Back-to-back for Blue Duck.
This week saw two big food competitions go down in Philadelphia. On Saturday, Philadelphia’s food truck scene was saluted with the Vendy Awards. The “Oscars of food trucks” named Foolish Waffles the best food truck; SeoulFull Philly as the rookie of the year; and Underground Donuts for Best Dessert.
Then on Sunday, the Burger Brawl took over the parking lot adjacent to Xfinity Live as 54 restaurants competed for the title of best burger. There were three awards on the line, the Judges Choice, the People’s Choice and new this year, a cocktail competition.
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Once a year there comes an event so big and so meaty that attendees must prepare themselves far in advance to consume so much beefy goodness. Which is why we’re warning you now that tickets are on sale for the Fifth Annual Burger Brawl at Xfinity Live on June 14.
Sixty contestants from restaurants all over the city will fight to be named the best burger, and for the price of a ticket, you get to try all of them, after which you’ll cast your vote for your favorite.
The doors open at 3 p.m. on the 14th. Tickets to the event are $35 for the tasting, one vote and a complimentary alcoholic beverage. If you want to ensure you get a taste of every restaurant without long lines, you can pay $100 for VIP tickets, which will get you in the door an hour early, and also gives you access to the VIP lounge during the event.
Reigning champ Blue Duck Sandwich Co. will be there to defend their title against veterans like Barbuzzo and Lucky's Last Chance and newcomers like P'Unk Burger and Lo Spiedo.
Foobooz's own Art Etchells--meat connoisseur and diner extraordinaire--will be among the judges for the event, so you can be sure that only the juiciest will come out on top.
To purchase your tickets, click here.
Fifth Annual Burger Brawl [Official]
The story line of Open Stove XXXIII is an odd one: For the first time, the competition was comprised of two graduates of the COOK Masters Program: Christopher Ritter of The Grubhouse and Kris Serviss of Blue Duck Sandwich Company. For those of you who don’t know, the COOK Masters Program is an annual, free instructional cooking series at COOK, taught by some of the country’s biggest culinary names, for students who are truly passionate about pursuing a professional career in the restaurant industry. So we took two people who’ve graduated from the program, put them up against one another, and watched them fight it out.
Weirdly enough, one of them brought an orthodontist as his sous.
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