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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)

ROK:BRGR

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

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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 in Creations and Fundraisers and Riverwalk Trust by on May 31st, 2012 at 1:34 pm.

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