By Rachel Galvin
The rain poured, but that didn’t stop thousands of people from crowding into Sanborn Square to enjoy the Boca Burger Battle July 13. Over 20 restaurants served up their signature burgers and 11 judges, including restauranteur Dean Max, radio personalities , the Burger Beast Sef and others, waited to try them. There was also live entertainment and other vendor booths, including the Big Green Egg company, who showed off their unique cooking concept, a unit that bakes, grills and even smokes. Students from Le Cordon Bleu helped chefs. There also were beers, wine and spirits on-hand. A portion of the proceeds benefit PROPEL. There was an after party at Jazziz Nightlife in Mizner Park. SCROLL DOWN for more pictures and WINNERS. For more information, visit http://bocaburgerbattle.com/
The rainy weather did not prevent hungry guests from arriving to Sanborn Square to take in the ambiance, mouth-watering burgers and more!
Judge’s Pick for Best Grill Master went to:
1st place – Bite Gastrotruck
2nd place – Potions In Motion
3rd place – Shake Shack
Judge’s Pick for Best Alternative Grill Master went to:
1st place – 4th Generation
People’s Choice for Best Boca Burger went to:
1st place – Morton’s Steakhouse
2nd place – Rebel House
3rd place – Potions In Motion
Many vendors showed off their wares, including In the Biz Solutions, which showcased their unique bathing suits.
Ashley Esnes and Isabel Stolk were having a blast playing in the rain. Ashley’s one regret was that there was not a best raincoat contest.
Robert Stanfield manages to not only brilliantly pull off a stylish yellow poncho of sorts, but also serve the judges some delectable onion rings from Tucci’s Fire N’ Coal Pizza while coordinating the entire festivities. Stanfield and Russell Spadaccini are the pair behind making events like this and others possible in the tri-state area. To see more about their culinary events, visit www.bocaraton.com.
Red Brick Grille was one of the 20 restaurants who braved the rain to serve their hamburgers.
Anisha Staton gave out samples of her gourmet fortune cookies, pictured here. This is her own business and she makes the cookies herself! www.atasteoffate.com.
Sylvia Alfonzo, a student at Le Cordon Bleu, helped serve up burgers at Kapow! These unique burgers were created with three types of meat: chuck roast, sirloin and beef shank, along with a kimchee sauce aioli wrapped in a banana leaf and served in a peking duck bun.
The burger from NYY Steak House at Seminole Coconut Creek Casino was a combination of dry aged pine brisket and ribs topped with aged white cheddar, among other tasty ingredients. They even make their own bacon in-house!
Eleven judges decided the fate of the Burger Battle competitors.
Big Green Egg grills it up! This unit not only grills, but can bake cookies, smoke fish or pretty much cook anything. The headquarters is based in Atlanta, but these units can be found here in Florida, including at Culinary Concepts in Pompano Beach, which was also on-site.
The crew from BirthdayComp.com told business owners and guests about their wonderful service that allows everyone to get special offers fro free on their Birthday day, week or month just by signing up! Businesses benefit from free exposure and guests get free stuff, from a discount on clothing or a free piece of pizza to a mini-golf game, karate class, limo ride, champagne and more. Visit www.birthdaycomp.com for details.