Burger enthusiasts are gearing up for the fifth annual Riverwalk Burger Battle presented by Publix Apron’s Cooking School & Catering on Friday, May 23 at Huizenga Plaza (S.E. corner of S. Andrews Ave. & E. Las Olas Blvd.) from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. The battle brings together South Florida burger aficionados for an evening of gourmet burger creations, cocktails, beers and fun, while raising funds to support the Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale’s mission of building and nurturing a vibrant community connected by the New River.
Marc Falsetto, Founder of JEY Hospitality, participated in Burger Battle 2011 and 2012, and won Fan Favorite for two consecutive years. This year, the founder of Rok:Brgr Burger Bar & Gastropub joins the elite burger-judging panel along with Jonny Altobell of 11th Street Annex, Paula DaSilva of 3030 Ocean, Chris Miracolo of S3, George Patti of MEAT Eatery & Taproom, and Penny Sanfilippo of 11th Street Annex.
This sizzling event will pit sixteen top burger joints and restaurants against one another as they show off their creative juices and grilling skills to over 1200 guests along the scenic New River. Each guest will receive unlimited tastings from each restaurant and 3 drink tickets, and will enjoy live music provided by the SOSOS.
The lineup has actually changed a little. Knucklehead Burgers is OUT and Sweet Nectar is IN! Here is the final list of all of the contenders:
- Sweet Nectar
- Shula Burger
- Georgie's Alibi
- Big Bear Brewing Co.
- American Social
- Hard Rock Café
- Rosie's Bar & Grill
- Whiskey Tango
- Gimme A Burger
- Burgers & Suds
- Tucker Duke's Lunchbox
- Hollywood Prime
- Burger Zone
- The New Shooters Waterfront
The event has long been seen as a barometer of the South Florida burger scene, and has helped to make or break several local restaurants. Previous winners of the Best Burger Trophy are Georgie’s Alibi in 2010 & 2011, Charm City Burger Company in 2012 , and Rosie’s Bar and Grill in 2013. Fan Favorite Trophy winners include The Capital Grille in 2010, 2011 & 2012 champs ROK:BRGR, and Rosie’s Bar and Grill in 2013. The ultimate prize, Burger Nirvana went to Georgie’s Alibi in 2010, Capital Grille, Georgie’s Alibi, Hard Rock Cafe, Johnny V, Timpano Italian Chophouse in 2011, Charm City Burger Company in 2012, and both Charm City Burger Company and Rosie’s Bar and Grill in 2013.
“After competing in the past, it’s nice to be on the other side of the judges table! We know what these chefs have gone through to put forth their best product, and we’re excited to see what they come up with this year. I’ll be looking for unconventional toppings and flavors, while hitting the key elements of a great burger: the right choice of meat, the perfect bun, and fresh fixings,” explained Falsetto, whose restaurant was among the first to serve gourmet craft burgers in Fort Lauderdale.
Tickets for the Riverwalk Burger Battle are available for $40 Pre-Sale General Admission, and $125 for the VIP Corral Hosted by Publix Apron’s Cooking School Catering . VIP experience includes exclusive bites by Publix Aprons Cooking School, Funky Buddha craft beers, and Pop Lab treats. Guests must be 21 years of age or older. For more information and sponsorship opportunities, contact Cristina Hudson, Special Events Manager or call 954.468.1541, ext. 205.
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