Event notice: 2nd Annual Wilmington Burger Battle

Check out our post about the Wilmington Burger Battle last year!!

WHAT: 2nd Annual Wilmington Burger Battle, presented by the Kenny Family Foundation
WHEN: Saturday, August 24, 2013, 12-4pm
WHERE: Twin Lakes Brewing Co., 4210 Kennett Pike, Greenville, Delaware 19807
TICKETS: http://wilmingtonburgerbattle.brownpapertickets.com/
FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.wilmingtonburgerbattle.com or ucgcharities@gmail.com

Wilmington Burger Battle Returns for Round Two
Second Annual August Food Tasting Event Benefits Ministry of Caring’s Emmanuel Dining Room

The Second Annual Wilmington Burger Battle, presented by the Kenny Family Foundation, will take place on Saturday, August 24, 2013, 12–4pm at Twin Lakes Brewing Company, 4210 Kennett Pike, Greenville, Delaware. Restaurants in the greater Wilmington area—to date that list includes 2 FatGuys, BBC Tavern and Grill, Catherine Rooney’s (Newark), Ernest & Scott Taproom, Home Grown Café, Restaurant 55, Redfire Grill Steakhouse and last year’s People’s Choice Burger winner, Union City Grille—will throw down again at this outdoor, rain-or-shine charity event. Event proceeds will support the Ministry of Caring’s Emmanuel Dining Room. Admission prices include food, beer tastings, soft drinks, and music; tickets to this limited-capacity tasting event are now available at http://wilmingtonburgerbattle.brownpapertickets.com/.

Heather Hook, Executive Director of the Kenny Family Foundation said, ‘We are really proud and excited to be part of the Wilmington Burger Battle supporting the Ministry of Caring. The Ministry of Caring has done so much for the people of Wilmington and we continue to support all of their efforts any way we can.” The Kenny Family Foundation is the Wilmington Burger Battle’s first-ever naming sponsor.

Event co-founder Matthew Curtis, Chef/Owner of Union City Grille, who took home a trophy in 2012, said, “I am counting the days until I can gather with many of my restaurant industry colleagues for some good-natured competition. It’s a great way to end the summer…a family-friendly outdoor event that reminds all those returning from summer travel of the culinary gems they have here at home.”

Over 400 people attended the 2012 event to place their votes for People’s Choice Burger, and the event raised over $4000 to fight hunger. Three Delaware sports legends gave their palates a workout, serving as “Delebrity” judges to taste 18 burgers! They ultimately declared Kildare’s Irish Pub’s burger their favorite.

The Twin Lakes farm in Greenville has again agreed to serve as the venue and event proceeds will continue to support the Ministry of Caring’s Emmanuel Dining Room, which helps alleviate the immediate needs of Delaware’s hungry with over 180,000 nutritious meals served at no cost and with no questions asked.

Battle co-founder JulieAnne Cross noted, “It’s hard to top a success like last year, but we are going to try. We have at least one restaurant coming from over an hour away to join the Battle!” She adds, “We would be thrilled to double our 2012 donation to the Ministry of Caring, so that the Emmanuel Dining Room’s impact on Delaware’s hungry can be even larger.”

In addition to the Kenny Family Foundation, the Wilmington Burger Battle is also sponsored by Out & About Magazine, and free + abel.
Restaurants are encouraged to contact ucgcharities@gmail.com for more information. For information about the event, visit www.wilmingtonburgerbattle.com.

Event notice: 2nd Annual Wilmington Burger Battle

Check out our post about the Wilmington Burger Battle last year!!

WHAT: 2nd Annual Wilmington Burger Battle, presented by the Kenny Family Foundation
WHEN: Saturday, August 24, 2013, 12-4pm
WHERE: Twin Lakes Brewing Co., 4210 Kennett Pike, Greenville, Delaware 19807
TICKETS: http://wilmingtonburgerbattle.brownpapertickets.com/
FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.wilmingtonburgerbattle.com or ucgcharities@gmail.com

Wilmington Burger Battle Returns for Round Two
Second Annual August Food Tasting Event Benefits Ministry of Caring’s Emmanuel Dining Room

The Second Annual Wilmington Burger Battle, presented by the Kenny Family Foundation, will take place on Saturday, August 24, 2013, 12–4pm at Twin Lakes Brewing Company, 4210 Kennett Pike, Greenville, Delaware. Restaurants in the greater Wilmington area—to date that list includes 2 FatGuys, BBC Tavern and Grill, Catherine Rooney’s (Newark), Ernest & Scott Taproom, Home Grown Café, Restaurant 55, Redfire Grill Steakhouse and last year’s People’s Choice Burger winner, Union City Grille—will throw down again at this outdoor, rain-or-shine charity event. Event proceeds will support the Ministry of Caring’s Emmanuel Dining Room. Admission prices include food, beer tastings, soft drinks, and music; tickets to this limited-capacity tasting event are now available at http://wilmingtonburgerbattle.brownpapertickets.com/.

Heather Hook, Executive Director of the Kenny Family Foundation said, ‘We are really proud and excited to be part of the Wilmington Burger Battle supporting the Ministry of Caring. The Ministry of Caring has done so much for the people of Wilmington and we continue to support all of their efforts any way we can.” The Kenny Family Foundation is the Wilmington Burger Battle’s first-ever naming sponsor.

Event co-founder Matthew Curtis, Chef/Owner of Union City Grille, who took home a trophy in 2012, said, “I am counting the days until I can gather with many of my restaurant industry colleagues for some good-natured competition. It’s a great way to end the summer…a family-friendly outdoor event that reminds all those returning from summer travel of the culinary gems they have here at home.”

Over 400 people attended the 2012 event to place their votes for People’s Choice Burger, and the event raised over $4000 to fight hunger. Three Delaware sports legends gave their palates a workout, serving as “Delebrity” judges to taste 18 burgers! They ultimately declared Kildare’s Irish Pub’s burger their favorite.

The Twin Lakes farm in Greenville has again agreed to serve as the venue and event proceeds will continue to support the Ministry of Caring’s Emmanuel Dining Room, which helps alleviate the immediate needs of Delaware’s hungry with over 180,000 nutritious meals served at no cost and with no questions asked.

Battle co-founder JulieAnne Cross noted, “It’s hard to top a success like last year, but we are going to try. We have at least one restaurant coming from over an hour away to join the Battle!” She adds, “We would be thrilled to double our 2012 donation to the Ministry of Caring, so that the Emmanuel Dining Room’s impact on Delaware’s hungry can be even larger.”

In addition to the Kenny Family Foundation, the Wilmington Burger Battle is also sponsored by Out & About Magazine, and free + abel.
Restaurants are encouraged to contact ucgcharities@gmail.com for more information. For information about the event, visit www.wilmingtonburgerbattle.com.

Two year anniversary meeting at 10 Arts Bistro

Last month’s burger club meeting at 10 Arts Bistro (10 S. Broad St.) was very special because it was our two year anniversary meeting! We decided to go back to where we had our very first meeting. So much has happened in the past two years. We had an amazing article written about us in the Daily News. Jim and I did a live burger tasting on WXPN with Dan Reed. The club joined forces with the ladies of Two Eat Philly and often have them on our blog as contributors. We made tshirts, buttons and even a calendar! If you asked me two years ago what would become of this club I would have never been able to imagine any of these things in a million years.

The most important aspect of the club that has developed over the years are all the people who come to the meetings. Some only come every once in a while, others come every month. No matter the number of meetings attended – you, the members, are what make this club possible. It’s always fun to see who’s going to show up every month. I love seeing both new and old faces! So long as you keep coming, I’ll keep setting up the meetings – deal?

Now on to the details of our meeting last month. If you’ve never been – the inside of 10 Arts is just plain stunning. Their main foyer area is HUGE with a nice bar, it’s really quite a grand place. They set up a large portion of their dining room for us, with lit candles and custom-made menus.  I always love it when a restaurant makes us a custom menu with our logo on it. I think Smokin Betty’s was the first to do it . We gathered at the bar and around 7pm decided to make our way to the tables. We were quickly greeted by our server who took our drink orders. The service was pretty great throughout the entire meal, we didn’t wait long for anything.

The burgers paraded to our tables shortly after we ordered. This burger wasn’t much different from the one we sampled two years ago. The only thing that was different from the burger of yesteryear was the “house made” ketchup. Members at both tables debated throughout the entire meal if the ketchup was actually made in house or Heinz. I’m no ketchup expert so I’ll leave that debate on the table. Since the burgers we’re no different than before, the reactions weren’t very different either.

My burger, said to be cooked medium was an even brown throughout. It was a pretty salty, dry patty that was sat upon a giant dry bun. The burger was topped with only a little cheese and a giant lettuce concoction with pickle slices. It’s one of those burgers that I always call a “skyscraper” burger that is too tall to fit into your mouth for a good clean bite – so you get one bite of bun and lettuce then another with burger and a little bun – not a cohesive sandwich. The whole thing just wasn’t anything to write home about. My guess is that burgers really aren’t their specialty. This is the Ritz after all – you don’t pay a boat-load for a room at this place to order a burger off their menu. I’m sure their steak or some other fancy meal would be much better. Not to say that we didn’t have a good time though! The atmosphere is unbeatable, the service is fantastic, the drinks are unique and delicious. Even the French fries were seasoned to perfection (a little spicy – delicious!).

Our friends from Matthew Vlahos Public Relations were excellent to set up the whole event. They even were able to get us some sweet gifts to raffle off! I think the coolest thing we were able to give away was a signed copy of Rachael Ray’s burger cook book – HOW COOL! All in all we had a great time. I would like to thank everyone who made this meeting, and all meetings fun and enjoyable. See you next month!