Sunday, August 2, 2015

Burger Brawl back for seconds

The culinary competition is up for May 6.

Burger Brawl back for seconds

A burger from Rouge. (David Swanson / Staff Photographer)
A burger from Rouge. (David Swanson / Staff Photographer)
Burger Brawl Video: Burger Brawl

Last year's debut of Burger Brawl drew 18 restaurants, whose chefs created tasty burgers in the schoolyard of Meredith Elementary School. The event raised money for the public school.

This year, it'll be back and bigger, May 6 at 3 p.m. at the Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine St.

It's been moved from Meredith because organizer Rob Wasserman (who has a son at the school and owns the restaurants 500 Degrees and Rouge) obtained alcohol companies Jim Beam and Dogfish Head as sponsors. Alcohol is a no-no in a schoolyard, even when school is out.

"What goes better with burgers than alcohol?" Wasserman said rhetorically.

Wasserman wants to assemble a field of 20 competitors. He has OKs so far from Barbuzzo, Bobby’s Burger Palace, Butcher & Singer, Capital Grille, The Corner, Dandelion, Ela, Good Dog, Hickory Lane, Jennifer Carroll, Kings Oak, Loco Pez/Alfa, London Grill, Misconduct Tavern, North 3rd, Square Peg, Shola, Table 31, and Tapestry.

To be the 20th competitor, reach out to Wasserman at Rouge. (Somebody should twist Jose Garces' arm and get Village Whiskey into this, please.)

Rouge and 500 Degrees will be there, but won't compete because of Wasserman's ties to the event. For nonmeat eaters, vegan caterer Miss Rachel's Pantry will cook and hand out vegan burgers; she also won't compete. (Disclosure: MRP owner Rachel Klein is my daughter.)

Tickets ($75 plus a $4.74 Eventbrite fee) are available via

Last year's winners were 10 Arts (Jen Carroll), London Grill, Good Dog, Misconduct, and Midatlantic. See story and video here.
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