In less than 24 hours, over 60 of Philadelphia’s best restaurants will go head to head in what has become one of the largest and most anticipated burger competitions in the city. An eclectic mix of chefs will roll up their sleeves, fire up their grills and put their creativity to the test as they compete in the 5th Annual Burger Brawl– held on Sunday, June 14th from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Xfinity Live (1100 Pattison Avenue, Philadelphia). A panel of industry experts and over 5,000 burger fanatics will cast their votes for the “Best Burger”.
The Burger Brawl– founded by Rob and Maggie Wasserman (owners of Rouge and 500 Degrees)– began in 2011 as a friendly competition between 15 of their industry friends in the parking lot of their son’s elementary school. The goal? To raise enough money to update the school’s computer lab– which Rob said felt very “circa 1995”. he went on to explain, “You hear about how schools struggle to fund different programs, but you don’t really get it until your kids are affected by it. I thought– ok– this is a need I can do something about.”
The event has increased in size each year—and so have Rob and Maggie’s philanthropic goals. This year, the Wassermans have partnered with the Olitsky Family Foundation, The School District of Philadelphia, and the AIM Academy to fund a four-year pilot program that will apply the private school model developed by the Academy In Manayunk (AIM), which utilizes technology to establish literacy in elementary age children. This groundbreaking program will serve as a catalyst to drastically improve the education process for Philadelphia’s children.
The 2015 Burger Brawl competitors include:
Lucky’s Last Chance • Twisted Tail • Tredici • 500 Degrees • Bridgids • Parc • Iron Hill Brewery• Davio’s • Suppa • Fat Jack’s BBQ • Del Frisco’s • Blue Duck Sandwich Co. • Smiths • Fireside Smokehouse • Barbuzzo • Spot Burgers • The Industry • Good Dog Bar • Prime Stache • Bierstube • Eulogy Belgian Tavern • P’unk Burger • Rogues Gallery Bar • Rouge • South Bowl • Moonshine Philly • Hard Rock Cafe • Chef Jennifer Zavala • Red Star Craft House • New Wave Cafe • Aldine • The Gaslight • La Peg • Rex 1516 • Pacific Prime • Taproom on 19th • Lo Spiedo• Bridget Foy’s • Nick’s Roast Beef in Old City • BRU Craft & Wurst • Chickie’s and Pete’s • Steam Pub • Misconduct Tavern • The Dandelion • Butcher and Singer • Jerry’s Bar • Paesanos • Bank & Bourbon • Village Whiskey • Bareburger • Vintage Wine Bar • Baby Blues BBQ • Beast and Ale • 2312 Garrett • Kildare’s Irish Pub • Circles • Harvest Seasonal Grill • City Tap House
Previous Judges’ Choice Winners have included: Jennifer Carroll, The Capital Grille, Fat Jack’s BBQ and Justin Bogle. Previous People’s Choice Winners have included Michael McNally of London Grill, Bobby’s Burger Palace, Lucky’s Last Chance and Blue Duck Sandwich Co.
All tickets must be purchased in advance (tickets will not be sold at the door) and can be purchased here.
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