As a build up to the announcement of the finalists for the Sutter Home Build a Better Burger event taking place in Miami Beach on September 23rd, 2010, their blog listed the top 10 reasons ( one for ten consecutive days) why South Beach was chosen to host the 20th anniversary event:
#10. Sutter Home Build a Better Burger Contest received more entries from Florida this year than any other state and let’s face it, nothing says “party” like grilling on the beach.
#9. Miami Beach was dubbed the Sun and Fun Capital by Jackie Gleason back in the 1960s, and 50 years later, it is still the hottest place to party.
#8. No matter where you are in Florida, you’re never more than 60 miles from a beach.
#7. South Beach has become synonymous with foodie fun – case in point, The Annual South Beach Food & Wine Festival.
#6. Snooky, the Kardashians and the Real Housewives strut their stuff on Ocean Drive.
#5. Miami is the best place to make a tackle – it has hosted more Super Bowls than any other city.
#4. Although Miami is home to plenty of manly sporting events, it is the only major city in the US to be founded by a woman.
#3. Burgers and the beach go hand in hand. Ask Rachael Ray, who launched her Burger Bash in South Beach.
#2. Chart toppers Jason Derulo, Sean Kingston and Flo Rida all call Miami their hometown. And, where would Latin music be without Gloria?
And the #1 reason Sutter Home Build a Better Burger Contest Loves South Beach is… Two words: Le Bron
The Build a Better Burger is televised on the Food Network every year and this year’s winner (Best Beef Burger) will not only receive a $100,000 prize but the burger will also be one of the contestants at the NYC Wine & Food Festival Burger Bash.
There’s also a $15,000 prize for Best Alternative Burger. Those 2 prizes are awarded by the cook-off judging panel. The invited guests attending the cook-off will be allowed to vote and the winner in each category will win $2,500. Unfortunately, this event is by invite only but I’ll be there to get all the meaty details for you. And now, onto the finalists:
Best Beef Burgers
Christina Capone – Seattle, Washington
Bengali Blaze Burgers
Kathi Jones-DelMonte – Rochester, New York
Americana Smokeshack Burgers
Peter Kim – New York, New York
Venezuelan “¡Olé!” Arepa Burgers with Crispy Chorizo, Chipotle-Queso Sauce, Caramelized Onions, and Guacamole
Jeanette Nelson – Sophia, West Virginia
Sweet Chili Citrus Changsha Sliders with Sriracha Grapefruit Mayo and Ponzu Jicama Slaw
Jaeger Stoltz – Seattle, Washington
Strawberry BBQ Bacon Burgers
Best Alternative Burgers
Deborah Biggs – Omaha, Nebraska
Herbed Chicken-Walnut Cheeseburgers with Lemony Frizzled Shallots and Blueberry Mustard
Barbara Estabrook – Rhinelander, Wisconsin
Minted Lamb Burgers, Greek Style with Mediterranean Relish and Feta-Yogurt Spread
Regina Haase – Wallington, NJ
Lucky Tiki Sliders
Mark Pyne – Kent, Washington
Cranberry Ultimate Pork Burgers with Garlic Cherry Mayonnaise, Smoked Ham, Bacon, and Gruyere Cheese
Teresa Ralston – New Albany, Ohio
‘Ono ‘Ohana Burgers
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