Burger Brawl, the patty party that raises money for Philadelphia schools, will return for a fourth year.
Date will be June 8 (3 to 6 p.m.), and organizer Rob Wasserman has landed a swell, new location - Xfinity Live, the entertainment center on the former site of the Spectrum and across from Citizens Bank Park. (Fret not about traffic headaches. The Phillies will be playing in Cincinnati that day.)
Last year’s Philadelphia Burger Brawl competition, held at Fleisher Art Memorial, drew 1,000 people who sampled and voted on burgers from 25 establishments. This year’s outing is expected to attract 50 restaurants and 3,000 people. The goal of this year’s competition is to raise $140,000 for the School District of Philadelphia.
Among the 2014 participants are Barbuzzo, London Grill, Good Stuff Eatery, Parc, Butcher & Singer, Lucky’s Last Chance, Shake Shack, Iron Hill Brewery, Aldine, Border Spring, The Gaslight, Fat Jack’s BBQ, Alla Spina, PYT, BurgerFi, Silk City, Misconduct Tavern, Paris Bistro, Circles, Harvest Seasonal Grill, City Tap House, Rex 1516, Davio’s, Bistrot La Minette, Spencer Eta Burger, Rouge, 500 Degrees, The Saint James, Percy Street BBQ, and 10 Arts.
Ticket information is here.
Philadelphia Burger Brawl was launched in 2011 by Wasserman and his wife, Maggie, who own Rouge, 500 Degrees and a share of The Saint James. They regretted that their sons’ school, the William M. Meredith Public Elementary, needed a new computer lab. Proceeds from the first Brawl paid for a new lab for the South Philadelphia elementary school. Now, Philadelphia Burger Brawl is raising funds to bring new technologies for deserving schools throughout the School District of Philadelphia. In 2013, two schools, Delaplaine McDaniel and Albert M. Greenfield Elementary, both received $20,000 for the advancement of technologies in their schools.