Sutter Home Wines held their annual Build a Better Burger Contest this weekend and attendees are saying it was the best year yet! With the addition of live music and a sit down format for dining, in which the Sutter Home Build a Better Burger team served up burgers consistently throughout the day, the organization of the entire event was perfectly executed. Attendees had the opportunity to watch contestants chef up their burgers for the judges, sip on the array of varietals from Sutter Home Wines, Menage à Trois, and The Show, and taste each of the ten contestant's burgers—five from the beef category and five from the alternative (non-beef) category. Yes, that's right, attendees noshed on ten delicious burgers throughout the day!
The judges and the crowd were in accordance with each other over this year's winners. In the beef burger category, Michael Cohen took home the first place prize—$100,000—for his Chipotle Bacon Maple Jam Burgers with creamy blue cheese and pear, spinach, and hazelnut salad. In the alternative burger category, Cristen Clark wowed the judges and guests with her Sour Apple Pork Burger with cheddar cheese, cayenne-apple-candied bacon, and potato-chip onion haystacks; she took home the first place prize—$15,000—in the alternative burger category.