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?
A team of restaurant industry judges awarded the custom Riverwalk Burger Battle™ trophy to this 2x contender, who placed 5th in 2013. 5 of the 6 Judges gave this contender a PERFECT SCORE.
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
BEST Knife & Fork Burger– 3rd Place
New Contender Shooters Waterfront
Best Burger Joint Burger – Tie 4th Place
New Contender Burgers & Suds
New Contender Tucker Duke’s Lunchbox
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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