotel nearly 10 years of successful experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry. Prior to joining the culinary team at the Riverside Hotel, Cotter was the general manager and beverage director at Riley’s, Seafood-Steak-Lounge in Ft. Lauderdale. He also served as manager and assistant sommelier at the famed Emeril’s Miami Beach restaurant, and as a Line Cook and Server at Emeril’s Orlando.  A graduate of Johnson and Wales University, Cotter holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Hospitality and Restaurant Management, with a focus in hospitality accounting.


and representing the burger-loving masses,  ‘Foodies’ Susan Drinon and Jason Crush round out the panel.


Contenders from the Downtown: Las Olas & Himmarshee Area include

Morton’s The Steakhouse ★ Timpano Chophouse & Martini Bar ★  Big City Tavern Las Olas ★ Johnny V Las Olas ★ Tundra Las Olas ★ ROK:BRGR on 2nd Street ★ Tarpon Bend on 2nd Street ★ America’s Backyard 

Contenders from the 17th Street Area include

Pelican’s Landing @Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six Marina ★ Gilbert’s 17th Street Grill ★ Lauderdale Grill ★ Duffy’s Sports Grille ★ Grateful Palate ★ Tap 42 Craft Beer Bar & Kitchen

Contenders from the around Broward county include

The Capital Grille at the Galleria ★  Mug’s Sports Bar & Grill, Oakland Park★ Rosie’s Bar & Grill, Wilton Manors★ Hard Rock Café, Hollywood ★ Charm City Burger Company, Deerfield Beach ★ Elevation Burger, Coral Springs & Pembroke Pines


☆ Best ‘Burger Joint’ Burger – New!
☆ Best ‘Bar & Grill’ Burger – New!
☆ Best ‘Knife & Fork’ Burger – New!

☆ Burger Nirvana (Perfection!)
☆ Fan Favorite Trophy
☆ Best Burger Trophy

Burger Battle Judge

Behind the Curtain:

Renée Korbel Quinn
Riverwalk Burger Battle™ III Judging Liaison

Judging Liaison Team
Coordinators – Mike Quinn & Lisa Scott-Founds
Volunteer Coordinator- Jeri Pryor

Posted by on April 22nd, 2012 at 3:46 pm.

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Celebrate National Hamburger Month @Riverwalk Burger Battle™ with Burger Beast!

Friday May 11th:

Riverwalk Trust’s 3rd Annual Burger Battle: Yes, it’s a ticketed event. Yes, it’s indoors and Yes, it’s awesome. Come watch Ft. Lauderdale’s finest burger joints duke it for the title of Burger Battle Champ. I’m judging too!



Posted by on April 20th, 2012 at 4:29 pm.

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Riverwalk Burger Battle™ hosted by Publix Apron’s Cooking School at Huizenga Plaza

Bigger & Beefier! WHO WILL WIN Best Burger?

 Riverwalk Trust hosts the third annual Burger Battle on Friday, May 11, 2012 from 7 to 10pm in Huizenga Plaza. This sizzling event promises to pit 20  top restaurants against one another as they show off their creative juices and grilling skills to over 1000 guests along the scenic New River. This is a 21+ event | Rain or Shine


Returning for the Battle to date:

            ☆ Burger Nirvana

New Contenders:


Announcing the 2012 Chef Driven  Judging Panel

Burger Beast | Eric Barton, New Times Editor | 2x Burger Battle™ Champ Chef Ron Kerr, Georgie’s Alibi | Publix Apron’s Resident Chef Wes Bonner | Art Institute Culinary Chef Director John “Jack” Kane | Chef Udo Mueller, Coral Ridge Country Club | Chef Ryan Fletcher, Brio Tuscan Grille | Jason Cotter, Riverside Hotel’s Restaurant Director with ‘Foodies’ Susan Drinon and Jason Crush

Burger Battle JudgeAWARDS

☆ Best ‘Burger Joint’ Burger

☆ Best ‘Bar & Grill’ Burger

☆ Best ‘Knife & Fork’ Burger

☆ Burger Nirvana

☆ Fan Favorite Burger

☆ Best Burger Overall


Get your tickets early – this is a sell-out event! Let the battle begin! Come hungry and prepare to pick your fan favorite. http://bit.ly/BBIIITix

For a $40 donation, guests will:

  • choose from an array of twenty (20) beef burger samples from well-known area restaurants and Chef Allen’s French Fry Bar
  • receive three(3) drink tickets to choose from Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Jack Daniel’s, Budweiser and other beers (cash bars will also be available)
  • vote for their favorite burger at the Fan Favorite Station and
  • view a local celebrity slider eating contest presented by Krystal.



The Burger Battle™ VIP Experience hosted by JM Lexus will offer the opportunity to taste 2x Burger Battle™ Champ Georgie’s Alibi sliders paired with adult milkshakes and craft beers, access our VIP Premier open bar featuring Jack Daniel’s and Barefoot Wines, comfortable seating in an exclusive VIP section overlooking the Battle plus access to everything the Riverwalk Burger Battle™ has to offer! Limited individual tickets @$125 for sale. VIP Packages start at $1250.

Riverwalk Burger Battle™   Publix Apron’s Cooking School, JM Lexus, Krystal, Premier Beverage, Jack Daniel’s, Barefoot Wines & Bubbly, Voss, Stephen’s Distributing, Budweiser, BIG 105.9 FM, 93.9 MIA, BB&T, QuinnProQuo, Bank of America, Workscapes| Ann Marie Fox, Cathy & Larry Danielle | U-Pull-It, The Downtown Development Authority, Stiles, Best Rental, O-B House, Brown Distributing, Georgie’s Alibi, Susie’s Scrumptious Sweets, Inlet Brewing/Monk in the Trunk, Native Lager, Burger Beast, New Times Broward|Palm Beach, Clean Plate Charlie, Go Riverwalk Magazine, Smith & Knibbs Public Relations and The City of Fort Lauderdale.

Publix at Plantation has the second Apron’s Cooking School in Southeast Florida, which is the company’s sixth school. A variety of classes featuring resident, celebrity, and local chefs, techniques and baking, wine education and kids’ and teens’ topics is available. The calendar of classes and registration information is available online at www.publix.com/aprons

Check out our Twitter and Facebook Event page: http://on.fb.me/BurgerBattleTM


foursquare too!

Posted by on March 26th, 2012 at 10:26 pm.

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Get Lit! Kick off the Holiday Lights with Riverwalk Trust!

Get Lit

Come and help Jack Seiler flip the switch and light up Riverwalk for the holidays! Food trucks, drinks, children’s events and lot of other surprises…Santa ill make a special arrival!

Light Up Lauderdale, presented by the Riverwalk Trust in association with the City of Fort Lauderdale, is one of the most unique holiday celebrations with its promenade of light displays along the Riverwalk Park and rich menu of activities throughout downtown. Highlighting the city’s one-of-a-kind tropical backdrop, the annual program kicks off in November and is scheduled to run through the end of January 2011.

Food Trucks: B.C. Tacos Bite Gastrotruck Dog Eat Dog Latin Burger & Taco Wholly Shrimp ☆Thank you Riverwalk Trust for Lighting the Park since 2007!

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Posted by on November 11th, 2011 at 6:22 pm.

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