Diehard carnivores, rejoice: Philadelphia magazine’s second annual Battle of the Burger is almost here.
Battle of the Burger began with an online voting competition where the public cast votes for their favorite burger from over 50 restaurants. Now, the top 20 finalists will move on to battle it out at the main event, where one restaurant’s masterpiece will be crowned the best in Philly.
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Have you tried unsuccessfully, year after year, to get into the Philly Beer Geek finals, only to find that, while you aced the blind tasting section, the judges thought your bribery skills sucked?
If so, you have another chance — not to win this year’s Philly Beer Geek (that title’s going to Mike Lawrence or Jessica Streeter, stupid), but to call yourself “The Best of Philly.”
On June 8, Haddon Township’s Keg & Kitchen (formerly Cork), is hosting The Team Challenge, a battle of wits to determine who can best identify and answer questions about 12 blindly tasted beers. Thirty teams will consist of two people each, and the top three teams all get trophies and bragging rights. The contest starts at 12:30 pm and costs $25 per entrant.
And just think, you don’t even need to build up an immunity to iocane powder to win.
Keg & Kitchen [official]
When Kevin and Janet Meeker opened Cork Restaurant in Haddon Township seven years ago, they were the first to bring several foodie-friendly concepts to South Jersey. In focusing on Belgian and craft beers (and designing their menu to complement these beers), they launched the Westmont neighborhood as South Jersey’s go-to craft beer destination. But now it’s 2012 and everyone is doing craft and Belgians–and everyone hip has moved on beyond Cork’s original concept as a polished contemporary American small-plater with an Asian twist.
So the owners of Old City’s the Plough and the Stars and Q decided to demolish the old and once again usher in the new. This week they re-opened Cork as Keg & Kitchen, a restaurant that now lives under the tagline “Craft Food/Craft Beer.” The farmhouse dining room is a first for South Jersey but one of a growing number of regional incarnations of rustic dining a la The Farmer’s Cabinet and JG Domestic.
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