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May 11, 2012 - Riverwalk Trust Third Annual Burger Battle™

When: Friday, May 11, 2012

Beneficiary: Riverwalk Trust

Host(s): Publix Apron’s Cooking School

EMCEE: Doc Reno Big105.9 - MC

Co-Chair(s): Brad Minto, Chair -

Committee Members: Lisa Scott-Founds, Katie Leibick, Diana Metcalf, Blaire Lapides, Bryon Gold, Lee Feldman, Kim Spellacy, Mark Budwig, Mike Weymouth, Stacy Schwartz

Libations: Jack Daniels, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and Budweiser

Music: Community Band

Of note: Renee Quinn, Judging & Media Liaison

Sponsors: PRESENTING SPONSOR:Publix Apron’s Cooking School - VIP EXPERIENCE SPONSOR: JM Lexus - SLIDER CONTEST: Krystal - SLIDER SPONSORS: BB&T | Lacey Brisson, QuinnProQuo ,Bank of America | Katrina Wright, Workscapes| Ann Marie Fox, Cathy & Larry Danielle | U-Pull-It, Greenberg Traurig LLP - EVENT SPONSORS: Premier Beverage, Jack Daniel’s, Barefoot Wines & Bubbly, Voss, Stephens Distributing, Budweiser Clear Channel Big 105.9 | 93.9 MIA, The Downtown Development Authority, Stiles, Best Rental O-B House, Brown Distributing Georgie’s Alibi, Susie’s Scrumptious Sweets, The Downtowner Saloon, Smith & Knibbs Public Relations, The City of Fort Lauderdale, Signs By Tomorrow, Middle River Arts, New Times Broward | Palm Beach - PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS: 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.

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RIVERWALK TRUST THIRD ANNUAL BURGER BATTLE!

On Friday May 11th, Riverwalk Trust presented their sold-out third annual Burger Battle™ under the stars along the Riverwalk  at Huizenga Plaza. This sizzling event pitted twenty local restaurants against one another as they showed off their creative juices and grilling skills to over 1000 hungry guests along the scenic New River. The event exceeded fund raising initiatives 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’s 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.
 
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 the “Best Burger” award and
bragging rights in addition to Best ‘Burger Joint’ Burger and ‘Burger Nirvana’
 
☆ Rosie’s Bar & Grill as Best ‘Bar & Grill’ Burger (2nd Place – Best Burger)
 
☆ The Capital Grille as Best ‘Knife & Fork’ Burger (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.
 
JUDGING PANEL: Our 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 self-proclaimed 'Foodies' Susan Drinon and Jason Crush.
 
 
SPONSORS included Publix Apron’s Cooking School, JM Lexus, Krystal, Premier Beverage, Jack Daniel’s, Barefoot Wines & Bubbly, Voss, Stephens Distributing, Budweiser, BB&T, QuinnProQuo, Ann Marie Fox | Workscapes, Cathy & Larry Danielle | U-Pull-It, Bank of America, BIG 105.9 FM,  93.9 MIA, The Downtown Development Authority, Stiles, Best Rental, O-B House, Brown Distributing, Susie's Scrumptious Sweets, Downtowner Saloon, Go Riverwalk Magazine, Smith & Knibbs Public Relations, Burger Beast, New Times Broward | Palm Beach and the City of Fort Lauderdale.
 

                                                             

 

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