If you want to get to know a city, find out where people take their children on the weekends. Ask where they might go with a date or what they might do if they had a quiet morning to spend. A city is defined by its public spaces, and at the heart of Fort Lauderdale is its Riverwalk. Read more by Zoe DeStories HERE
There are many events in Fort Lauderdale and the Downtown area. Try these local calendars to keep informed:
- LastMinute Lauderdale
- Eye on South Florida
- The City of Fort Lauderdale
- Downtown Himmarshee Village
- Blacktie South Florida
- Las Olas Boulevard
- Riverwalk A&E
Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale hosted the SOLD OUT Riverwalk Burger Battle™ V presented by Publix Aprons Cooking School and Catering on Friday, May 23, 2014 under the stars along the Riverwalk at Huizenga Plaza. This sizzling event, emceed by Big 105.9‘s Doc Reno, pitted sixteen (16) top burger joints and restaurants against one another to show off their creative juices and grilling skills to over 1200 guests along the scenic New River. The Battle brings together South Florida burger aficionados for an evening of gourmet burger creations, cocktails, beers and fun, while raising funds to support the Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale’s mission of building and nurturing a vibrant community connected by the New River.
Who won the Trophy?
Best Burger Trophy
2x Contender American Social
Miami Heater Burger – 1st Place
For a second year in a row, Fans gave up their chips for some leis, drink umbrellas and a tasty burger that also rated highly with our Judges, earning them 2nd Place.
Fan Favorite Trophy
Best Bar & Grill Burger – 2nd Place
Returning Champ Rosie’s Bar & Grill
New Contender Shooters Waterfront
Best Burger Joint Burger – Tie 4th Place
New Contender Burgers & Suds
New Contender Tucker Duke’s Lunchbox
MEDIA at the Battle
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Thank you to all our CONTENDERS: ★Big Bear Brewing Company ★Burger Zone ★Georgie’s Alibi ★Gimme A Burger ★Hard Rock Café ★Hollywood Prime ★Shula Burger ★Sweet Nectar Charcoal Grill & Spirits ★The Downtowner ★Timpano Italian Chophouse ★Whiskey Tango
For our 5th year, we brought a new judging team together headed by two dynamic sisters who own and operate their own catering company and local cafe. We then added three award winning Chefs and a food industry CEO, whose team won back to back Fan Favorite Trophy’s at this very Battle. These six judges represent ten of South Florida’s best dining establishments.
Jonny Altobell and Penny Sanfilippo Owners/Chefs/Sisters at 11th Street Annex
Paula DaSilva, Executive Chef 3030 Ocean
Marc Falsetto, CEO/Founder, JEY Hospitality Group: Himmarshee Public House | ROK:BRGR burger bar + gastropub and 2x Burger Battle Fan Favorite trophy winner!
Chris Miracolo, Executive Chef S3
George Patti, Owner/Chef, MEAT Eatery and Taproom, SALT Fusion Cuisine and Tasters Taco Emporium
BOKAMPER’S SLIDER EATING CONTEST WINNERS
Eight bragging men came to the battle and one was the winner. With a new twist to the slider eating contest – additional ingredients were added to the delicious Bokamper Sliders including onions, mushroom and Jalapeno Peppers! Only real contenders made the 3 minute limit! Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale thanks Bokamper’s Sports Bar & Grill for sponsoring the Slider Eating Contest which again shows what great community partners they are. Make it a point to go by and try their delicious burgers and other menu items.
✰WINNER✰ Joe Gallignani “Joey G” of the Fort Lauderdale Fire Department – $250
✰Runner up✰ Chief Tim Heiser of the Fort Lauderdale Fire Department – S100
Highlights of the Kaleidoscope Tour Color Run™ 5K at Downtown Fort Lauderdale on May 10th
The Color Run™ 5k with 8500 runners returned to Downtown Fort Lauderdale, FL on May 10th, 2014! Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale was proud to have been selected as the partner charity for The Color Run™ Fort Lauderdale. The Color Run™ 5k is a one of a kind experience that is less about speed and more about enjoying a color crazy day with your friends and family. It is about participants of all different speeds, ages, shapes, and sizes toeing the start line. Whether you are a casual morning mall walker or an Olympic athlete, the 3 miles of The Color Run™ course will be the most enjoyable real estate you’ve traveled in a VERY long time.
Charity Highlight ~ Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale, Inc.
The Color Run, a for profit company, loves the chance it has to partner with charities and help shine a light on their extraordinary work within society. To learn how The Color Run works with charities, click here.
Some rules (yep, we’re a bit nitpicky)
• Voting ends on June 6.
• Results will be published in the July 2014 issue of Go Riverwalk Magazine.
Start pondering and head here to take the survey.