Boca Burger Battle

Posted on 15 July 2022 by JLusk

Sanborn Square Park was a cloud of smoke on Saturday, July 16 as the grills were blazing and hungry guests waited in long lines to try a bite of what the vendors had to offer. This was the 9th annual Boca Raton Burger Battle and, as in previous years, it was packed with people, despite some late mild sprinkles. 
Ten hand-picked chefs constructed a specialty burger for people to sample, including the judges, who voted on their top three. Guests could vote too for people’s choice. There also were libations and other items to try.
In the end, Bar Louie won third place, M.E.A.T. Eatery & Taproom won second place and Burton’s Grill & Bar won first place … and People’s Choice. Russell Spadaccini, who puts together this event yearly, made the announcement with much fanfare to an anxious crowd, popping a bottle of champagne and announcing that the person who catches the cork would win tickets to his next soiree, the Boca Raton Wine & Food Festival, which will take place in November. 
The party was not only about food, there also was music. The KRUSH party band played the night away. This event also benefited the Children’s Giving Foundations.
2022’s Burger Battle Contenders are from these South Florida cities:
The Judges included a Mike Mayo, an award-winning food critic, influencer, digital creator, journalist and more; Chef Max Santiago from MAX’D OUT Artisanal Donuts by Chef Max Santiago and Batch the Cookie Company; Sam Kerrigan from CBS News 12; Vicki Corrao, on the board of the Palm Beach American Culinary Federation, former owner of three Italian restaurants on Mulberry St in N.Y.C.’s Little Italy and judge of numerous events for Cordon Bleu and Johnson & Wales, Robert S Weinroth, Palm Beach County Mayor, and Douglas Heizer from The Boca Raton Tribune
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3rd place: Bar Louie. Pictured: Staff with event founder Russell Spadaccini & Palm Beach Mayor & judge Robert Weinroth

2nd Place: M.E.A.T. Eatery & Taproom. Russell poses with owner George Patti & others

1st place: Burton’s Bar & Grill. Staff poses with event founder Russell Spadaccini & Palm Beach Mayor and judge Robert Weinroth.

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