Riverwalk Burger Battle VI – The Quest for Burger Nirvana!

Even since man first decided to place charred meat between two slices of bread, humanity has been on a quest for Burger Nirvana. This heightened state of carnivorous awareness is the fuel behind the Riverwalk Burger Battle, which took place on Friday, May 8, 2015.

On the lush field that is Huizenga Park in downtown Fort Lauderdale, hundreds of hungry foodies gathered to sample the wares of sixteen of South Florida’s finest eateries.

The BBVI CONTENDERS included 2014 Champion American Social, B. Bar & Grille, Beauty & the Feast, Big Bear Brewing Company, Big City Tavern,    Bokampers Sports Bar & Grill Frankey’s Sports Bar,  Georgie’s Alibi, Grill Republic, Gulfstream Park, MEAT Eatery and Taproom Boca, Mind Your Manors, Rivals Waterfront Sports Grille, Shooters Waterfront, Timpano Italian Chophouse, and Tucker Duke’s Lunchbox.

The smoke filled air even attracted a small contingent of forces from the USS Wasp, in town for Fleet Week at Port Everglades.

The burger competitors were fighting to tempt the taste buds of two judging panels; one panel of professional chefs and another of local food bloggers. The professional judges included Chef Asher Roebuck, Chef Tara Abrams, Chef Allen, Chef Tony, and Chef Bret. The “media foodie” judges included Mixologista – Renee Korbel Quinn, coordinator, Big Mouth Girlz – Katrina & Aaron, Examiner– Adam Sinclair, South Florida Food & Wine – Christine Najac and CleanPlateCharlie – Nicole Danna.

Burger cooks were also trying to impress the other hungry battle fans, each of which who possessed a small chip to place in the box of their favorite booth. For nearly three hours, the crowd devoured the miniature burgers, and imbibed on some of the finest spirits in Broward County.

The assembled crowd had to survive a Florida downpour, and their ingenuity in hiding under every tent, table, and tree proved to be almost as entertaining as some of the antics of the chefs on hand. Luckily, the shower passed, and the eating continued.

Finally, at a little before 9:30 p.m. local time, the winners were announced:

  • Fan Favorite winner – Tucker Dukes Lunchbox
  • Media Foodie choice winner – American Social
  • 2nd-Tucker Dukes Lunchbox

Honorable mentions:

  • Grill Republic, Big City & MEAT Eatery & Taproom

Judges /BEST BURGER WINNER:

  • Tucker Duke Lunchbox – best burger joint burger
  • American Social won Best Bar & Grill Burger (2nd place)
  • Big City Tavern (Third Place)
  • Shooters won best Knife & Fork Burger

 

With two wins on the night, Tucker Duke’s was the big winner of the night. However, last year’s overall winner, American Social, pulled off the foodie award and Best Bar & Grill Burger, so they can safely claim that they are repeat champions! 

Each burger master put their own spin on the classic beef sandwich, but in this “media foodie’s” opinion, none reached the Burger Nirvana threshold. Still, each one provided at least a little of the meaty goodness than you come to expect in a decent burger. For my money, the overall winner is Georgie’s Alibi, whose sweet slaw covered burger with a Thai Tea chaser offered up a unique, memorable tasting experience. 

Be sure to follow the Riverwalk Burger Battle on Facebook for updates throughout the year. With less than 365 days until the next burger battle, you’ll have plenty of time to work up an appetite!

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Riverwalk Burger Battle VI and The Pilgram Group are ready to welcome carnivores to Fort Lauderdale

Presented by The Pilgram Group, the Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale Burger Battle™ is returning for its 6th year on Friday, May 8, 2015 to Huizenga Plaza in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale. The event will pit 16 of South Florida’s best restaurants against each other as they compete for the title of “Best Burger” for 2015.

A panel of 6 noteworthy and accomplished local judges will rate the burgers on texture, flavor, use of condiments, bread selection, unique approaches, etc. Restaurants will compete for the titles of Fan Favorite, Burger Nirvana, Best Bar and Grill, Best Knife and Fork Burger, Best Burger Joint, and Best Burger.

The event is sure to sell out, so act quickly and purchase tickets by going to  http://goo.gl/tXgiw6. The event draws over 1000 patrons to downtown Fort Lauderdale in connection with Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale’s mission to activate the Riverwalk. Tickets are $40 for general admission and $125 for the VIP Experience.

Restaurant chefs will be cooking up burgers for tasting while The Downtowner serves crispy golden French fries. Attendees will vote for a participant to win the title of Fan Favorite. They also receive three drink tickets to redeem at bars serving Jack Daniels cocktails, Barefoot Wine, and beer. Cash bars will also be present as well as live entertainment by That Band. VIP guests enter the event 30 minutes early, enjoy a seating area, a specialty burger provided by the Tilted Kilt, an open bar serving cocktails provided by Premier Beverage and Craft Beers provided by Stephens Distributing, and more.

The 2015 contenders are: Returning Champ – American Social, B. Bar and Grille, Beauty and the Feast, Big Bear Brewing Company, Big City Tavern, Bokampers, Frankey’s Sports Bar, Georgie’s Alibi, Grill Republic, Gulfstream Park, M.E.A.T. Eatery and Tap Room, Mind Your Manors, Rivals Waterfront Sports Grille, Shooters Waterfront, Timpano Italian Chophouse, and Tucker Duke’s Lunchbox.

Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale thanks presenting sponsor, Pilgram Group, and the following integral partners and sponsors: Anticipation Luxury Yacht Charters, Barefoot Wine, BB&T, Big 105.9, Best Rental Service, Blue Point Brewing Company, Budweiser, BurgerFi, City of Fort Lauderdale, Downtown Development Authority, The Downtowner, Eye On South Florida, Greenwave Oil Recovery, Goose Island, Go Riverwalk Magazine, Image 360, Jack Daniels, JM Lexus, The Media Lab, Pop Lab, Premier Beverage, Shock Top, Stella Artois, Stephens Distributing, Stevens & Goodwyn, P.A., Stiles, the Tilted Kilt, and Whole Foods ® Fort Lauderdale.

For event information and sponsorship opportunities, contact Cristina Hudson at 954.468.1541954.468.1541, ext. 205 or cristina@goriverwalk.com.

Riverwalk Spring Get Downtown returns April 27, 2015

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For its 17th year, Riverwalk looks forward to hosting the Spring Get Downtown at Yolo Plaza on Monday, April 27, 2015. The outdoor event will be from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. As Fort Lauderdale’s largest outdoor cocktail hour, the event will feature flavorful bites from several local restaurants and bars. Admission is free for Riverwalk members and others may attend for a $20 donation. Attendees will receive two drink tickets, enjoy live entertainment, and taste delicious heavy hors d’oeuvres served by some of Fort Lauderdale’s most notable restaurants.

Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale aims to be a force for connection. In this endeavor, we have several initiatives that draw residents and visitors alike to Riverwalk Park and the Downtown. We rely heavily on the support of our members in hosting many events and overseeing various initiatives. Free admission to our Get Downtown events is just one of the many benefits of becoming a member and supporting our mission. Get Downtown provides attendees with an invaluable opportunity to mingle, network, and enjoy the best of Fort Lauderdale.

Members who will be attending must RSVP to gabrielle@goriverwalk.com by Friday, April 24th. Non-members can purchase tickets for a $20 donation prepaid online until April 26th or for $25 at the door. To purchase your tickets online, go to www.GoRiverwalk.com.

Event sponsors include: YOLO, Stiles, Premier Beverage, Three Olives Vodka, City of Fort Lauderdale, JM Lexus, 93.9 MY FM, Stephens Distributing, Go Riverwalk Magazine, Eye on South Florida, Media Lab, and EDCO Awards & Specialties.

For more information about sponsorship and participation opportunities, contact Event Manager, Cristina Hudson, at cristina@goriverwalk.com or 954.468.1541954.468.1541 ext. 205

Riverwalk Hosts Lauderdale Live 2015

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Lauderdale Live 2015 will take place on the weekend of June 19, ending of June 21st, at Fort Lauderdale’s beautiful waterfront Huizenga Plaza on the riverwalk. The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitor’s Bureau’s office of Film, Music and Entertainment, AEG Live, and Donahue Entertainment are excited to announce its return and share the much anticipated line-up.

  • Friday, June 19 – VIP pre-festival, an intimate event including special live performances. More details to come.
  • Saturday, June 20 – Headliner Phillip Phillips and supporting acts Ben Rector, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, Kris Allen and Emily Kopp.
  • Sunday, June 21 – Headliner O.A.R. and supporting acts Sister Hazel, Dumpstaphunk, Luke Wade and Beverly McClellan

General Admission and VIP tickets will be on sale to the public Friday, March 27 at 10 am EST at www.lauderdalelivemusic.com and www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets range in price from $39.50 to $299.50, plus applicable service fees.

Huizenga Plaza is a public cultural space in the heart of the city’s dining, arts, entertainment and nightlife scene. Just minutes away from vibrant Las Olas Boulevard, festival goers will enjoy a fun-filled weekend of music, food and drink set against the backdrop of the Riverwalk on the scenic New River waterway, fine dining, top hotels, acclaimed art galleries and world class shopping.

For media inquiries, contact Kirstyn Schwartz, AEG Live: kirstyn@aeglive.com

For sponsorship inquiries, contact Don Donahue, Donahue Entertainment: don@donahueentertainment.com.

Connect with Lauderdale Live by visiting their website, or following the event on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Riverwalk Burger Battle Returns May 8, 2015

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The Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale Burger Battle™ is returning for its 6th year on Friday, May 8, 2015 to Huizenga Plaza in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale. The event will pit over 15 of South Florida’s best restaurants against each other as they compete for the title of “Best Burger” for 2015. Check out footage from last year’s event and see why it has sold out each and every year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhRjKskduoQ; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvYK_I9hUfk.

Judges will rate the burgers on texture, flavor, use of condiments, bread selection, unique approaches, etc. Some distinctive ingredients from last year include duck fat, Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey, jalapeno bacon, and fried cheese.Restaurants will compete for the titles of Fan Favorite, Burger Nirvana, Best Bar and Grill, Best Knife and Fork Burger, Best Burger Joint, and Best Burger.

The word is out and the tickets are going fast, so if you want to ensure your admittance, act now by going to http://goo.gl/tXgiw6. The event draws over 1000 patrons to downtown Fort Lauderdale in connection with Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale’s mission to activate the Riverwalk. Tickets are $40 for general admission and $125 for the VIP Experience.

In the general admission area, restaurant chefs will be cooking up burgers for tasting and the Downtowner Saloon will serve crispy golden French fries. Each attendee receives one chip to vote for a restaurant to win the title of Fan Favorite. In addition, attendees receive three drink tickets to redeem at bars serving Jack Daniels cocktails, Barefoot Wine, and beer. Cash bars will also be present as well as live entertainment. VIP guests enter the event 30 minutes early, enjoy a seating area, a specialty burger provided by the Tilted Kilt, an open bar serving cocktails provided by Premier Beverage and Craft Beers provided by Stephens Distributing, and more.

The 2015 Contenders include: Returning Champ – American Social, Beauty and the Feast, Big Bear Brewing Company, Big City Tavern, Bokampers, M.E.A.T. Eatery and Tap Room, Mind Your Manors, Rivals Waterfront Grille, Shooters Waterfront, Timpano Italian Chophouse, Tucker Duke’s Lunchbox, and there are more to come!

Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale thanks the following integral partners and sponsors: Barefoot Wine, BB&T, Big 105.9, City of Fort Lauderdale, The Downtowner, Eye On South Florida, Goose Island, Go Riverwalk Magazine, iHeart Media/Radio, Image 360, Jack Daniels, JM Lexus, The Media Lab, Pop Lab, Premier Beverage, Shock Top, Stephens Distributing, Stevens & Goodwyn, P.A., Stiles, and the Tilted Kilt.

For event information and sponsorship opportunities, contact Cristina Hudson at 954.468.1541954.468.1541, ext. 205 or cristina@goriverwalk.com.

Samples from over 40 fantastic restaurants at 20th Annual Bank of America Wine, Spirits and Culinary Celebration Friday, March 13

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The Museum of Discovery and Science will host its 20th Annual Bank of America Wine, Spirits and Culinary Celebration on Friday, March 13, 2015.  Bank of America has sponsored the event for all 20 years, including 18 years at the Presenting level. All proceeds of the event benefit the Museum.

“We are proud of our longstanding partnership with the Museum of Discovery and Science including support of this event which we have seen grow and evolve over the years,” said Lori Chevy, Bank of America market president for Broward County. “The Museum is an important economic engine in our community and we are pleased to contribute to its impact.”

This year’s co-chairs, John Magee, Anthony Bland and Michelle Cibene, are hoping to top last year’s record breaking attendance of 2,000 guests. Event highlights include tastings from South Florida’s leading restaurants and a vast array of wines and spirits from around the world, courtesy of beverage sponsor Southern Wine and Spirits. There will also be an assortment of craft beers to taste, amazing prizes in the silent auction and a complimentary Riedel wine glass for every guest.

The evening begins with an exclusive Platinum reception on the Museum’s terrace that overlooks the New River. Platinum guests will enjoy premium cuisine provided by Platinum restaurant partners The Capital Grille, Hyatt Pier 66 and Lobster Bar Sea Grille. The Platinum experience also includes complimentary valet, access to Platinum Lounge and early access to the Grand Tasting. Doors open for the Platinum experience at 5:30 p.m. and the Grand Tasting begins at 6:30 p.m.

The Grand Tasting will be feature over 40 of South Florida’s top restaurants and a sampling of over 200 wine, spirits, and craft beers. This will be followed by the ultra-chic Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort After-Party Lounge where all guests can continue to enjoy additional culinary delights from the After-Party restaurant partners and dance under the stars. The After-Party will take place from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in the MODS atrium.

Tickets are $250 for the Platinum experience (only 500 tickets available at this level) and $150 for the Grand Tasting. Parties of ten receive a reduced rate of $2,250 Platinum and $1,350 for Grand Tasting Host packages. For advance tickets please call 954-712-1159954-712-1159 or email Nicole Rodriguez at nrodriguez@mods.net.

Guests are encouraged to share in excitement of the event through social media by posting pictures of the event on Museum of Discovery and Science Facebook Page, Tweeting @IMAXSOFL, and utilizing Instagram to upload their event photos by tagging the Museum’s IG page: @m0ds with the hashtag: #MODSWCC.

One of the distinguishing features of the Wine, Spirits, and Culinary Celebration is the quality of the restaurants. This year’s list includes the following, with many more to come: 3030 Ocean, A Thierry’s Catering and Event Design, Adena Grill & Wine Bar, Apeiro, (Platinum Ticket Only) Beauty & The Feast, Bravo Ristorante Italiano, Cafe ala Carte, Crepemaker, Dapur Asian Tapas & Lounge,vents By Grateful Palate, Fork and Balls Restaurant, Gino’s Italian Market & Bakery, Grille 401, Himmarshee Public House, Hoffman’s Chocolate, Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six, (Platinum) Restaurant, Keurig, Kitchen 305, Lobster Bar Sea Grille (Platinum), Publix Aprons Cooking School, ROK:BRGR, S3 Restaurant, Sea Level Restaurant & Ocean Bar, Sky Thai Sushi, Susie’s Scrumptious Sweets, Sweet Nectar, The Capital Grille (Platinum), The Chimney House, Timpanos, Truluck’s Yolo Restaurant and Shooters Waterfront.

Major sponsors of the 20th Annual Wine & Culinary Celebration include: Bank of America; Southern Wine & Spirits; Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, Zimmerman Partners Advertising, City Furniture and My Velocity.

Other sponsors include, ADT, BBandT, Centuric, Moss Foundation, M. Austin & Christine Forman, Republic Services, Inc., AutoNation, Inc., Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants, Ellis Diversified, Gray Robinson, Grant Thornton, LLP, Greenberg Traurig, KPMG, Steven & Rebecca Stoll, Stiles Corporation, Sun Trust Bank, NA, TD Bank, UBS, W. Mack and Associates, Inc., Wells Fargo, , Advanced Roofing, American Express, Angelo & Banta, P.A., BankUnited, Cherry, Bekaert, L.L.P, Coral Ridge Country Club, Cundy, Ernst and Young, Farlie & Turner, Iberia Wealth Advisors, Phi Delta Theta, WSVN, Yellow Cab Magazine, Fort Lauderdale Magazine, Print Dynamics, Gold Coast Beverage Distributors, Paramount Coffee Service and radio partners are HITS 97-3, EASY 93.1 and HOT 105.

Friends of MODS presents “Chill at Chima”

The Museum of Discovery and Science’s auxiliary group, Friends of MODS, will be hosting one flavor-ful reception at Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, located at 2400 E. Las Olas Blvd. Guest will enjoy a night of fine South American dining at this networking event.

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Friends of MODS Auxiliary President, Nila Do Simon said, “We’re excited for the Chill at the Chima party to not only show off the great group we have with Friends of MODS, but also raise awareness of the programs it supports for the Museum of Discovery and Science. We feel privileged to help fund such vital programs for our area youths and provide an outlet for education and responsibility.”

The price of admission to Chill at Chima includes one drink ticket, hors d’oeuvres and great company, plus a wide array of raffle items that will be available. Tickets are $15 for Friends of MODS and Museum members and $25 for non-members. Guests can also register to become members of the Friends of MODS group that evening. To purchase tickets, please call Nicole Rodriguez at 954.712.1159954.712.1159 or visit the website: www.friendsofmods.org.